Anadol STC-16

Anadol STC-16 is was developed in 1972 and was produced only between 1973 and 1975. The STC-16 was designed by Eralp Noyan. Thus, after Devrim car from 1961, it became the first car designed and mass produced in Turkey and the first Turkish-made sports car.

Erdoğan Gönül, the General Manager of Otosan in 1971, convinced the Otosan management and received approval to start mass production. STC-16 aimed to provide high-income users and prestige to the Anadol brand in international rallies. STC-16, drawn by a team led by Eralp Noyan, a graduate of the Royal Fine Arts Academy in Belgium, bears inspiration from the Datsun 240Z, Saab Sonett, Aston Martin, Ginetta & Marcos models, which were the popular sports car models of those years. However, STC-16 has a very different atmosphere and character from these models. Eralp Noyan designed the vehicle’s interior, inspired by the “Supermarine Spitfire“, the most advanced aircraft of the World War II.

The STC-16 was put on the production line with the code A4, and a shortened and modified Anadol chassis and suspension system and a 1600cc Ford Mexico engine were used. As transmission, high-performance British Ford Cortina and Capri models were used. The front console and instrument panels of the STC-16 were no different from the popular Italian and British sports cars of those years. Apart from the speedometer and tachometer, new details of that period such as a resettable distance meter, Lucas ammeter, Smiths oil, gasoline and temperature gauges were installed. At the end of the 11-month project development phase, first 3 STC-16 prototypes were prepared for test drives.

Later, STC-16 was sent to England by Otosan Production Manager Nihat Atasagun for test drives. M.I.R.A STC-16 was received with great interest and attracted attention during the test drives in England and on the highways and streets where it was seen, mistaking it for the new sports model of a British brand. Because of the “320-E” test plate it carries, it was stopped in many places and asked for information about this new model. During these tests, it was tried by many British pilots, suggestions were received in terms of performance, driving and driving safety, and changes were made in line with these suggestions, and finally, in April 1973, the first STC-16 rolled off the production line and took its place in showrooms.

Sales

Just as the name STC-16 is the abbreviation of “Sport Turkish Car 1600”, it is also stated that this expansion means “Sport Touring Coupé 1600”. Young people have adopted this expansion as “Super Turkish Monster 1600”.

Unfortunately, STC-16 production did not last long due to the economic crisis caused by the global oil crisis in 1973. The excessive increase in gasoline prices and the increase in fiber-glass costs, which is a petroleum derivative, have caused the production costs of the STC-16 to increase excessively, and the fact that the post-production sales to be made in these costs will only appeal to high income groups and the vehicle’s high gasoline consumption means that this rear-wheel drive sports model This caused the production life to be very short. In those years, STC-16 prices were over 70,000 TL, while other Anadol models were 50,000-55,000 TL. Therefore, STC-16 customers remained only rally pilots, sports car enthusiasts.

STC-16s are generally produced as “Alanya Yellow” and are identified with this color. Even if in small numbers; There are also red with white stripes or white with blue stripes, which were used in sports cars of the period.

Assembly: Istanbul (Turkey)

Years of production: 1973—1975

Production: 176 units

Length: 3980 mm

Width: 1640 mm

Height: 1280 mm

Engine: 4 cylinders; 1599 cc

Power: 78 HP

Maximum speed: 160 km/h

Weight: 920 kg

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