The B-Series was introduced to the United States with the 1972 B1600. It was joined in 1974 by the similar rotary-powered Rotary Pickup and the engine was enlarged to 1.8 L for the 1977′s B1800. From the first B-Series pickup truck, Mazda has used the engine displacement to determine the name. Thus, the B1500 had a 1.5 L I4 engine, and the new B4000 has a 4.0 L V6. For 2002, the name was changed to simply Mazda Truck in the United States. Mazda’s partnership with Ford has resulted in the sharing of this vehicle, and given that, the Mazda B-Series and Ford Ranger have been essentially the same since 1994. The 1980 B2000 used a 2.0 liter engine, replacing the B1800. Additionally, the B-2000 was also available in a long bed version, which was given the model name Sundowner which was a reference to nomadic Australian herders who would make camp wherever they were at sundown. The 2.2 L B2200 joined this truck later in 1982. The US B-Series continued through 1985, one year past the international version. North America saw an entirely new B-Series again in 1998, with a larger base engine. An available 5-speed automatic transmission was a novelty at the time. The 1999 B-Series added four doors, which was a first in the extended-cab pickup truck market. A refresh and updated 4.0 L V6 came in 2001, which reintroduced the vehicle to buyers. In Japan, Mazda uses the Proceed name on its compact pickup trucks, and another line of larger trucks is available called the Mazda Titan. Other names used for this line include Mazda Bravo in Australia, the Mazda Bounty in New Zealand and the Mazda Drifter in South Africa. However, it should be kept in mind that the Mazda B-Series and Ford Ranger twins found inside North America are in fact unrelated to the ones sold elsewhere. The previously listed models are engineered by Mazda, whereas the North American models are developed by Ford.
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The first appearance of the Porsche 924 took place in November 1975 at the harbor of La Grande Motte, Camargue in the South Of France. The 924 proved to be a success that took Porsche out of the red and also produced a steady inflow of cash. This allowed Porsche to continue building and developing the 911. Later, the 924 was replaced by the 944 in 1982 in the United States, but was produced until 1985 in the rest of the world. The Porsche 924 was an automobile produced by Porsche AG of Germany from 1976 to 1988. This 2 door coupe replaced the 914 as the company’s entry-level model, and was the car that eventually retired the 912. It was the first Porsche model that was powered by a water-cooled, front-mounted engine. The front-engine, rear wheel drive arrangement was normal for most other automakers, but it was quite unusual for Porsche. They had before only used mid or rear-mounted engines.
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For the 1986 to 1988 model years, the car was made with the engine from the 944 model and thus became the Porsche 924S. The 924 was at first meant to be a Volkswagen’s flagship car. Volkswagen had commissioned Porsche to design the car. However, due to growing concern over the oil crisis, Volkswagen put the project on hold, and eventually dropped it entirely after their decision to move forward with the Volkswagen Scirocco model instead. Porsche, who itself needed a model to replace the 914, made a quick deal with Volkswagen, and agreed to buy the design for a hunk of change. It turns out they paid $10 million less than what Volkswagen paid Porsche to design it. This deal really only turned out well for Porsche as they had the car, the design and all the sales. Go to our easy to use vehicle transport quote calculator on this page and learn more about the Porsche 924.
Interior features of the SL 550 are in tune with the SL 550′s status as one of the top luxury roadsters. It includes 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, deluxe velour carpeting, dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows, electronic cruise control and hand-polished Chestnut, Burl Walnut, or Black Ash wood trim. And in reality, the features are really more numerous than this, but to list them all would fill the page. Further, the SL roadster is one of the most recognizable and in demand vehicles in the world, thanks to its combination of flashy styling, powerful performance, and agile handling make the driving experience practically unmatchable. One of the SL’s latest configurations is the SL 550, which was introduced in 2007 as an heir to the previous year’s SL 500 roadster. These are of course large shoes to fill, but it seems to be doing a great job at it.
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The SL 550 features an aerodynamic and strapping appearance. The exterior design features include a gray titanium grille, Xenon high-intensity headlights, halogen front fog lights, side vents and dual chrome exhaust tips. Traditionally, like all SL roadsters, it is also equipped with an electro hydraulic retractable aluminum folding hardtop that stows in the trunk. This makes it a great car to take out for that romantic evening drive or for that exciting cruise down the coast. Either the console controller or the Smart Key remote can operate the roof, which has an electrically heated rear window. Under the hood of the rear-wheel-drive SL 550 has a new 5.5-liter, double-overhead-cam V8 engine that produces a whopping 382 horsepower. Coming standard is a seven-speed automatic transmission with driver adaptive programming. Further, for communications and entertainment, the SL 550 is also equipped with the COMAND-DVD Cockpit Management and Data System. You can obtain more information going here and a vehicle transport quote on our calculator for your Mercedes-Benz SL 550.
The Porsche 944 was a high performance sports car manufactured by the German automaker Porsche. It was launched in 1982 to replace the Porsche 924 as their entry level model. Production ended in 1991 when it was supplanted by the Porsche 968. The 944 was available in several forms throughout its life. It was offered as the 944, the 944S, the 944 Turbo, the 944S2 and the 944 Turbo S. Originally it had a 2.5 L straight-4 engine of which the design was based on half of the Porsche 928′s V8 engine. The Porsche 944 was indeed based on the earlier 924 model, but featured many changes including an updated body with flared fenders and a rear spoiler. The interior was mainly the same as the 924, but it did have new climate control switches.
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In mid 1985 the Porsche 944 was ready for some significant changes. The air conditioning system was improved and the radio antenna was moved from a standard vertical position to being embedded in the windshield. Other changes included new front and rear cast aluminum control arms and semi-trailing arms. Optional heated and powered seats were also now included. Further, the wheels used in the early Porsche 944s were upgraded and the 1985 model year cars that incorporated these changes are sometimes referred to as “1985B” or “1985 1/2″. The 944 was known internally pre-release as the 951. This concept had a turbocharged and inter cooled version of the standard car’s engine, which produced 220 hp at 6000 rpm. The Turbo also featured numerous other revisions, such as better aerodynamics, a stronger gearbox, wider wheels and an upgraded suspension. Amazingly, more than thirty engine revision were made to the 944 to compensate for the increased internal loads and heat. It was indeed a very hot car. Learn more about the Porsche 944 and receive an instant car transport rate using our online quote calculator.
The Volkswagen Fox is a supermini manufactured and created by Volkswagen of Brazil and sold in Latin America and Europe. The Fox is currently produced as a three-door and as a five-door hatchback. Further, there is a mini SUV version called the CrossFox, and a mini MPV model called the Suran, the SpaceFox, the SportVan or the Fox Plus depending on the market in which it is sold. In South America, the Fox sits between the low cost Gol and the Polo. Despite its varied height, the interior room is quite similar to its competitors the Opel Corsa, the Fiat Palio, the Ford Fiesta, the Renault Clio and the Peugeot 206. Humorously, because names can either be misleading, controversial or misunderstood, the Fox has a different moniker in Mexico. In Mexico it is called the Lupo due to the then-current Mexican President Vicente Fox having the same last name of Fox as the VW.
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In 2005, the Fox was introduced to the European market where is replaced the aging Lupo as the entry-level car in the lineup and at a far cheaper price. The Fox and Fox Wagon was also the name of a subcompact sedan and station wagon sold by Volkswagen in North America as an entry-level model. It was a United States modified version of the Gol, which was produced in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Brazil. It had previously been a design unique to South America, although it bore a resemblance to the Volkswagen Jetta. Following 1990, the Wagon was dropped from the North American market at which time it was the last two-door wagon offered in the United States. However, the Fox sedan and the coupe did last until 1993 in the US. The wagons are a really tough market to be successful in, as their popularity has certainly taken a nosedive. Go to our easy to use car transport rate calculator on this page and learn more about the Volkswagen Fox.
The 560 was premiered at the IAA in Frankfurt on September 1979. Its design differed from the remainder of the Mercedes fleet at that time, so some people did not appreciate the design right away. As is most always the case, the radical designs take some time to be welcomed. The intention of the design team, lead by Bruno Sacco, was to create a car that was sleeker, more aerodynamic, lighter and faster than the previous model. The application of lighter materials and alloys combined with thorough wind tunnel testing to reduce overall drag meant the car consumed about 10% less fuel than its predecessor and maximum speed was also increased. This is of course a great win for not only the earth, but for the driver, as they will be spending less on fuel. The 560 was initially offered as both short, designated SE and SD, and long, designated SEL and SDL, wheelbase sedans. However, in September 1981 the coupe, designated SEC, body style was introduced.
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During the car’s twelve-year production run between 1979 and 1991 the different body styles achieved a combined sales of an impressive 892,123 units, of which 818,063 were sedans. This made the 500 (W126 series) the most popular S-Class to date. The 500 replaced the 1970s generation W116, which included the flagship Mercedes-Benz. It therefore had to carry forward the self-leveling hydro pneumatic suspension. This came as an option on the 500, and standard on the 560 models. After the 1970s oil crisis, Mercedes-Benz made fuel efficiency a significant goal of the model, even in the large V8 engine models. A few upgrades and facelifts occurred over the years such as changes to the bumpers and side covers and alloys. Also, changes were made to the available collection of engine variants, which was very welcomed. Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz 560 and receive an instant auto shipping rate using our online quote calculator.
Probably the most interesting piece about the Ford Fairlane is the origin of the name. The name was taken from Henry Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan. This model was sold between 1955 and 1971 by the Ford Motor Company in North America. Over time, the name was used in reference to a number of different cars in different classes; originally, the Fairlane was a full-size car during the 1950s but became a mid-size car in the 1960s. The mid-sized model led to the creation of the Australian-built Fairlane in 1967, granted it was considered a large car there. For the 1955 model year, the Fairlane name replaced the Crestline as Ford’s premier full-size offering. The fashionable Chevrolet Bel Air overshadowed it then and especially now.
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On the other hand, the Ford Fairlane was indeed successful and considered to be quite desirable and stylish. An amazing six different body styles were offered, including the Crown Victoria Skyliner, which featured a tinted, transparent plastic roof. Other body styles included the regular Crown Victoria coupe with lots of stainless steel trim, a convertible Sunliner, a Victoria coupe and of course traditional sedans. All were highlighted with the trademark stainless steel “Fairlane stripe” on the side. In the 2005, Ford revealed a new concept show car with the Fairlane nameplate. It was a slightly odd-looking crossover utility vehicle that featured three-row seating for six passengers. It of course also included the chromed three bar horizontal grill design, which currently appears on the 2006 Ford Fusion sedan and the 2007 Ford Edge crossover utility vehicle. A production version (renamed the Ford Flex) of the Fairlane concept car is scheduled to debut at the 2007 New York Auto Show. The plan also has the model entering production for the 2008 model year. Use our auto shipping calculator, which we created first, and learn about the Ford Fairlane by going here. Car transport estimates are easy here.
Since 1972, German automaker BMW has been offering the BMW 5 Series, a mid-size luxury executive car. Impressively, this car is now in its fifth generation and is sold in both sedan and touring body styles. Logically, the 5 Series earned its name by being the fifth of the “new series” cars after the V-8 and Isetta era. Models that preceded the 5 series were the 700, the “New Class”, the “New Six” 2500/2800/Bavaria and the CS. BMW introduced the 5 Series in an attempt to replace the smaller New Class sedans, which left the coupes as the company’s low-end model. Marcello Gandini designed the body of the 5 series, which was based on the Bertone 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti Geneva show car. Gandini is also credited as designing the Fiat 132 and Alfa Romeo Alfetta, which explains why the three cars have a similar design.
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The 524 has been well received by drivers all over and continues to be a sought after model in the marketplace. The popularity of BMW’s cars has not come overnight. The manufacturer has been tirelessly making cars for decades and it appears from their sales volume that their effort is paying off. Five generations of the 5 Series have surfaced to date. The models can be differentiated from each other by their unique chassis numbers (EXX). For the first time with the 5 Series, BMW began its tradition of named its models with a three-digit number. This in fact is a very logical naming scheme. The first digit (5 in this case) represents the model, and the following two digits (typically) represent the size of the engine. The additional letters or words added to the end of the three-digit number are used to define the fuel type (petrol or diesel), engine or transmission details, and the body style. For more information on the BMW 524 go here. You can also receive instant car transport rates for the BMW 524 using our online rate calculator.
The original Jeepster, know internally as VJ, was produced from 1948 through 1950. Some leftover models were sold under the 1951 model year and thus have become popular collectors items. After World War II, Jeep trademark owner, Willys, believed that the market for the military-type Jeep would be limited to farmers; therefore, they began producing the CJ, which stood for ‘Civilian Jeep’ to fill this growing segment. They added to this growing segment by also producing the new Jeep Wagon in 1946, and then the Jeep Truck in 1947. Realizing a gap in their product line up, Willys created the Jeepster to crossover their utilitarian trucks to the automobile market.
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The car was originally only offered with rear-wheel drive, which limited its appeal with traditional Jeep fans. While its distinctive boxy styling was a hit with critics, it did not catch on with the anticipated market. Further, sales were negatively affected by meager advertising. In the end, just 19,132 original VJ Jeepsters were sold which is just too bad because they were a fairly decent automobile. This is however good to know because an old Jeepster would be a good find in the resale market. The VJ Jeepster was powered by the 62 hp Go Devil engine. A 3-speed manual transmission with optional overdrive was used, as were drum brakes all around. The vehicle’s front end was from the Willys Station Wagon, as was the rear driveline. The flat-topped rear fenders were copied from the Jeep truck line, as were the longitudinal rear leaf springs. From the sounds of it the Jeepster was nothing more than a bunch of old parts put together, but in reality, this is more common than not. Imagine the price of an automobile is the manufacturer had to start from scratch with every new model. No industry does this ‘ and survives. Go to our easy to use vehicle transport quotes calculator on this page and learn more about the Jeep Jeepster.
The Shelby Mustang, although one wouldn’t know it by the name, was a performance muscle car from the 1960s. It was part of a series of Ford Mustangs that were specially modified by Carroll Shelby’s company and sold as a chain of automobiles. The program was factory-sponsored and production was ultimately moved in-house. The character of the series continues still today in the special Mustang Cobra models. The first Shelby version of the Mustang appeared in 1965 painted Ford “Wimbledon White”. In fact, all ’65 Shelbys were painted Ford “Wimbledon White”. Although most of the 1965 Shelby’s you see today have Le Mans stripes, less than 40% of the 1965 GT 350′s came factory equipped with them. Under the hood the engine was a modified K-code 289ci Windsor V8 with special “Cobra” valve covers, tri-Y headers and a special intake manifold.
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The first 300 GT 350s, approximately, were “rear battery” cars, logically meaning the car’s batteries were trunk-mounted. This turned out to be a bad move and Ford was made aware of it as customer complaints of acid-fumes started to pour in. This led to the creation of the Cobra Battery Caps, which vented the acid fumes outside of the car by way of hoses exiting through the trunk floor panels. An estimated 50 1965 GT 350s came equipped with the very rare Cobra battery caps. Shortly thereafter, vehicle production changed and the battery was now in the engine compartment. As to be expected, the most desirable of the 1965 GT 350s today are the units with factory installed rear batteries. The new 1967 Mustang was trailed with a new Shelby featuring a 1967 Mercury Cougar tail light panel minus the chrome trim, a flip-up spoiler and two sets of air scoops on each side. This was also the first American car to feature a factory roll bar which was a great addition to the safety of cars. You can go here for more details on the Shelby GT. Car Transport Rates for the Ford Shelby GT are available here using our original auto transport calculator on our page.