The vehicle transport From the factory to the dealership it has always been a great headache for car brands and is that each euro counts well for profits or to adjust the price of the car to the maximum and steal customers from the competition.
Although most cars leave the factory by rail, there are many brands that use methods such as trucks or boats and although we have already spoken many times about other methods of transporting vehicles, today I’m going to talk to you about the railroad and specifically about an idea developed by GM.
Before telling you about this wonderful idea, we must go back to 1950, when German engineers devised a two-level wagon to transport their Volkswagen beetle It soon became a model for the transportation of automobiles around the world. Shortly after the Second World WarThe industry in general, and the automobile industry in particular, found themselves in one of the biggest economic booms in history and the transport sector had to make adjustments to adapt to growing demand.
Without a doubt, the railroad was ideal for transporting vehicles given the postwar consumer boom. Increased demand for automobiles as a result of the emergence of a radiant middle class increased the car sales and with this, the manufacture and transportation of the same.
However, one of the most concerning problems with these cars was theft, vandalism and damage. Several innovations were introduced to try to address these problems, but the solution they found General Motors and Southern Pacific Railroad the late 1960s is something to note.
This idea called Vert-A-Pac It is probably one of the most ingenious ways to save costs in rail transport and it is that in 1960, General Motors and Southern Pacific Railroad jointly developed some wagons that could maximize the number of cars transported.
With this, they not only reduced the cost of shipping per vehicle, they also reduced customer waiting times and warehouse storage costs.
The wagon was designed to transport the Chevrolet vega and be careful, because in each of the wagons with a system Vert-A-Pac could transport up to 30 cars, a distant figure and higher than the 18 units that could transport a conventional vehicle transport car -of two or three levels-.
The trick was that instead of floors to lay rows on, the cars in the Vert-A-Pac wagons were stored vertically, nose down.
When General Motors began designing the Chevrolet vegaThey did something quite incredible and that is they designed a model specifically to fit a new wagon designed to transport Chevrolet Vegas.
Commonly known as the Vert-A-Pac, the new wagon nearly doubled the number of units that could be transported.
Interestingly, the units They were shipped with gasoline, oil and all the fluids necessary for the normal operation of the vehicle. And for this, the whole car had to be designed to keep the fluids in place during transport.
To keep transportation costs at bay, Chevrolet Vega engineers had to design a special engine oil baffle to prevent oil from flooding the number 1 cylinder. The Chevrolet Vega batteries had filler caps located high up on the rim. rear to prevent acid spills. The carburetor was redesigned and the washer fluid reservoir was installed at a 45 degree angle. In addition to all this, plastic spacers were placed between the engine, gearbox, and chassis to prevent damage.
Once the 30 units of the Chevtolet Vega were raised to the ramps, the doors of the Vert-A-Pac were closed thanks to the help of heavy elevators, keeping the Vega in an upright position for transport and totally safe from damage, vandalism and adverse weather conditions.
The Chevrolet Vega was manufactured until 1977, when it and its sister model, the Pontiac Astre, were discontinued, at which point the Vert-A-Pac system disappeared.
The 1971 Chevrolet Vega It was a 4-cylinder subcompact available in four different bodies: sedan, coupe, Kammback, and station wagon. This little car was meant to replace Chevrolet Corvair. In addition to the curiosities that I have told you previously, you should know that the Chevrolet Vega was the first GM car that fitted standard disc brakes on the front wheels.
Introduced in September 1970 as the Vega 2300The new model was equipped with a 2.3L SOHC 14 «2300» mechanics. This engine used a single-cylinder carburetor that produced around 71 hp, or a 2-cylinder option that increased power to 86 hp. The model was available with a 3-speed or 4-speed manual gearbox but there was a 2-speed clutchless semiautomatic.
Also available was a Vega with a GT package that included a more powerful engine, a dashboard with wood accents, a four-spoke sports steering wheel and a special package.
The price was really competitive and we were talking about $ 2,196 which at the time was a lot of money but it was a product that offered a lot for relatively little.
Source | Chevrolet Heritage / Photo Cover Wikipedia Commons / Interesting Engineering / Imur