As a young hockey loving kid, I always enjoyed the methodical way that a good Zamboni driver re-surfaces an ice rink with minimal overlap and maximum efficiency. There is something satisfying about seeing that freshly smooth ice and there is nothing better than being the first set of skates to chop into the virgin ice and leave a trail of curved lines and fresh shaved ice. It is quite possibly the opposite feeling of watching a Dumb and Dumber movie sequel, which leaves you in a state of wanting a time machine to go back and correct your path that lead you to this dark corner of the multiverse, but driving a movie prop Zamboni with a V8 from one of those Dumb movies…maybe that’d be worth it. Find this 1985 Zamboni V8 offered for $15,000 in Sylmar, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you are going to drive something that looks like a vintage racer, you might as well get something that performs like a vintage racer, which isn’t like the latest turbocharged Caterham offering or one of those three wheeled Slingshot things. Cars from the golden age of the automobile were slow, even race cars, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Find this 1980 SSR1 Speedster offered for $10,950 in Surprise, AZ via ebay.
The Machiavelli Max post the other day was one of the better looking fake Ferrari kit cars I’ve seen recently — despite its plebian TransAm roots, it looks like a Ferrari to a casual observer. This next kit car…it is interesting, but I don’t think that anybody is going to be fooled into thinking it is a ’57 Chevy. Similar to the Machiavelli, the Belaro also uses a GM F-Body for the mechanical parts, but this time a Camaro. Find this 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Kit Car offered for $19,750 in Ft Lauderdale, FL via eBay.
The Exocet Missile was a French built anti-ship missile that is known for its first wartime launch by an Argentine Super Étendard strike-fighter that sunk the HMS Sheffield during the 10-week conflict in 1982 known as the Falklands War. The Excoet kit car on the other hand, is a beast sold by the guys at Exomotive that puts a tube frame chassis and composite body panels around a donor Mazda Miata chassis. The Exocet Miata is equally as dangerous as the Exocet missile, but only to its occupants. Find this 1999 Exomotive Exocet Miata Kit Car offered for $20,000 in Harrisburg, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If you don’t know anything about Legends racing, let me give you a quick overview. First started in 1992, the Legends class uses a steel backbone chassis with 5/8 scale replica body shell designed to look like mid ’30s Ford/Chevy/Dodge Coupe that you’d have seen in early NASCAR races back in the day. The Legends car formula uses Yamaha motorcycle engines and some basic suspension/brakes to make racing as affordable as possible. The best part is that the little Legends cars race on both asphalt and dirt — so you get slip, slide, or drift if that’s your thing. Find this 1937 Inex Legends Racer offered for best offer in Vass, NC via faceplace marketbroken. Tip from John W.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to own a tank. Some of my first memories involve playing in a mound of dirt in my parents back yard with a model of a little green tank that was so used and abused that is sported a straw for a cannon in its later years. Today’s next feature is an opportunity to make that little kid (who is still somewhere deep down inside) happier than a clam at high tide, because this is not just a tank, this is the world’s fastest racing tank. Find this 1994ish Alvis Sabre Light Tank bidding for £17,250 with 4 days to go in North Yorkshire, UK via collectingcars.com. Tip from Hugh.
The other day I was reading an article about a little piece of machinery that is powered by a Cat C2.2 diesel engine and can traverse just about any terrain, from mud, to snow, to soup — it is the amphibious vehicle called the FAT Truck. This thing is an amazing piece of machinery but it cost $127,000 (not sure if that is CAD or USD, but it is expensive to say the least) so we need to find something cheaper that isn’t quite as capable and maybe needs some elbow grease. As luck would have it, we got this next thing as a tip yesterday: Find this 1970 Playcat 400 offered for $1250 in Anchorage, AK via craigslist.
This next thing is straight out of a lawyer’s dream fantasy. It is what appears to be a device designed explicitly to shoot people into trees. It is the gas powered pogo stick (think of a combustion chamber were you are the connecting rod) and they were sold by an outfit called Change Manufacturing out of Wichita, KS in 1960 and 1961. Unfortunately, someone was injured during a publicity stunt at the Indy Motor Speedway and an evening TV personality was thrown off a Hop Rod and allegedly broke his shoulder. According to various internet sources, the Hop Rod was subsequently banned by the appropriate regulatory authorities and the Hop Rod was no more. Shame. The idiot of a gas powered Pogo Stick is nothing short of brilliant and I can’t believe I don’t own one. Find this 1960 Motorized Pogo Stick bidding for $355 in Forked River, NJ via ebay. Tip from Hugh!
Back in the late 1950s, the engineers at GMC had a problem. They had a good inline-6 for their commercial trucks and a few decent V8s to choose from, but the inlines-6 were more rugged and reliable than the powerful V8. So they did the only logical thing, which was the combine two inline-6 engines into a single V12 with a ginormous cast cylinder block and a 180 lb crankshaft. Hitting the scales at 1486 lbs, the Twin-6 V12 was a 702 cubic inch behemoth that made 565 ft-lbs of torque just off idle and a whopping 275 horsepower at 2400 rpm. It is, for better or worse, the most modern V12 ever built by GM…and I think I just found an engine for the next RX-8 I find with a busted Wankel, because this about the opposite you can ever get from a rotary without going to steam power. Where would you swap this 1960-1965 GMC Twin-6 702 V12 offered for $3500 in Palenville, NY via ebay?
You’ve got two empty spaces in your garage, barn, dirt lot…whatever, and you need to fill it with two classics. Obviously one needs to be red and the other side green — an automotive salute to the little red/green sign you have on your table at an all-you-can eat churrascaria. You might not be able to eat either of these next four cars, but they all look like they’ve been barbequed over a charcoal fire for the past few decades. Which pair goes in your green field? The pair of Triumphs TR7/TR8 for $4k or the pair of NSU Prinz 40s for $1100CAD? NSUs are a tip from Erik.