I always seem to catch these lonely old work horses parked or abandoned alongside random rest stops just off the highway. This time around the subject was a Dodge B-Series [’48 – ’53] that appears to be a daily driver. One thing is for sure…it sports an amazing patina. Love the “Job Rated” plaque that adorns the grille and the curvaceous 1950s Dodge lettering that’s sprawled across the beat up old tailgate.
Way cool and way cheap. Here’s a nice one for $5,400
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.
Spotted here in all it’s glory, a 1962 Dodge Lancer 770 2-door. It’s not everyday that you come across one of these so-called “compact cars” circa 1962 (a little more exicitng than a Civic or Corolla wouldn’t you say?) Dimensions aside, this was a very unique car thanks to stand out design cues like a full-width grille, round taillights, snubbed trunk, and chrome Lancer script that happens to be the perfect little detail. And don’t let the sedan qualities of this ride fool you, the Hyper-Pak equipped Lancer is known to conquer many a drag strip.
You can thank our good buddy and Brooklyn-based man on the street Dave Pinter for the glorious snaps.
You don’t see this everyday – papa Challenger, in all his original glory, alongside the younger, svelter offspring. Harder to believe, the cars are painted in near identical color schemes. But this automotive encounter wasn’t planned, I swear. Our Pal Andy was cruising in his Hemi Orange SRT-8 (left) and caught an eyeful of vintage Mopar staring back at him (right). Driving by without taking a picture is like sticking up a bank and not taking the money. Perhaps the best part, this is not the first time we have spotted such a righteous muscle car pose. Hopefully it won’t be the last.
I was going through my files and stumbled onto these amazing pictures taken during a muscle car comparo I wrote for the Summer 2009 issue of Men’s Fitness. The photo editor decided against using these images, instead opting for stock photography to accompany the review. He fed me some line about the gloomy weather not being sunny enough. Does anyone know what he was thinking? We all know that wet muscle cars look better than dry muscle cars any day of the week. They have more attitude. And the grey skies add a menacing effect to the trio’s already aggressive styling. I hope you enjoy them.
This fourth generation Dart 270 coupe was spotted at sundown in Puerto Morelos, a quaint little town and seaport 22 miles south of Cancún. Good to see American muscle is alive and well in Mexico. More after the jump.
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.
It’s always a treat to see one of the 25,000 or so Vipers produced since introduction in 1992. And given the livery vehicle choices seen here, we would definitely hail down the “Race Yellow” snake charm owned and operated by Long Island resident Alan Stewart.
We spotted not one but two Dodge Chargers on Lafayette street, parked outside of the Meineke Car Care center. Apparently the grease monkeys over there also deal in rare and desirable classics – so you can repair a muffler and buy a new vintage car all in the same visit.
It’s almost bittersweet to to see modern, horsepower-laden hot rods like this tooling around on a sunny Sunday. That may sound strange considering Viper’s snarling good looks and Snakeskin Green Pearl Coat, but these high octane fossil burners are a dying breed thanks to, amongst other things, increasingly strict emissions controls. Cross your fingers and prey that the garlic king of Michigan saves the Viper nameplate from Chapter 11-related extinction.