Cars have been built for many different reasons over the past 100 years. Sometimes they’re built for racing, others for cruising, and then there are a few purpose built land yachts that exist strictly to tote around inebriated people when they leave the bars. Hmmm. Yes, this 1970 Toronado 15 passenger wagon limo is definitely one of those vehicles… well, sort of.
It started its life as a massive, 28 foot long, 6 wheeled, 9 door, airport limo also known as a “AQC Jetway 707″. Sounds exotic right? Well, it was a pretty big deal at the time, and was intended to be the beginning of a huge line of limos, ambulances, and hearses built by the “American Quality Coach” company. Sadly, their tooling costs were costing them more than their vehicle sales could handle, and it was game-over before they really even got the business off the ground. There is some debate over the actual production numbers of these vehicles, but it’s likely somewhere between 52 and 150. That’s still a lot of Detroit steel, considering each one is the length of two Geo Metros, and the metal is probably twice as thick. One word – “momentum“.
This specific behemoth of a front wheel drive vehicle is being sold as a great project and potential money making opportunity for a “young single slick chick magnet type of guy who can dance/but has great morals/nice friends“. The seller claims that once you drop a motor in this thing and hit the streets of NYC, it (and you) will be irresistible to bachelorette parties chalk full of beautiful women. I’m not 100% convinced of this theory, but the world is a crazy place, so who really knows. Buy it now, and put it to the Toronado to the test!
The eBay listing Item # 180667647167 is really full of confidence boosting hilarity. Be sure to check it out as well for the full Monday morning entertainment package..
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So we decided to add something new to the blog for you guys, on Friday’s, Jeremy and I will each post a cool or funny video for you guys to enjoy. We figured it’s Friday and what better way to celebrate than to watch a short, but awesome video and kick off the weekend for you guys.
OK, Here’s a cool classic monster truck school bus video that I found. Imagine going to school in this thing.The kids face in the bus is hilarious!
….And for me, I’m going with a 1919 rat rod that blows flames everywhere. It’s not as loud as I had hoped, but old cars & flames are always a win. Enjoy!
Can’t see the videos? Here are the links:
Friday night kicks off the start to the race weekend at Dover International Speedway with the Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter will roll onto the “Monster Mile” tonight leading the point chase.
One of the new changes to the points system for 2011 is that the drivers now have to pick which series they would like to score points in towards the chase. The 18 of Kyle Busch has won three times in the Camping World Truck Series this season, one of which Kasey Kahne piloted the Z-Line Designs Toyota to victory lane while Kyle vacationed with his wife. » Continue reading more of this post…
When you are a gearhead, people you meet often tell you about cool cars that they once owned, or once saw. If you are really lucky, they still own those cool cars, and they want to show them off. The other day when I was writing that blog about that hidden 1964 Corvette Convertible with the factory fuel injection, I realized that I actually know about a 1963 split window Corvette too! Much like every cool car though, it comes with a story. » Continue reading more of this post…
This short story of mine has been many years in the making, and yesterday was a major unexpected turning point. You see, years ago I heard a rumor of a mid year Corvette (1963-67) sitting all apart in a garage. I was told that this Corvette had entered the garage for a restoration around 1980 and never came back out again. Naturally when you hear about this sort of thing, you imagine that it could be the “holy grail” of car finds, but when reality enters the scene, you find a derelict shell of a 1970’s Yugo. Yeap, been there before.
Up until yesterday, this story consisted of me begging, then me pleading, and then sadness, followed by extended periods of time. May 10th then arrived and as if by magic, I finally got just a tiny taste of what this car really was. I opened the first image and stared at it in amazement. Instead of the 1970’s Yugo shell that always sneaks up on me, I was staring at an absolutely beautiful Silver Blue 1964 Chevy Corvette Convertible with the L84 Fuel Injected 375 horsepower 327 engine. Inside my head, my brain was screaming “Cannot Compute! System Malfunction! Meltdown Imminent”. I slapped myself in the face, started breathing again, and welcomed back my surroundings. The next two pictures were equally mesmerizing. This was definitely a very, very special car.
Just how rare is this car you ask? Well, let’s take a look at the production numbers for the minimal facts that we do know.
Total Convertibles – 13,925 produced
Total with Silver Blue paint – 3,121 produced
Total L84 Fuel Injected 327’s – 1,325 produced
Now, we know that at the very “worst”, it is 1 of 1,325 built, which is crazy rare as is. But how many of that total were in convertibles vs. coupes? I would imagine that we can assume half? (Corvette gurus, feel free to jump in anytime.) Okay, so let’s say that the car is now about 1 of 650 convertibles with the L84 fuel injected 327 produced. But wait, out of 22,205 Corvettes made in 1964, only about 14% were painted Silver Blue and that was included coupes and convertible. For the sake of fun, let’s just assume that the color was split evenly across both body types. We can then assume the car is about 1 of 300 built based on what we currently know. Now, how many of those still exist? Not all of them, that’s for sure.
Great, now where do we go from here? Well, I have been sworn to secrecy and I don’t have any more pictures or information. My hope is that it will someday be finished because I would absolutely love to hear that this Silver Blue convertible is back on the road again.
*Special thanks to the “Top Secret Informant” for sharing these pictures with us.
Last weekend Formula D was making noise in Atlanta Georgia. A friend of mine named Ethan drove several hours to attend this event and luckily for us, he took about 1 million pictures while he was there. From the looks of it, swapping new LSx V8’s into the small rear wheel drive imports seems to be a growing trend. If you have ever had the pleasure of burying your foot into the go-pedal of a newer Corvette, you can understand why. The sounds coming from these vehicles drifting around the track must have been music to the ears. I really need to get myself to one of these events….
Anyway > Here are 41 of my favorites pictures: » Continue reading more of this post…
John D’Agostino has built so many beautiful Kustom Kars that it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. Most of them wear his unmistakable candy blended paint, and seemingly impossible smoothness. You can stare at his cars for hours wondering what exactly he has changed with each one, but it is nearly impossible to detect. In my mind, that is what separates the good customs from from great customs. When he completes a car, the car is no longer just a car, it really become a rolling work of art.
This 1941 Packard, known as “Gable”, is one of my favorites because….. well … look at it. If this Packard were to be parked next to a new Ferrari and Bugatti, the Ferrari would immediately burst into flames, and the Bugatti would drive itself into a lake. They would both feel too inadequate parked next to such burgundy brilliance. This Packard has the perfect stance, flawless paint that is as rich as rich gets, and nearly undetectable customization. There is just no denying it, I would look good in this car.
These beautiful images were taken by Childers Photography. More can be seen here: