They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I know that this statement is true because this truck’s license plate told me so. Seriously though, this truck is amazing. I saw it at a local show and instantly had dreams of driving through the jungle, fighting off a tiger, multiple ligers, maybe giant arachnids, and a dinosaur. It is an absolute beast of a machine that would probably go around ripping tags off mattresses if you ticked it off. I’m not sure what its intended use is, but it appears to be limitless in its abilities. If Jurassic park ever becomes a reality, you better believe I will be the first one making friends with this “beauty”, and guaranteeing my survival of the dinopocolipse.
Am I the only one that thoroughly enjoys the gaudy hood ornaments on old cars, and really think we need to bring ’em back? I do realize that dropping a giant chromed-out pelican on the front of a new Camry wouldn’t really work. However, if done tastefully it maaay actually improve the look of the car like it had in the past. Sure it will cost extra money and it would be something for punk kids to rip off in mall parking lots, BUT pretend those negative factors don’t exist for now. Instead, let’s think about how much class it adds to the vehicle, along with a feeling of luxury and honor. Please raise your hand if you would not want a giant chrome bird, ship, plane, or beautiful winged goddess mounted to your hood. Nobody? Yeah that’s what I thought. The fact is: these types of figures make you feel like a big shot. You instantly feel more elegant, smart, and stylish than you really are. Just go for a ride in any car from the 1940’s if you would like to experience this for yourself. Even if the car doesn’t have paint, stalls out at stop signs, and generally looks like a beater, the hood ornament announces to the surrounding community that you are in fact, a really big deal.
Dear big 3,
Let’s try and make it classy again. I want sparkling chrome planes, goddesses, ships, and a variety of fowl guiding my vehicle down the roads. If you must, you can make them out of carbon fiber for a modern touch.
Now who’s with me?…….echo……echo….
Last week we talked about a spacecraft-looking car that was spotted at a Wendy’s in Ohio recently. It was mystery with so many twists and turns, that the automotive community was left scrambling. We needed to know the story behind this vehicle. Who built it? When? What is it? Why? Thanks to the super sleuth detective work of “oliver@triplezoom” on vwvortex.com, we now have the answer! The vehicle from Friday’s 1A Auto Blog is a Ben-Dera Ford built by John Bender over 3 years in the mid 1990’s.
It turns out that in June of 1998, “Car and Driver” actually featured this vehicle and it’s owner / builder. His name is John Bender and he built this vehicle because well….. he wanted to. In fact, he built a couple of them! I would go into details, but honestly, this article sums it up way better than I ever could.
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Once in a while you see cars that leave you wondering what exactly the owner was trying to accomplish. Then there are those cars that literally make you question what planet you are on, and how in the heck you arrived there. Today we have one of the latter.
Recently this “submersible-car-ship?” was spotted at a Wendy’s Restaurant in Ohio and posted up by “B3passatBMX” from VWVortex.com. He was wondering what the heck he had just witnessed, because we all know that “what has been seen, cannot be unseen”. Luckily for us, he grabbed photographic evidence of the “jet-vehicle-hover-plane?” because there is absolutely zero chance of the world believing this story otherwise. Now…. what he found sitting in this parking lot was truly amazing, almost beyond words. It was something so futuristic, yet retro, yet gangsta, that you aren’t sure what planet it was from or where it may have landed. Is it from the future? Could it be from the distant past? Nobody actually knows. All we know is that its home base in Ohio, and it appears to have once sported wings. Yes, I said wings. Also, notice the crazy blower-style drive belt inside, and fully custom hubcaps. The word on the streets is that it had a VW engine tucked underneath it, but who really knows. It may be a decoy so that you don’t notice the turbo rocket booster packs.
That being said, please enjoy the beauty that is this wonderous space-time-traveling-plane-car-ship, because it may be the only photographic evidence that it really exists. If you have any further information on this …… “car”, please enlighten us. Clearly somebody put a LOT of time and effort into this for a reason, and I personally would LOVE to see and learn more about it and it’s builder.
UPDATE: WE NOW KNOW THE TRUTH – This is the Ben-Dera Ford
In my never ending search for greatness on the internet, I came across some sad looking cars that gave me a really great idea (for you, not me…). Ok, are you ready for this? These four words might change your world forever, so I hope you are sitting down. Seriously. Ok… here goes…. “Rolls Royce Hot Rod”. That’s right folks! Live the life of luxury with hand built quality, the finest metals, and do it on the cheap! “But how!?” Well, with the Nutt’s & Bolts Blog Guide to greatness of course!!
Nutt’s & Bolts Blog complete guide to greatness – Now featuring more Luxury!
Step 1) Start with a parted out Rolls from eBay for like $700. Doors and trunk lid are recommended but not completely necessary. (Home made tube doors will work fine in a pinch.)
Step 2) Build a custom boxed steel frame, with a junkyard IFS, and a usable junkyard rear differential (welded of course).
Step 3) Pull that spare 350 out from your shed, and shove a 8-71 blower on it. (Trust me on this, do what I say, and you will be the coolest person in your neighborhood.)
Step 4) Gut the interior of the car of anything that has mass. Throw it all in the trash or sell on eBay for maximum money recoupage.
Step 5) Rig up a manual transmission of your liking with a universal hydraulic master cylinder setup. Piece of cake.
Step6) Add drag radials to the back & tub floor pan as necessary. Any wheels that bolt onto the front will be fine. Black steelies maybe?
Step 7) Be sure to paint it flat black, and get the car as low to the ground as possible. It’s the only way to succeed.
Step 8 ) Burnouts, donuts, and jealous friends and neighbors will soon follow. Be ready for high 5’s, gift baskets, and invites to pool parties. So much win, for so little investment.
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People like different cars for different reasons, and some people even like Toyota Previa Vans. “shawnthemonster” on VWVortex.com is one of them. He took a stock Previa (…basically, an Egg) and made it rad in every way. Custom body mods, slammed to the ground, amazing paint job, super hottt wheels, and even a red interior. I mean this thing is sexy from every angle. Read More
Craigslist is the place to find the strangest items and people that you never knew existed. Last night I received a text message from my brother informing me of one such item / person. From the moment I saw the CL ad, I knew that the 1A Auto Blog readers would appreciate such an amazing car. Without further adieu, I present to you, the $4500 invisible car (New snow tires included)!