1929 Alfa Romeo Super Sport
Introduced in 1929, the 1750cc Alfa Romeo, designed by Vittorio Jano, remained in production until 1934. This is the Super Sport version, with a supercharged, twin overhead-camshaft engine, capable of around 95mph. This model enjoyed considerable competition success, including victories in the Mille Miglia in 1929 and 1930 and in the Belgian 24 hours race; Nuvolari drove one to first place in the 1930 Tourist Trophy, too.
Faced with a demand for a bigger Bentley, in 1926 W.O. Bentley brought out a new 61/2-litre model which, although eventually developed into the magnificent Speed Six of 1929, initially disappointed the Bentley clientele. Steam wagon builder Foden said that his 61/2-litre lacked the ‘bloody thump’ of his beloved 3-litre Bentley. So, in 1927, the 41/2-litre Bentley was born. In standard trim, it could exceed 90mph, and a 41/2-litre won the 1928 Le Mans.
BMW began as aircraft manufacturers during World War I, but by 1923 this Bavarian company had moved into motor-cycle production, with their famous opposed-cylinder design. Their first motor-car appeared in 1928 as a result of BMW acquiring the Dixi company and the rights to build the Dixi light car, which was itself a licence-built version of the Austin Seven. Over 25,000 BMW Dixis were built up to 1932, and the model took the team prize in the 1929 Alpine Rally.
1929 Chevrolet Sport Coupe
Popularly known as the ‘Cast Iron Wonder’ or ‘Stove Bolt Six’, Chevrolet’s famous ohv, six-cylinder engine was given its first public showing on New Year’s Day, 1929. With a swept volume of 3.2 litres, the six-cylinder engine was to remain in production until 1953; output during the first year was 1,328,605, a record unsurpassed until 1941. Most of the new Chevys wore disc wheels. but this pretty 1929 Sport Coupe wears the non-standard wire type.
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