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More Cool Cars Found…

Incredible car collection uncovered after 61 years

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    VanDerBrink Auctions

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    1937 Cord Model 812 Supercharged BeverlyVanDerBrink Auctions

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    1937 LincolnVanDerBrink Auctions

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    1937 Terraplane Super SixVanDerBrink Auctions

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    1929 Ford Model A Wrecker VanDerBrink Auctions

A collection of more than 200 historic cars hidden from public view for 61 years will be crossing the auction block in Oklahoma next month.

The cars belonged to Oliver Jordan, who ran a salvage business in the city of Enid from 1945 to 1953, when he locked it up during a zoning dispute that lasted for years.

Among the more notable finds are an aluminum-bodied 1937 seven-passenger Lincoln limo by Willoughby, believed to be one of five remaining of the 60 that were produced, and a 1937 Cord Model 812 Supercharged Beverly sedan.

Two 1942 “blackout specials” – a Ford and a Chevy – built during World War II, when the government put restrictions on the use of ornamental shiny metal parts, are fitting of the cache’s low profile.

A 1937 TerraPlane Super Six may sound like a flying car, but was from a short-lived brand produced by Hudson. It doesn’t come with a hood, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find an inch of it that’s not corroded.

The same can be said about pretty much all of the other vehicles.

Nevertheless, VanDerBrink Auctions is billing the event as a customizer’s dream, as many of the parts from the once-common cars are becoming rarer by the day.

Jordan sold a few of them himself over the years, but not many. According to auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink, if he invited you inside to see his secret stash, and you were interested in one of the cars, he’d make you a take-it-or-leave-it offer on the spot. No haggling or second chances allowed.

Jordan died in 2003, and his widow died seven months ago. His grandson, who helped consolidate the cars from four different yards in recent years, is overseeing the sale of the estate, including the 1929 Ford Model A wrecker that was Jordan’s first tow truck.

The auction is scheduled to take place on June 7, both on site and online.

All sales are final, of course. Jordan wouldn’t want it any other way.

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First Porsche resurfaces after 112 years

First Porsche resurfaces after 112 years


Published January 28, 2014

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The first car designed by Ferdinand Porsche has found its way into his namesake company’s museum after disappearing for 112 years.

Discovered last year in a warehouse at an undisclosed location in Austria, the “P1” had been sitting among a collection of horse-drawn carriages since 1902. It was purchased by one of Porsche’s living relatives, and is now on display at the museum located in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany.

Officially known as the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle – C.2 Phaeton model, the car was designed and built by Porsche in 1898 when he was just 22 years old. It was the first of several motorized vehicles he developed for the luxury coachbuilder, Lohner, including the world’s first hybrid car. Porsche went on to found his own engineering firm in 1931.

As its name implies, the four-seat vehicle is electric and powered by a 3 hp motor mounted at the rear, which could be overloaded to 5 hp and propel it to a top speed of 21 mph. Its 44-cell, 1,103 pound battery pack provided enough energy for trips lasting as long as 3-5 hours, covering approximately 49 miles.

Setting the stage for Porsche’s later motorsports tradition, it won its first race in 1899, a 24-mile run across Berlin.

A Porsche museum spokesperson says the vehicle was found in surprisingly good condition and cleaned, but not restored. Its motor still functions, but the batteries have gone missing over the years, along with the seats and some of its bodywork. The last of those is somewhat fitting as the car was designed with exchangeable panels that allowed it to be converted from a closed to open car.

A transparent replica of the absent parts has been installed on top of the original wooden chassis for display, where Porsche hopes to keep it for another century, at least.

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New engine could boost electric cars

New internal combustion engine could boost electric cars


Published March 13, 2013


  • A revolutionary new internal combustion engine doesn’t go in circles, at all.
Developed by engineers at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Vehicle Concepts, the Free Piston Linear Generator is an all-new type of powerplant designed to be used as a range extender for electric cars.

The motor is comprised of two pistons, on either side of a single combustion chamber. Instead of using a crankcase to convert linear piston movement into rotational energy to turn a driveshaft or conventional electric motor, the pistons are mounted on air springs that generate electricity directly as they move back and forth.

As an added benefit, the design allows the size of the combustion chamber and its compression ratio to be infinitely adjusted without having to change parts, allowing it to run on a variety of fuels, including diesel, natural gas and hydrogen.

Although it currently exists only as an oversized technical demonstrator installed in a laboratory, the team behind it believes that it can be downsized into a compact unit that weighs about 125 pounds and puts out up to 40 hp. Several of the generators could be installed side by side to meet the power requirements of various vehicles.

The main hurdle holding back the widespread acceptance of electric cars are the expensive, heavy and relatively low-capacity batteries currently available, and the technology is improving at a snail’s pace. Range extenders allow automakers to use smaller, cheaper batteries that are good enough for everyday driving, while offering convenient long-range, though not zero-emissions, capability.

However, the motors found in cars like this on the road today, like the Chevrolet Volt and Fisker Karma, are simply internal combustion engines that have been converted from use in conventional vehicles, and not optimized for the task at hand. Future generations of plug-in hybrids are expected to feature engines specifically designed to act as range extenders, and the Free Piston Linear Generator is just one idea.

A spokesperson for the center says a production version of the Free Piston Linear Generator could be on the road within four or five years if an industrial partner comes on board to develop the technology for commercial use.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/03/13/new-internal-combustion-engine-could-boost-electric-cars/?intcmp=features#ixzz2PZ49Xjr7

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