1964 Impala Convertible. $1,000,000 Fine Sir.
Every car has a price, but the owners “value” is often far different than the price that reality says it’s worth, especially with car enthusiasts. Maybe we’re crazy, and yes, we are dreamers, but how do you put a price tag on something that you have thousands of hours of work into? Just the thought of selling my cars makes me want to sob hysterically. Well, today’s the day in the wonderful world of imagination. A nice young fellow walks up to you with a blank check, and says “I want to buy your car, and it will go to a good home. How much do you need to get for it?” How do you respond?
Me? I know my 1964 Chevy Impala is probably only worth a few grand in reality, but 2010 is our 13th anniversary together and I would really like to drive it one of these days. Thus, the “how much money would it take” to pry it away from me, would likely be in the $15,000 range. I have a solid $10,000 in sentimental value whether you understand it or not.
So How Much Money Would it Take To Get Your Car?
If you had unlimited funding, and were forced to own a car from the year that you were born, what would it be? For me, the year is 1982. As you may or may not remember, this was a black hole of automotive design, horsepower, handling, and overall driving excitement. Luckily, one manufacturer didn’t care what the other guys were doing, and stuck to what they do best, building fantastic sports cars. That company’s name is Porsche. The model that I would procure is the 930, and I would obviously need it with the twin turbo ~300 horsepower engine.
Oddly enough, I found the exact one I want on eBay today!
Item # 190396041589
So which car would you buy?
Mixed in with the lawn gnomes, pink flamingos, and dog statues, you typically find Ford Escorts, Tempos, and Taurus’s for sale in front yards. That is sooo pre-Y2K. This guy is bringing the front yard used car lot game to a whole new level. “djsheijkdfj” on the VWVortex message board spotted this 2005 Ford GT recently and I just had to show it off to the Nutt’s And Bolt’s Blog readers. It is very much out of it’s element, and its beautiful red paint, gigantic brakes, and supercharged engine need a happy new leaf-free home. Is it ok to sell this car this way? You decide.
Has anybody else seen any strange methods of selling exotic / rare cars?
1964 Chevy Impala
1939 Graham Sharknose Convertible
1989 Dodge Ram 50 Macro Cab 4G63 Engine
1936 Lincoln Zephyr 2 Door Sedan
1963 Chevy Corvette Mako Shark Nose 427
I am a big dreamer, so I often dream about the cars that I MUST own at some point in life. I do imaginary ground up builds in my head, with awesome engines, transmissions, brakes, paint, and everything in between. The stuff I dream about is usually strange stuff that nobody else wants, but that’s the fun of it, you can build it your crazy way.
So here are MY MUST have’s, in no particular order:
1964 Chevy Impala Convertible
- Aluminum block 409 cubic inch engine, fuel injected, with twin turbo’s and a giant intercooler hiding behind the grille.
- 6-speed manual transmission
- 4 wheel, 6 piston Brembo disc brakes
- Stock looking wheels, dog dish hubcaps, with white wall tires
- Dark green paint? Maybe Black? I am undecided at this point.
- Coil over suspension, very very low to the ground.
1939 Graham Sharknose Supercharged Convertible
- Supercharged factory engine
- 100% bone stock. It’s a work of art, I can’t possibly modify a car that they only produced 1 of!
1989 Dodge Ram 50 Extended Cab
- Painted all black with black 18 inch wheels, and 5% tinted windows
- 4G63 turbocharged Mitsubishi Eclipse engine
- Evo VIII turbocharger, custom intake & exhaust manifolds
- 6 speed T-56 transmission
- Lowered 4 inches with coil overs and 4-linked rear suspension
- Ice cold A/C
1936 Lincoln Zephyr 2 Door Coupe (2 door sedan pictured)
- Factory V12 engine with a new centrifugal supercharger for a little fun
- Lowered about 6 inches
- Stock wheels, wide white wall tires
- Again, it is a work of art as is, why mess with perfection?
This specific pictured 1963 Chevy Corvette Split Window Coupe
- On the whole, I typically don’t like Corvettes. That being said, I want this Corvette. It also has a very interesting history that my dad is a part of. It is one-of-a-kind and I am not rich, so the chances of me owning it are anywhere from slim to none. If anybody has more pictures of it, I would love to see it. It has been 12-15 years since I have seen it in person.
- It has a 427 Big Block with enough horsepower to blow the windows out of a garage door (That’s a fact).
- Mako Shark nose
- Clean body work, great engine, unique 1963 body….. it just doesn’t get better for me as far as corvettes go.
So those are my top 5 that I HAVE to own at some point. The good news is that I actually own 2 of them right now. The bad news is that neither are anything like my dream depicts them.
Now its your turn. What cars are on your top 5 list? Keep in mind that this is a dream, so go big!
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Too bad cars need license plates.
Not Two Tone on the Left.
Notice the Two Tone
Terry Cook and Chip Foose have come up with a hybrid that I think most car enthusiasts will appreciate. It isn’t the kind of hybrid that has a floor pan full of giant batteries, or any electric motor powered wheels. Instead, it is the culmination of awesome automotive components and beautiful design work. It has the boat tail and sweeping fenders that all car enthusiasts dream about, and a GM LS1 engine hiding under its bonnet. (Hey, it seems like the appropriate word in this case!) It is asymmetrical because Terry loved both designs, and since you can only see one side of the car at once anyway, he decided to have both! I think the dashboard and steering wheel could be slightly fancier, but other than that, I’m a giant fan of the car. Terry and Chip both get the thumbs up from me.
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1930 Chevy Rat Rod 3 Window Coupe
Rat Rods are cool, and I am here to tell you my top 10 reasons why:
1) They are cheap to build – You don’t need rust free metal, so you are often able to put cars back on the road that never would have been restored otherwise.
2) You can build it yourself – It gives you an amazing sense of pride to drive something that you built, and even more when you get a “thumbs up” from a fellow gearhead.
3) Lowered cars and trucks are cooler – That’s just a fact.
4) Raw metal – Unpainted metal is a great way to show off your fabricating skills.
5) Simplicity – These cars work off the bare essentials. Windows, heat, seats and suspension are optional.
6) No Fear – You don’t have to worry about parking your clean car in a grocery store parking lot. If somebody swings their caravan door into it, it doesn’t even matter!
7) Wiring – All you need is power for the ignition coil, alternator, lights, and a horn. That is like 8 wires. Anybody could handle that.
8 ) Typically a two seater – This means you don’t have to cart your friends around all over town. “Can you give us a ride to blah blah somewhere place?…….” “nope sorry, I only have two seats….”
9) Exposed engine – Watching mechanical things move is awesome on every level. There is no denying it.
10) Part availability – All parts that you will ever need can be found in a junk yard, swap meet, home depot, or convenience store.
Picture borrowed from eBay Item number: 18049680146
Merrill Lynch Bull
I pulled into the grocery store parking lot the other day and as I parked, I unwillingly came nose to nose with something quite questionable. Initially I thought that somebody had parked a chromed-out version of the Merrill-Lynch bull in the parking lot. However, upon further inspection I realized it was just a new Acura with it’s giant bumper and chrome grille. I thought about moving my truck because I didn’t want to leave it to stare into the Acura’s bulbous nose, but I didn’t want my truck to develop an ego either. Maybe I am being too harsh on the Acura. Should I embrace these futuristic beasts for being outside the box, or hate it for being 90% grille & bumper and 10% “rest of the car”?
Do You Love it or Hate it?