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1936 Ford Fordor sedan
It’s the sixth day of AutoGuide’s Dream Car Garage list. Now it’s Associate Editor Craig Cole’s turn to share his 10 favorite vehicles, an eclectic, unexpected rundown of cars and trucks.
Even though the 1936 Ford was a couple years too late to service gangsters like John Dillinger and the crime duet Bonnie and Clyde, it’s got the look of earlier models, with an upright grille, gracefully arching fenders and those all-important running boards. It’s a classic design from the most graceful period of automotive history.
Under the car’s double-hinged hood sits a 221-cubic-inch wonder, the world’s first mass-market V8 engine. Ford’s famous flathead delivered a full 85 horsepower and belted out the Depression-era’s greatest hit, a syncopated rhythm controlled directly by the driver’s right foot.
That’s a laughably modest power rating by today’s standards, but Fords were the inexpensive performance cars of their era. Thanks to ample torque, low gearing and a curb weight that was considerably lighter than the competition, these cars were built to run. Advertised top speed was nearly 90 miles an hour. A terrifying figure for a car equipped with mechanically operated drum brakes.
When it comes to classic autos most people seem to prefer muscle cars. If they do have a soft spot for older iron they typically go for coupes or roadsters. Sedans – especially “Fordor” models – are almost sneered at, but I LOVE them, especially when equipped with suicide doors as this ’36. In fact I appreciate them so much I’m restoring one right now, so it’s mandatory to have an example in my dream garage.
Being an 80-year-old in a 28-year-old’s body goes a long way to explaining my affinity for ancient cars like this one, and you know something, it’s not always about performance…
Citroen is going to enter the large luxury car market with a production version of the Metropolis concept car. The Metropolis will likely be badged as a DS9, and be positioned as a flagship to the company’s DS range, which currently markets a line of premium hatchbacks in Europe.
The Metropolis is unique in that its design and packaging will likely be dictated by the Chinese market and its unique demands. While the Metropolis show car was powered by a hybrid drivetrain, the Chinese market may not get this due to intellectual property issues. Citroen’s previous luxury car efforts have floundered against offerings from German car makers, but Citroen is hoping that their new styling direction and “made in China” design process will attract customers will make it a success.
[Source: Automotive News]
Citroen has a serious problem with large sedans. Their C6, while gorgeous and a not entirely bad car, is selling slowly in the United Kingdom and other markets – and did we mention depreciation? A $58,000 C6 is between $16,000 and $20,000 after only four years!
This sends a pretty clear message that big Citroens are poison to most people. Obviously, these cars sell better in their home market of France, but the domestic arena is not the only one for Citroen.
But with their DS3 small car winning accolades all over Europe, Citroen is hoping to capitalize on its success, as well as the general affection that the public has for the old DS sedan, by bringing out the rumored DS9 large car.
Based on the Metropolis concept car, the DS9 would be a true flagship for Citroen, with a name evoking their most iconic model. Citroen is also looking to put the Survolt concept car into limited production, as well as creating a one-make racing series based around the car.
With Citroen looking to move upmarket with its new DS line, the French company is looking to produce two striking new concepts to help boost the brand’s image.
The outlandish Survolt concept car, an all-electric sports car, is under consideration after it completed a race at the LeMans circuit. The Survolt puts out 248 horsepower and over 700 lb-ft of torque. “It’s still our intention to put the Survolt into low-volume production, and we’re pursuing the idea of a one-make race series,” a source told Autocar.
Closer to reality, the Metropolis concept car may be produced as a spiritual successor to the legendary Citroen DS, produced from 1959 to the mid 1970′s. The car would be badged DS9, as a homage to the original DS19. While a Citroen exec concedes that selling a Citroen luxury car in Europe would be tough, China is an ideal market for such a vehicle.