Ascort

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Ascort-TSV-1300 G.T.
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Ascort-TSV-1300 G.T.
Overview
Manufacturer Continental Coachwork Pty. Ltd. [1]
Production 1958 to 1960
Assembly Australia
Designer Mirek Craney [1]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout RR layout
Powertrain
Engine 1.3L Flat-4 [1]
Transmission 4-speed manual [1]
Dimensions
Length 14’ 1” [2]
Curb weight 1467 lb [2]
Chronology
Predecessor Nil
Successor Nil

The Ascort was an automobile manufactured by Continental Coachwork of Sydney, Australia [3] from 1958 to 1960.[4]

Designated as the Ascort-TSV-1300 G.T.,[3] 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.[1] 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.[1] The 1.3-litre Volkswagen flat-4 engine was modified using Okrasa and Porsche components to produce 54 bhp at 4300 rpm.[1] The vehicle's total weight was 1467 lb,[2] 33% less than that of a standard Volkswagen Beetle sedan.[4] The Ascort had a top speed of 96 mph [2] and could accelerate from zero to 50 mph in 12.0 seconds.[2]

19 cars were built before production was terminated.[5] 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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ascort TSV 1300 at www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au Retrieved on 13 October 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e Comparing the Cars, Australian Motor Manual, January 1961, page 64
  3. ^ a b Sales brochure for Ascort-TSV-1300 G.T Retrieved from wwwbollyblog.blogspot.com.au on 13 October 2012
  4. ^ a b Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1967, page 73
  5. ^ a b Weird & Wonderful VWs - The Ascort Retrieved from www.ltv-vwc.org.uk on 13 October 2012