Car of Firsts Anadol is 55 Years Old

Car of Firsts Anadol is 55 Years Old
Car of Firsts Anadol is 55 Years Old

The story of Anadol, the first domestic mass production in Turkey, left behind 55 years. Different models of Anadol, one of the most important symbols of Turkish automobile history, can be seen at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum. Members of the Anadol Automobile Association, operating to ensure the use and protection of Anadol and to introduce the vehicle to the next generations, met at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum on December 19, the day today's classic came off the production line.

Anadol was taken off the production line on 19 December 1966 as Turkey's first domestic serial car. Anadol, who defies time, is 55 years old and is now a classic… Turkey's first and only industrial museum, Rahmi M. Koç Museum, tells a unique story to its visitors with the Anadol automobiles, which hold a special place in its collection. The museum hosted the Anadol Automobile Association on December 19. Members of the association, which operates to ensure the use and protection of Anadol branded motor vehicles and to introduce them to the next generations, celebrated the 55th anniversary of Anadol at the museum. Many different models of Anadol, which includes the Hittite deer, one of the symbolic figures of Anatolia, in its logo, such as SV1600, Sedan and Otosan Insect, are exhibited at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum. Members of the association, those who love Anadol, refreshed their memories by examining the collection in the museum, and strengthened their friendships.

Anadol's history is in the Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Otosan Sanayii, which is part of the Koç Group, rolled up its sleeves to establish a local automobile industry in Turkey in the early 1960s. Receiving the representation of Ford, the company contacted Reliant Motors in England in 1963. The first Anadol prototype produced was the Reliant FW5, an Ongle-designed, 5-seat fiberglass saloon with the Anglia Super's 1198 cc engine. The model was brought to Istanbul in December 1965 and the production of Anadol was started in 1966. While more than 1970 thousand Anadols were produced until the end of 12, only in 1974 the production was increased to 8 thousand and reached its peak. Launched with the slogan 'This is the car of this country', Anadol was sold in 1984 thousand units until 87, when its production was stopped. The Anadol cars that can be seen in the museum are as follows:

Anadol Sedan 2 Door

The 1967 model Anadol two-door Sedan was donated to the museum by Murat Meşhur. With its 4-cylinder engine, detached chassis and 4 gears, it could reach 140 km/h.

Anadol SV1600

In 1972, a 4-door saloon, a 2-door coupé and station wagon (SW) models exhibited in the museum were added to the Anadol's production range. Produced in 1981, this model had the largest of the 1600 cc engines. This model is one of the last examples of Anadol produced before it was redesigned by Ford Otosan engineers, Ergin Okvuran.

Anadol STC-16 1973

Produced between 1973 and 1978, 176 units of the STC-16 2-door coupé were perhaps the most impressive of the Anadol models. A standard 16 cc Ford engine was used in the STC-1599, but the car exhibited at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum was modified with two double throat Weber carburetors, special cranks and camshafts to achieve the 145 hp required for classic car rallies. had been This model, produced in 1973, was donated to the Rahmi M. Koç Museum by the late Erdoğan Gönül.

Anadol Sedan

With the increase in the number of imported cars, the production of Anadol slowed down and only 1984 cars were produced in 39. Otosan Ford Taunus, which used the chassis of the 1985 model Cortina with a 1.6 liter engine, replaced Anadol in 1982. The 1976 model Anadol exhibited in the museum could accelerate to a maximum of 4 km/h with its 174 gears.

Otosan Insect

When the insect was first introduced, its purpose was defined as 'to enable individual land transport to occur in a free, easy, entertaining and inexpensive way in transportation required by tourism'. Designed by Jan Nahum, the bug was intended to be more elaborate and useful than the VW-based design of the time, the Beach Buggy. Insect, which has removable doors so that it can be used in winter, has a steel chassis and a 1298 cc Ford 'Kent' engine, which was used in the passenger Anadol at that time. Only a few examples of the Insects, which were sold over 100, have survived due to their simple mechanical properties and fiberglass bodies.

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