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Ascort

Ascort-TSV-1300 G.T.
Ascort-TSV-1300 G.T.
Overview
Manufacturer
Continental Coachwork Pty. Ltd.
Production
1958 to 1960
Assembly
Australia
Designer
Mirek Craney
Body and chassis
Body style
2-door coupé
Layout
RR layout
Powertrain
Engine
1.3L Flat-4
Transmission
4-speed manual
Dimensions
Length
4293 mm (169 in)
Curb weight
665 kg (1467 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor
Nil
Successor
Nil
The Ascort was an automobile manufactured by Continental Coachwork of Sydney, Australia from 1958 to 1960.
Designated as the Ascort-TSV-1300 G.T., it utilized a mildly modified Volkswagen chassis fitted with a four-seat coupé body which was based on that of the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupé, although significantly different in appearance. The body, which was constructed of fibreglass, had a prestressed double shell with a bonded-in light steel tubular frame, and was mounted on an 11-inch rubber seal. The 1.3-litre Volkswagen flat-4 engine was modified using Okrasa and Porsche components to produce 54 bhp at 4300 rpm. The vehicle's total weight was 1467 lb, 33% less than that of a standard Volkswagen Beetle sedan. The Ascort had a top speed of 96 mph and could accelerate from zero to 50 mph in 12.0 seconds.
19 cars were built before production was terminated. Although there were plans to offer the car with a 70 hp, 1500 cc engine, which would have given the car a top speed of well over 100 mph, this variant was never produced.



Last updated on 7 March 2013 at 15:05.

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