For the past 8 years, the Gallardo has been Lamborghini’s volume seller. With a starting price of around $181,000, it was Lamborghini’s “entry-level” car, if you could call it that. Earlier this year, Lamborghini announced the Gallardo would be replaced by a new model called the Huracan.
Cars and Coffee is a monthly gathering that is held in major cities around the US. This free event is open to all makes and models of vehicles, and brings together people who share a passion for cars and coffee. Most of these posts are from Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale, Arizona.
For half a century, Lamborghini has been making some of the wildest supercars on the road. But what if the entry level Gallardo is just a bit too pedestrian for your tastes? Well, the folks at Italian coachbuilder Zagato have got a solution for you!
It’s called the Zagato 5-95 and it features a custom body built atop the Gallardo chassis. Zagato has plans to produce just 5 of these cars; so far only 2 have been built. Imagine my surprise when I saw this car at Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale! One of only two in the world!
There is something magic about hot-rodded station wagons. They are the automotive equivalent of having your cake and eating it, too! What I mean is, you get the power and performance of a hot rod plus the storage space and practicality of an everyday car. There are no compromises to owning a souped-up wagon.
While wandering around at Cars and Coffee a few weeks ago, I spotted an odd-looking car with its rear view mirrors attached to the front fenders. “Oh yikes, this thing probably belongs to some weeaboo guy who gets a raging boner from reading his collection of Initial D mangas” I thought to myself. But as I got closer, I could see that this car was not some wanna-be drift machine covered in JDM stickers. No, this car is the real deal.
I’ll admit that when it comes to vintage Japanese automobiles, I know next to nothing about them. However, I know just enough to recognize that this right-hand drive Toyota Corona 2000GT is a very unique automobile here in the USA. Having spent a couple of hours researching mid-1970s Toyotas, I can now proceed to share with you some information about this car.
At first glance, I thought this car was a Lamborghini Espada, or some kind of Maserati, or perhaps even a DeTomaso? As it turns out, it is actually a very rare and short-lived car called a Bitter Diplomat coupe.
The idea for this luxury gran tourer came from Erich Bitter, a German racing driver turned entrepreneur. He started Bitter Automotive in the early 1970s and set about manufacturing passenger cars.
For decades, car makers have turned to the “wedge shape” whenever they wanted to make a car that looked sporty, cool, or futuristic. There were an abundance of wedge-shaped cars in the 1980s: the DeLorean DMC-12, the DeTomaso Pantera, the Pontiac Fiero, the C4 Corvette, the Lotus Esprit, and of course, everything in Ferrari and Lamborghini’s lineup.
Another automaker to jump on the “wedge shape” bandwagon was Volkswagen, who went all in with the Mk2 Scirocco that was unveiled in 1981.
The market for collector cars is a fickle thing. Often times, the cars that end up being valuable are not the ones you would expect. What ends up being collectible are the cars which had limited production, special options, or were such commercial failures that they were discontinued quickly – only to become a cult classic down the road.
The Yugo, the Corvair, the Pinto, and the DeLorean have all played the role of the ‘black sheep’ of the automotive industry at one time or another. Due to reliability, safety, or other issues, these cars basically flopped when they hit the market. Dealers had trouble moving them, and they were not produced in large numbers.
But now the tables have turned! With so few of these cars surviving, values have started to increase for these cars that nobody wanted when they were brand new. Well, here’s another example of a car with that same fate: The Subaru 360 Sambar microvan.
What if I told you that there was a supercar from the 1980s that cost less than the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari Testarossa and could outrun them both on a race track? And what if I told you that this car could also yield 30 miles per gallon? You would probably think I was crazy.
Well, such a car does exist and in theory, it sounds fantastic. However, there is just one drawback to the Mosler Consulier GTP…the way it looks.