Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Beat on the Street - Lifted Wonder Wedge

One of the great side effects of living in a place devoid of tyrannical organizations like VicRoads or TUV to mandate roadworthiness is seeing vehicles like this hot, sweet angular mess.

Comprised of a Subaru XT (maybe an XT-6 given the 5 lug pattern - help me out XT fans) and a scrapyard's worth of angle iron and rectangular stock, this wedge is doing its best AMC Eagle impession.

StanceWorks Ute - Lowes is a Lifestyle?

I'm afraid that 1,200lbs of Sacrete, 4x4x10's, fence panels, and 14" Ansen Sprints is as close to 'stanced out' or 'hellaflush' as I'll get...so I might just leave that stuff in there.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beat on die Strasse: M-B 0321 H Window Bus

Germany has lots of interesting cars I couldn't otherwise see but rarely do they park right infront of my apartment. This was an exception. I looked up from my musli one morning to see "Sonja" arrive on my street. She stopped on my block for about half an hour to load up for a scenic tour. Although the weather wasn't great, I'm sure everyone had a tremendous view through all those sky-lights. More infor at Sonja's website

Monday, October 14, 2013

Beat on die Strasse: GMC C/K with Ford Bed Hybrid

As automotive rivalries go, the Ford vs Chevy (or GMC) pick-up feud is as strong as they get. The question of which truck is better starts fist fights between drunk cousins at family reunions all over rural America. Such a heated conflict is not a good environment for parts sharing as any intermingling would suggest a weakness on one side that can be fixed with parts from the other. Your hybrid immediately becomes hated by both factions. Perhaps this GMC-Ford love child was sent to Germany for its own good. More pics, after the jump

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Beat on die Strasse: Opel Ascona 1.6 S Luxus

The Opel Ascona C is the european variant of GM's J-body platform and while Americans endured J-bodies from Chevy, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac, the continent had to be content with Opels in 2, 4, and 5 door trim. Although the front and rear treatments don't resemble its American cousins, the mid-section looks remarkably similar and I wouldn't be surprised if the doors fit onto a Cavalier. The 1.6 S sports the larger 90 horsepower motor and the Luxus badge means this pea green example is fancier than J trim, but not as swank as the Berlina or SR.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Beat on the Spanish Street: The Loneliest Lotus Elan

The FWD Lotus Elan is said to be the best handling FWD car ever. That's kind of like being the best shifting automatic transmission. It may be a great achievement, but why did you put it in a sports car? Not that anyone has enjoyed the responsive steering or balanced chassis of this Lotus recently. I first spotted it back in February parked in the same spot and missing tail lights. It took me a few months to return and get a few pictures during the day. More details and pictures after the jump.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

De Tomaso Mangusta Rally car is all I needed to see at Italian Hill Climb Chanpionships

The Mangusta was the first competition car I spotted at the Italian Hill Climb Championship in Feltre Italy. If it was the only car I saw that day, I could have left happy. Not to disparage the Pantera, Alpine A110, Cosworth Sierra, or any of the other exotica on display but the Mangusta combines incredible Italian looks with awesome American power and deadly 1960's handling in a combination rarely allowed on track. Viva Italia!

More shots from the paddock after the jump

Beat on the Italian Street: Fiat Panda 4x4 Sisley

The Fiat Panda 4x4 is a great little car that goes nearly anywhere. To give this tiny off-roader a bit more panache, Fiat teamed with the clothiers Benetton to promote their line of out-door wear oddly named "Sisley". Think of it as an Eddie Bauer edition Ford Explorer for the Italian Dolomites. The Sisley edition got cool canoe badges, a roof rack, an in-dash inclometor, canoe decorated seats, and canoe themed mud flaps. More pictures after the jump.

Now what I really need to find is the Italian version of the Ford Thunderbird Fila.