• Short Summary

    TODAY (TUESDAY) THE PRESS HAD A PREVIEW OF THE 54TH ANNUAL MOTOR SHOW WHICH OPENS AT LONDON'S EARLS COURT EXHIBITION HALL TOMORROW.

  • Description

    TODAY (TUESDAY) THE PRESS HAD A PREVIEW OF THE 54TH ANNUAL MOTOR SHOW WHICH OPENS AT LONDON'S EARLS COURT EXHIBITION HALL TOMORROW. THIS, BRITAIN'S AUTOMOTIVE SHOWCASE, OPENS THIS YEAR IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE MOST TROUBLE-RIDDEN YEARS IN THE BRITISH MOTOR INDUSTRY - AND, IN ITS EFFORT TO COUNTERACT THE GROWING IMPORT OF FOREIGN CARS, THIS YEAR'S SHOW IS DISPLAYING MORE NEW MODELS THAN ANY YEAR SINCE 1959.

    TRIUMPH FEATURES ITS 2.5 P.I. (FOR PETOL INJECTION) MARK II - A 110-MILES-AN-HOUR (177-KMS), LONGER AND SLEEKER MODEL WITH INCREASED STABILITY AND ROADHOLDING THROUGH WIDER WHEELS.

    FORD - WHOSE NEW CAPRI WAS LAUNCHED EARLIER THIS YEAR AMID A HUGE WORLD-WIDE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN - NATURALLY FEATURED ALL VERSIONS, CULMINATING IN THE 3000 GT. THIS THE BIGGEST AND FASTEST OF THE 6-CAR CAPRI RANGE.

    ROVER'S 3500 CC HAS A 3 1/2-LITRE V8 OVERHEAD-VALVE, ALL-ALUMINIUM ENGINE AND A SPORTS-CAR HIGH-PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY.

    THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW LONG WHEELBASE SALOON - ALONG WITH ITS SISTER SILVER SHADOWS, THE TWO-DOOR CONVERTIBLE, THE TWO-DOOR SALOON AND THE STANDARD SALOON - IS SIMPLY DESCRIBED BY THE MANUFACTURERS AS "THE BEST CAR IN THE WORLD". FROM START TO FINISH IT TAKES ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO PRODUCE THIS CAR - WITH ITS 6,230 CC EIGHT-CYLINDER 90 DEGREES V-UNIT ALL-ALUMINIUM ENGINE WHICH IS DESIGNED TO GIVE AT LEAST 100,000 MILES (160,000 KILOMETRES) TROUBLE-FREE MOTORING.

    FROM BRITISH LEYLAND, A FULL RANGE - SUCH AS, TWO OF THEIR MOST POPULAR MODELS; FIRST, THE MG 1300 MARK II SALOON WITH A TWIN-CARBURETTED 1275-CC ENGINE, FOUR-SPEED ALL-SYNCHROMESH GEARBOX ADN RACK-AND-PINION STEERING. THE WALNUT-VENEERED FASCIA PANEL FEATURES INSTRUMENTS ADN CONTROLS MARKED WITH INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLS. SECOND, THE UBIQUITOUS MORSSIS MINI, APPEARING THIS YEAR IN GRAN TURISMO (GT) FORM - A RACIER BODY WITH A 1275-CC POWER UNIT ENGINE.

    CONTINENTAL COMPETITION IS STRONG IN BRITAIN - AND ONE OF THE MAIN CONTENDERS ARE FIAT WITH MODELS SUCH AS THE 130 SALOON, WITH A 2.8-LITRE V6 OVERHEAD CAMSHAFT ENGINE AND CLEAN STYLING. THE LARGEST FIAT CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION, IT IS AIMED AT THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE MARKET WITH A 110-MILE-AN-HOUR (177-KLM) SPORTY PERFORMANCE. AND, AT THE OTHER END OF THE RANGE, THE 500L - A DE LUXE VERSION OF THEIR LONG-POPULAR 2-CYLINDER, 500-CC MODEL.

    VAUXHALL SPRANG A LAST-MINUTE SURPRISE ENTRY WITH THEIR 1970 VIVA GT - A 2-LITRE 112 BHP TWIN-CARBURETTED OVERHEAD CAMSHAFT ENGINE. IT HAS SEVERAL INNOVATIONS - OF WHICH THE MOST IMPORTANT IS A DIVIDED (TWO-PIECE) PROPELLER SHAFT WITH BODY-MOUNTED CENTRAL BEARING, WHICH ELIMINATES TRANSMISSION BOOM.

    THE MOTOR SHOW WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED TOMORROW BY SIR LESLIE O'BRIEN, GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND - A CHOICE THAT WOULD APPEAR TO HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT BRITAIN'S MOTOR INDUSTRY EXPORTS HAVE BEEN BOOMING IN SPITE OF PROBLEMS ON THE HOME MARKET.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98Q40HGOYE5XV5L9AZJTO9FHF
    Media URN:
    VLVA98Q40HGOYE5XV5L9AZJTO9FHF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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