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  •  I Don't Normally Use The Word "Pretty" (4+ / 0-)

    when I look at cars. That is a "pretty" car.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:11:33 PM PST

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    •  It is indeed... (2+ / 0-)
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      ....as I said, its downfall was the fact it was rushed into production, and had all the reliability of a punctured balloon... real shame, as the finished article turned out to be a gem.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:23:17 PM PST

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      •  It also had a novel drivetrain (0+ / 0-)

        as your diary mentioned, it was front wheel drive.
        Nowadays that's not rare, but at the time it was unique.
        And it was a significant fail.
        Look at the profile of the vehicle, see how far forward the front wheels are in relation to the engine? The whole weight of the engine and most of the transaxle are behind the front axle line, almost no weight on the traction wheels. So on wet footing or up a steep incline, the weight transferred to the rear wheels and the fronts sat there smoking, car no go.
        The Cadillac Eldorado/Olds Toronado platform solved the problem by putting the front axle under the engine but the real breakthrough for front wheel drive came with the transverse mounted engine/transaxle (like the Civic and the Rabbit) that put ALL of the weight of the drivetrain ahead of the front axle (and confused the h3ll out of shadetree mechanics from coast to coast).
        I agree that it is a beautiful work of sheetmetal and it was innovative, very advanced for it's day. Too often, innovation outruns technology, really good ideas, rushed to market can fail because the technology isn't mature enough for dependable production, the Cord 810 is one such example.
        The "replicas" that you speak of mostly used Crown Victoria chassis that were the same wheelbase but front engine, rear wheel drive (which is why I quote "replica", they are not accurate, more an homage). There's a Cord replica and an Auburn Boattailed Speedster replica running around the eastern CT shoreline, beautiful!

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:28:21 AM PST

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