Friday, September 30, 2011

Jeep XJ002 “Bolide”

Hot on the heals of the XJ001 concept Jeep built an equally forward thinking Bolide concept (Bolide meaning “a large meteor that explodes in the atmosphere”). Built on a Commando V6 truck chassis with a fibreglass body, it even had additional bumps in the roof line for heads of the driver and passenger!!!! It was first debuted at the New York City car show in 1970, and described in the literature as “the first four wheel drive Jeep Sports Car and All Purpose Utility Vehicle”.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mega Monte Carlo

After building the very rare Track, Mega followed it up in 1996 at the Geneva Motor Show with the Monte Carlo. A result of Mega both joining a small group of exclusive supercar builders and the acquisition of Monte-Carlo Automobile Ltd which included plans to build an exclusive super sports car for both the road and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The birth of the Mega Monte Carlo was set, based around a car that had originally been built 6 years before.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Keeble K3

From one half of the partnership that produced the awesin Gordon Keeble in the 1960’s, Jim Keeble kept in the sutomotive industry designing and testing cars through to the 1980’s. At this time he built this prototype the K3. A small engine 3 wheeled car that by all accounts was very fast and would carry on going up to 125mph!!!! Meant for a production run of 40 cars it never made it into production, it’s a real shame because it has that mad look about it that all 3 wheeled cars should have.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Osi Silver Fox

Looking more like a catamaran than a car the Silver Fox is unique. It was built in 1967 to compete in Le Man’s and debuted in the Turin Motor Show of the same year. However due to the financial situation Osi found its self in this dream was never realised. Instead we’re left with unique car.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Renault 900

Not so much information on this one, it’s a prototype from Renault built in 1959, from what I gather it was fitted with a V8 (built from 2 more conventional V4’s bolted together from another of Renaults models) slung out the back. Yes that is the back and not the bonnet. Its unconventional, looking awkward, almost like it’s backwards and about to tip forward. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Confederate P120 Fighter

Confederate Motorcycles have to be one of the coolest production bike builders in the world. The P120 Fighter is one of their current offerings and I think you’ll agree it looks like nothing else on the road, looking for custom than production. Powered by a 2ltr twin with 160bhp, there’s power to back up the looks. The over engineered frame and bespoke no-nonsense details make this bike so purposeful and aggressive looking.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Star Streak

If you had the skills at hand and wanted a camper van you would surely build something extra special, so when Lt Colonel Paul Jones from Florida decided to build one that’s exactly what he did. Using aircraft construction techniques he built the Star Streak on top of an Oldsmobile Tornedo chassis and running gear using aluminium. The windows are also bullet proof to resist scratches. It’s no half-done job either, fitted with an interior that can be switched to provide 2 beds, AC/DC/Gas appliances, TV and hot and cold running water from its own reservoir.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ford Saxon

There are some people out there that love to build a replica of a rare car, be it a Quattro or a RS Cosworth, then there are the people who build dreams, a replica of a car that wasn’t even put into production. A car that has a reported single photo available of the original and that been taken from the rear!!!!! Colin is such a man. Taking that single photo and his experience building and rebuilding Ford Cortina’s he set about cutting one up and creating this masterpiece.