Osca: Coming is
an attractive new coupe mounted on a detuned version of the famous 1500-cc MT 4
chassis with dual ignition engine and all-synchromesh transmission.
1956, this near-invincible firm is resting largely on its laurels. The 190SL
now has a smart two-tone coupe body added, and research is under way to equip
the 2-liter engine with fuel injection worth 10 to 15 hp more. This would wipe
out the present acceleration deficit. Even in its current form, the latest
190SL is probably the sweetest handling 2-liter production car in the
continues virtually unchanged, but within a year will be available as an open
car. Marginal problems on the early 300SLs with distributor-drive lubrication
and cooling, and with the fuel-injection rack mechanism no longer exist. For
the sporty-minded but lazier enthusiast of superlative engineering, the 1956
Mercedes 300 model features an automatic Borg-Warner transmission.
A NEW CARRERA
coupe models have both a redesigned instrument panel and a leather crash pad
and a handsome windshield of smoother convexity. The handling of all Porsches
is greatly improved by moving back the rear shocks and revamping the steering
geometry. The existing front stabilizer bar is retained, but the front torsion
springs are softer and slightly heavier. The entire 1500 range—Super, America,
Speedster and Convertible—is now called 1600 to denote a larger engine
(1,576-cc) achieved with a bore increase of 2.5 millimeters. Output is stepped
up five hp, with obvious benefits. The highly successful competition Spyder 550
with the four-cam, forward-facing, 110-hp, dry-sump engine—of which 70 have so
far been built—now features even better brakes. A new coupe, aptly named the
Carrera, is available with the 550 engine, slightly detuned to 100 hp at 6,300
rpm for greater flexibility. The engine is not turned around as with the
Spyder, yet the road feel of this model is magnificent, and 123 mph on the
Autobahn proved an easy mark.
This is quite a
crop for 1956. All you need do is take your choice.