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About Arab

The Arab was a high performance English automobile designed by Reid Railton and manufactured in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, between 1926 and 1928.

The car came about following discussions between J.G. Parry-Thomas, design engineer at Leyland Motors, Reid Railton, his assistant and Henry Spurrier, chairman of Leyland Motors. Leyland had made 50 four cylinder engine blocks intended to be used in fast delivery vans but the project was not proceeded with. The three discussed what to do with the blocks and the building of a 2 litre sporting car was agreed. A prototype was built using an Enfield-Allday and the car taken to Brooklands for the 1924 Easter Meeting. The engine had an overhead camshaft with the same unusual valve springing using leaf springs as those found on Parry Thomas's Leyland 8. Drive was to the rear wheels via a Moss 4 speed gearbox and ENV spiral bevel rear axle. It was one of the first English cars to use an electric fuel pump. Production was started in 1926 at the Letchworth works of two variants, a low chassis sporting model and a high chassis touring type. Two and four seater bodies were available on the high chassis at £525 and probably only the two seater on the low chassis at £550.

Parry Thomas died in March 1927 attempting to break the World Land Speed Record in his car Babs, and with his death Railton lost interest in the Arab and the Letchworth works closed after only about 6 or 7 cars were made. The remaining components were bought by Thomson and Taylor based near Brooklands and a few more cars were assembled. This was something of a pity, as the car was an impressive performer with the two-seater high chassis good for 80 mph, and the Super Sports was said to have been capable of going 90 mph (140 km/h). One high chassis is known to have been supercharged and is said to have achieved 105 mph (169 km/h).

Two cars are known to survive, both low chassis.

Specification

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2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 2.0L SOHC    
48.5 kW / 65.0 hp / 65.0 hp        
   

Arab 2-litre (1926)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1960 cm3 / 119.6 cu in / 119.6 cu in, 48.5 kW / 65.0 hp / 65.0 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, rear wheel drive, 129 km/h / 80 mph / 80 mph top speed

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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