Hell on wheels indeed! This flat fender Willys Jeep spotted on Wilshire had us itching to get behind the wheel of one of these WWII rock crawlers. During our research to find used examples on the web, we excitedly stumbled upon the below “Jeep-Rod” creation from the gear-head minds of David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan at Roadkill. They claim that this Jeep-Rod is the “most stupid” thing that they have ever done.
Many drivers regard the purchase of a minivan, sliding doors and all, as being an automotive death sentence. A 4-wheeled badge of uncool, complete with car seats, cheerios on the floor and sponge bob square pants on the ipad. The owner of this late model Odyssey begs to differ. He figures that if he’s gonna go minivan then he might as well lower it, throw on some wheels, and black out the windows. VIP style…
I spotted this super-clean short-wheelbase [SWB] G-Wagon in the West Village and immediately realized how appealing these utes can be when they’re not utilized as celebrity bling machines. The owner of this handsome 3-door example sourced his (or her) ride from the experts at Europa G-Wagon LLC. The Santa Fe-based outfit specializes in the sale, service and federalization of pre-2001 Gelaendewagens. Translation…they sell the cooler, older models in short and long wheelbases as well as in 2-door convertible guise.
Despite the long lifecycle, seemingly endless array of special editions and obscene length of time spent in the limelight, every Veyron sighting is indeed a significant one. The car is after all among the fastest, rarest, most opulent and technologically advanced ever to be produced or imagined. The owner of this Beverly Hills-based example is obviously keen on yellow as evidenced by the paint scheme and matching wheel & trim package. As if a 1,001 HP, $1.8M exotic sports car didn’t already do a decent job of standing out…
The trend these days when it comes to vehicle naming taxonomy is definitely an alpha numeric affair. Think about it…BMW X5, Lincoln MKS, Mercedes C350, Acura TL…the list goes on. Sure, there are still the Corvettes, Civics and Mustangs of the world but, more and more, badges are becoming choc full of pseudo-futuristic number-letter combos that likely hold more significance to the manufacturers than they do consumers. Perhaps one of the cooler nameplates to ever grace the road came from Studebaker with their Champion (seen here as a fourth generation coupe). To name a vehicle so affirmatively imparts a charming sense of confidence in the mind of and owner. My car is the best!
This original example spotted in one of the corporate Lexus parking lots of all places has developed an awesome patina sitting under the california sun all these years. It’s a pink meets orange hue that could be described as Rat Rod Grapefruit.
The owner of this glorious, wood-clad Grand Wagoneer is an avid pool player. How do we know? Because he has garnished the hood with a chrome figurine of a dude playing pool. Impressive deductive reasoning, I know.
Any good car spotter worth his salt will seek out and accept help when it’s needed. This seductive hot rod sighting was one of those occasions. We certainly knew it was mean and matte and choc full of American muscle. But the exact make and model eluded us due to its extensive mods. After a quick consult with the ever knowledgeable fanatics subscribing to the Hotrodders forum, we quickly learned it was a 1946-48 Ford or Mercury. Its not 100% known which of the two Blue oval brands this baby started out as. The fender behind the wheels, for instance, looks a bit long so it may be a Mercury. Brand aside, she’s certainly nasty.
Now, this is a rare find. It’s nothing like that Lancia Delta S4 that I came across a couple of summers ago but one doesn’t really see Opel Asconas in the US very often. If I came across this charming euro wagon in Portland I wouldn’t be too surprised. After all, Portland is a place where vintage cars retire and continue living quietly. Seeing one in Minnesota…well that was a rare find indeed. Growing up in Europe, one gets used to Opels. They were always very good cars. Very reliable and an excellent value. Sporty enough and with good enough handling. This one is in awesome shape…very clean.