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Robert Emslie May 1, 2017 Last Call 18 Comments

For a gasoline engine, the stoichiometric air–fuel mixture is about 15:1, however in the case of this car it’s about sixty-zillion to one.

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  • My HSNC ’16 package arrived! This may seem a bit late, but the first shipment went awry somehow and it took a while to sort out what had happened. The sender generously offered to have a second go at it. Thanks! I got all sorts of nifty items and a Fiat X1/9 shop manual, which I do not intend to take as a hint. Probably.

    • Alff

      I understand. Once you’ve found what works for you, there’s no reason to pursue unnecessary upgrades.

  • Batshitbox

    It’s an air in-duct-ion system.

    • Lokki

      And it’s designed to increase the error-fool mixture

  • Fuhrman16

    Hmmm, isn’t there someone we all know in the Pacific Northwest that owns one of these?

    • “This is one of two in the country!”

      I believe this is true, not counting the Estate version. There’s precisely one (I think) of those, along with one allegedly in Canada. There are also a small number of nearly identical DAF 66 specimens in North America, too.

      I ed the owner of this one about a year or so ago and had hoped he would eventually pass up on it as a project and let it go for a modest amount. Alas, his asking price is considerably more than I paid for mine.

      • Alff

        …and that is why you are a connoisseur among dilettantes.

        • If that’s French for “cheapskate among car collectors” then yes, I agree.

          • Alff

            It pleases me that my French is so good. I’ve never had any formal education.

            • Don’t feel too bad about that. After all, my formal education got me where I am today.

      • Sjalabais

        That ask was obviously ambitious, until I clicked myself to the first interior shot…it’s RHD! Asking almost 5k for that one turned into a ridiculous lack of insight right then. Wow.

        It is incredibly revealing though how both of these cars are located in more or less the same area of a country the size of a continent…

        • Even though most of the production run of the Volvo 66 was LHD (by a significant margin), all three in the US are RHD. Apparently each person who imported one decided it was easier to acquire a British-market example.

          • Sjalabais

            Neat. There are many reasons for Americans to import from the UK, I guess, from the language and cultural barriers to the ridiculously low price of used RHD cars – even in RHD countries. Yet, having the wheel on the right side should warrant dealing with someone in the second best country of the world.

  • Alff

    1) The ghettocharger has plenty of air, helping it last longer
    2) The added weight, combined with ghetto charger, generates unprecedented oversteer.

    1) Front tires wear out every 7000 miles
    2) Visibility is slightly impeded
    3) Neighbors think yours is a crackhouse. They’re not wrong.

    • The joke’s on the neighbors, as that duct is actually the rerouted exhaust. They’re still not wrong about the house, though.

    • outback_ute

      4) Drag limits top speed to 57 mph. This is only a partial upside, as it limits how badly you will be injured in the inevitable crash

  • Sjalabais

    What’s going on at Suzuki? First, they take one of the blandest of econoboxes and turn the Ignis into the hottest thing in the segment, now they manage to sexify the existing Swift to something you can actually look at:

    In other news, the European rebadged Chevy Volt, Opel Ampera-e, has just arrived in Norway. Before any customer has had the chance to see it IRL, it is sold out in such volumes, that customers ordering one today will only get it delivered in the fall of 2018…when it won’t be all that hot again. The catch? Opel has only allocated 4000 or so cars to Norway in that period, which is a surprisingly low number considering electric cars are really popular.

    • Vairship

      Actually, while the Ampera is the Volt, the Ampera-e is the Chevy Bolt. Because GM wants to maximize the confusion!

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