Back in the 1960’s, if you traveled into space, it meant that you were a pretty big deal. It also meant that when you weren’t strapped to the side of a rocket, you were getting sweet deals on Corvettes. Awesome new Vettes. With Big Blocks. And 4-Speeds. Neil Armstrong was doing exactly this back in December of 1966 and Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida was the reason why. See, Jim knew that astronauts were going to be in the spotlight, so if he put them in new Corvettes from his dealership, it would be a hell of a win for everybody involved. He was right. Then, when the next model year Corvette came out, the astronauts typically traded their “old” one for a fresh new one.
Fast forward to today, and I notice that Neil Armstrong’s 1967 Corvette was recently on eBay. It hadn’t seen the street since 1981, and long ago, it had some rough looking fender flares and non-oem wheels attached . Luckily, the big block and the 4 speed transmission are both still there, and that is what really matters. Unfortunately for the bidders, the auction ended without the reserve ever being met. Apparently $250,090 just wasn’t enough to own this piece of American history. What do you think it’s worth?
eBay Item # 251051174912
You saw the video of this big block swapped Acura Integra right here on the 1A Auto Blog way back in May, and now we spotted it for sale on eBay. The listing has just ended, but it didn’t seem to have much action while it was still alive. This heavily modified Integra had a Buy It Now price of $22,500, and a starting bid of $19,000. Sadly, the starting bid never even happened. Now normally I would say that $19K it is a lot for a 1994 Acura Integra. However, this one does have a big block 396 squished inside it, and a menacing looking blower strapped on the top. It has obviously also been converted to rear wheel drive, and also has a “few” other mods major that you may notice. Maybe it isn’t the most sensible car out there for in that price range, but sensible cars aren’t nearly as fun to drive either. What are your thoughts?
eBay Item 180854228015
I’m sure that many times in life, you have secretly wondered what it would be like to shoehorn a supercharged big block Chevy into an Acura Integra. Luckily for you, we now have the answer in the form of a YouTube video. The word on the street is that this car was built by the owner of Pro Street Unlimited in Manchester NH.
From what I have been told, it has a big block 402 with an 871 blower, sitting in a shaved engine bay, with a TH350 transmission strapped to the back, full tube frame in the rear, and a Ford 9 inch rear end. Not too shabby, I’d say. As more details come to me, I will add them in. Until then, enjoy the video, as it really is quite an impressive accomplishment.
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBennyficial
If you are a car enthusiast, you must have a favorite muscle car. I know the time frame is debatable, but if we set the muscle car era to be from 1964 – 1972, we can all have a good starting point. So now which car will it be? and why?
Me? I’m going with the 1970-72 Chevy Monte Carlo. If and when I own one, it won’t be stock. It needs to have an obnoxiously violent sounding engine in it. I want to hear every cylinder of the big block ignite and blow it’s 11:1 compression out the open headers in the form of hellfire. Behind the massive injected big block will probably sit an M-22 Muncie 4-speed. It will whine in every gear, but it won’t matter because I won’t hear it over the open headers. I’ll be shifting it at the edge of it’s life, and making my valve springs work overtime. My Monte will sit on the ground, it will be so low that ants will be ducking their antennae. » Continue reading more of this post…
Random Picture Of The Day
After yesterday’s Trans Am picture, I figured a bright red Corvette would be a nice follow-up. From this view, it kind of looks like something that should be flying through the air over Area 51. Luckily for us, it is not an extraterrestrial space ship full of curious beings from another galaxy, its a beautiful muscle car. Remember how nice summer was? ……mmmmm…..warmth.
Much like a human, the story of where a car has been can seriously effect the car’s soul. Cars have souls? Yeap, they sure do, but it isn’t James Brown kind of soul though. It’s much different than that. When you know where a car has been and all of the amazing tales that go with it, it can instantly change a cars value, the way that you drive it, and its appeal to others. As a car enthusiast, I love hearing these automotive saga’s, because it can turn a very ordinary car into something special. Whether embellished or not, this is one of those tales.
When I was quite a bit younger, my dad and I went to car shows and often met up with a friend of his named Mike that had a 63 split window Corvette with a Mako Shark nose and a built 427 big block. The story with his car was an interesting one that landed it near the top of my automotive “Do Want!” list.
The story goes……..that the car was sitting behind a local dealer in the 1970’s after a bad accident. The nose was completely destroyed, it was missing tons of parts, and the engine had vanished. For months it sat in the snow and rain, looking more and more sad each day. Driving by it frequently, Mike made it well known to his wife that he really wanted that car VERY badly. Sure enough, his apparently awesome wife inquired about the car, bought it, and gave the sad looking pile of Corvette parts to him as a birthday present (Best b-day present ever? Probably.) He was thrilled, as any guy should be that just received a split window vette. The only downfall was that now he had to reassemble the puzzle pieces back together again. He started with a Mako Shark nose, and began flaring the fenders and straightening out the body, eventually painting it a lighter shade of blue. He then had my dad build a 427 engine for it. The problem was that they were afraid the engine was going to get stolen before they got a chance to install it in the car. So what did they do? Well, they chained it to the house for a while. Time passes and the high compression engine was built with the meanest parts available at the time. Before tossing it into the car, they decided to fire it up on the engine stand. Being car guys, they wanted to hear it with the garage door closed for a few second so that they can really “feel” the power. As they expected, the engine fired up. Unfortunately for them, it immediately blew all the windows out of the garage door. Oops. Lesson learned.
My dad still claims that it is one of the most scary fast cars that he has ever been in. He said that when you bury your foot into the floor it felt like it was going to pull the front wheels off the ground. The picture above was probably taken around 1994, which was the last time I saw this car. If you know of it’s whereabouts, I would absolutely LOVE to see it again and / or more pictures of it. The soul of that car runs deep, and that is what makes it extra awesome in my mind.
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