Monday, October 28, 2013

Cars for 1967

Britannica Book of the Year 1967.  Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 1967.

In 1966, the British Motor Corporation (BMC) merged with Jaguar, an amalgamation that also included the Guy and Daimler commercial vehicle companies which had been previously acquired by Jaguar.  In France, Peuguot merged with the state-owned Renault company.  In Germany, Daimler-Benz and Volkswagen cooperated on the establishment of a new research and development company.  Fiat and Renault both made deals with the USSR:  a car of Fiat design would be made in the Soviet Union, but Renault would produce a car of Soviet design.  In the U.S., Chevrolet introduced the Camaro to compete with Ford's highly successful Mustang, and Ford (through its Mercury division) responded with a slightly larger and more expensive Mustang, the Cougar.

Oldsmobile offered a new Delco-Remy transistorized ignition system as an option, following the use of electronic ignition in racing by the British using the Lucas "Opus" system.

Great excitement was generated when Vauxhall redesigned the Viva to be larger, Ford did the same with the Cortina, and the Rootes Group replaced the Hillman Super Minx with the lighter Hunter sedan.  Progress!

In braking news, discs were increasingly being offered either as standard equipment or as options.

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