There is never a dull moment on Craiglist. Today, we have a 1997 Suzuki X90 with a small block 355, aluminum intake manifold, Edelbrock 650 cfm carburetor, roller rockers, headers, flowmasters, and a 700R4 transmission with a shift kit. Yes, you read that right. If there was ever a time in your life when you needed to gather up $6500 to purchase a vehicle to scare yourself in, this is it. Let’s be honest, this little red devil would be a handful with your grandma behind the wheel. Burnouts would be had, and maybe even wheelies. Before long grandma would be crashing through the front of a pharmacy. Honestly, I’m left nearly speechless.
Who needs a truck when you can have a Prizm? A friend of mine spotted this the other day while on the highway. Call me crazy, but those are probably the biggest tires ever “on” a Prizm. I’m sure that 1 strap is holding those tires on extra tight.
Remember when Pininfarina was designing the most amazing looking cars in the world? Yeah. Well, they apparently can add Coke machine design to their resume as well. I must say, it was no doubt the greatest coke machine that I have ever laid my greasy mitts upon. There were about 20 different beverages to choose from, and it felt very much like I was using and Ipod. Oh, and it also served a delicious fountain Coca-Cola classic as well, as you might expect from such a device.
Is this just plain wrong? Or is it nice to see a recognizable world famous automotive designer branching out into areas that I can actually play in? What’s your take? Ever seen one?
Waaaaay back in January 2010 I shared some pictures of my friend’s plaid painted hood on his Subaru. Today, we have a different style of customized hood, and you guessed it! It’s a Volkswagen! This one has more…..well, rust. BUT. It also had equally as much creativity. Haters gon’ hate rusty hoods, but I appreciate seeing some things that are outside the box every once in a while. This VW most certainly fit the bill.
Back in my high school years, I knew of a reclusive man nearby that had an entire yard full of totally complete 1960’s Ford Falcons. There were probably more than 30 of them scattered around his yard with just few other models sprinkled in between. It was quite clear that none had moved in several decades because the vast majority had old plant growth securing them firmly to the earth below. I never did find out what his draw to Falcons was, but being a car guy, on some level, I respected it. Yes, I realize that he was potentially the reason that these cars would never see the road again, but that is not always the case, and not always a bad thing. It really depends on the situation. Maybe the Falcons were destined for the junkyard long ago, and he saved them from certain death in the crusher? Maybe he was storing them for a friend? Maybe he had already saved 100 of them, and these were the leftover real junky ones? Who really knows. The only thing we knew was that the dude had a lot of Falcons, and they may still be there.
Today, we have a more modern version of the story, but seen in a much happier light. This story takes place in Michigan, on Craigslist, and it’s a person with 50+ Mitsubishi 3000GT’s and Dodge Stealths. That, my friends, is a hell of a lot of lug nuts. He (I’m assuming it’s a “he”) has twin turbo cars, he has N/A cars, he’s even got factory red interiors for god sakes. How jealous are you? Be honest. The great thing, it’s all for sale! That’s right, he isn’t just hoarding them and watching them sink into the worms presumably like the Falcons. He is selling parts so that other cars can breath life again. It is the automotive life cycle and assuming that these cars weren’t mint when he got them, he is definitely doing the responsible thing, helping his fellow enthusiasts. Well done!
Are you this guy? Are you a car hoarder? Contact us and tell us about your collection at firstname.lastname@example.org! Seriously. The enthusiasts here are jealous and want to see more.
In 1910, REO apparently self proclaimed itself as the “World’s Toughest Truck”. With a manly one cylinder asthmatic sounding engine and stomach churning 9 horsepower, how could it not be? Uhhh. I think when they said “tough”, they must have meant that driving it was tough. Seriously, you would need to be eating your Wheaties to tame the solid tires, chain drive, and the rear-only mechanical band brakes. Fill this animal with rocks or lumber and you’re guaranteed to be the first one at the scene of the accident.
Luckily for us, this extraordinary example somehow managed to survive over 100 years, and was on display at the Codman Estate Car Show this morning. It was absolutely beautiful from every angle, and really looked like a museum piece. The engine spun smoother than a well oiled sewing machine, and made me realize just how terrible my engines run. Well done REO, well done.