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    In May of 1949, there was a Sports car made in the USA. It had an overhead cam engine and four wheel disc brakes (the first disc brakes on a road car). What was the name of this car?

  • #2
    Would that be the sports car built by Frank Kurtis? I believe it used a tube frame, like the roadsters of those days.

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    • #3
      Sorry, Nova, it is not the car built by Frank Curtis.

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      • #4
        Oops, it is Kurtis, isn't it? I believe he first built those cars in '52? Saw one run at, I believe, Linden Airport. Always stuck in my mind. Had a front grill similar the Vuky's '52 Indy car.

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        • #5
          Crosley? sp

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          • #6
            It's gotta be Crosley. One of them actually won the first Sebring race, which at that time, was a six hour scored on a handicap. When Crosley finally died, the SOHC engines remained in production for a time under a fellow named Nick Braje, IIRC. For years they were the engine of choice in TQ midgets.
            Proud to be a complainer.

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            • #7
              I could be wrong. (it's happened before) But I thought Crosleys were from England.
              Some people will do nearly anything in order to be able to not do anything.

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              • #8
                Ohio, I believe, just did a quick google, coupla web pages there

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                • #9
                  "Ohio, I believe, just did a quick google, coupla web pages there"

                  Well that means I've been wrong at least twice.
                  Some people will do nearly anything in order to be able to not do anything.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lucky161
                    I could be wrong. (it's happened before) But I thought Crosleys were from England.
                    Actually, there was an outfit called Crossle that built formula cars. I think they were Irish. It was pronounced the same as Crosley. You may not be so wrong after all, Lucky.
                    Proud to be a complainer.

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                    • #11
                      To settle whether Crosley was American or foreign made. Here is a link to settle it.


                      http://www.ggw.org/~cac/

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                      • #12
                        Well, that settles that!

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                        • #13
                          Good info. Thanks for the link, NoviVespa.

                          Not sure if I've ever said hello to you before, NV (been doing badly in that dept lately, I'll admit... ) Welcome to jm70, too.

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                          • #14
                            Congrats to those that said Crosley. I did a search on "Crosley Cobra Engine", which was an engine that was used by the Military in a generator system. Remarkable engine, if you did not go over the revs. As for the Sports Car, I found this:

                            The Crosley Sports Car

                            On, or about May 15, 1949, Crosley made history again. A new hydraulic brake replaced the previous mechanical brake system on all Crosley models. The new system happened to be disc brakes . . . and on all four wheels. This brake was a spot disc and was the granddaddy of all modern disc brakes. So in 1949 you could buy an overhead cam engined, four wheel disc braked American sports car!

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                            • #15
                              Name a Daytona 500 winner that also drove a Crosley race car..

                              (Calinoff, they are going to kill you for this one)

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