Woodgrain Roadmaster Wagons: Discuss.

Call me old school if you must, but I looove me some Buick woody wagon.  Wagons are not for everybody though, and I’ve come to terms with that over the years.  I’ve also learned that a wagon covered in woodgrain will never be able to pass a Hennessey Venom GT, nor will they float as well as an Amphicar.  That’s not what they are about.  They are cruisers, plain and simple. » Continue reading more of this post…

Seen on eBay: 1970 Olds Toronado Limo

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..

Additional info found here:

http://coachbuilt.com/bui/a/aqc/aqc.htm

Volvette: Twin Turbo LS1 in a Volvo Wagon

Sometimes life hands you a 1989 Volvo 745T Wagon, and you are forced to turn lemons into lemonade.  Douglas Strickler knows how to do this, and his proof is in his Volvette.  I just stumbled onto it recently, and it may be old news to everytbody else in the world, but I saw the car and fell in love.

It started life as typical family truckster, and now has a fire breathing LS1 twin turbo, backed with a 6-speed manual transmission.  It has 500+ horsepower and could likely get you to soccer practice at the speed of light.  It’s got bigger brakes, 18 inch wheels, and wagon loads of custom parts.  I can’t even imagine how fun this car must be to drive.  Only two words come to mind. Do Want.

Images Found At:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2196921

The sweetest car collection….. in the Woods.

One of my favorite things to do in “off  seasons” (read: cold seasons), is to look at abandoned & wrecked old cars in the woods and in the junkyards.  I’m not really sure why I enjoy looking at old rotten cars, but it’s probably the same reason that dogs chase cats; because they can.  I have come across some really amazing vehicles over the years, but one of my all time favorites was finding a large wooded area of TriFive Chevy’s, most of them being 1957’s. There were probably about 20 of them, and almost all models were present from two doors, to 4 doors, and even wagons. Other than the convertibles & Nomads, no model was spared from this automotive atrocity.

Got a picture of an old rotten car ?  If so, send it over to jnutt@1aauto.com, and I will make sure it gets up here.