By Maz Woolley
All text by the Author, photographs are all supplied by the manufacturer.
David Roots, the owner of The Essence Of The Car model range has informed us of two recent releases. David’s models follow a different path to the super detailed models from makers like Matrix or Auto Cult. They are made to 1:43 scale and are meant to capture the essence of the form of the vehicle giving them a sculptural quality.
SAAB Quantum V
The SAAB Quantum V was the last model designed by Walter Kern of Quantum Motor Cars. Quantum cars were made in the United States and the V was made in 1965 and only one was produced. The Quantum V was manufactured using a modified Ginetta fibreglass body.
Walter Kern‘s first Quantum, named the Quantum I/II, was built in 1959. Walter Kern was working at IBM at the time and used his spare time and computer resources to engineer a chassis. He was a nuclear physicist trained at MIT. He had raced several cars but he realised that engine oil starvation on tight turns was responsible for many engine failures, so he was drawn to the Saab two stroke engines. He designed his cars for series production and even approached SAAB in Sweden to see if they would like to make the Quantum III themselves but they declined.
Mercedes-Benz W129 540K with body by Jaray
Here is another model of a car meant to compete in the Berlin-Rome race that never happened due to the outbreak of the Second World War. The race was intended to be run at continuous high speeds on the prestigious new Autobahn and Autoroutes built in Germany and Italy in the 1930s. All makers keen to enter the race had streamlined bodies built to allow them to reach higher speeds than their standard cars.
Here Mercedes-Benz used a standard W129 chassis fitted with a five litre, supercharged, inline straight eight producing c.180hp. But fitted it with a body created by Paul Jaray specifically for the 540 K Streamliner. As well as streamlining a number of weight-saving technologies were used.
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