Friday, July 02, 2010

1956 Ford hauler with a C600 cab is new on the cruise scene in El Cajon... very cool!

For a similar 1950's Ford hauler / transporter, but it's a crew cab:

El Cajon cruise season opener finally took place the last wednesday of June, a tiny '38 American Austin was there

it's so small, the passenger seat doubles as an arm rest

Museum of transportation, a must see, if you are ever in Turkey

here's a link to the museum, to see a brief description of the exhibits, which include the USS Thornback SS 418 (I'm a submariner, I dig the old subs that are now museums!) railcars, and among a plethora of other things, a double-decker London bus, a restored tram car, and a DC-3 ‘Dakota’ airplane - which is suspended 50’ feet off the ground. It also showcases vintage automobiles, motorcycles, carriages, and wooden speedboats.

Found by looking at see the museum webpage at

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Ralf Becker found a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe being made into the Mad Max car!

the ( copywritten ) photo is part of a gallery Ralf (founder and Editor-in-Chief of ) posted on his website , and also on his flikr gallery for all the photos:

For a great image of the Mad Max car: I know I've posted more about the movie car, and where it is now has been the subject of a couple of magazine articles, but I can't find them right now

for more on the Mad Max car

Exclusively Mopar, the sort of shop I'd love to hang out at! My trouble is, this one's in Olfen Germany, halfway around the world from me with room for 23 Mopars to be worked on, and 15 years of growing from a hobby to this large business, it is now full service for Mopars from 1962 to 1978.

To get your computer to translate for you, load up the google taskbar, and translate will be an automatic offering that will pop up in a bar across the top of your screen, asking if you want the text translated from whatever language is determines the website to be in. I use it all the time.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

the San Diego Auto Museum has one of the 6 existing AMX 3 concept cars, head over and see it for yourself!

in 2007 Jeff Teague who now owns this (the #3 of the 5 made) brought it to the all AMC car show at Irwindale and an interview was caught on youtube starting at 2:40

Thanks to Marisela and Chris for their time and effort to allow me to photograph the AMX 3 so well!

The variety in the few AMX3 concept cars made, 10 total I've read, but interestingly not alike in tail lights, and rear deck

Above image 2007 Meadow Brook Concours

Above images 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed by Ilya Holt and from 2007 Meadow Brook Concours

Above 4 images were taken in 2004, at the Bizzarini Expo in Brussels by Dirk de Jager and all the above photos are from

Notice the above museum car has a side marker light behind the rear wheel that only one of of the following do.

Please notice that the car in this magazine article, is an AMX 2 not a 3

Lower door racing stripe and AMX 2 callout looks really good, and the rear deck styled partition with air foil over the tailights

Really don't like the above rims.

images from my many posts on the AMX 3... I hope you take a moment to see the differences in these different models, the bottom one having the coolest looking wheels, but I bet it's a mock up with no real car parts, and it looks like the model is in the design studio for a photo op.

Notice it doesn't have a gas cap like the yellow model directly above it, and the rocker panel is black with the AMX 3 call out looking really nice. Different tailights too.

From the Supercars website story on the AMX 3:
Giotto Bizzarrini, of ex-Ferrari fame, was specifically responsible for making a production worthy AMX/3 out of the show queen AMX/2. What would have been a challenging build for AMC, was easily handled by Bizzarrini who was very familiar with race car design
and construction, particularly on a tight budget.

Bizzarrini's final AMX/3 featured the hallmark of sports engineering, a mid-mounted engine and rear transaxle. The Italian firm Melara developed the new gearbox while BMW completed final testing on the roadworthy AMX/3. It seemed AMC was serious about production. From a design standpoint, the AMC/3 was remarkably similar to Ford's DeTomaso Pantera which debuted just one day after the AMX/3. Such timely releases made it unclear exactly who copied who, but in any case, the casual observer can easily mistake the AMX/3 with a Pantera.

Due to the successful launch, and low price of the Pantera, AMC scrapped the AMX/3 project. Bizzarrini was ordered to destroy all six cars, which he, of course, did not.