Drew Scott is one half of the famous duo “Property Brothers” which he has co-hosted with his twin brother Jonathan for 14 seasons on HGTV. The popularity of the series has inspired a number of spin-offs and specials, all of them centered on renovating houses.
In a two-hour special that will air on Discovery+ on Saturday, December 18, 2021, we will see a different side of Drew as he pursues another of his passions beyond house flipping. Called Drew Scott’s Dream Car, the special will show Drew Scott teaming up with master mechanic and builder Art Anstead to build his dream car.
I saw the finished vehicle on display at the Hagerty Automotive booth at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Let’s take a quick tour of this very unique car.
It’s called the Lanark DS and it is a two-seater roadster which was inspired by European sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The car is a one-off built using a one piece composite body shell over a custom tubular space frame chassis. The finished car weighs 2,600 lbs (1200 kg).
The car’s powertrain is sourced from a Tesla, meaning this is a fully electric car. It will launch the little car from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph and a redline of 18,000 rpm. The 220 kW motor produces the equivalent of 294 hp with 245 lb-ft at the motor and 2200+ lb-ft at the wheel. The car reportedly has a range of 300 miles, enough to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas before needing a recharge.
The car also has 4-wheel disc brakes, adjustable coilovers and a double wishbone suspension setup. The exterior is finished in a unique blue-green aqua color.
I like this little car. The doors and rear haunches remind me of a Kaiser Darrin, but I can also see the influence of European cars like OSCA, Lancia, Ferrari, and others in the front end. The wrap-around windshield is a very cool style element.
With the Tesla powertrain, it sounds like this car will be very quick once you mash the pedal to the floor. What are your thoughts on this one-off Lanark DS?
During his lifetime, Carroll Shelby accomplished more than most men could in two lifetimes. He was a test pilot in the Army Air Corps during the second World War, he was a Formula One racing driver, and would later go on to found Shelby American in 1962. Even people who do not know much about Carroll Shelby the man know him for his creations: the Shelby Cobra, the Shelby Mustang, and of course, for his work with Ford on the Le Mans-winning GT40.
These cars have taken on a mystical aura over the decades, with originals skyrocketing in value and plenty of replica and tribute cars rushing in to fill demand in the market. Shelby’s dedication to building high performance cars has earned the brand enormous respect and prestige among enthusiasts and collectors.
But I’m willing to bet that even the most die-hard Carroll Shelby fan has probably not heard of the Shelby Lonestar before. I will admit that I hadn’t heard of it until I was standing in front of the car earlier this year in Arizona.
I am a Carroll Shelby fan, having toured the factory in Las Vegas and having attended the largest gathering of GT40s in half a century at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. But the story of the Shelby Lonestar was one I had not heard before, and it’s worth sharing.
Towards the end of his contract with Ford, Shelby American began working on the next evolution of the Shelby Cobra, a car that was referred to internally as the “Cobra Mk III.” Shelby hired British designer Len Bailey, who had designed the GT40 Mk III and GT40 Mirage.
It is no coincidence that the car resembles a GT40, using a similar tube chassis design with riveted aluminum body work. The mid-engine, two-seater is powered by a Ford 289 V8 engine producing 320 horsepower and paired with a 5-speed ZF gearbox. The Halibrand wheels and Smiths gauges round out the car’s provenance as a born racer. Shelby had intended to call the car a Cobra, but the name belonged to Ford. Shelby opted to call the car Lonestar, an homage to his home state of Texas.
This particular car was featured on the cover of Shelby’s parts catalog, on a poster, and was featured on the cover of Autoweek magazine in December of 1967. One version of the story says that U.S. safety regulations halted the car’s production; another says that Ford declined to finance production of the car. In any case, the idea of a Mark III Cobra was abandoned after this one and only prototype was built.
The car sat in storage until October 1968, when it was advertised for sale in Autoweek magazine for the sum of $15,000 (equivalent to $110,000 in 2019). It did not sell, and changed hands a few more times before being purchased by Michael and Christa Shoen in 1975.
The Shoens sought the expert help of Cobra restoration expert Geoff Howard of Danbury, CT for help with the restoration – which ended up taking nearly a decade. The completed car is 95% original, aside from a missing front bumper which had to be painstakingly re-created. The Shelby Lonestar made its debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2018 to great acclaim.
I saw the car at a few shows in February 2019, now in its new home in Paradise Valley, Arizona. This is easily the rarest car to bear the Shelby name and although it doesn’t have the racing pedigree of the GT40, this one-off is the kind of rare treat enthusiasts fawn over. It sounds as though the car has finally found the loving home and the appreciation it deserves, and will hopefully bring the owner and Shelby fans lots of joy for years to come.
The purpose of concept cars is to show what technologies, designs, and ideas might be incorporated into production cars in the not-too-distant future. While many of these vehicles rarely make it past the design process, they do occasionally contain elements that trickle down to mass-produced cars.
I was fortunate to attend the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While it mostly focuses on smartphones and wearable tech, there is a significant portion of the show dedicated to cars. Here are some notable concept cars that I spotted at #CES2019. The Audi AICON is a 2+2 autonomous luxury sedan. Powered by four electric motors, the vehicle is projected to have a range of 450 miles between charges, with an 80% charge taking just 30 minutes.
Byton is a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer based in Nanjing. Founded by former BMW and Nissan executives, the company hopes to begin selling its first models in China later this year. The Byton K-Byte is a luxury sedan with Level 4 autonomous driving and a 325 mile range. It has LiDAR modules mounted on both the left and right front fenders.
I could have gone over the top with a Luby’s trim level of this car but decided to go with the safer bet Bing Cruiser. Don’t get me wrong, I like Lincoln. In fact, I drive a Lincoln. But let’s face it, they have a long way to go to shed the geezer image, if that’s what they are even planning to do? Continue reading →
Better in theory best describes this professionally built custom convertible. Some cars just can’t pull it off no matter how much money or time is put into them, unfortunately this is one of those cases. It just looks kind of odd in pictures, maybe there is more to it when it’s right in front of you? Either way, it’s up for sale out in Scottsdale. Continue reading →
Back in 2005, the Ford Motor Company wanted to do something special to celebrate their 100th anniversary. What they did was come out with a special, limited-production car called the Ford GT. This mid-engined supercar was inspired by Ford’s famous GT40 racing cars from the 1960s.
The Ford GT has a supercharged V8 engine that makes a whopping 550 horsepower! Aside from a roll cage, this thing is basically a street-legal racing car. Like all good things, the Ford GT was only around for a limited time. After two years and 4,000 vehicles, Ford ended production of their high performance supercar.
When Ford bailed on the Country Squire wagon after 1991 they chose to replace it with nothing. They assumed everyone would move to a minivan or an SUV.. or buy a Caprice. Well, it’s been 22 years since then and there has yet to be a direct successor. It was apparently a good call as there doesn’t seem to be too much interest in such a car, with Dodge cancelling the Magnum and Cadillac apparently ditching the CTS wagon. Continue reading →
Have you ever heard the expression “Everything old is new again?” This is especially true in the auto industry, where the current trend is to make new cars that look like old cars. This trend has brought about a wave of retro-styled muscle cars including the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger. But where did it all begin?