Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jankel Tempest

From the man behind the Panther 6, Robert Jankel, this is what happens when you take a humble C4 Corvette and virtually hand build a super car convertible around it. The 6.7L petrol V8, was treated to a supercharger which resulted in 535bhp this then resulted in 1992 with a Guinness World Record for fastest production car to 60mph at just shy of 3.3s and a top speed of 200mph. The car went into production in 1993 although I’m not sure how long it stayed in production for. Jankel now build armoured cars!!!! So a slight change in direction there then. Although you can see on profile where its roots lie there no denying the changes give it a much more aggressive look I just love those bonnet air intakes.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Classic Car Show, Eventcity, Manchester

What can I say, based on the cars that were at the 2011 show I was expecting this to be good, however I was blown away by the change in pace this show had. Last year, its first year, was a quiet affair, a year later with lots of advertising and club involvement there was a buzz about it. On entering the car park I must admit the scissor door of a yellow car had me more actively looking for a parking space, the car was a Lamborghini Diablo SV and it was just sat in the car park!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

GM Runabout

A 3 wheeled car, designed  to be small, easy to park and still have room for 2 adults and 3 children. Sounds like a modern concept straight out of Geneva, but this was debuted in 1964 General Motors Futurama Exhibit at the New York World’s Fair. The wheel at the front would turn 180 degrees allowing the car to almost turn on its own length. A hint of its age however is the 2 detachable shopping trollies that slots into the boot, very off its day I think you’ll agree.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Manchester Bike Show, EventCity

Well on Sunday, I know it was mother’s day, me and my little one headed over to Eventcity next to the Trafford Centre for the second day of the Manchester Bike Show. On arrival I know it was going to be a big show due to the numbers of bikes flooding in and how many were in the bike parking area!!!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mazda RX500

Although it wow’d the audience at the 1970 Tokyo Motor Show, this car never made production. The reason it was just a test bed, a mule if you’d like. But unlike most mule’s it was also used to determine if there was a future for plastic bodied cars. Designed by Toyo Kogyo Company, it also doubled as a high speed test bed for future safety features.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wolseley Hornet Convertibles (Heinz 57)

Now this is something you just wouldn’t get these days, in 1966 Heinz ran a competition to promote it soups and the prize was one of 57 specially converted Wolseley Hornets MK2's to convertibles. Crayford Engineering in Westerham Kent took the 57 hardtops from the factory and took the tops off and registered then consecutively with the number plates LLH 8—D. That was the only change the engines and running gear was all factory. 41 of the original 57 apparently still remain.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Stimson Scorcher

Part Mini, part kit car and part trike this is the Stimson Scorcher. Barry Stimson built 30 of these vehicles between 1976 and 81 in Nouveau, Brighton. Barry had a history of building Mini based cars, some of which I’ll come back in the near future, The Scorcher though was a little different with its 3 wheel configuration. The cost of this unusual trike £375+ VAT, all you had to do was supply him with the running gear , steering, foot pedals , handbrake and fuel tank and he’d take care of the rest, including putting that tuned mini engine up front.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Straman Nissan 300ZX Convertible

This is another convertible produced by coachbuilder Starman (the ones behind the dealer offered Honda CRX Convertible). They would take an angle grinder to just about any car and this has to be one of the more successful offerings. With 352 first generation 300ZX's built between 1984 and 89, it’s still a rare car. The new rear deck was made from fibreglass as the prototypes full metal deck was deemed too heavy, especially for the non turbo cars, especially with all the additional strengthening cross bracing. The majority of the interior remained as it was out of the factory. The price for this conversion $8,500 on top of the $30,000 for the car.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Charbonneaux's Ellipsis

From the same man who designed the Renault 16, Phillippe Charbonneaux come up with concept and revealed it at the 1992 Paris Auto Show. The most unusual thing about it is the wheel layout, with 2 in the middles and one at each end!!!!! With both the front and rear wheels being used to steer the car it could almost turn on its own length. The reason, it would make it easier to navigate narrow busy streets.