Friday, 31 August 2012

Bay Window EV

Well now, here's an intriguing curiosity. It's one of only five fully-electric twin-sliding-door bay window campers ever built, and it's available on eBay right here.
The seller has removed the electric motor and associated gearbox and is in the process of replacing the whole lot with a standard 1600cc engine and 'box, which seems like a bit of a shame given the van's heritage... but hey, it's still got those awesome 'electric vehicle' stripes. Why not stick a bid in, then fit the running gear from a Tesla? That'd be a laugh.

'65 1500S Notchback

The term 'notchback' refers to the the mid-point between a saloon and a coupé - a three-box design where the rear window slopes to such a degree that the third box is less pronounced than usual. Think mkIII Escort or, of course, the Type 3 Volkswagen.
This 1965 VW 1500S, probably the only car model that's actually commonly referred to as a notchback, has been prepared by the charmingly-monikered Balls Deep Crew, a Finnish collective with an eye for classically styled Volkswagens. As you can see, all a solid Type 3 requires is a healthy drop over the right wheels, and a whole lot of polish. Looks great, doesn't it?
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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Lada X-Ray

Leave your preconceptions and clichés at the door. This, folks, is a desirable Lada. Eschewing the traditional brand perceptions (cheap, agricultural, risible), the X-Ray concept introduces a whole new lexicon for Lada: premium, chic, on-trend. And yes, desirable.
Will the yummy mummies of SW3 be able to see past the badge and into that warm, supple interior? No, probably not. And that's a great shame, as this new effort has about as much in common with the Niva as it does with a Vladivostok missile silo. It's a moot point as the X-Ray won't actually make production in this form, but still... will Lada finally be able to 'do a Škoda' and shift themselves into a respectable (and lucrative) area of the market? When this new corporate ethos starts to infuse the model lines, we'll see...
Pics via MSN.

Vicious Model A

The exhausts are machine guns. That pretty much sums up this 1930 Model A rod.
It's a riot of minute details and intricacies, borrowing heavily from the steampunk aesthetic to create something that looks simultaneously brand new and generations old. The evidence of the roof-chop is left bare as testament to its modified mongrel nature, while every square inch of the car is festooned with polished rivets, spikes or military paraphernalia. This is the kind of machine that gives small children nightmares.
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Belmont GTE Turbo

The Belmont was the ugly duckling of the eighties/nineties Vauxhall line-up; basically an Astra with a boot grafted on to turn it into a saloon (or, if you will, shatchback). The thing about ugly ducklings, of course, is that they're supposed to morph into swans, although the Belmont never really did. It just rotted, crumbled and got thrown, forgotten, onto the scrapheap.
Here, though, is one rather swan-like Belmont. It's even swan white. You see, it turns out that all you need to do to make a Belmont cool is to screw in the bits that made the Astra GTE fun: a cheeky twin-cam, sporty seats, aggressive bumpers, proper brakes. As you can see, the builder got a bit carried away with the idea and ended up fitting his home-brew Belmont GTE with a high-spec XE engine... and then turbocharging it, and bolting in a vast intercooler, and taking a few inches out of the ride height. The results speak for themselves: this, ladies and gentlemen, is a very cool Belmont.
Pic source here. If you can fight through the agonising soundtrack, there's a video below as well.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Rough World KGC-10

A few snaps here from Stance:Nation, taken at the HJCC Bayline Gathering back in July. Subject matter: an early-seventies KGC-10 Nissan Skyline, adorned with the legend 'Rough World' (which, of course, translates to Rauh Welt, a name that'll be familiar to fans of extreme Porsche 911s). The stripped racer aesthetic comprises absent bumpers, bolt-on arches and very wide & deeply-dished Work alloys. Looks quick even when it's sitting still, doesn't it?
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BMW NA Vintage: M1 Procar

The BMW M1 Procar Championship was a one-make series that ran between 1979-80. It took champion drivers from such diverse fields as F1 and ETCC and pitted them against one another in the relentless and alluring thrust of the BMW PR machine. Procar ran largely as an F1 support race, being killed off in 1980 as BMW were to enter Formula One in 1981, but while it lasted it was thunderous and spectacular.
The cars themselves were Group 4 M1s, actually not sharing that much with the M1 road car. The exterior was treated to a raft of aerodynamic addenda, while the arches had to be significantly extended to house the colossal race wheels - 11" wide at the front, 12.5" at the rear. The engine was based on the road car's 3.5-litre M88 straight-six, but stretched from the standard 270bhp to over 490. Of course, the usual race car fare was in attendance: centre-lock wheels, rollcage, fully adjustable suspension, plastic windows, massive brakes, air jacks. Dependent on gear ratios, they could break 60mph in 4.3s and go on to almost 200mph.
This Procar lives in BMW North America's Vintage Collection - you can see more pictures and a comprehensive history here at Stanceworks.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Toyotas at the Ace

The intrepid Dep-O Magazine buzzed into the Ace Café car park in their lovely AW11 MR2 and - surprise! - were confronted with a smörgåsbord of classic Toyotas. Wasn't that lucky?
Click here to see their full set of photos. Of particular interest is the AE86 Corolla with the Honda S2000 engine on throttle bodies, and there's much more to enjoy there too...