This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: who has the cojones to finish this car- 72 Mercedes 220d with chevy 350 swap and mexican blanket on the dash. Oh boy, someone better buy this before I do and end up with an expensive lawyer bill from a divorce atty. I’ve already […]
The Porsche 914 was initially designed to fit within Porsche’s lineup below the prestigious 911, simultaneously occupying the top-tier position in Volkswagen and Audi’s range, bearing the Volkswagen emblem. Porsche’s decision-makers were unwilling to take the risk of diluting their brand’s reputation by associating it with the VW nameplate, but they successfully negotiated with VW […]
This next car is an example of why everything looks better in racing livery. It was built in 2021 as a tribute to the classic XJS Group 44 racers that were campaigned back in the day by Bob Tullius in SCCA Trans-Am racing. Interesting is that the Tullius built XJS competed and beat many Chevrolet […]
Cadillac used the Brougham designation on a number of vehicles over the years to designate a particular trim on various Cadillacs over the decades. However, when Cadillac split the Fleetwood Brougham up into to cars, they put the Fleetwood on the front-drive C-body and kept the Brougham name for a D-body luxury boat. These were […]
What do you get when you combine a tossable luxury sedan chassis with America’s favorite V8? If you answered “the family perfect sedan”, you might be correct. What you get from handling from an E46 3-series chassis will be augmented by the power from the 6 liter Chevy V8, and the only question is; “why […]
If you are going to V8 swap an old Jaguar, you might as well start with a pretty example (instead of the typical buckets you see around) and this long-wheelbase Series 2 XJ qualifies as pretty. Even with the USA federally mandated rubber bumper extensions, this looks good, probably because Jag left the chrome bumpers […]
Hey Luigi, you gotta stop driving that crummy old Ferrari — its gonna cost you an arm and a leg with each overpriced Ferrari oil change and don’t get me started on the cost of a basic valve service that is probably required every 4000 kilometers…whatever a kilometer is. A kilometer is probably just a really expensive mile. Anyway, this next Ferrari has had the crummy Italian motor replaced with a proper Chevy V8, but the Leonardo Fioravanti (from Pininfarina) body is still looking like a proper 80s exotic. Find this 1977 Ferrari 400 offered for $19,500 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I hate to see another Jaguar XJS ruined with a cheap Chevy V8 swap…but this one isn’t as bad as the typical small block with slushbox setup because it has a 5-speed manual. The under hood wiring could using some cleaning up, but the giant aluminum radiator/fan shroud seems purpose built and the Hyper-S body kit is interesting because there is some history behind a fellow name Paul Hands who built some Hyper Jags back in the day, there was even a Hyper Register alive at some point in time, but it seems gone now. Anyway, find this 1985 Jaguar XJS offered for $8,500 in Albany, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Jaguar XJS was one of the prettiest things to ever grace the roads in the 20th century. Sure, it wasn’t as drop-dead gorgeous as the E-Type it replaced, but it conformed to safety and crash standards that mutilated the good looks of many other vehicles and the XJS survived with only a few changes over an impressive 21 year lifespan. Production of the Malcolm Sayer and Doug Thorpe designed 2+2 started in 1975, had a minor makeover in 1982, and a more significant re-design in 1992 and the last cars left the factory in 1996. Today’s example is one of the last of the pre-Ford takeover cars and is even more ANTI-Ford with an injection of Chevy’s LT1 V8 under the hood. Seems like a lot of car for the asking price if you ask me…and you did ask, right? Find this 1990 Jaguar XJS offered for $7900 in Stoughton, WI via craigslist.
This next advertisement came with a surprising headline “5 Avanti II hard to find chevys”…which through me for a real loop, because I thought that Studebaker built the Avanti. So these aren’t Chevys nor Studebakers, because the Avanti name was used to build cars using the fiberglass Raymond Loewy designed bodies through five different ownership arrangements from 1965 through 2006. Confused? Wait, it gets more so. Because the Avanti was build on the Studebaker chassis with a Corvette engine from the late 1960s through 1985 and then it was put on a Chevy Monte Carlo chassis and finally a Caprice chassis. There was even a Mustang V8 based version that was built in Cancun, Mexico before the then current owner Michael Kelly was arrested on fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme. I can tell you one that that isn’t a Ponzi scheme and that is investing your retirement income in cold hard Avantis. Go ahead, make your own day. Find this Collection of 1982-89 Avanti IIs offered per car starting at $12k to $19k located in Ocala, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!