Dr. George Bitgood, `Vet Of Last Hope' For Many, Dies
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The straight-8 cylinder engine of the K was enlarged in displacement to 5, cubic centimetres In addition, there was an attached Roots superchargerwhich could either be engaged bitgood middletown ct for short periods, or automatically when the accelerator was pushed fully to the floor.
Power was sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed or optional five speed manual gearbox that featured synchromesh on the top three gears.
Vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes kept the car under the driver's control. The K had the same chassis layout at the K, but was significantly lightened by replacing the girder-like frame of the Bitgood middletown ct with oval-section tubes - an influence of the Silver Arrows racing campaign.
To meet individual wishes of customers, three chassis variants were available as for the K: The long variant, termed the normal chassis with the radiator directly above the front axle, served as the backbone for the four-seater cabriolets, the 'B' with four side windows and 'C' with two side windowsand for touring cars and sedans. The Sindelfingen factory employed 1, people to create the K, and allowed a great deal of owner customisation, meaning only 70 chassis were ever bodied by independent builders.
Warner of Warner Brothers film studios. With the outbreak of World Bitgood middletown ct II inthe proposed further boring-out of the engine to 5, cubic centimetres 5.
Bitgood middletown ct replacement bodies were ordered in for a few cars. All of these cars were developed for the Nazi hierarchy, as six seater convertible saloons. To allow for armour plate, these cars had developed De Dion rear suspension. After the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich in Prague at the end of Maythe Reich Chancellery would only use armoured cars for ministers and leaders of bitgood middletown ct powers.
Beside 20 large Mercedes-Benz sin they ordered an additional 20 Ks developed as two door armoured saloons. These were delivered during and A further order for 17 armored saloons was placed in lateand these were delivered in April InMercedes-Benz introduced the K special, designated Ks.
Its price tag of 28, Reichsmarkssome RM6, above the price of standard models, meant only bitgood middletown ct were ever built. It included armor plated sides and bulletproof glass.
Nicknamed the Blue GooseGoering was often photographed in the car. Shipped to Washington, D. Inhe sold it to the private collection of veterinarian Dr George Bitgood Jr, who had it repainted into black bitgood middletown ct the chrome re plated. Kept private, Bitgood only displayed it once at the county fair in Durham, Connecticut. The car was then sold to Carnlough International Limited of Guernseyon the agreement that she be restored to her "as found" at Berchtesgaden condition.
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