So you are a Beetle fan? You do have a budget to stick to and getting a new Beetle seems like a far fetched dream. Not to worry. Here are Used Beetles at your service. You can make your Beetle dream a reality today by choosing from umpteen available models well within your budget. There are literally hundreds of car dealers spread across the country who sell Beetle cars among several other models. A used Beetle can be quite easily bought that too for a song if you have the patience to wait and search for it. Today a car buyer’s job has become very easy with everything going online. So all the information you are ever going to need can be found on the used car dealer’s web site itself. Typically while searching for a car you will be providing some search criteria. This is to narrow down your search to a limited number of cars. For instance, if you are looking out for a used Beetle you would obviously be interested in looking only at the Beetles that are available with the dealer. With in that model you might also want to add extra criteria like price range, car age, others features, mileage covered by the car, fuel type, car type like sports model etc and so on. Whenever you are buying a used car there are some basic things you have to double check on to ensure that you land a perfect deal.
Never compromise on vehicle quality for price
Run through the vehicle parts with your mechanic by your side – he can judge the current actual position of the car and what issues you might expect in future Check the documentation of the car. Verify if the VIN number matches. Using VIN number get the car report for the used car you have chosen – to get into the vehicle’s history Make sure that it is not stolen property. Just remember that you could loose all your claims on a stolen car even if you have paid the whole amount for the purchase. Once you have done all the above verification carefully you should be able to buy your choice of used Beetle with every confidence and an open mind. To know more on used cars and used car deals in the market just click on the link shown below.
More Than A Cover
Technology is vital to our growing world. Today, we live in a period where we have the upper hand against the damage brought about by sickness and nature itself. Man continues to invent things hoping it would meet the demands of everyday living. One of the most helpful inventions we have these days are cars. You can see cars flooding the streets on a busy Monday or on the parking spaces of establishments around you on lazy weekends. For this invention that really made our life easier comes a tag with it – maintenance. It is the word that eternally rings a bell on all car owners as long as the car they acquired is very much serving them and up and running. Otherwise, having a car which is poorly maintained may only give you headaches every single time.
There are many inventions as well that deals with the job of maintaining vehicles. One of these inventions is the car cover. You might ask what this object can do in taking care of a car. Yes, it is a cover and is simply understood as a piece of cloth, plastic or special material that protects the car’s parts that are extremely exposed to the heat of the sun. Going deeper, it does more for a car than you could ever imagine. We know and have actually experienced nature at its worst and its best. Whether it may be a sunny day or a rainy day, it can adversely affect your car especially if it remained parked out in the open. During a sunny day, the sun’s rays actually may damage the car’s paint causing it to gradually fade and be scorched. When it rains, the paint is also vulnerable to the pressure exerted by the rain drops. Winter season would also give you a hard time taking off the snow around your car. Worse would be when a storm comes and rages its fury on just about anything.
Car covers are made up of special materials that are designed to withstand the sun’s rays, or t he rain drops as well as the adverse effects of the snow. Some materials, such as the patented Tyvec, which is a lightweight fabric, may reflect the sun’s rays by up to 50 percent. This keeps everything inside your car from being exposed to too much heat. Imagine the four seasons of America and think of ways that can actually help you and your car survive these situations. A vw beetle car cover may be simple and may seem irrelevant to use at times but it actually does a great deal of help to any car owner. Prevention is still the best practice. Whether thinking of a car cover BMW or a car cover Beetle, one must think that though the cover is a seemingly irrelevant piece of fabric, it actually does quite a number of benefits. Its up to the buyer now which among the many brands available to buy. At the end of the day, put quality and strength of materials used as primary considerations before completing that online purchase.
A few short decades from now, you might not have to wait in line at the gas station. Hybrid cars, which combine internal combustion engines with a rechargeable energy system, have become an increasingly visible sight on the highway. Considered more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, they’re believed to have struck a major blow in the battle against fossil fuel consumption and global warming. The first version of a hybrid car dates back to 1901, when Ferdinand Porshe, a French automobile developer, created the “Mixte,” a car that ran off a gasoline-powered electrical generator. The Mixte won a number of sporting events, and even broke the Austrian land speed record. Porsche later developed the original model of the Volkswagen Beetle, while his son, Ferry Porsche helped create the world-famous Porsche sports cars.
The modern-day hybrid car has its roots in the 1970s, when Victor Wouk, called “The Grandfather of the Hybrid,” developed a prototype hybrid car, the Buick Skylark. This was put on hold by the Environmental Protection Agency, under controversial circumstances. Wouk remained a supporter of hybrid technology, and did many papers and lectures on the subject up until his death in 2005. In 1978, engineer David Arthurs developed what would become a mainstay of modern hybrid technology, the regenerative breaking system. This system allows hybrid cars to convert a part of their kinetic energy (energy of motion) into electricity, which is then stored in their batteries. In this way, a hybrid car is able to conserve power, and use energy more efficiently. Hybrid cars made their next great leap forward in 1989, when Audi unveiled the first version of the Audi Duo, a variation on an electric car it had already manufactured. In 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton initiated a new program with major automotive manufacturers, including Ford and General Motors, to produce more environmentally-friendly cars, helping spur development of new types of engines.
The hybrid car began to truly take off in the 1990s with the introduction of the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. The Prius soon became the most popular hybrid car, offering up to 40 percent more fuel efficiency than combustion-based models. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which had once shot down the Buick Skylark, it is the most fuel-efficient car in the United States. The Prius was originally developed in 1994, and first went on sale in December 1997. According to the EPA, it is able to go 46 miles per gallon of gas. Hybrid cars have become increasingly popular, boasting a 100,000 increase in sales in 2007, a year when overall light-vehicle sales declined. About 350,000 hybrid cars were sold in 2007, marking their biggest year ever. With many U.S. manufacturers such as General Motors looking to introduce more models of hybrid cars over the next few years, it’s clear that while hybrid cars have taken a long time to gain widespread popularity, their real story is only just beginning. The future is here…and it’s hybrid.
The AC Cobra 289 Sports Car
In late 1962, the front section of the Mark 1 Cobra underwent a major design modification in order to change the steering from worm gear to rack and pinion, although there was still no power assisted steering. Unfortunately, however, the existing leaf spring suspension was retained at the rear. The steering rack came from the MGB, while the steering wheel was sourced from the VW Beetle. Designated the Mark 2, this variant was introduced in early 1963. By the time production ended in the summer of 1965, a total of some 528 units of the Mark 2 Cobra sports car were built before the old AC chassis, upon which it was based, was finally discontinued.
The 289 ci (4.7 litre) variant was complete master of the domestic scene in the US at that time, having only lost one race in the last three years. Each Cobra chassis received a CSX reference number which signified that it was an export model, meaning that it was shipped from the UK into the US, less engine and gearbox, where assembly was completed at Shelbys workshop. Beginning at 2000, the numbering reflected the order in which that unit was produced. Therefore, CSX2002 would follow the first production unit CSX2001. The Mark 2 was powered by a 289 ci (4.7 litre) Ford Windsor HiPo (High Performance) overhead valve engine, which developed 271 bhp at 5750 rpm, and 312 ft/lbs of torque at 4500 rpm. It was fitted with a single 4-barrel Holley carburettor, a four speed Borg Warner gearbox, and had a compression ratio of 11:1. This produced a top speed of 138 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 secs, a 0-100 mph time of 13.7 secs, and a standing quarter mile time of 14.4 secs. The Holley 4-barrel carburettor was targeted more towards the street car, whilst the alternative four Webber twin choke setup was geared more for the track.
In 1964, Shelby fitted a 390 ci (6.4 litre) Ford FE V8 engine into the Mark 2 CSX2196. However, owing to the fact that, at that time, resources were tied up on other projects, the car did not receive the development input it needed. As a result, when raced at the Sebring track in Florida, it performed poorly. In order to increase the top speed down the long straights at Le Mans, a total of six coupe variants were built, based on the leaf spring chassis and running gear of the Mark 2 Cobra sports car. The most famous and numerous of there were the works Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe, which was powered by a 289 ci engine, with four Webber twin chokes, which developed 385 bhp at 6750 rpm, and 340 ft/lbs of torque at 4000 rpm. This produced a top speed of 190 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 8.8 secs. Following the success of the Mark 1 Cobra CSX2026 at the Riverside track in Febraury 1963, Shelby offered an optional drag package.
Designated the Dragonsnake Cobra sports car, with only five being built, this variant won a number of NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) events, notably with the Mark 2 CSX2093. Individual customers used the drag package to produce three of these Dragonsnake variants. Prior to the 1964 Le Mans race, a Cobra coupe was tested on the M1 motorway, and reached 186 mph. As a result, it was suggested that this incident was the reason for the 70 mph speed limit on British motorways to be introduced. The Mark 2 variant, incorporating the original chassis as used in the AC Ace, was phased out in 1965, when it was replaced by the Mark 3, which was fitted with a new chassis, and the ferocious 427 Ford V8 engine. The right hand drive 289 Cobras were available in mid 1963, but it was not until late 1964 that they were officially introduced onto the UK market. This model was also marketed in Europe. Although the Shelby Cobra was discontinued in 1967, AC continued to build the convertible Cobra, with coil spring suspension, but without flared wheel arches, and fitted with a Ford 289 engine.
Called the AC 289 sports car, it was available in Europe until the latter part of 1968, although only 27 units were finally built. The 1965 289 Cobras represented the cars’ pinnacle, when issues such as engine overheating, and handling aspects, such as steering quirks, had all been ironed out. In summer 1965, prior to the advent of the 427 variant later that year, the 289 represented the best performance sports car that money could buy. Handling was impressive and, in many ways, it was the nearest thing a buyer could get, in 1965, to a no holds barred race car experience. It was, in fact, a better proportioned car than the heavier 427 Cobra. As the last 289 Cobra was built in 1965, Carroll Shelby may well have thought that this was the end of an era. However, over half a century later, how wrong he would have been since the 289 Cobra was a car that was never meant to die. I will be reviewing in some detail, in future articles within this website, the entire range of AC sports cars which were featured in the memorable era spanning 1946 to 2000.