Unless you were pulled over by one or found yourself stuffed into the back of one, chances are very good that you don’t know what the hell that slab-sided ode to awful is in that picture. In this case, it’s a 1981 Plymouth Gran Fury, an ex-cop machine at that. It’s an R-body Mopar, which means that this Fury, along with the Dodge St. Regis, Chrysler Newport and it’s upscaled New Yorker sibling, is one of two things: the last car to be underpinned by the B-body chassis and one of the biggest flops of Chrysler Corporation in the 1970s. Yes, underneath the blocky body was the same chassis that had appeared in 1962 more or less, and yes, this thing flopped hard. Chrysler had tried to duplicate what GM had done with the downsized 1977 B-body cars, but instead of making them look lighter and nimbler, they made them look like Sherman tanks by comparison. No wonder President Carter slammed Chrysler’s management team as “incompetent”…they were at … [Read more...] about BangShift Question Of The Day: What’s The Worst Idea You’re Glad You Got Talked Out Of?
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The 1990s GT1 category was dominated by greats. The Toyota TS020. The Mercedes CLK GTR. The Porsche 911 GT1. But the best cars were actually not these racers. They were the road cars borne out of them. It’s a little unclear, to be perfectly honest, why some of these cars exist. Everyone seems to be in agreement that the rules of GT1 and its immediate predecessor, the BPR Global GT Series, had some sort of homologation requirement in place for their purpose-built race cars. But what gets fuzzy –especially for the manufacturers involved – was not only how many road cars were supposed to be built, but if any were required to be built at all. And under what specification? The Toyota GT-One road car, for instance, was barely a road car at all, and as far as we can tell Toyota only made two. At least 20 Mercedes CLK GTR road cars were built, on the other hand, but in varying specifications. Some had one engine, some had another. Some had a roof, and some, well, … [Read more...] about All The Best Racer-Derived Road Cars To Come Out Of GT1
If you spent a lot of money on a car, would you even drive it? Would you just trailer it everywhere, or would you thrash the hell out of it? Over the course of 10 years, Robert Ortega has slowly invested more than $40,000 into this project, despite the fact that it’s still doesn’t have a headliner.You may know Robert’s work by his Instagram nickname, LS3Velle, and this project has its own nickname, Orange Juice. Despite this car being his first muscle car, a long-time daily driver and the car he proposed in, it’s actually his second hot rod build. This particular 1970 Chevelle was the spark for Robert’s family of 1970 Chevelles- he currently has three: two with LS3s, and one with an LS1.Robert’s first build was a full-tilt Pro Touring style with glossy, metallic paint and full leather interior. Orange Juice has no bodywork that wasn’t performed from either Chevrolet in 1970 or the environment, but it took just as much work and planning as his … [Read more...] about Backyard Built, This 1970 Chevelle was Made to be Driven Hard
The news that the legendary Dan Gurney died on Sunday night after a long battle with pneumonia was something racing legends Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser had difficulty accepting. Although they knew Gurney was in failing health, the fact he was a “Mount Rushmore of Auto Racing” figure made him bigger-than-life to drivers who have been described in the same vein.“It’s one freaking sad day,” an emotional Unser told Autoweek in a phone interview Sunday night.Andretti echoed those sentiments at his home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania on Sunday evening.“I got the news and it’s really sad,” Andretti told Autoweek. “He is one of those that I’ve always admired. He was one of those people that make you a better race driver because they are so phenomenal. I’ve always had special appreciation for competitors who were versatile and could win in different disciplines and he was one of them.“He won in stock cars, he won in Indy … [Read more...] about Racing great Dan Gurney was the ‘epitome of class’
In this week’s Wednesday Want we’ve found something truly special in the classified adverts and thought it really deserved some attention. You can check out past Wednesday Want entries right here.Is too much of a good thing still a good thing? Well for Oldenhof Autos in Enschede, Netherland the answer is yes. The dealer has simply been overrun with an abundance of 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsports.Being inundated with one of the best sports cars to come out of Germany might seem like a first world problem. However, with 18 of these cars, all identical and painted in white, it’s not exactly the ideal situation for a dealer to be in. This is why Oldenhof is offering these cars at a steep discount, despite having zero mileage on the clock.So how does a dealer come into possession of 18 fairly expensive cars, all with the same equipment and color?According to the Dutch automotive site Motor Talk, the cars were all ordered to be part of a rental fleet for … [Read more...] about Get a Whole Fleet of Unused Porsche 911 GT3s For Only $2.9 Million