Friday, 17 May 2013
The thing I love about cars like this is that they're so unassuming to the uninitiated. I don't mean this in a smug or elitist way; simply that to non-car people, this Nissan Sunny wagon might just look like your mum's old shopping car. Aside from that eyewatering citrus-green paint, of course...
Looking closer, you'll find that a few inches have been taken out of the ride height, and it's now sitting over the iconic Hayashi Street wheels. You'll spot the cheeky chin spoiler and oversized exhaust, and the extensive satin black colour-coding that draws in the bumpers, grille, window surrounds, door handles and brightwork. And the more you look, the more you'll notice. Impressive, isn't it? I'll bet you're seeing Sunny estates in a whole new light...
Posted by juice at 14:35
It's a point often returned to on SuckSqueezeBangBlow that modified commercial vehicles - that is, those that have had their overt utilitarianism swapped out in exchange for uncompromising aesthetics - are awesome. And here's further proof.
These two Ford pick-ups, resplendent in weatherbeaten shabby-chic, sit as low as is physically possible thanks to their custom air-ride installs. They're both magnificent specimens, but I'm particularly taken with the greeny-blue one; the fact that it's got flames on one side and scallops on the other is a marvellous nose-thumbing to convention, and the addition of Econoline van grilles to the rear as taillight surrounds is a masterstroke. And both represent that which makes the customised classic truck such a cool proposition: they've earned their keep through decades of relentless toil, and have been rewarded with a little naughtiness in their retirement. Growing old disgracefully, and showing the youngsters how it's done.
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Posted by juice at 09:07
Thursday, 16 May 2013
'Special' is more than just a name here.
Debuting in 1936, 'Special' was Buick's designation for their cheapest, entry-level models, although they grew in stature and import over the generations. By the time this car hit the showroom in '55, they had Nailhead V8s and acres of chrome, and represented one of America's best-selling car lines.
So, what's so special about this Special? Well, it's all in the details. Look at how the cuboid fluid reservoirs are recessed into the wing, the engine bay is totally smooth, the dash is a colour-coded delight... Built with love over a three-and-a-half year period, every inch of this Buick demonstrates careful consideration and the shunning of corner-cutting. It's got a computer-controlled LS1 V8, air-ride, Wilwood brakes, Zenith rims, and a gorgeous paintjob in Cool Vanilla and Candy Green. Go on, find a more special Special, I dare you...
Via Rod & Custom
Posted by juice at 15:17
Remember this sensational Porsche 934 from the other day? Well, here's where the colour scheme came from...
The owner of that Porsche is more than a little enamoured of his other steer, a Plymouth Arrow Sport, hence the tribute sidestripes. And here we have a prime example of the breed, a 1980 model on the forecourt of the ever-eclectic Cats Exotics - now sold, but still visible online for us to enjoy the rakish colour-phasing, complementing the rugged, utilitarian contruct.
A badge-engineered Mitsubishi, the Sport Arrow had a 2.6-litre four-pot and a five-speed 'box, while driver and passenger got to enjoy both a sunroof (ooh, fancy) and one of the coolest interiors you could hope to find in an eighties pick-up. This may look like a customised minitruck, but it's actually all standard and original. Which is very impressive indeed.
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Posted by juice at 09:30
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
When a Mini enthusiast starts itching for more power, there are a number of options available. The standard A-series engine can be breathed upon, upgraded to Cooper S spec, or bored out to 1380cc (or more). A Metro Turbo engine can be swapped in without too much hassle. Or, to enter another realm of performance, it's not unheard of to squeeze a Vauxhall XE or Honda VTEC under the bonnet, or even stick a superbike engine in the boot. But it takes a rare breed of lunacy to rip the running gear from a Sierra RS Cosworth and stuff it into the Mini's diminutive silhouette...
Nevertheless, that's exactly what's happened here. The turbocharged YB, the rear diff, it's all Ford - this is effectively a Sierra Cossie, shrunken down to half-size and hidden under a Mini shell. And it's MOT'd and road-legal too!
Click here to witness the full craziness of the build thread.
Posted by juice at 14:15
It takes a special kind of talent to create a car that is both staggeringly effective in its single-minded purpose (in this case, demolishing the quarter-mile), and eat-your-dinner-off-it clean.
This third-generation (LH) Holden Torana is just such a machine. Fastidiously bolted together by Victorian drag racer Mark Drew - that's 'Victorian' in the sense of 'resident of south-eastern Australia' obviously, he's not some sort of confusing time-traveller - the attention to detail is astounding: look at the individually polished wheel bolts, the super-smooth engine bay, the showcar-cleanness of the boot. And yet it's not all mouth and no trousers - those colossal rear tyres have a purpose. And that purpose is to transfer all of the hellish fury from that 622ci V8 onto the dragstrip. There's over 1,200bhp to be harnessed, despatching the quarter-mile in a mere 8.4 seconds. Sensational.
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Posted by juice at 09:56
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
When images of this Porsche first leaked onto the internet a week or so ago, it caused a bit of a sensation. And you can see why - with looks that sit somewhere between a RAUH-Welt build and a Kremer 934/5, it's pretty easy on the eye. The vast front and rear spoilers scream 'race car', and that sense of purpose is backed up by the interior, with its chunky rollcage and Kevlar Recaros. And those huge arches, stretched over gorgeous Rotiform rims (that reference the original BBS 935 race wheels)? Just magnificent.
Oh, and the colour scheme is a nod to the owner's other car - a Plymouth Arrow Sport pick-up truck. How cool is that...?
See the photos at source here.
Posted by juice at 13:59