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1951 General Motors LeSabre


1951 General Motors LeSabre Specifications

Harley Earl's all-time favorite car set the tone for a new automotive era. Here are detailed specifications for the 1951 General Motors LeSabre.

1951 General Motors LeSabre
The 1951 General Motors LeSabre stands just 50
inches high, a testament to Harley Earl's
never-ending quest to make cars lower.

1951 General Motors LeSabre: Specifications
Wheelbase (in.) 115.0
Overall length (in.) 200.9
Overall width (in.) 76.8
Overall height (in.) 50.0
Tread, front /rear (in.) 58.0/60.0
Ground clearance (in.) 6.0 (approx.)
Weight (Ibs) 3,800 (approx.)
Construction
Body type two-seat convertible
Material cast-magnesium with honeycomb aluminum floor and steel panels
Frame
Type box-section with central X-member
Material steel
Engine
Type 90-degree ohv V-8 with Roots-type supercharger, hemispherical combustion chambers, and mechanical valve lifters
Material aluminum block and heads
Bore × stroke (in.) 3.25×3.25
Displacement (cid) 215
Horsepower @ rpm 335 @ 5200
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm 381 @ 3650
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Main bearings 5
Carburetors twin 2-bbl Bendix-Eclipses
Lubrication full-pressure, gear pump
Cooling pressure, centrifugal pump
Fuel system twin 20-gallon tanks (one for gasoline and one for methanol), electric pump
Exhaust system tubular stainless steel, dual mufflers
Electrical system 12-volt
Transmission
Type Hydra-Matic 4-speed fluid-coupling automatic, floor-mounted shifter
Ratios 1st: 3.82:1; 2nd: 2.63:1; 3rd: 1.45:1; 4th: 1,00:1; reverse: 4.30:1
Drive
Type DeDion, spiral-bevel gears
Ratio 4.10:1 (est.)
Suspension
Front independent unequal A-arm with torsion bars and tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear double-jointed axle shafts, transverse single-leaf spring, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
Steering and Brakes
Steering type Saginaw ball nut
Brake type double-width 4-wheel hydraulic internal-expanding drums, inboard mounting
Drum diameter (in.) 9.0
Lining area (sq in.) 296.9
Parking brake Mechanical pull-type
Tires and Wheels
Tire size 8.00×13
Tire type 4-ply whitewall
Wheels 13 × 5.5 pressed steel
Calculated data
Horsepower per cid 1.56
Weight per horsepower (lbs) 11.3
Weight per cid (lbs) 17.7

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