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Pontiac Torpedo Eight (1941)


Pontiac Torpedo Eight (1941)

Prior to World War II, Pontiac had long battled with Buick in the intermediate-priced market, but in 1941 it came up with a winner that put it ahead, so much so that the company continued the car's production up until 1948, when many companies were trying to leave their pre-war designs behind. The wide low grille was a sign of things to come in car design, as were the blended-in sealed beam headlamps and tail lights. While still using a separate chassis, the Torpedo did have independent wishbones suspension and telescopic shocks on the rear axle which Pontiac promoted as reducing sway on corners. The engine offered extremely relaxed performance thanks to its low-down torque and almost silent revving. It went well with the car's smooth cruising ability and flat cornering prowess with neutral handling. The interior was a work of art, thanks to hand-made dash details.

Pontiac Torpedo Eight (1941) Specifications

Top speed:88 mph (141 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):18.9 sec
Engine type:In-line eight
Displacement:294 ci (4,817 cc)
Transmission:3-speed manual
Max power:103 bhp (77 kW) @ 3,500 rpm
Max torque:190 lb ft (258 Nm) @ 2,200 rpm
Weight:3,325 lb (1,511 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.66 km/I)
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