Saturday, January 27, 2007

Rolls Royce engines were almost art in the design

Convertible 1970 Hemi 'Cuda wallpaper


future gallery link

Ferrari wallpaper



This is a mean looking Jaguar


"Racing is life, anything before or after is just waiting." Steve Mcqueen

Steve McQueen's things were auctioned in Nov '06 by a company named Bonhams
For the auction site: http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r

For the picture of Steve giving the 2 finger salute:

http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=3389797&iSaleNo=14037&sServer=http://images1.bonhams.com/&sPath=2006-10/02/94298108-4-1.jpg

1955 "Golden Zebra" Daimler with Zebra skin seats


So the guy running the company listens to his wifes ideas for an interior idea, and she says "Mink is too hot to sit on, use Zebra" and so the guy does that, plus gold plates the trim, and has the instrument panel made of ivory.... and voila the expense report hits the conference room able and he's fired.

He had been renowned for his "Docker Specials" at the annual Earl's Court Motor Show, and his position as the Chairman of the BSA group. The BSA Group seem to have ran the Daimler Benz company and traditional Daimler characteristics had long endeared the marque to the nobility, in pre-war years the company’s products were preferred by Britain’s Royal Family to those of rivals Rolls-Royce.

Created for the 1955 London Motor Show by Lady Norah Docker, wife of the company's chairman Sir Bernard Docker, and cost £12,000 - eight times the price of a Daimler Conquest saloon.

Sir Bernard and Lady Docker took it to Monaco in April 1956 for the wedding of Prince Rainier and actress Grace Kelly, but only weeks later they were sacked from Daimler's board for squandering company cash.

http://www.practicalclassics.co.uk/auctionlot/by-id/751982696/

http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=LotDetails&iSaleItemNo=3416992&iSaleNo=14267&sServer=http://images1.bonhams.com/&sPath=2006-11/16/7357745-1-1.jpg#

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/203881/king_of_bling_up_for_grabs.html

The rarest musclecars... hmmm

http://www.musclecarclub.com/musclecars/general/musclecars-rarest.shtml


RAREST MUSCLECARS
# YEAR/MODEL BODY STYLE ENGINE TOTAL MT AUTO
1 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible 426 Hemi 2 1 1
2 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible 426 Hemi 2 ? ?
3 1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1 427 2D Coupe ZL-1 427 V8 3 ? ?
4 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible 426 Hemi 3 1 2
5 1970 Dodge Super Bee 2D Pillared Coupe 426 Hemi 4 4 0
6 1966 Dodge Coronet 400 Convertible 426 Hemi 6 ? ?
7 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi Convertible 426 Hemi 7 5 2
8 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Convertible 400 RA IV 8 4 4
9 1968 Dodge Coronet Convertible 426 Hemi 9 1 8
10 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hemi Convertible 9 5 4
11 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II Convertible 426 Hemi 10 4 6
12 1969 Dodge Coronet Convertible 426 Hemi 10 4 6
13 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible 426 Hemi 10 4 6
14 1969 Plymouth GTX Convertible 426 Hemi 11 5 6
15 1970 Dodge Coronet 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 13 4 9
16 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible 426 Hemi 14 6 8
17 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX Convertible 426 Hemi 17 7 10
18 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible 455 17 ? ?
19 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe & Convertible 427 L88 V8 20 ? ?
20 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Convertible 20 ? ?
21 1966 Dodge Coronet Convertible 426 Hemi 21 12 9
22 1971 Dodge Super Bee 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 22 9 13
23 1966 Plymouth Satellite Convertible 426 Hemi 27 ? ?
24 1971 Plymouth GTX 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 30 ? ?
25 1970 Dodge Super Bee 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 32 21 11
26 1966 Dodge Coronet 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 34 11 23
27 1968 Plymouth GTX Convertible 426 Hemi 36 ? ?
28 1966 Dodge Coronet Deluxe 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 49 31 18
29 1964 Dodge Ramcharger Superstock 426 2D Sedan 426 Hemi 50 ? ?
30 1969 AMC AMX SS 2D Coupe 390 V8 52 ? ?
31 1966 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 2D Sedan 400 V8 W-30 54 ? ?
32 1967 Dodge Coronet SS/B 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 55 ? ?
32 1967 Plymouth Belvedere II (RO23) 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 55 ? ?
32 1971 Plymouth Road Runner 426 Hemi 2D Hardtop 55 28 27
35 1968 1/2 Ford Mustang GT Super Cobra Jet 428 Ram Air 2D Fastback, Notchback & Convertible Fewer than 60 ? ?
36 1966 Ford 427 Fairlane Various 427 V8 60 ? ?
37 1965 Plymouth Belvedere I 2D Hardtop 426 Hemi 63 ? ?
37 1971 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi 2D Hardtop 4 63 30
38 39 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 427 2D Hardtop 69 47 22
40 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hemi 2D Hardtop 71 59 12
41 1974 Plymouth GTX 440 Coupe 440 V8 79 ? ?
42 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Roadster Convertible 427 V8 80 ? ?
43 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Coupe & Convertible 400 RA IV 88 ? ?

Ok, so whaty is missing from their list? the 4 door hemi cars, the 4 door police 442's... anything you noticed? Also the number of 1967 427 SOHC Shelby GT 500's, 'casue they used up what was on the shelves then switched to 428's also the S/S Hemi Darts

50 fastest cars from jerks who think they have a copywrite on this info. Like anyone at all can't make a list, mooks!

50 Fastest Muscle Cars

Year/Model ET/MPH ENGINE HP TRANS GEAR
1 1997 Viper GTS 12.05@116 V10 450 six-speed 3.07
2 1966 427 Cobra 12.20@118 427 8V 425 four-speed 3.54
3 1990 ZR1 Corvette 12.8@113.8 LT5 350 375 six-speed 3.45
4 1966 Corvette 427 12.8@112 L72 427 425 four-speed 3.36
5 1969 Road Runner 12.91@111.8 440 Six BBL 390 four-speed 4.10
6 1997 Hurst/Firebird 12.99@103.11 350 350 automatic 3.42
7 1970 Hemi Cuda 13.10@107.12 426 Hemi 425 four-speed 3.54
8 1992 Viper RT/10 13.1@108 488 V10 400 six-speed 3.07
9 1970 Chevelle SS454 13.12@107.01 454 LS6 450 four-speed 3.55
10 1969 Camaro 13.16@110.21 427 ZL1 430 four-speed 4.10
11 1997 Corvette 13.20@109.3 350 LS-1 345 six-speed 3.42
12 1997 SLP Camaro SS 13.20@108.8 350 LT4 330 six-speed 3.42
13 1990 Pontiac Firehawk 13.20@107 350 350 six-speed 3.54
14 1968 Corvette 13.30@108 427 6V 435 four-speed 3.70
15 1970 Road Runner 13.34@107.5 426 Hemi 425 automatic 4.10
16 1970 Buick GS Stage I 13.38@105.5 455 Stage I 360 automatic 3.64
17 1996 Camaro Z28 SS 13.46@106.48 350 LT-1 310 six-speed 3.42
18 1969 Charger 500 13.48@109 426 Hemi 425 four-speed 4.10
19 1973 Trans Am 13.54@104.29 455 SD 310 automatic 3.42
20 1969 Corvette 13.56@111.1 427 L88 430 automatic 3.36
21 1969 Super Bee 13.56@105.6 440 Six Pack 390 automatic 4.10
22 1969 Boss 429 Mustang 13.60@106 Boss 429 375 four-speed 3.91
23 1970 Challenger R/T 13.62@104.3 440 Six Pack 390 automatic 4.56
24 1970 Torino Cobra 13.63@105.9 429 SCJ 370 automatic 3.27
25 1968 Biscayne 13.65@105 427 L72 425 four-speed 3.23
26 1995 Mustang Cobra R 13.67@102.82 351 300 five-speed 3.45
27 1964 Polara 500 13.70@107.37 426 4V 365 four-speed 4.10
28 1996 Corvette GS 13.7@105.1 350 LT-4 330 six-speed 3.42
29 1969 GTX 13.70@102.8 440 4V 375 automatic 3.55
30 1987 Buick GNX 13.70@102 231 Turbo V6 300 automatic 4.10
31 1969 Dart 440 13.71@105 440 4V 375 automatic 4.10
32 1971 Road Runner 13.71@101.2 440 Six BBL 390 automatic 3.36
33 1971 Cuda 13.72@106 440 Six BBL 390 automatic 4.10
34 1971 Corvette 13.72@102.04 454 LS6 450 four-speed 3.36
35 1971 Super Bee 13.73@104 426 Hemi 425 automatic 4.10
36 1968 Hurst/Olds 13.77@103.91 455 W-30 390 automatic 3.91
37 1968 Firebird 13.79@106 400 HO 335 four-speed N/A
38 1967 Corvette 13.80@108 427 6V 435 four-speed 3.55
39 1971 Boss 351 Mustang 13.80@104 Boss 351 330 four-speed 3.91
40 1966 Satellite 13.81@104 426 Hemi 425 four-speed 3.54
41 1969 Coronet R/T 13.83@102.27 440 4V 375 four-speed 4.10
42 1968 Cyclone GT 13.86@101.69 428 CJ 335 automatic 4.11
43 1969 Nova SS 396 13.87@105.1 396 4V 375 automatic 3.55
44 1969 Shelby GT-500 13.87@104.52 428 CJ 335 four-speed 3.91
45 1970 Olds 4-4-2 W-30 13.88@95.84 455 W-30 370 automatic 3.42
46 1962 Corvette 13.89@105.14 327 FI 360 four-speed 4.10
47 1969 Barracuda 13.89@103.21 440 4V 375 automatic 4.10
48 1969 Mustang Mach I 13.90@103.32 428 CJ 335 automatic 3.50
49 1967 GTO 13.90@102.8 400 RA 360 automatic 4.33
50 1970 Trans Am 13.90@102 400 RA 345 four-speed 3.91

Woodies and Teardrop trailers

http://www.oldwoodies.com/index.htm

Mickey Thompson's murder solved by jury

The business partner and motocross race promotor Michael Goodwin, 61, now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. He grabbed a sailboat for the Caribbean just after the murder and stayed out of the US for quite awhile. No physical evidence connects him to the murder committed by two black men who took off on bikes, and have never been seen again.

Trial information from the news says that they shot Mickey several times but assasinated his wife in from of him, before fatally shooting Mickey.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=2771478
http://ktla.trb.com/news/ktla-thompsonverdict,0,3492982.story?coll=ktla-news-1
http://www.canyon-news.com/artman/publish/article_5176.php
http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2007/01/04/goodwin-found-guilty-in-mickey-thompson-murder/

Lambo has bad gas mileage... duh. Still better than my R/T

http://germancarscene.com/2006/10/19/murcielago-quite-thirsty/

Now this guy I like

Germany’s transport minister Wolfgang Tiefensee doesn’t agree, saying “I am committed to a reduction in emissions but a general speed limit on open stretches of road does not make sense.”

From http://germancarscene.com/category/miscellaneous/

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Click on pictures to get them full size, email me to comment, jbohjkl@yahoo.com

I'd like to hear comments or questions if you have them

Sunday, January 21, 2007

A factory four door Hemi Dodge? One of 5 made, never heard of them before.



This may be the world's rarest 426-Hemi car.
Approximately 11,000 cars were made with the 426 Hemi. All of those cars were 2 door cars, except for 5 cars.

That's 10,995 street racers and 5 four doors... hmmm.

One went to Canada, one for export. Of 3 sold in the US, one is in the Ocala Florida museum of Big Daddy Don Garlits, and this one went for.... $660,000.

Definitely a sleeper. What in the world else would this be used for?

ANSWER: Thanks to http://www.classiccar.com/garage/blog/index.php?/archives/154-1966-Hemi-Coronet-Four-Door.html Ted's Garage, posted by Todd Jensen, who did more homework than I did.... and links to a Mopar Muscle article which said that the FBI ordered two for towing and field service (really? a freaking hemi? Whoa. Think they have kept up with muscle cars and now have Vipers?) but the FBI didn't like the maintenance factor and sold them off to civilians, hence the one getting into the Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum in Ocala Fla.

Lee Marvin's Shelby convertible, that he gave to his gardener.


Orange County Choppers' Paul Sr

I really admire the way Paul does business, creates, and is a great dad. Even more, that he's a car guy that goes beyond his passion for all the choppers he's built, designed, and loved. Fortunate guy. His business "Orange County Choppers" has been a fixture of a TLC show "American Chopper", in which he and his sons and crew design and build works of art and performance. Terrific show, very enjoyable and recommended as a family show, an art show, a comedy, and a car guy show.

http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/turbo/turbo.html

http://www.orangecountychoppers.com/occ/index.html

Rolling across the auction block are a few cars owned by Paul Sr and Jr.
Sr is featured in Muscle Car Review I think for his collection, and here are a few that went up for auction...

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1319 68 Hemi Charger

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1319.1 the Chopper they built to accompany the Hemi Charger

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1320 1960 Fuelie Corvette Convertible

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1320.1 the accompaning chopper

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1320.2 the Eleanor accompaning chopper

Orange County Choppers' Paul Jr Shelby GT 500E Mustang

One of 75 Unique Performance GT500E's made, then this was customized by Foose. Unveiled at SEMA 2005, but now sold at auction for $247,500. Why? What would get this pried from your hands?

What a great buy for the person at the auction, are they aware of the original cxost? They scored!

The price tag for a GT500E Super Snake from Unique is $214,000, http://www.kustomcity.com.au/Unique%20Perfomance%20Cars.htm,
then the bill from Foose, that would likely be more than the sale at auction.

1971 429 Ram Air SCJ Cougar convertible

A Ford show car, it went on tour before getting into private hands. Love the hood scoop.

Chip Foose

Some years from now Chip foose will be recognized as a brilliant businessman, and 2ndly for his fantastic career of designs. He is the youngest to ever be inducted in to the Hot Rod Hall Of Fame, 7 time winner of the AMBR award, 3 time Ridler award, and 6 time Good Guys Street Rod of the Year award.

He went through the prestigious Art School College of Design, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Center_College_of_Design which is in Pasadena Ca. and which has had teachers like Ansel Adams, and graduates like designers Dick Teague (GM and AMC), Thomas Kinkade, and Syd Mead (Bladerunner, Aliens, and Tron).

Later he worked for Boyd Coddington as a part time designer and for J Mays (designer of the new Beetle and the retro Thunderbird), then went full time for Boyd, eventually becoming president and designer for Hot Rods by Boyd. Since Boyd is impossible for most everyone to work for (see any episode of American Hot Rod) and the business was on the edge of bankruptcy, soon went solo, and then made himself a household name for the Discovery channel show Overhaulin, and the many featured vehicle teamups for Mustangs, Camaro's, Challengers, Boydster II's. etc. http://www.chipfoose.com/gallery.aspx?LinkID=hplnk1

ZL-1 Camaro and Foose Challenger

The Camaro sold for $880,000 and isn't even accompanied by a photo. Only 69 of these aluminum race motored Camaro's were made. This one was raced but still has it's original motor. That's rare indeed. $220,000 more than the last Sting Ray, and worth it.

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1314 for the ZL1

for all the cars listed with price so you can llok around at them...
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/appstest2/carlist/carresults.aspx?auctionid=221&startrange=1200&endrange=1400&numberperpage=300&orderby=2&showfinalprice=true

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1314 $386,500 for the Foose Challenger.

Yikes, $510,000 for the billboard '71 HemiCuda

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1306

The only Curious Yellow Billboard 4 speed HemiCuda made, and only had 17,000 miles on the numbers matching powertrain.

Race cars sold high

The Grumps 74 vega, the only 69 z-28 Motion Performance Camaro, and the 70 Candymatic Ramchargers Cuda all sold on Saturday.

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1278 69 Z $104,500

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1295 the vega $577,500

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1252.1 Ramchargers Cuda $333,000

I think we can see that the record setting Grumps toy took nearly 2wice the price for the Cuda due to the fame of the legendary owner/driver/racer/record setter. The Cuda took 3 times the Motion Camaro's price for being one of the seminal Ramchargers race teams cars. Sadly, no one seems to value the Motion Camaro for being a unique race car from a legendary race dealership, and it sold for 1/2 of some other z-28's perhaps due to it's unstreetable race only ability.

The over hyped last 67 Corvette Sting Ray

Sold for $660,000... but why I dont' understand. Which must mean that I can comprehend a lot when it comes to a 74 mile '70 HemiCuda getting $500,000, but little about why owning the last Sting Ray made is a $660,000 necessity. If it were the last ZL-1, or COPO Yenko.... maybe. If it were the last Hemi, the last 427 AC Cobra, or the last Duesenburg... maybe. But another 427 Stingray can be had for a lot less, and driven without fear of losing a $660,000 investment.

I don't get it.

Carroll Shelby's personal Cobra sells for $5 million




Auction details here http://www.speedtv.com/articles/automotive/lifestyle/34919/ in 3 minutes it was $1.5 million, at the 4 minute mark $2 million, at 4:45 it was $3 million, at 5:30 minutes it was $4 million , and at the 8 minute mark it went out for $5 million.

The buyer is Ron Pratt, who paid 4.1 million last year for the GM Motorama bus. Who the competion was that got the price that high is something I'd like to know.

That is a monument to the man, the legacy, and the craze that auctioning rare cars is. It made US history, World history, and it feels insignificant to mention that it made auction history.
http://www.speedtv.com/barrett-jackson/ for the 8 minute feed from Speedtv's website.

click on the link to my earlier postings for more info, a copy of the 1968 Motor Trend article in full, and other links for more on Carroll Shelby's personal dual supercharged Cobra Super Snake.
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2006/12/meanest-cobra-ever-made-ever-carrols.html#links

74 mile '70 Hemi Cuda, $500,000

A 62 yr old bought it, took off some factory stuff carefully for storage, installed race parts.... went racing for the rest of the year. Died that winter. His widow died a few years later and the son sold off the car for $3500 in 1977.

The buyer reinstalled the original parts, owned the car for 16 years, and only drove it for pushed it around for just 5280 ft.
Just one mile in 16 years.
330 ft a year on aveage.

My granny's chicken's fly farther than that with a good tail wind.

So it passed through some collectors hands for investment purposes, and in 2005 is purchased with 61 miles. This last owner tuned it up for proper operation, and auctioned it off for $500,000. It's the lowest mileage 70 Hemicuda in existance, and likely it'll never be driven over 100 miles. Sad, that's car abuse. To never drive it... might as well buy a house for investment purposes. It's never going anywhere either.

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=1262

If I read right, a 71 hemi convertable sold for $2.2 million. $1.7 million more for being a convertable.

Michelin at SEMA, effective advertising

A great blog http://blog.coker.com/index.php/2006/11/07/sema-show-2006/#more-73 points out what a terrific advert the Michelin display was, I recommend his blog, good reading.

In his words "You would not believe the display that my friend, perennial "Bib cheerleader", Oscar Pereda coordinated for Michelin! The theme was that all of the top ten fastest production cars in the world trust Michelin, shouldn’t you? TEN Million Dollars worth of cars."

High school auto restoration class restores a 1958 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite


http://www.teamsprite.com/ Nevada City, California ... Living Wisdom High School, 13 to 18 yr old girls and the shop teacher bought a completely disassembled project car, in fall of 05. The restored it and auctioned it at the Jan 19 '07 RM auctions. Wow, thats cool!

Learned about this here http://blog.coker.com/index.php/2006/10/23/61/#more-61

A local newpaper did a terrific story here http://www.teamsprite.com/News.html

The next project is restoring an Isetta 300 http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2008/12/in-favorite-all-time-car-stories-is.html

Email them at brianp@anandabell.net

I remembered something, the 1981 Hemi Plymouth Reliant. Yup, hemi.


Verified as not a figment of my bad dreams, http://www.allpar.com/eek/k/kron.html backs up my poor memory of walking along Subbase Pearl Harbor and while getting through a parking lot noticed a station wagon had a nameplate on the passenger front fender that said "2.6 Hemi"
Now, did you ever? How sad does that make you that the suits at Chrysler were trying to tap into Hemi mania to get people to buy a Reliant K car station wagon?

Great GTO, Shelby, and Hemi info website

http://www.is-it-a-lemon.com/muscle_cars/hemi/research_n_development.htm

Harley Davidson's dark days under AMF, 1971-75 snowmobiles

http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/amfs/00_Personal_Me.htm

Nutty, but Harley made scooters, mini bikes, and I never knew til minutes ago, snowmobiles.
I continuosly am amazed at how much there is still to learn in this world, most of what amazes me shows up here on this blog 'cause I think you might be amazed too.

I come from the land of snow, so even snowmobiles excite me


http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2006/10/25/the-hemi-cuda-of-the-snow/ 124 racing snow machines were built by Artic Cat in 1971, and those are some serious racers. My dad used to have a race Polaris... you have to respect 100 mph or better on snow and ice with no vehicle around you to prevent your death, and no brakes. Respect and juevos.

Other race sleds are here http://www.covesidepolaris.com/vintagesleds.htm

http://picasaweb.google.com/proscriptus/Wallpapers/photo?authkey=4J4JZl4drIw#5032208519371719458

http://picasaweb.google.com/proscriptus/Wallpapers/photo?authkey=4J4JZl4drIw#5032208519371719458