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Picture Gallery: 8th KL Vintage & Classic Car Concours (27/3/2010)

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

While covering the Petronas Pit Pulse event at Jalan Binjai, KLCC, KON came across the 8th KL Vintage & Classic Car Concours organized by KL City Hall. The show attracted the participation of 65 classic vehicles from various years between 1922 to 1985. Some of them were real beauties, and our man couldn’t help from snapping away. Here are pictures of the show’s participating cars.

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1. 1922 Hot Rod Model T

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2. 1928 Austin Seven Chummy

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3. 1931 Ford Model A Tudor

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4. 1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25

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5. 1937 Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet

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6. 1938 McLaughlin-Buick Limited 90L

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7. 1939 Alvis 12/70

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8. 1947 MG YA

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9. 1947 MG TC

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10. 1951 Bentley Mk IV

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11. 1954 MG TF

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12. 1954 Packard Clipper De Luxe

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13. 1955 Austin A30

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14. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

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15. 1957 Triumph TR3

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16. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

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17. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton

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18. 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S

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19. 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air

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20. 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

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21. 1960 Triumph TR3A

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22. 1960 MGA 1600 Roadster

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23. 1961 MG Midget

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24. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1

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25. 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I

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26. 1962 MGA MK II

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27. 1963 Datsun Fairlady

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28. 1963 Volvo P1800 Sports

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29. 1963 Jaguar Mark II 3.4

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30. 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spyder

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31. 1964 Singer Chamois

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32. 1965 MGB Roadster

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33. 1965 Jaguar Mk II Saloon 2.4-litre

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34. 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

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35. 1965 Volvo 122S

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36. 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Convertible

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37. 1966 Jaguar Mk II Saloon 2.4-litre

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38. 1967 Volkswagen Fastback Type 3

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39. 1967 Jaguar E-Type OTS

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40. 1968 Peugeot 204 Cabriolet

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41. 1968 Mercedes-Benz 600

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42. 1969 Opel GT 1900

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43. 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL

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44. 1970 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

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45. 1970 Ford Capri Mk I

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46. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe

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47. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 S

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48. 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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49. 1973 Ferrari Dino

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50. 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 OTS

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51. 1973 Triumph Stag Mk 2

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52. 1973 Volvo Sports

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53. 1974 Ford Escort 1100 XL

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54. 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 SLC

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55. 1980 Panther Kallista

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56. 1981 Citroen 2CV 6

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57. 1982 BMW Baur

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58. 1982 Rolls-Royce Carmague

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59. 1983 Alfa Romeo Spyder 2.0-litre

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60. 1983 Lamborghini Countach & 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S

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61. 1985 Mercedes-Benz 230 Gelanderwagen

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Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Picks of 2009

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Some hours ago, someone in a press room in Stuttgart put together a news release to announce to the world that the W204 Mercedes-Benz C-class was named in as one of 2009′s Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), adding another star to the C-class’ cap after receiving a five star rating by EuroNCAP. In essence, the IIHS’ crash test IS the United States’ answer to the EuroNCAP.

In the IIHS crash tests, cars are subject to frontal and side crashes, besides a rear impact test where evaluations to the cars’ protection against neck injury are evaluated. According to Mercedes, the W204 scored ‘top marks’ for each of the criteria, but whether the term is defined to mean maximum marks or highest marks among competitors could not be ascertained.

The US spec C-class which was tested had seven airbags, belt tensioners, belt force limiters and NECK PRO crash-responsive head restraints fitted as standard. Buyers can also opt for an anticipatory occupant protection system (dubbed PRESAFE) which pre-activates certain safety systems when it anticipates a collision to be imminent – a system that Mercedes claims would reduce the impact on occupants by as much as 40%.

Merc C-class, one of 72 Top Safety Picks of 2009
Merc C-class, one of 72 Top Safety Picks of 2009

But, I was not going to just take Mercedes’ side of the story, and thus I went on to examine the claims at the IIHS’ official website (link here) where they listed no fewer than 72 Top Safety Picks for 2009 with another 26 ‘also-rans’. Here they are: (cars sold in Malaysia highlighted in bold)

Large cars
Acura RL
Audi A6
Cadillac CTS
Ford Taurus
Lincoln MKS
Mercury Sable
Toyota Avalon
Volvo S80

Midsize cars
Acura TL, TSX
Audi A3, A4
BMW 3 series 4-door models
Ford Fusion
with optional electronic stability control
Honda Accord 4-door models
Mercedes C class
Mercury Milan
with optional electronic stability control
Saab 9-3
Subaru Legacy
(previously sold in Malaysia)
Volkswagen Jetta, Passat

Midsize convertibles
Saab 9-3
Volkswagen Eos
Volvo C70

Small cars
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Mitsubishi Lancer with optional electronic stability control
Scion xB
Subaru Impreza
with optional electronic stability control
Toyota Corolla with optional electronic stability control
Volkswagen Rabbit (VW Golf)

Minicar
Honda Fit with optional electronic stability control (Honda Jazz)

Minivans
Honda Odyssey
Hyundai Entourage
Kia Sedona

Large SUVs
Audi Q7
Buick Enclave
Chevrolet Traverse
GMC Acadia
Saturn Outlook

Midsize SUVs
Acura MDX, RDX
BMW X3, X5
Ford Edge, Flex, Taurus X
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe, Veracruz
Infiniti EX35
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes M class
Nissan Murano
(only unofficially availabe in Malaysia)
Saturn VUE
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota FJ Cruiser, Highlander
Volvo XC90

Small SUVs
Ford Escape (new generation not sold in Malaysia)
Honda CR-V, Element
Mazda Tribute
Mercury Mariner
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4
Volkswagen Tiguan

Large pickups
Ford F-150
Honda Ridgeline
Toyota Tundra

Small pickup
Toyota Tacoma (Toyota Hilux)

ALSO-RANS
These 26 vehicles earn good ratings in front and side crash tests. They have ESC, standard or optional. They would be 2009 Top Safety Pick winners if their seat/head restraints also earn good ratings:

Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler Sebring, Sebring convertible, Town & Country
Dodge Avenger, Grand Caravan
Infiniti G35, M35
Kia Amanti
Lexus ES, GS, IS
Mazda CX-7, CX-9
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Endeavor
Nissan Altima, Pathfinder, Quest, Xterra
Saturn AURA
Smart Fortwo
Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Prius, Sienna