Of course, this isn’t the real HEMI-powered “Little Red Wagon” known for poppin wheelies and laying down mounds of rubber at Cecil County Dragway back in February of ’65. It’s an amazingly awesome homage though and had me stopped like a dear in the headlights during a recent drive through La Jolla.
We couldn’t tell if this utterly cool A100 had the stock 100HP six-cylinder engine placement or instead mimicked Little Red Wagon’s 426 cu. In. Hemi Charger engine located just behind the snub-nosed cab. Either way, what a fabulous way to get around Southern California.
Most people like getting their picture taken with the cars they love. The owner of this Lincoln, sporting one seriously pimped out Continental coupe, was an exception to the rule. He gave me serious evil eyes the moment I whipped out the camera. I quickly fired off a few rounds and holstered my sidearm. It was worth the brief discomfort I experienced as the light changed from yellow to green. This thing is so freekin cool…from the rich green paint to the unique chrome dish wheels and low rider stance.
I don’t think this is what VW had in mind when they coined the term Microbus for their venerable camper van. A small but very real trend among some of the more eccentric VW enthusiasts, these “shorty buses” have had their wheelbases sliced and diced by about 2 feet, making for an almost cartoon like result. If Scooby Doo and the gang went to the circus, this might be the vehicle that would take them there.
While Smart certainly wasn’t the first automotive brand to usher in a sense vehicle personalization, it was definitely among the first to offer people the ability to customize their rides from the factory thanks to innovations like removable body panels. Ducati even took a page from their play book when they started offering similar packages for their bread and butter Monster line of bikes. Well, the German microcar manufacturer is at it again, this time offering fortwo shoppers/owners the ability to color match paint chips (eat your heart out Porsche) and or decorate Fortwos with a host of colorful vehicle wraps. They call the whole thing the Smart Expressions program and it starts at $1,550 for the custom paint and $1,350 for a wrap. Take your pick at the Smart USA website.
The dark side is strong with this one. Black paint, matte black fenders, black wheels, black lamp lenses, black grille. Hell, even the Chevy symbol on the tailgate is blacked out. I might be jumping to conclusions here, but the owner is probably not the warm and cuddly type.
German tuning house CDC International is serious about adding flair to already wild exotics like the Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT and Lamborghini Gallardo. Wheels, body kits, high performance exhausts, engine upgrades…they do it all. Their latest and greatest product draws inspiration from Lamborghini’s Reventón, the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show stunner that featured a fighter jet-inspired carbon fiber body atop a “base” Murcielago LP640. The production run was limited to just 20 examples costing a cool $1.5mm each and the batch sold out before show models could even unveil the damn thing. For those of you who were too poor or too slow to grab one, CDC has designed this Reventon-look body kit (front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, and diffuser) for the Murcielago’s baby bro, the Gallardo. They appropriately refer to it as “a little Reventón”. Interested? The package will run you a cool $25K. Nothing little about that. CDC was good enough to photograph the final product for us, seen here posed against a randomly colorful recycling depot in the Town of Bad Staffelstein.
Source: CDC International GmbH (photos used with permission)
We really appreciate the pictures you send in after encountering cool rides from all over the globe. We really really appreciate it when those unique sightings include hyper exotic sports cars rocking bright orange paint and a 720 HP supercharged V8. Say hello to the Avro 720 Mirage, a special edition Ford GT from Brooklands-based tuning firm Avro Motorcars. The mad scientists from Avro worked with well the known American muscle manufacturers at Roush to engineer this beast. In addition to the orange metallic paint, matte-black details and laundry list of extreme performance upgrades, Avro added a whopping 170 HP (550 + 170 = 720!) and 127 lb-ft of torque (627 in all) to the already competent Ford V8. The net net is a 220 MPH top speed and enough forward thrust to recede your hair line a few years early. The best part – the production run is limited to just 10 cars. That’s right folks – sightings don’t get a whole lot rarer than this. Click here for a video I found on youtube of this actual car!
Our buddy Matt spotted a couple of custom creations at Platinum Motorsport on Melrose. The high end tuner shop did a great job with this Hemi Orange Challenger SRT-8. We like the less-is-more aesthetic they achieved by removing or darkening the badges. And the black wheels, tints and fuel cap door lend a menacing effect to the already imposing muscle car stance. Not like this baby needs it but we’re curious what’s going on under the hood. Check out the tricked out Mercedes CLS after the jump.