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Another Dauphine story...

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  • Another Dauphine story...

    I spoke with the gentleman -- many years ago -- who ran the Willys-Interlagos plant in Brazil and who told me that the Dauphine had a nickname that roughly (going from memory here) meant "goes to powder" because they weren't designed for rough roads.

    Here we go (translated from Portuguese):

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    The Willys version
    The Dauphine was Willys-Overland's first touring car, which already produced the Willys Rural Utility and Jeep Willys . It was launched with a four cylinder engine, 845 cubic centimeters of displacement and power of 26,5cv, that had the name of Ventoux . Light, easy to drive, cheap and economical, consumption was between 14.5 and 17 kilometers per liter. The Dauphine became popular quickly. One of his biggest highlights was the Aerostable independent suspension , with air-filled rubber bags that hardened according to the vehicle's load.

    However, this suspension, designed for the European roads, caused a series of problems in the precarious Brazilian roads of the time, and the fragility soon gave to the Dauphine a bad reputation with the Brazilian public (was that the nickname " Milk Glory ", based on the advertising of the time of the instant powder milk that had as slogan the phrase "Desmancha without knocking." In addition, as the car flipped with some ease, Brazilian good humor again did not forgive: He called for the suspension of "Aerocapotable."
    Last edited by Kevin Johnson; 04-27-2018, 12:55 AM.