Monday, July 10, 2017

Sports Classics At the Concours

The 40th Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance had a solid class for Sports Classics Through 1959 including a 1948 MG TC. With a 1250 cc, 55 horse power, overhead valve inline four engine is isn't what we think of today as a sports car but this is the car that introduced so many World War II service men to sports cars.
A 1959 Porsche 356A Carrara GT Speedster was also on display. Its 1587 cc dual overhead cam four cylinder boxer engine was designed and originally used in factory racing cars.
Owned by the same person for 45 years, this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette runs on a 235 cubic inch, 155 horse power straight six engine.
This 1956 Ford Thunderbird is a mostly original car. The first "personal luxury car" has a 312 cubic inch Y block V 8 that produces 215 horse power.
A 1954 Jaguar XK 120 OTS was also on gleaming in the warm sun. The 120 in the name refereed to the claimed top speed of 120 miles per hour. It got that power from its 3442 cc dual overhead cam inline six XK engine that was rated at 160 horse power.
A right hand drive 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe was originally built for the South African market and was imported to the USA in 1985. Running off of the 1.6 liter four cylinder boxer engine it produced 60 horse power.
There was also a 1958 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6 being shown. Its 2639 cc BMC C Series straight six engine featured twin 1.75 SU carburetors.

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