Somehow this Saturn truck (by way of SW2 wagon) didn’t make an appearance at any of the big auctions out in Scottsdale this week..
Let’s get into some of the details here. The bedsides seem to be topped off with rain gutters screwed onto planks of wood and the double din stereo appears to have been installed with a similar level of precision and care. The whole thing is probably twice the rattle trap it was when stock, this is where the straight pipes come in to drone drown out the sound. Continue reading →
Along with the 1965 Fairlane, this was the other car from SEMA 2014 that really tickled my fancy. This impossibly clean 1959 El Camino was a blast from the past and made me think of drive-in movies, soda fountains, and taking your sweetheart up to “make-out point.”
1959 was the first year for the El Camino, and just 22,246 were built in the initial year. It was a unique type of vehicle that combined the comfort and handling of a car with the utility of a compact pickup truck.
This amazing vehicle was given a concours-quality restoration by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido, CA. Like many hot rods these days, the car wasn’t just restored, it has been resto-modded to be better than when it was new.
Now this is a gorgeous example of what could be a great daily driver vehicle. Grabber blue paint, tastefully sized wheels (albeit still a tad large for my tastes at 18″) and an engine upgrade that does this vehicle a favor, substituting the likely 289 powerplant for a 5.0L and stick shift 5 speed. All of this attention to detail and this car went for $17,000 – a real bargain price as compared to some items here at the auction. I hope you enjoy stacked headlights just as much as I do.
Seriously. This is just plain bad ass. It makes me want to buy a Ranchero just so I could put this on it. I love anything with flat rear glass, and since I will more than likely never go through the trouble to import an XB Falcon or save up the cash for a Mach 1, this would probably be the closest I would ever get to being able to set drinks on my back window rear hatch.
On the trip back from the SEMA show we spotted this 1984 Cadillac Deville Flower Car at a dealership in Wickenburg. The place seemed to be closed down for the day so any and all questions went unanswered. A quick search of the VIN shows that this car started out life in early 1984, as a 1984 Coupe Deville. It was equipped with a somewhat useless 4.1 V8, which I’m sure scooted a full bed of flowers along just fine. Continue reading →
Actually, if you haven’t figured it out, it’s a near topless Toyota Previa. My brother snapped this picture last weekend at the Glendale 9 swapmeet. The odd thing is that the rear is not sagging at all, which leads me to believe that this was a purpose built machine (hauling one mans junk) with at least some thought put into it, however strange it may look.
The Las Vegas Police Department clearly had a much more strict set of rules for this years cruise out of SEMA. I saw a couple tickets handed out with zero hesitation, most likely with the idea of making examples out of people, which I can understand.
Aside from a minuscule chirp from a little Fiat no one was willing to give their wheels a spin, no matter how much the crowd begged for it. Well, these guys said ‘fuck it’, dropped their truckcar vehicle to the ground and gave a them go. It’s no smoke show or anything but the pickings were slim, so enjoy it.
I really wish I had some answers, but every time I look at this thing, it raises more questions. If you were going to make a car have a truck bed, why would you use a car that already has a bed? And what is that thing behind the rear window? Why were the taillights painted over like that and then sort of wiped away? Why the primer stripe down the tailgate? Why the green roof? And most importantly, just …why?