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October 12, 2014 8:35 PM   Subscribe

 
This is just... something.
posted by slogger at 8:47 PM on October 12, 2014


There is no Caballista.
posted by arcticseal at 8:54 PM on October 12, 2014


Pimpin' ain't easy...
posted by kjs3 at 9:21 PM on October 12, 2014


Let's put a chevelle on a pacer.

No, let's not.
posted by clvrmnky at 9:22 PM on October 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


i have a vague memory from long ago of reading an early ian fleming/james bond story where he drove a studebaker with a cadillac engine known as a "studillac".
posted by bruce at 9:31 PM on October 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


I wish this kind of tinkering happened more often, because my Toyota Camry needs fins.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:34 PM on October 12, 2014 [3 favorites]


Now the headlight' was another sight
We had two on the left and one on the right
But when we pulled out the switch all three of 'em come on.

The back end looked kinda funny too
But we put it together and when we got thru
Well, that's when we noticed that we only had one tail-fin...
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 9:51 PM on October 12, 2014 [12 favorites]


Oh man, that is the least interesting stuff on that site. I have to stop or I will spend all night looking at stuff like this:

I want a 1957 Chrysler 300C designed by Virgil Exner.

That 1967 Pininfarina Ferrari Dino 206C is all kinds of awesome. I found it on this page with a lot of cool cars and a lot of ugly crap too.

This site has pages and pages of European car events. There are cars so rare I don't think anyone ever heard of them. And there are pictures so old, they were taken on actual film. Oh man every single link at the bottom of this page has something incredibly awesome. So does this page. And this page. And probably every other page too.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:00 PM on October 12, 2014 [5 favorites]


Born with a silver ugly stick.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 10:11 PM on October 12, 2014 [3 favorites]


bruce, the Studillac was totally a thing (as was its predecessor, the "Fordillac"). Not only was the Studebaker body a celebrated Raymond Loewy design, the combination nearly halved the pound-per-horsepower ratio (from 27 to 16) -- although I gather it's still heavy by modern roadster standards.
posted by dhartung at 10:53 PM on October 12, 2014


charlie don't surf: Oh man, that is the least interesting stuff on that site.
Oh, man, this site is amazing. Those concours photo galleries are outstanding.

When I thought it was just about moderately unhinged conversions, the first thing that came to mind was a Mazda Miata or Nissan 240 with a GM LS-1 V8 or Ford Boss 302 engine swapped into it.

That doesn't compare to the Deliverator's ride though.
posted by ob1quixote at 11:11 PM on October 12, 2014


At one point when me and my sister could fit in the back we had two 72 corvette stingrays. With 427's.

My parents got divorced and Roscoe - he was dad number two and a half a wiseguy- bought a Caddilac Eldorado convertible. It had a thing on the back that would read oncoming headliights and adjust yours from hi-beam to low-beam in response. It was front wheel drive so no transmission tunnel which Roscoe was somehow proud of. It had a ridicululously huge motor [500 cu in (8.2 L)].
posted by vapidave at 12:10 AM on October 13, 2014


MY EYES
posted by wuwei at 12:12 AM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


I think I need to start a tumblr that's just pictures of cars from this site (properly sourced, of course).
posted by sleeping bear at 12:15 AM on October 13, 2014


Holy god, those are some ugly cars. With the possible exception of the Caballista, which has a kind of muscle-car charm going for it. But the rest, ugh.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 12:21 AM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Canyoneroooooo....
posted by Justinian at 1:15 AM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Impressive that you could take a Cadillac from the seventies and make it even uglier than it already is.
posted by octothorpe at 3:54 AM on October 13, 2014


> With the possible exception of the Caballista

Nope. Every last one of them looks like they were beaten with an artisanal ugly stick. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but … nope. Just nope.
posted by scruss at 4:32 AM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


I don't understand the advantage of using the Corvette platform. Didn't the 70's Chevy's use similar engines in both product lines? Was it the steering/suspension or something, and wouldn't that advantage be mitigated by dropping an extra half ton of faux interior awfulness on it?
posted by nerdler at 4:43 AM on October 13, 2014


I was wondering the same thing; it just seems like a method to have an if-anything-underpowered Eldorado on an inadequate frame.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 4:52 AM on October 13, 2014


It was front wheel drive so no transmission tunnel which Roscoe was somehow proud of. It had a ridicululously huge motor [500 cu in (8.2 L)].

I had the '72 Eldo 500cui droptop in the '90's (also a '69 Fleetwood with the 470) - it was almost 19 feet long, and it was a coupe. That motor and offered more entertainment than legally allowed at stoplights vs. "muscle cars" of more recent vintage.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:18 AM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


..."beaten with an artisanal ugly stick"...

Thanks, scruss, that's going in the front bin for convenient reuse..
posted by bird internet at 5:37 AM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


“What about a separate soundproof bubble-dome for the kids with optional restraints and muzzles?”
posted by letourneau at 5:44 AM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


These seem a damn sight better than the conversions people are putting out nowadays.
posted by ckape at 9:19 AM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Mr. Roquette is going to LOVE this! Just sent him the link. Thanks!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 5:11 PM on October 13, 2014


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