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The Latest Darracq Cab Chassis.

1st July 1909, Page 6
1st July 1909
Page 6
Page 6, 1st July 1909 — The Latest Darracq Cab Chassis.
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We reproduce on this page several photographs which show clearly the salient features of the latest type of Darracq motorcab chassis. Endoubtedly one of the cheapest machines of its capacity on the market. this new model leaves little to be desired in the vital matters of simplicity, accessibility and substantial construction. Forsaking the unusual design which was embodied in the last batch of Darracq cabs that were put on the streets of London, A iz., those with the gearbox arranged as a C0111ponent part of the back axle, the Darracq constructors have now produced a machine which follows the more ordinary lines of a four-cylinder, three-speed, live-axle chassis. This new machine has a number of features which will recommend it to the u ouldbe purchaser ; the priceā€”L320---is, for instance, a characteristic which will appeal to many prospective buyers. After this, the commendably-clean design of the whole machine will undoubtedly call for notice ; the employment of a neatly-schemed casting containing all the four cylinders renders the 14-16h.p. engine a compact unit. The careful consideration which has been given to the general arrangement of the various components is evidenced by the skilful manner in which provision, by means of special Jugs and brackets, has been made for the attachment of such parts as the magneto, the pump and the fan gear. A carefully-positioned boss, for instance, is situated on the back of the cylinder casting for the attachment of the dashboard stiffening iron. Two

sizes of engines are fitted as standard: a two-cylinder, 10-12h.p. or a four-cylinder, 14-16h.p. motor. Mechanically-operated valves, of

course, are employed ; they are arranged all on one side of the engine. The various exhaust and induction passages are neatly disposed in the cylinder casting itself, and a feature which will attract some attention is the ribbed exhaust-collector casting. The engine may be lifted out bodily from the frame with the minimum of

uncoupling work : a double universal joint is provided between the clutch and the gearbox, and the clutch spring is neatly housed in the front part of the change-speed gearbox. The general features of the machine are not of unusual design, and, on this occasion, we will do no more than suggest that, to those who are seeking for good value for their money, and at the same time for a machine which has no flukes, the new Darracq cab will be of interest.


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