1910 Lanchester 28
Early Motor Cars Edwardian 1904-1915
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The 28-hp Lanchester first appeared in 1906, its 3.8-litre six-cylinder power unit benefiting from Dr Fred Lanchester’s pioneering work in eliminating the torsional vibration inherent in this engine configuration. The Lanchester automobile owed its unusual appearance to the position of its engine, which sat longitudinally between the two front seats, well behind the axle. While this configuration gave the car greater stability, it also made it look like a motorboat with engine amidships. The petrol tank sat beneath the chauffeur’s seat. It is a Double Landaulet on the long wheel base of 11 feet, 5 inches. Displacement is 3.6 litres. The engine develops 42 horsepower at 2200 RPM, producing a top speed of 54 MPH. The Price was £750, or approximately $3,750. The canopy over the chauffeur’s seat is removable, the windshield tilts backward, and the landaulet collapses, creating an open car. Carried on cantilever springs that were later copied by Rolls-Royce, the car glides along the roadway. A small pump fed the famous wick carburettor, which, when opened, resembled a dishpan sprouting stalks of celery. The Autocar’s representative was impressed with a prototype 28-hp 1906, declaring: ‘The engine ran like a dynamo, and this, with the unique Lanchester suspension, gave one the impression of . . . flying’
|Dimensions||47.5 × 34.5 cm|