160 MPH, is it possible

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160 MPH, is it possible

#1 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:09 pm

In a stock Carrera Speedster?
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#2 Post by Alfred Knittel » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:37 pm

What's the rest of that 303 phone number. Is it still for sale? I'm in the buying mood. Don't care if won't go 160 mph
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Re: 160 MPH, is it possible

#3 Post by Vic Skirmants » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:39 pm

no
160 kph = 99mph; yes

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Re: 160 MPH, is it possible

#4 Post by C J Murray » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:50 pm

Yes, if you drop it out of an airplane.
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#5 Post by Alan Hall » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:57 pm

It is on the speedo face, so must be true.

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Re: 160 MPH, is it possible

#6 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:14 pm

Vic Skirmants wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:39 pm
no
160 kph = 99mph; yes
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Re: 160 MPH, is it possible

#7 Post by Geoff Fleming » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:16 pm

Hah! Guess someone looked at the Carrera speedo, which goes to 160mph and made the assumption this was the top end for the car. I remember once, when mine was parked on a Manhattan street and I was nearby, a couple of guys looked through the side window and I overheard one tell his friend, "Man, this thing does 160mph!" Of course I didn't enlighten him.

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#8 Post by Norm Miller » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:19 pm

Yes and those poor muscle cars that could only go 85 mph.
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#9 Post by Bill Lawless » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:52 pm

even if it could go 160mph, not sure I want to be in it at that speed!!!!
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#10 Post by Martin Benade » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:59 pm

My B had a 160 mph speedo in it, most people who saw it assumed it would go that fast. Some years later I heard it was purchased in order to get the speedo. It had the steel trans intermediate plate too, but I am pretty sure it wasn’t ever a C2. Makes me wonder about it’s history.

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#11 Post by David Seeland » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:16 pm

I drove the Carrera Speedster after seeing an ad for it in about 1975 in the the Denver Post. I was most impressed by the lack of noise from the single oval outlet sport exhaust. The exhaust had a home-made oval baffle just inside the outlet. It had many 1/4 inch holes and was held in place with a couple of sheet metal screws so if you wanted to annoy your neighbors-- or go 160 mph--the baffle was easy to remove. I didn't have a screwdriver with me so I didn't try for the advertised 160 mph top speed. I may have gone 35mph. I didn't buy it, but I soon bought a T-6 B Carrera 2 coupe with AC condensers (that's what the seller told me) in the nose. I didn't argue, even though it had a push rod engine, as the price was $2000.
























































































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