This drivable concept car was developed to demonstrate the ability of the factory to produce a supercar for the 80’s. It was built in the UK, but is a left-hand-drive car. It has an incredibly low height at 43 inches high, and featured a sharp, distinctive gull-wing door design. Powering the Bulldog was a 5.3L twin-turbo V8 delivering 700 hp. A powerful engine was not the car’s only enticing feature. Its split rim alloy wheels were fitted with blades around the circumference to direct cool air to the brakes to ensure they remained reliable at high speed. Continue reading »
The General Motors designed car was a radical departure from cars of its era and sported a 250 HP V8 Rocket engine among other things. In the late fifties, Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Ken Pickering and Zora Duntov were creating a roadster for Oldsmobile. They began the project by designing several showcars which were breathtaking and daring, especially compared to the Oldmobile aesthetic. Due to the poor sales of the Corvette, the car which inspired these GM Concepts, the F-88 project was cancelled at the conceptual phase. Before that time however, four very unique Oldsmobiles were completed and a recent auction of a surviving car fetched $3.5 million.
In the early 1990s, any vehicle with more than 200 hp was considered ‘a real screamer’. That’s absolutely hilarious by today’s standards, but when the 224 hp Dodge Spirit R/T debuted, its sub-7-second 0–60 capability made it the fastest four-door sedan sold in America (1991–1992). So let’s take a trip back in time, and see just how far performance sedans have come in the last decade-and-a-half…
Vans are one of the fastest growing segments of the classic business. Few survived to be restored. This survivor was carefully Restored over the past four years, any rust and body issues have been professionally completed. Finished in beautiful Viper Yellow and White with black pin stripes and modern Super Bee Decals this van is stunning. Continue reading »
The “Crusher” named for the Orange Crush paint. This lightly customized but very modified 55 pickup is owned by Dick & Gloria Easton of Leesburg, florida. This timeless classic features Fat Man Chassis, 350 Crate motor, Ford 9″ rear, Vintage Air, custom interior and hand built under dash panel for the A/C system. Continue reading »
The Silver Wraith was the first post-war Rolls-Royce. It was made from 1946 to 1958 as only a chassis at Rolls-Royce’s former Merlin engine plant, their Crewe factory, alongside the shorter Bentley Mark VI. Continue reading »
With its pioneering front-wheel drive, low-slung silhouette and cat’s eye headlamps, the multicolored Ruxton automobile seemed destined for greatness in 1929. Ruxton made headlines as the first American automaker to announce a front-drive passenger car, soon followed by Cord. But less than two years later, the snazzy Ruxtons were remnants of history. Only 99 Ruxtons were produced between 1929 and 1930. Continue reading »
Developed specifically for NASCAR racing, the Superbird, a modified Road Runner, was Plymouth’s follow-on design to the Charger Daytona fielded by sister company Dodge in the previous season. Continue reading »
The Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1937, three models were produced until 1955, all with only minor mechanical and cosmetic changes. It was equipped with a 569 cc four-cylinder, side-valve, water-cooled engine mounted in front of the front axle, and so was a full-scale car rather than a cyclecar.
I’ve been writing about cars for about eight years now, and, during that time, I have done a great deal of research. Over the years, I have been mind-blown by some of the opportunities that I missed when I was younger, because some cars that were once affordable are now worth a small fortune as so-called “classics”.