Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Old Green Chevy truck

Came across another great photo of beautiful motoring rusting quietly away. This Chevy truck is in a shed in Williams Community in Calhoun County, Al. I'm very keen on owning a truck like this in the next five years. What a great project.

Have you got a project you would like to do? Let me know in the comments.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

1969 Dodge Charger - General Lee

I was a big fan of the Dukes of Hazzard and was amazed at what Bo and Luke did in their Charger week after week. Years later I was amazed to learn the show almost single handedly destroyed all the 1969 Chargers ever produced. Well not quite but they used at least one per episode and by the sixth season had to start using miniatures. The stunts weren't the same after that.

This 1969 Charge is owned by Jeremy in Las Vegas and is on show at the Palazzo Hotel. If you're in the neighbourhood check it out.

Jeremy's got it for sale if you're interested here. It's an awesome car with a lot of goodies under the hood including a 425HP 383 big block. Sounds awesome too!

Update: Jeremy has sold his car.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rusty old car: 1947 Buick

This is such a great shot of decaying beauty. There are lots of old cars just sitting around that back in the day were loved and looked after by proud families and owners. They were built so well - well really they were built like brick houses. You can see that the chrome headlight surrounds and mudguard strip are still in good nick and the rust is taking a long time to eat through the heavy metal.

Be great to bring a car like this back to life and be able to keep of the patina. Very cool.

Update: Thanks to Sam for letting me know what car this is.

Photo credit: Andie Smith

Friday, September 25, 2009

Last of the Supercars Ferrari F40

The Ferrari F40 is I believe the last of the real supercars. The last one that didn't have all sorts of techno bits and bobs that keep you safe and on the track at track days. Ferrari produced 1315 of them between 1987 and 1992 and for two years, 1987 - 1989, it was the fastest street legal production car. I'm not really a Ferrari fan and a ride in a 599 recently cemented that for me but the F40, I would own one of those in a heart beat.

Watch this video of a Ferrari F40 LM being driven by former F1 driver Jacques Lafitte and you will know what I mean.

This one is sitting in the Palazzo Hotel in Vegas along with some other great cars I will be putting on the blog soon. Thanks to Jeremy for sending them to me.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

1951 Porsche 356 Aero Coupe

Love this Porsche. People seeing this in 1951 must have thought it was a spaceship as it raced towards them. There is something, call it je ne sais quoi or style, that most modern cars lack. I love the leather bonnet strap and the hot rod like louvres in the C pillar.

Beautiful car. A lot more about it here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ford Cortina Mark 2

A mate of mine had a very cool Mark 2 Cortina when we were at high school. It ended up in a sad way when it was stolen and burnt out. Not a nice end for any car. Well actually, maybe a few ...
I think this photo represents the era well and what Ford thought the Mark 2 was all about, racing and putting you where the action was. The Lotus version did extremely well and in 1967 with Jackie Ickx and Graeme Hill at the wheel it could beat the Porsche 911. Check out this awesome footage of them racing here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fiat 500 Bambina

I'm sure everyone loves the Fiat Bambina. Produced from 1957 to 1975, and relaunched in 2007, the little car never fails to make me smile. One of my favourites is the 850 TC Abarth model. Very cool and one races regularly in the Targa. It looks great racing and kicks butt on a lot of bigger cars. The Abarth races with the boot up which most people thought was for cooling but actually made the bubble car more aerodynamic. Just one of the tricks Abarth had up their sleeve to make their cars go faster.

Some great info here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender owners love their vehicles. They even wave to each other. It's like some secret society that knows something we don't about Defenders. After watching this video you will though. This is amazing. A Defender tows a 12 tonne truck .... with no driver.

I liked Defenders before I saw this but I think I have to have one now.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sultan of Brunei's Mercedes-Benz SL600 V12 AMG

The Sultan of Brunei's awesome SL600 is for sale on Trademe. It's an incredible car with great story attached. I think it is a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' because like most of his cars it is hand built to his specs. The list of specs is very long but I like the sound of a 450HP V12 and it's only done 21,000km. View the auction here.

Hat tip: @robtreacher

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lamborghini Miura and the Italian Job

One of the best beginnings of a movie is the start of the Italian Job. The great soundtrack of a Lamborghini Miura racing through the Alps and Matt Munro singing 'On Days Like These' is awesome. It's fiery end is very spectacular but I've always thought a bit of a shame for such a great car. Read some more about the Italian Job cars here. Lamborghini have done a Miura concept car and I hope it sees the light of day as a production car one day. Check out the promo video.

Monday, September 14, 2009

VW Police car

How cool is this 1974 Swedish Police car. The photograph really does it credit. A VW Beetle is very high on my garage wishlist and I find inspiration for them all over the place. Like here and here. Great cars.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Datsun 240Z

We are on a bit of a Datsun run at the moment but I couldn't help putting this up. I love 240Z's and this is a great shot of two in full attack mode. They are a proper Sports Car and if you own one in NZ you won't have the ugly 5mph bumpers the US cars got in 1974.

Polish designer Jacek Kolodziejczyk drew up a concept about a year ago. Check it out here. The main issue I have found when looking at buying one over the years is they rust out under the battery tray. Still one would be a great project car and with RB power it would be lethal.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Rob's 160J SSS

After reading about the 1600SSS reader Rob Treacher sent me a photo of his Datsun Violet 160J SSS. This is a classic 80's photo of an awesome car. Love the 13" Trident's, and the Bridgestone's, and the colour. Beautiful, original car.

If you have a good photo of a beautiful car that was in your life, feel free to email it to me so I can include it on the site.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

BMW and Lambo shot

I saw this cool shot, and even though I'm not a huge Beemer lover (note I have owned an E30), had to include it. For me it conjures up an image of an owner who drives his M3 to work and takes his Murcielago out on the weekends. Nice garage, beautiful photo.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

The ultimate Ultima? Homegrown Ultima GTR750

I saw this on GetFrank today and it reminded me of the TV interview I saw with the owner, Tony Phillips. He frightened the heck out of the interviewer and he wasn't even pushing it.

In my opinion the Ultima is the best track day car you can buy and it's even available as a kitset. With the upgrades Tony and his mate Brett Douglas have done to make it NZ legal and increase the power this Ultima is set to break the New Zealand Land Speed Record.

Beautiful and brutal car. Read more about it here and if you know Tony let him know I would love to to a video of it for

Friday, September 4, 2009

The world's first concept car: Buick Y Job

This is the car that is considered the world's first concept car, the Buick Y Job. Designed by Harley J. Earl, and built in 1938, the Y Job had power-operated hidden headlights and very cool flush door handles. What amazes me is that it had design cues that were carried on right into the 50's. Very ahead of it's time as all concepts should be.