The Acura NSX, known outside of North America and Hong Kong as the Honda NSX, remained in production between 1990 and 2005. The Japanese automaker Honda, manufactured this sports car with some impressive features such as the all-aluminum body and chassis, a V6 engine featuring Honda’s VTEC system, and a rear-wheel dive layout. The lighter weight body allowed the NSX to, for a time, sport the highest per-litre specific output of any road worthy V6 vehicle in the world. Most drivers are unaware that NSX is an acronym for “New Sportscar eXperimental” which was pertinent in its showcase at the Tokyo Motor Show and Chicago Auto Shows in 1989. Rumor has it that the ‘X’ originated as the unknown codename that was used during the development phase.
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The NSX was received as a futuristic car of the 1990s, which resulted from its ‘ahead of the time’ design. The vehicle exceptionally represented Honda’s ability to utilize racing technologies, not to mention the specific detail that went into hand-selecting the staff that actually assembled the final automobiles. The hand-selected staff were required to have each had at least 10 years of manufacturing experience and an ability to demonstrate their passion and desires to produce top notch vehicles. This dedication paid off for Acura when the Australian magazine Wheels named the NSX Car of the Year in 1991. The NSX still bears a cult following of car enthusiasts who describe the NSX as a ‘supercar’ with regards specifically to its handling, styling and body type. These enthusiasts can revel in the car’s ability in films such as Pulp Fiction, television episodes such as Seinfeld, and videogames such as Gran Turismo. Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison, is said to give the NSX as a gift to a few lucky recipients each year. Some even argue that the NSX forced ‘supercar’ companies such as Ferrari to improve their engineering. Auto transport estimates for the Acura NSX are available here using our original shipping quote calculator.
Drivers were introduced to the AMC Eagle, an all-wheel drive passenger car produced by American Motors Corporation (AMC), in 1980 (of which, production continued until the middle of the 1988 model year). The Eagle coupe, sedan, and wagon were loosely based off the AMC Concord. The Eagle was accepted as groundbreaking at its debut, which resulted from the addition of Jeep’s chief engineer, Roy Lunn, joining a Jeep-like 4-wheel-drive driveline with the AMC Concord body. This was merely the next expected step for AMC, who was trying to tackle the debacle surrounding the energy crisis of the late 70s. According to AMC CEO (at that time) Gerald C. Meyers, sales of AMC’s highly coveted Jeep line, which was notorious for being anything but fuel-efficient, had plummeted, leaving AMC in a troubled financial situation. Consequently, the Eagle provided a low-cost way alternative and bridged the gap between AMC’s solid and economical, yet aging passenger cars, and its well-loved, but decidedly more adventurous off-road Jeep line.
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For the first time in passenger cars, the early Eagles were equipped with a true full-time system that operated only in all-wheel drive that delivered a quiet and smooth ride and great traction, on both wet or dry pavement. The competition on the market such as the Subaru and Toyota had only part-time four-wheel drive systems, which could not be engaged on dry pavement. The automotive community was shocked that AMC was able to released the first mass-produced American passenger car with 4-wheel-drive of any type ‘ especially considering AMC was viewed as having past its heyday with regards to delivering revolutionary competent vehicles. Nevertheless, AMC re-branded themselves as a new and innovative company, which allowed them much growth in the next 25 years and beyond. Four Wheeler magazine even went so far as to label the AMC Eagle as the start of a “new generation of cars”. Try getting an auto transport quote for the AMC Eagle right here using our first of a kind auto transport estimate calculator.
One might imagine that the Chevrolet Citation would be an extremely unpopular car based solely on its name, which brings to mind dreaded speeding tickets. Perhaps other drivers thought the same thing given that it was only in production for five short years. It was a compact car sold by the Chevrolet brand of American automaker General Motors starting in 1980 and lasting until 1985. It turns out that the first name that was proposed, and mistakenly not selected was the “Condor”. The Citation became the first compact front wheel drive vehicle sold by GM. General Motors recognized that consumers were looking for smaller cars, and for this reason, they switched from V8 engines to smaller, more economical V6 and 4-cylinder engines. The Citation was some 800 lbs lighter than the rear-drive compacts it replaced. Motor Trend magazine even awarded the Citation Car of the Year for 1980.
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As it turns out consumers loved the 1980 model and because sales came in so fast General Motors was unable to meet the demand. Consequently, consumers had to wait, some even as long as nine months The preparation and development for the Citation look six years. The first samples were created in mid-summer 1976. This car was actually quite a bargain, coming in at just under $6,000. Things went from bad to worse, as the X-body cars were the target of an unsuccessful lawsuit by NHTSA, which cited a propensity to lose control when the brakes were strongly applied. This was not the only problem though that the car faced. The model was continuously recalled which certainly doesn’t instill consumer confidence and the obvious consequence was that sales fell year after year. GM even tried to pull a fast one and rebadge the 1984 and 1985 models as the Citation II, which they thought, would convince consumers that the problems had been solved. Turns out a bad reputation is not that easy to overcome. Auto transport estimates for the Chevy Citation are available here using our original car shipping quote calculator.
Volvo S60 is a compact car manufactured by Volvo, which was first launched in 2000. It uses the Volvo P2 platform, which it also shared with the Volvo V70, the Volvo S80 and the Volvo XC90. This was in fact, one of the first curvy Volvos that was designed by Peter Horbury. The model did receive an upgrade in 2004. The S60 is currently offered in a variety of trim lines, from the 2.5T to the limited edition S60R. Further, a new S60 will be released for the 2009 or the 2010 model year. Initially, the S60 was introduced in 2001 with a top speed of 180mph. Additionally, the model boasted AWD mated to a 300hp and 295 lb/ft engine. In 2006, At Speed Motorsports entered an all wheel drive S60R in five races of the Speed World Challenge GT class. The car was driven by Michael Galati and finished 14th in the overall standings, while also winning one race.
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In terms of the model’s performance, the S60 is the car of the Volvo team in the Swedish Touring Car Championship, where it has finished 2nd in the drivers’ championship twice and won the manufacturers’ title once. It should be noted that the Volvo S60 started out as the 850, but not before a three-year interim as the S70. The only downfall that has been noted with the model is the lack of legroom in the rear seat. Nevertheless, all Volvos have relentless safety standards making them highly sought after. In fact, for many years, the Volvo was one of the safest cars in the world. Many of the safety enhancing design elements were carried over from the Volvo VESC, including crumple zones and three-point seat belts. These features allowed the Volvo models to have the lowest driver death rate between 1990 and 1993. Further, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety listed the model as having 0.1 driver deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles during that time period. Try getting an auto transport estimate for the Volvo S60 right here using our first of a kind auto transport price calculator.
Henry Jervis Mulliner created a coach building business in Brook Street, Mayfair, London. This was an affluent area not far from Conduit Street, which was where Rolls-Royce had its first showroom. Further, the company produced Rolls-Royce Motor cars including the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Rolls-Royce Corniche. The company sadly closed in 1991. In 1919 the company Park and Ward was formed in Willesden, London, and a year later began producing bodies for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Henry Royce was very pleased with the quality of the work, which immediately led to a number of orders. Further, by the early 1930s most of their work was from Rolls-Royce. It was coming, and finally in 1939, the company was taken over by Rolls-Royce. Prior though, the company had produced car bodies for several car manufacturers and earned a reputation for quality. The new division of Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park Ward was created and at its peak employed 750 workers.
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Over its 100-year history the company created countless classic designs, and after its closure in 1991 the name Mulliner Park Ward remained as a division within Rolls-Royce. This was of course until the sale and split-up of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, at which point it became a division of Bentley Motors. Much earlier though, in 1922, Park and Ward was asked by Rolls-Royce to take part in a project to make standard bodies for the small 20hp model. The project was later abandoned but they did start to build bodies for Rolls-Royce customers. From the mid-1920s the company started to concentrate solely on Bentley and Rolls-Royce models. This turned out to be a fantastic mixing of skills and talents that went on to produce some of the most beautiful and quality autos ever. It is spectacular that these entities were able to cooperate as one unit for so many years. Learn more about the Rolls-Royce Park Ward and receive an instant auto transport estimate using our online rate calculator.
Not many model of cars can compete with the sale success of the Chevrolet Impala. For many years, the Impala was the best-selling vehicle in the entire United States. Amazingly, in 1965 it sold over one million units, which is a record still today. The Impala is built for the Chevrolet division by General Motors while the chief engineer of Chevrolet described the Impala as a “prestige” car that was within the reach of the everyday American citizen. Given the sales volume of this model, it seem that consumers took his word for it. The Impala name surfaced at the 1956 General Motors Motorama. It was painted metallic emerald green, had a white interior and featured hardtop styling. It went on to have quite an exciting and varied career.
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The Chevrolet Impala was formally released in 1958 as an offshoot of the Corvette, although newer versions have moved and into the bin of mid-sized sedans and finds itself competing with the Camry and Accord. Oddly, production of the car was halted twice. The first time was after the 1985 model, and the second time was after the 1996 version. It seemed that perhaps rising gas costs and changing consumer preferences were the cause of the stop in production. Nevertheless, this car has had an impressive showing in Hollywood productions. For example, in the Disney and Pixar film Cars, Ramone is based on a 1959 Impala low rider. The Impala has even made a name for itself in the music industry as well. For example, in rap culture, the term “six-four” is generally used to refer to a 1964 Impala. Also, the Detroit-based rap group Slum Village was featured in ads for the 2006 Impala, which is certainly helpful in allowing the Impala to retain its rough and tough image. It has also made appearance in the wrestling circuit among a host of other industries outside of the typical automotive world. Use our auto transport calculator, which we created first, and learn more about the Chevy Impala by going here. Auto transport estimates are easy on this page.
The pickup truck segment in the United States is a very competitive segment to participate in. Nevertheless, General Motors is a dominant player in the market and has had a huge amount of success marketing their trucks to consumers of all needs. General Motors, under the GMC marquee has released the Sierra line of trucks, which come available in three distinct sizes. The GMC Sierra 1500 is a two-door long bed pickup truck that is well equipped to handle the tough jobs that other import models are incapable of completing. This model weighs half a ton and has graced showrooms since the 1990′s. This has been just long enough for a new generation of drivers to grow to love it. The Sierra line is so unique in that it appeals across generations and can be found being driven by both father and son, or mother and daughter. On one hand, this is a result of continuous modernization of the vehicle and on the other hand, the model had to remain true to some of its original design features to keep the older generations interested.
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Despite its age, the Sierra 1500 2dr long bed has taken the time to adapt to current trends and even a new hybrid was released in 2005. Another one of the reasons for the success of the Sierra trucks is the sheer power that they contain, which is very important for instilling faith in the model. For example, the last thing someone wants to happen is to try and haul something only to find out the vehicle is not strong enough to get the job done. This will not be a problem with the Sierra 1500 especially with the wide variety of powerful engine choices and over 10,000 lbs. of towing capacity. As long as General Motors continues to be proactive with the mechanical upgrades, there appears to be a long and healthy future for the GMC Sierra. Receive an instant auto transport estimate for the GMC Sierra using our online rate calculator.