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Ron Samuels and Lynda Carter Take Delivery on a $50,000 Stallion
Wonder Woman's Husband Adds a Stallion to His Automobile Collection
Lincoln, Calif. - Ron Samuels and Lynda Carter have a new car, a custom built,
one-of-a-kind Stallion Sports Roadster. Ron is one of Hollywood's hottest
agents, the man responsible for two of the most expensive contracts ever
signed in Hollywood. The first was for Lindsay Wagner, for whom he demanded,
and got, and then highest salary ever paid to a woman in a television series.
For an encore, Ron began managing the career of Lynda Carter, and he has
probably succeeded in making her the highest paid woman in the world.
There is another side to Ron, though. He has always been a car buff, and now that he is in a position to do something about it, he has turned collector. At the present time, he owns, as he puts it, "about eight cars." Among them are a pair of Rolls Royce Corniches (a coupe and a convertible), a Ferrari, and a custom limousine.
After seeing a Stallion in Los Angeles, Ron decided he had to have one. He called Jim Kellison and flew into Sacramento Metro Airport, where Jim let him drive the Demo back to Lincoln. The details were discussed at great length over lunch, and in the end, an order was placed with the factory. Ron wanted a highly customized, unique Stallion, and while every Stallion is built to order, Ron's car has more custom modifications than any other. It is also the most expensive.
Ron had several reasons for buying the Stallion, above and beyond just liking the car. In the first place, it is a collector's item. Convertibles will be effectively legislated out of existence by 1982, which will make the Stallion the last of the limited production American sports roadsters. This, combined with the fact that he has "#2" of a total planned production of 250 makes the Stallion a highly desirable collectors car.
Ron was also able to have the car built just the way he wanted. As the former owner of two Cobras, he was familiar with raw, brute power, but he wanted a practical, reliable, car he could drive every day. For this reason, he had his Stallion equipped with a new small block Ford V-8 and an automatic transmission, which is ideally suited to cruising around town. Compared with the spartan appointments of the old Cobra, the Stallion is plush but functional. The cockpit is finished in Connolly leather, and the seats were specially built for Ron. All the upholstery and the carpets are backed with foam throughout the cockpit, which helps deaden the noise from the engine compartment.
But the real reason for buying the Stallion is more important than its status as an appreciating collectors item or the interior. It is the way in which the Stallion is built that makes it unique.
The Stallion was designed with three key features in mind: safety, dependability and performance. The chassis, which is the foundation of any automobile, reflects these considerations in every detail.
The basic chassis design has drawn heavily on the lessons learned in automobile racing by Jim Kellison, which explains the triangulated tubular steel space frame with a monocoque backbone - something normally found only in competition cars where maximum strength and torsional rigidity are achieved with a minimum of weight. The heart of the chassis is the backbone, which consists of a tubular subframe that supports a foam and steel "sandwich" - two sheets of 20 gauge sheet steel separated by an inch of structural foam.
The backbone also insulates the cockpit against the noise and heat of the engine compartment. The backbone and the main rails are the foundation for the rest of the space frame, which provides the Stallion with outstanding crash resistance. Both the front and rear ends have been designed to absorb and dissipate the energy of 30 mph collision. Side penetration resistance is no less impressive: 3" by 4" extensions of the main rails support a network of steel tubing along the side of the cockpit. Each door has an internal framework of steel tubing and steel plates, to which the door hinges and latch mechanism are attached. The chassis was designed around Ford suspension components throughout. This eliminates the durability and service problems long associated with exotic sports cars.
The front suspension used in the Stallion was developed by Ford from the experience they gained at Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona with the GT-40 racing program. The rear end was developed to meet the needs of Grand National stock car racing, and is ideal for high performance applications. While the technical foundation of the Stallion is the heart of the automobile, it is the car's styling that captures the eye.
Although the Stallion resembles the AC Cobra, it is neither a copy or a replica. The original Stallion body was basically a full scale sculpture, built by hand over the prototype chassis and it was from this prototype that the body mold was made. Fundamentally longer and wider than the original, the Stallion also differs in a host of other areas. As far as styling is concerned, the Stallion has the same relationship with the Cobra that the Cobra has with the AC Bristol; similar in appearance, but differing in all other aspects. In this respect, the Stallion follows the traditional pattern of the limited production sports car - each succeeding automobile evolved from the ones preceding, incorporating engineering advances as they occurred while retaining the basic design. The Stallion has drawn on 30 years of automotive racing and technological advances and integrated them into a totally new modern sports car with a body style that harkens back to the early sixties.
The Stallion built by the Kellison firm for Ron Samuels and Lynda Carter is a unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-built automobile. Many of the features developed for this particular car will be incorporated into the 1980 Stallion, which will have a turbocharged small block Ford V-8 and a Doug Nash 5-speed or automatic transmission, The '80 Stallion will be powered by a turbo charged engine and burns propane - which gives it 425 HP while meeting the applicable emission regulations.
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