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Kaiser Darrin

(1953 model)

Brief specs of 1953 Kaiser Darrin

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 2641 cm3 / 161.2 cu in / 161.2 cu in, 67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 172.0 N·m / 126.9 lb·ft / 126.9 lb·ft @ 1600 rpm / 1600 rpm / 1600 rpm, manual with overdrive 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)KaiserIssued from1953
ModelDarrinIssued until
SerieDarrinNumber made435
Model familyBody construction
Model codeKF161Body designation
ManufacturerKaiserCountryUS

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerHoward DarrinCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4674 mm / 184.0 in / 184.0 inTotal (curb) weight987 kg / 2176 lb / 2176 lb
Width1715 mm / 67.5 in / 67.5 inDry weight
Height1295 mm / 51.0 in / 51.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2540 mm / 100.0 in / 100.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.84  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.89 m2 / 20.3 sq ft / 20.3 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves12
Engine ManufacturerWillysValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore79.4 mm / 3.13 in / 3.13 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke88.9 mm / 3.50 in / 3.50 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.89
Fuel supply3 carbsEngine displacement2641 cm3 / 161.2 cu in / 161.2 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity440.17 cm3/cylinder / 26.861 cu in/cylinder / 26.861 cu in/cylinder
Cam Designside valves (flathead, L-block, L-head)Compression ratio7.6 : 1
SumpMax. output power67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp at 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque172.0 N·m / 126.9 lb·ft / 126.9 lb·ft at 1600 rpm / 1600 rpm / 1600 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)26.8 kW / 36.0 hp / 36.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output25.4 kW/l / 0.558 bhp/cu in / 0.558 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque65.1 N·m/l / 0.57 lb·ft/cu in / 0.57 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanual with overdriveNumber of gears3
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.7
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.01

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio91.2 kW/ton / 69.1 bhp/ton / 69.1 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front5.90 x 15Tyres rear5.90 x 15
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Kaiser Darrin

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