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Volvo PV 36 Carioca is an automobile manufactured by Volvo between 1935 and 1938. The word Carioca describes someone from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was also the name of a dance that was fashionable in Sweden at the time when the car was introduced.

Visually the car was styled similarly to the then strikingly modern Chrysler Airflow. Volvo styling was heavily influenced by North American auto-design trends in the 1930s and 1940s, many of the company’s senior engineers having previously worked in the US Auto-industry.

The PV36 was the first Volvo to offer an independent front suspension, but the car used the same side-valve engine as the traditional Volvo cars that were still produced alongside the modern Carioca. The PV36 was an expensive car, with a price at 8,500 kronor and Volvo didn’t build more than 500 cars. The last one wasn’t sold until 1938.
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The Fiat 500, commonly known as Topolino ("little mouse", the Italian name for Mickey Mouse), is an Italian automobile model manufactured by Fiat from 1936 to 1955.

The Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1937, three models were produced until 1955, all with only minor mechanical and cosmetic changes. It was equipped with a 569 cc four-cylinder, side valve, water-cooled engine mounted in front of the front axle, and so was a full-scale car rather than a cyclecar. The radiator was located behind the engine which made possible a lowered wind-cheating nose profile at a time when competitor vehicles confronted the world with flat near vertical front grills. The shape of the car’s front gave it exceptional forward visibility.

Suspension at the back initially depended on quarter-elliptic rear springs, but somehow buyers frequently squeezed four or five people into the nominally two seater car, and in later models the chassis was extended at the rear to allow for more robust semi-elliptic springs.

With horsepower of about 13 bhp, its top speed was about 53 mph (85 km/h), and it could achieve about 39.2 miles per US gallon (6.00 L/100 km; 47.1 mpg-imp). The target price given when the car was planned was 5,000 lire. In the event the price at launch was 9,750 lire, though the decade was one of falling prices in several part of Europe and later in the 1930s the Topolino was sold for about 8,900 lire. Despite being more expensive than first envisaged, the car was very competitively priced. Nearly 520,000 were sold.

In 1955 the mid-size rear wheel drive Fiat 600 was launched by Fiat and that would become the design basis for the new Fiat 500, the Nuova 500. The Nuova 500 is often thought, mistakenly, to be the only model 500 Fiat. Text from Wikipedia 

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Of course you have to overdo a little when you’re pushing your products, but calling the body on this little runter sensational is beyond the realm not only of reality but even way past the realm of fantasy. And so is calling it safe.
I know I could have showed you one of the great cars on Forgotten Fiberglass, but my tastes run more to the strange and humorous, so there you are.

  Read the whole article here, and here  and find fiber glass cars that are really sensational as well on:

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In a world of plastic cars with hybrid heartbeats, the joy of driving is a dying art.  This 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III “Vutotal” Cabriolet by Labourdette recalls an era when driving was always an artful experience.  Yet this is not your standard Rolls Royce Phantom III, this is the result of a complete rebuild by the Parisian designer Henri Labourdette.

See more photos and read the whole story here:The-Coollist

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The A35 was a small (compact) car sold by the British Motor Corporation under the Austin marque in the 1950s.

Introduced in 1956, it replaced the highly successful Austin A30. The name reflected the larger and more powerful 34 hp (25 kW) A-Series straight-4 engine, enabling a slightly higher top speed and better acceleration.

The A35 was very similar in appearance to the A30, except for a larger rear window aperture and a painted front grille, with chrome horse-shoe surround, instead of the chrome grille featured on the A30. Both had 13 in (330 mm) wheels. The semaphore turn-signal indicators were replaced with present-day front- and rear-mounted flashing lights. A slightly easier to operate remote-control gear-change was provided. Much of the improved performance was a result of different gearbox ratios. The A30 had the first three ratios close together then a big gap to top (4th gear). The A35 ratios were better spaced and gave a max speed in third of 60 mph (97 km/h) against about 45 mph (72 km/h) for the A30.

Like the A30, the A35 was offered as a 2- or 4-door saloon or 2-door "Countryman" estate and also as a van. The latter model continued in production through to 1968. A rare pickup version was also produced in 1956, with just 475 sold.

The A35 passenger cars were replaced by the new body shape A40 Farina models in 1959 but the estate car version continued until 1962 and van until 1968.

The A35 was quite successfully raced in its day and can still be seen today at historic race meetings.

A two door de luxe saloon with the 948 cc engine was tested by the British Motor magazine in 1956 and was found to have a top speed of 71.9 mph (115.7 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 30.1 seconds. A fuel consumption of 41.5 miles per imperial gallon (6.81 L/100 km; 34.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £554 including taxes of £185.

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During the early 20th century, automobiles were built in Spain only in Madrid, Barcelona and, believe it or not, Palma de Mallorca. In 1920, Señores Rafael de Lacy y Gual, Albert Ouvriard and Antonio Ribas Reus established the Loryc (Lacy, Ouvriard, Ribas y Cía) motorcar factory in Palma. Manufacturing of 2-, 3-, 4- and 6-seat models, including some racing cars, continued in Mallorca until 1926 when production was moved to France. After that and until 1930, car parts were re-imported from France to Mallorca and assembled here, something to do with peculiar tax regulations and excise duties in Spain at that time. In all, a total of some 130 vehicles were manufactured lovingly by hand in Palma.

The sports cars achieved some spectacular results, including on circuits like Le Mans (France) and the Vuelta a Catalunya. Six classic Loryc cars are said to still be in running condition, four of them in private collections here in Mallorca and two more, in Menorca.

Image and text found at:Mallorca-daily-photo-blog
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Planned in Sweden, designed in Italy, unveiled at the car show in Brussels, built in Britain and a huge success in the USA. The Volvo P1800 is perhaps Volvo’s most internationally renowned model ever and the one that arouses most emotions.
Text from CARTYPE, read the whole article here

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