Sunday, February 26, 2012

BeaterBlog Suggested Attraction: Irish National Transportation Museum

Just north of Dublin is the sea side town of Howth (ryhmes with growth) home of the Irish National Transportation Museum. The train ride from Dublin takes about twenty minutes plus a ten minute walk south along the coast. Our Rick Steve's guide recommended this place "only if you find rapture in dusty old trams and buses". Rick, I'll meet you there.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

BMW is a man's car and other 1967 import ads

Why is BMW a man's car? Apparently because men enjoy hanging out at the beach alone. Advertising was different then. One sentence in bold followed by a picture and paragraphs of text are rarely used today, but in 1967 they were the norm.

Car and Driver's April 1967 issue has full page ads from nearly every import manufacture using variations on the same theme. Hit the jump to see the pitch from BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, VW, Saab, Volvo, Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, MG, Triumph, Rootes/Chrysler, Rover, and Ford.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Marketplace Feature: Aero Modded Ford Probe

Aerodynamics is the highly complex science of controlling the flow of air over, under, through, and around a moving vehicle. Stylists and engineers spend hours pouring over wind tunnel data to craft slippery shapes to optimize noise, high speed handling and drag. This car's owner has taken his own approach to cheating the wind and styling with a rather unique package of corrugated plastic and spray paint.

Beater Barn Find: GM EV1

A couple weeks ago I thought the SWP was the rarest Saturn I had ever encountered. If you count the sold and serviced by Saturn dealers GM EV1 as a genuine Saturn, then I stand corrected.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vintage Marketplace Feature - 24k Gold-Plated DeLorean!

When I'm home for the odd weekend, my Saturday morning ritual consists of reading vintage car mags and drinking coffee until I'm too amped to sit still. This morning, I nearly did a spit-take when I stumbled upon this collector's dream (if said collector woke up with his face in a pile of coke, I guess). A 24-k gold plated DeLorean is coveted ground on the South Beach club scene in 1984, commanding a price of $50,000. Adjusted for inflation, that's 3 new Conquest TSi's.

Doing some quick maths based on the ad for a boring 'ol stainless DeLorean below, the cost of this service is somewhere around $20k should you ever want to try it yourself.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Beat on the Street: VL Calais 5.0

It's been a while since I've posted a car from last year's visit to the sunburned continent. Since my dream car du jour is very similar, I've decided to post a few pictures of a Holden VL Calais 5.0 that I stumbled upon in Melbourne town. Sure, it's no VL Calais Turbo or BT1 but damn it's a sweet find.

As I was being called diagonally across the parking lot of  the Queen Victoria Market by hot jam-filled donuts and curry beef pies by the American Donut Kitchen and other local bakeries, I was stopped by the only thing that could have stopped me - a VL. A 308 no less, two-tone red wine and silver in color, and sitting low to the ground on Bathurst Globes. Fully sick, mate.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Marketplace Feature: RHD Saturn Wagon

Based on the SW2, the right hand drive SWP is perhaps the rarest Saturn. Rural letter carriers aren't given little white trucks by the post office and provide their own transportation. A RHD vehicle is a far safer alternative to driving from the middle of a bench seat and reaching one way for the controls, and the other for the mail box. Subaru, Jeep, and a few others have filled this niche occasionally and for a short time so did Saturn.

Detroit Craigslist

Monday, February 6, 2012

Marketplace Feature: Rotary Powered Shorty Toyota Wagon

I stumbled on this jewel while searching for a respectable little wagon for my wife. Although she won't appreciate it, I see it has all the hallmarks of an epic CL ad.

1) Fuzzy camera phone pictures
2) Project car no where near completion
3) Complete lack of spelling and grammar
4) Outrageous price tag

Despite typical CL behavior in the ad, the project itself has a lot of merit. I like the idea of mating rotary power to a RWD Toyota wagon and then shortening it to sit directly ahead of the rear axle. I just hope the seller's body work skills are better than his spelling.

Detroit Craigslist

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Press Release: Beaterblog Southeast World Regional Headquarters - Grand Opening This Weekend!

The Simca/AMC/Australian/E30 wing of Beaterblog has expanded it's operations into the coastal southeastern reaches of the US as of the start of 2012. The rural Southeastern Michigan division (not to be confused with Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit locations, which will remain open) will remain in operation while assets are transferred between headquarters.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Another Neon Destined for Scrap Heap

I know I own too many Neons but this is not how I planned to reduce the count to three. While my wife was at work last Friday her daily driver got rear ended while parked out on the street. I bought this 1999 coupe for my then girl friend after she complained my Mercedes was too big and burned too much gas for her to drive.

I picked it up not running and spent a few months rebuilding the rear suspension, fixing the brakes, changing all the struts, installing a new exhaust, and making the fuel system not leak. Since then, its been completely reliable and looked damn clean for a twelve year old car. Even the air conditioning worked, the only car in the fleet so equipped. Since the wife can't drive a manual, we need to find a replacement. If you're selling an automatic transmission station wagon with ABS and airbags, drop me a line.