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Jul 23, 2012 (4:51 am)
Not an image, but a phrase or two:
"Panther Gait coil springs"
"The Car of the Century Floats on Fluid, Too!"
Different manufacturers, different eras, different suspension. Whose gentle ride were they referring to?
#33841 of 37253 Re: Panther Gait [grahampeters]
Jul 23, 2012 (4:57 am)
was the car of the century the Citroen DS?
#33843 of 37253 Re: Panther Gait [stickguy]
Jul 23, 2012 (4:24 pm)
I would have thought the Car of the Century was the Citroen DS. However, it was much more mundane.
Sort of as improbable as the GM slogan for Cadillac; The Standard of the World! which derived from Cadillac winning the Dewar Trophy, celebrating parts interchangeability in 1908. They have been using it for a long time
#33844 of 37253 Re: Panther Gait [grahampeters]
Jul 23, 2012 (6:23 pm)
then was it the mini?
#33845 of 37253 Re: Panther Gait [stickguy]
Jul 24, 2012 (4:53 am)
then was it the mini?
Car of the Century was the Model T.
#33847 of 37253 Re: Panther Gait [steve_]
Jul 24, 2012 (6:15 am)
According to the Global Automotive Elections Foundation, the top five were:
Car model Points
1 Ford Model T 742
2 Mini 617
3 CitroŽn DS 567
4 Beetle 521
5 Porsche 911 303
#33849 of 37253 Re: Panther Gait [steve_]
Jul 24, 2012 (7:03 am)
When I posed this question, I presumed that "The Car of the Century " would be easy. However on further research, it appears that virtually every manufacturer has tried the line, including for the 1950 Vanguard!
The reference to Floating on Fluid was variously applied to the Austin 1800 and the Mini, each using a hydrolastic suspension, vaguely related to the Citroen system and one used on some expensive Mercedes in the 1970's. Normal leakage resulted in the BMC cars progressively sagging, discomfiting if it happened on one side before the other.
BMC claimed that the Austin 1800 was The Car of the Century. I spent my first few driving years belting mum's 1800 and still think it was extraordinary; suspension and road holding you would not believe for its time (1968).
The Panther Gait Coil Springs refers to a 1947 Buick and was oft repeated in advertising in Australia. I wonder whether it really did impart such fabulous ride?