N2A Motors 789 Shakes Things Up

If cars were drinks, I think that a Corvette would be a glass of single malt scotch. It is a timeless classic that subscribes to the theory of “beauty in simplicity.” Although the package it comes in changes from year to year, the process remains the same: a Corvette always looks like a Corvette.

However, not everyone likes scotch. For some it is too boring, too old fashioned. For these people, trendy cocktails and mixed drinks are en vogue. What about adding a retro twist to the modern sports car? Start with a glass of C6 Corvette and add a shot of ’57 Chevy front end, a shot of ’58 Impala, and a dash of ’59 tailfins. Shake it all up and what do you get? The N2A Motors 789. Continue reading

1997 Camry Flip Out Navigation

I saw this while I was reading through the April 1997 issue of Motor Trend at the library and though it was pretty interesting, so I had to had to snap a picture (of a picture). The article wasn’t about the navigation system or anything, just a review of some of the changes to the Camry for the 1998 model year. The weird part is that I’m having trouble finding any references anywhere to a navigation system ever being installed in an XV20 Camry. From what I’ve been reading, the 2000 Avalon was the first Toyota vehicle to feature a navigation system, so I’m guessing that this was a one-off example Toyota sent to the magazine for the review to wow them. I think it’s pretty cool, but I’m a sucker for weird things like this. I like how it’s a factory installation but it still interferes with the flow from the center AC vents when it’s out.

Maybe the unit itself gets really hot and it all just worked out perfectly?

Ford F-150 Wireframe Edition

F-150 Wireframe Edition

Imagine this setting, if you will, you are an employee in the Ford design department. The year is 1994 and the carryover square shape from just about everything in the 80’s is finally on its way out. Nobody is quite sure where to take things but they all know that square is officially, well, square. “What are we going to do, what are we going to do!!?”. There is chaos, noise, and wild talk..

At this point the conference room door slowly opens as the lead designer walks in, the room quiets to a dead silence, all focus on him. As he approaches the group he slowly reaches into his coat pocket and gently pulls out a small white egg and gently places it down onto the conference table. “Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the 1997 Ford everything”. After a 5 second delay the room erupts into applause and cheers.

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Flash forward to 2012, you’ve bought or somehow acquired one of these things, now how in the world are you going to hide the fact that your truck is for the most part a shapeless and odd looking relic of 1990’s design mediocrity?

I present to you the Ford F-150 Wireframe Edition. With features such as a grill on top of your old grill and a chrome trimmed lower front window bug deflector you are sure to stand out from the rest. The features, details, and enhancements are too numerous to list so have a look for yourself.

I don’t care if you care, I like GMT400 trucks.

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Saw this leaving my dad’s house. My daily driver – which I affectionately refer to as the “Valkyrie” (only in my own head, because I’m not a tool) – is a 1996 C2500 2WD ex-cab light duty. 235hp 5.0L V8, 4L60-E, and 3.73:1 14 bolt SF rear. Lowered 3″/4″. I love the GMT400 and it’s bed-less platform mates. That being said, this is one of the best looking GMT400’s I’ve seen in a while and I’d trade trucks with the owner in a second. Yeah, I guess to the casual observer it’s nothing special, but to me that’s what makes it so special. It doesn’t have 24″ rims and some silly paint job. It’s just a nice looking, extremely low fullsize. Bask in it’s modest and subtle glory.

Arizona Forestry Dispatch Office

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While driving by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s forest fire dispatch office, Mike and I happened to spot some old work trucks that they had lined up off to the side. The most notable vehicle is the Jeep Gladiator convertible that was commissioned for use in Jerome. Also the fire extinguisher on one of the trucks expired in 1980! When we asked the gentleman that chaperoned us to the vehicles what their intent for storing them here was, he didn’t know. He did mention that they’re likely up for auction. There’s some really interesting trucks in the group and some unnamed half stripped s195 Mustang for some reason. Check it out in the gallery below! Continue reading

1964 Citroen DS with Custom V8 LS1 Swap

It’s not often that you hear the words “Citroen” and “high performance” in the same sentence. The DS pictured above is most famously known for its unique styling and many technological advancements which were ahead of its time. However, there’s something special about the DS pictured above. I’ll see if you can guess what it is.

The Citroen DS was originally a front-wheel drive car, but this particular model has been converted to rear-wheel drive and its four-cylinder engine has been replaced with a Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine.

This particular car is the only known V8, rear-drive DS in existence. It was built in 2006 by Hot Rod builder Kevin Bradley’s Kreations Auto Body in Northern California. Besides the engine, the car also features an Art Morrison G-Max chassis, Wilwood brakes, and Billet Specialties wheels. The car crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2011 for just $49,500.

According to the Barrett-Jackson website, the car was displayed at the 2006 SEMA show and has also been featured in the March 2007 issue of Hot Rod magazine. I ran across this blue beauty at Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale, Arizona in February 2012.

In essence, this car combines French design with American muscle in a unique combination that has both “show” and “go.” You can visit the Kreations Auto Body website for a slide show of build photos.

UPDATE: Well as it turns out, this car was built for rock legend Alice Cooper. It was listed on eBay in September 2013 with a reserve price of $115,000. The eBay listing provided a wealth of additional information, including the build cost for this one-of-a-kind car: over $300,000! The car also features:

  • 400HP LS1 crate motor
  • Automatic transmission
  • Full custom roll cage
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Fully adjustable upgraded independent suspension
  • Interior features custom grey leather interior, dash gauges, LED lighting, stereo plus more
  • Art Morrison chassis
  • Performance Wilwood disc brakes
  • Power steering
  • Exterior custom paint is Volvo 457 Flash Green with white pearl accents
  • Mustang II geometry front suspension and four link rear suspension
  • Alden shocks
  • Custom Billet Specialties chrome wheels
  • New AC and heat

Also included in the auction were an autographed guitar and tour photo, 2 tickets to Alice Cooper’s holiday Christmas Pudding show, and the opportunity to play a round of golf with him. The auction ended at $83,400 and the reserve price was not met.

Classic Tiffany Is Remarkably Un-Classy

Are you a crazy old woman from England? Have you ever thought about making a coat out of dalmatian puppies? If so, we’ve got the perfect car for you!

What you are looking at is a Classic Tiffany, although it is often mistaken for an Excalibur or Clenet. This car began life as a seventh-gen Mercury Cougar and was transformed into this, um, interesting creation by Classic Motor Cars in Florida. It was not a kit car, but was coach built by CMC as a replica of a 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster. Continue reading

2003 Toyota Tundra Terminator 3 Edition



I didn’t think this was real at first- Wikipedia doesn’t even mention it in their entry for the Tundra, but after some digging around I did find a couple facts about this truck.

Most sources I’ve found say that 850 “T3” Tundras were produced, with 250 going to Canada and the other 600 being sold here. Supposedly, they were only officially offered in black although I did find a guy on a forum swearing he has a factory green one. The truck is pretty much a normal Tundra except it’s got special wheels, all the chrome and aluminum (except for the special wheels) is black, it comes with factory dual exhaust (which actually sounded pretty good), its got some special leather seats and that’s pretty much it. It’s nothing really nothing all that special, other than it’s limited production. I don’t see why Toyota didn’t do it right an at least offer that supercharger they are so proud of as an option or something. It wouldn’t be a bad looking truck if it just didn’t any of those decals on it. Ok, let me rephrase that: compared to the new Tundra, It wouldn’t be a bad looking truck without the decals. There, I’m glad I cleared that up.