Auto News for June 12 – What Was The Car?

  We know more this morning about the 2018 Honda Accord. It will be offered with two turbocharged engines,   a 1.5-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with dual variable cam timing mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual transmission. Wait a minute, did they say a stick shift?

 Also on board will be a 2.0-liter direct-injected DOHC turbo paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the industry’s first 10 AT for a front-wheel-drive passenger car – or a 6-speed manual. They said it again!

 An all-new hybrid will be powered by next-generation two-motor hybrid technology, which uniquely operates without the use of a conventional automatic transmission, Honda said. More on that to come.

 Sharp readers will note that the Honda six is among the missing on the new model.

 The new tenth generation model is said to be “all-new, completely redesigned and reengineered…”

 Additional details will be released in the weeks ahead before the new model debuts later this year.

 Not to show off but it is very unusual for me to see a car and not know what is. As I pulled into a Sheets in York, Pa., on a test drive Sunday there was this immaculate black sports care two pump islands away. Of course, I had to walk over and inquire!

 It was like I asked the owner to tell me about how great his kids were.

 The car was an extremely rare Nash-Healey two seater, vintage 1950.

 The black exterior paint had a luster that I have not seen in years. Thick, rich and deep without a hint of orange peel.

 With the top down on a 90 degree day it was clear that the unique interior with the huge spoked steering wheel and instruments located on the center dash, had been lovingly restored.

 The fuel filler pipe was in the trunk, a rather unique location for sure.

 Unique? You bet! Only 104 of the cars were produced and an early model finished fourth at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

 Very early models had the accelerator located between the clutch and the brake, which must have taken some getting used to, according to Keith Martin’s “Sports Car Market.” A strong argument can be made that the Nash Healey might have been this country’s first sports car. After all, it hit the market three years ahead of the first Corvette.

 The collaboration by Healey and Nash was an effort by the American maker to add some jazz to its auto lineup way back when. It sported a six cylinder engine, an inline six at that, and had a top speed of 90 mph.

 Owners at the time could pick one up for $4,063 a huge bargain by today’s standards.

 I asked the owner’s young daughter if she liked riding with Dad in this car.

 “Oh ya,” was the response with a big smile.

 All in all, it was a great moment – on the road.

 

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