Conqueror Of The Roads
The domestic automobile has been one of the most important parts of our country's agenda for a long time. It's almost like we go to bed with a domestic car and get up with a domestic car! Some defend the domestic automobile beyond their lives, while others argue that it is an irrational breakthrough. Both sides have their own rational reasons, of course, but our topic is neither! Our subject is Anadol, the first domestic car that was produced in Turkey many years ago, whose body is completely domestic, with the support of a foreign company's engine, chassis and transmission. The vehicle, which was sold with the slogan "This is the car of the country", gained great popularity, was widely used all over the country and became a source of pride. So to what did this vehicle owe the secret of its success? If we talk about plastic, “not that much!” Do you think or do you take it naturally?
At a motor show in 1963, a vehicle with a fiber body attracted the attention of the company's founder Vehbi Koç and production manager Bernar Nahum. Fiberglass had great advantages over sheet metal and was gradually being used by the major automobile manufacturers of the period. Weight: Fiberglass is a low weight material, so cars with fiberglass bodies can be lighter. This can affect the vehicle's performance and economy. Fiberglass, a material made up of a combination of fiberglass and polyester, is a high-strength material, so cars with a fiberglass body can be stronger and more durable. This can make the vehicle last longer and suffer less damage, protecting it from unfortunate events like decay. However, it is a lightweight material, so cars with fiberglass bodies can be more flexible and lighter; This situation stands out as a plus in various factors such as fuel consumption and driving comfort. The most important thing is the cost: Fiberglass is a relatively cheaper material than sheet metal, so cars with fiberglass bodies are more affordable than their counterparts. Unfortunately, despite all these advantages, fiberglass, like many plastic derivatives, has been discredited. Although there are claims that it is produced from straw (?) eaten by donkeys, the fact that fiberglass is still used in ultra-luxury sports vehicles today proves how meaningless and baseless these claims are!
Anadol cars were all contemporary and reflected the spirit of the era, but there was more to it than that; For example, Anadol Insect, designed by Jak Naum, was almost 30 years ahead in design! With its logo, accessibility and cool appearance, Anadol vehicles gained great popularity and were seriously adopted by the public. Although this cute and modest vehicle brand took its place on the dusty shelves of history in 1984, it still continues to appear, shining brightly with its clean fiberglass bodies, and they put a big smile on the faces of those who see it. Needless to say, fiberglass is the real hero of this success story?