ROAD NOISE ….. ISSUE # 4, AUGUST 19, 2013

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WELCOME 4TH EDITION READERS OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET!

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLES of HISTORY:

Which four cars have been widely acknowledged as the “bestselling automobile in the world”?

Since Ford built its millionth Model T on December 10, 1915 the Model T remained the highest seller until forty five years after production ceased in 1927. On February 17, 1972 Volkswagen claimed that the Ford had been superseded by the Beetle, when the 15,007,034th was manufactured but since has reached then reaching then Beetle reaching 21 million.

A 1999 international poll for the world’s most influential cars of the 20th century named the Type 1 Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ fourth, after the Ford Model T the Mini, and the Citroen DS.

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^ Type 1 Beetle .. built since 1938

….EVERYWHERE IN THE 1960 AND 70’S BUT NOT SEEN MUCH TODAY (SEE BELOW) **

The Beetle remained the bestselling vehicle until the late 1990s, when it was itself overtaken by the Toyota Corolla. But the Corolla like the Chevrolet Impala though has changed designed over their history including from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive in 1966 for the Corolla. While essentially the other three top contenders remained essentially of the same design.  So lets be fair, apples to apples as it goes we can say the VW Beatle, Model T, Mini and Citroen DS keep their titles as the top four most sold.

Designs

Automobile

Production

Units Sold

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ImageFord Model T

1908–27

16,500,000.

1908–1927

 The first car to achieve one million, five million, ten million and fifteen million units sold. By 1914, it was estimated that nine out of every ten cars in the world were Fords.

 

ImageVolkswagen Beetle

1938–2003

21,529,464.

1972–1997

The first car to achieve twenty million units sold.

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Toyota Corolla

1966–present

~40,000,000 to mid June 2013.

1997–present

The first car to achieve thirty million units sold. The bestselling automobile in the world, with 1.36 million units sold in 2005.

 United Kingdom

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Morris Mini

1959–2000

5,505,874.

Citroën

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Citroën 2CV

1948–1990

3,872,583.

Including commercial variants, the total figure is approximately nine million]

Chevrolet

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Chevrolet Impala

1958–present

Over 13,000,000 to 1996.

 

                               

 

THE ROYAL ROAD: 

But what does the Queen of England Drive? According to the official Royal information we are told the following …

For most of her engagements, The Queen travels to a venue in a State car. 

Used for public engagements and some ceremonial occasions, State cars must transport their passengers in a style which is safe, efficient and dignified, allowing as many people as possible to see The Queen or other members of the Royal Family. Built to unique specifications, they are also vehicles of great historical and technical interest in themselves.

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 ^ the Queen’s Bentley, side and front

The Queen’s State and private motor cars are housed in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.

For official duties – providing transport for State and other visitors as well as The Queen herself – there are eight State limousines, consisting of two Bentleys, three Rolls-Royces and three Daimlers. Other vehicles in the Royal fleet include a number of Volkswagen ‘people carriers’.

State cars are painted in Royal Claret livery. The Bentleys and Rolls-Royces uniquely do not have registration number plates, since they are State vehicles.

The most recent State cars, used for most of The Queen’s engagements, are the two Bentleys. The first of these was presented to The Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The one-off design, conceived by a Bentley-led consortium of British motor industry manufacturers and suppliers, was created with input from The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty’s Head Chauffeur.

In technical terms, the special Bentley cars have a monocoque construction, enabling greater use to be made of the vehicle’s interior space. This means the transmission tunnel runs underneath the floor, without encroaching on the cabin.

Although they have a powerful engine, the Bentleys, like any other cars, are subject to normal speed restrictions. On processional occasions, they travel at around 9 miles per hour, and sometimes down to 3 miles per hour.

The rear doors are hinged at the back and are designed to allow the Queen to stand up straight before stepping down to the ground.

The rear seats are upholstered in Hield Lambswool Sateen cloth. All remaining upholstery is light grey Connolly hide. Carpets are pale blue in the rear and dark blue in the front.

Visibility is important. For many people, a glimpse of a Royal car driving slowly may be their only opportunity to see the Queen or a member of the Royal Family. The Bentleys are fitted with a removable exterior roof covering which exposes a clear inner lining, giving an all-round view of their Royal passengers. 

There are other Royal cars in addition to the Bentleys. A Rolls-Royce Phantom VI was presented to The Queen in 1978 for her Silver Jubilee by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The oldest car in the fleet is the Phantom IV, built in 1950, 5.76 liter, with a straight eight engine and a Mulliner body. It was used by Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh. Despite its age, the car is in fine condition, and is still used for such occasions as Ascot. … There is also a 1987 Phantom VI …

Some interesting historic Royal cars can be viewed at Sandringham Museum. Items include the 1900Daimler bought by Edward VII.

   Image  1977 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VI

  …as for the Prime Minister, he is driven in a humble Jaguar.

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 ^… AND OF COURSE THERE’S THE US PRESIDENTIAL STATE CAR COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS CADILLAC ONE (Features bulletproof windows, state-of-the-art communication and security systems, and a gas-proof chamber for defense against gas attacks).

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^^ ** OH and YES THIS IS THE OFFICIAL STATE CAR IN URUGUAY FOR PRESIDENT JOSE MUJICA …

ROAD EVENTS CALENDAR: 

 YES, IT’S STILL SUMMER, BUT MARK ON YOUR CALENDER,IF YOU WISH, NEW ENGLAND’S LARGEST BRITISH CAR DAY — NAMED the‘BRITISH INVASION’ — to be held in STOWE VERMONT SEPTEMBER 20-22.     

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 At Stoweflake Resort Field 2 miles north of Stowe village on Route 108 and Cape Cod Road.

http://www.britishinvasion.com/

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KEEPING THE TAIL LIGHTS OF SUMMER GOING … till the next edition and enjoy your summer drive … Charles Barris

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Author: hereandsphere

Here and Sphere is an online journal of news, opinion, reviews, advice, & bits n' pieces of everything else - from HERE to SPHERE...... Co-founded by Michael Freedberg, a long-time Boston Phoenix journalist, and Heather Cornell, a South Coast Massachusetts columnist and editor.

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