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Air Cooled Rules The World!! O/T cool smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: July 28, 2010 04:47PM

1956 Avia MK3 Streamliner.

A friend of Bob Coffin's vintage racecar.


Jul 23 2010, 15:40
1956 Avia Mk3 monoposto streamliner.

This is an extremely rare Czechoslovakian built race car.
Miroslav Jurca, a very talented driver with good connections to the Avia airplane and car facility was given permission to build himself a highly developed race car.
He built a streamliner with steel frames and an aluminum and magnesium skin, powered by a BMW 750 cc 4 stroke, opposed piston motorcycle engine.
The design of the body is clearly inspired by the aircraft experience gained by Avia from the 1920's up to the time of this cars construction.
The car is quite sophisticated for its time featuring fully independent front and rear suspension and a trans-axial gearbox.
The Avia is low to the ground and aerodynamically clean weighing under 900lbs.
It was raced in the Eastern bloc and Austria.
During the late 50's the Avia was seized by the communist authorities.
It surfaced in a German museum where it was misidentified as 1948 BMW race car with unknown history
It passed through the hands of various collectors and in 1987 was shipped to the USA and purchased by Bruce McCaw who then sold it to the Pat Hart Collection.
It was shown at Pebble Beach in 1996.
The restoration was done in Neracephotos@hotmail.comw Zealand by Barry Leitch.
In 2010 Mark Sange bought the car and intends to show and race the Avia .

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Re: Air Cooled Rules The World!! O/T cool smiley
Posted by: Vairismo ()
Date: July 28, 2010 05:15PM

Wow! I wonder when and how the cars pedigree was discovered.

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Re: Air Cooled Rules The World!! O/T cool smiley
Posted by: j3m ()
Date: July 28, 2010 05:45PM

...well it did for a long time, until the last aircooled Volkswagen came off the line (mexico in 2003) Or it could be said when the last aircooled 911 was produced, or maybe it really ended as far back as when the 1974 Golf was introduced in Europe (one year later in USA as '75 Rabbit)

...Ever Wonder Why Most Rocket Scientists were German? The German made air-cooled machines were superbly engineered unlike the horribly flawed abomination, Cole championed and GM engineering gave the public, housed in a low cost and less than quality built "economy" car. Though some argue that, the "bean-counters" were the cause of such flaws, though the engineering concept was sound in theory, at that time GM's engineering braintrust lacked the ability to build quality aircooled power plants such as those from Wolfsburg & Stuttgart. The inability to refine and significantly improve its aircooled design to a level of improved reliability and public confidence in it , and the door shut forever when GM killed further research and testing by '66. Consumer Reports consistantly had Corvair reliability/freq of repair: WORSE THAN AVERAGE in the era when new.

It is true that air cooled did once rule the world and they were all VW and Porsche.

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Re: Air Cooled Rules The World!! O/T cool smiley
Posted by: Vanman ()
Date: July 28, 2010 06:00PM

Look at how many years VW had on Chevy, you cant replace that, period. But yes, even today German engineering is superior.

I sell Wheelchairs, and German wheel chairs and parts are usualy quite a few steps ahead of just about anything else out there.

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Plainfield, IL
'63 2dr Biscayne
'63 VW Custom bug project
Former Corvan owner

Just hangin round to shoot the schtik

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Re: Air Cooled Rules The World!! O/T cool smiley
Posted by: word1 ()
Date: July 28, 2010 06:04PM

j3m Wrote:

> It is true that air cooled did once rule the world
> and they were all VW and Porsche.

Not all of 'em. BMW has made a air-cooled horizontally opposed twin cylinder motorcycle since 1923!
The current version is DOHC, 4 valve with radial valve arrangement and makes 110hp @ 7750rpm from 1200cc.

The car is now fitted with a 900cc motor from a mid '70's BMW R90S.

Thanks to Phil for posting!

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_jay word
Rome, GA
1965 140/4 Corsa Coupe
1978 BMW R100RS
2002 BMW R1150GS

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Re: Air Cooled Rules The World!! O/T cool smiley
Posted by: Geardo ()
Date: July 28, 2010 06:33PM

The best aircooled engines are in airplanes

64 Cessna 150
65 Corsa Vert 140hp 4sp
87 Corvette Z-52 coupe auto
92 SAAB 900S vert 5sp
01 SAAB 9-3 SE turbo vert auto

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Re: Air Cooled Rules The World!! O/T cool smiley
Posted by: Richard ()
Date: July 28, 2010 07:21PM

Word1, I was going to ask about that.
I didn't think they had a 750 in the 50's or 60's. The cam was on top then, with the push rod tubes running above the cylinders. As they were all kick-start, there was a magnito located above the engine where that engine has a electric starter.
Looks like nothing more than a go-kart with a motorcycle engine.

ebay

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