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?
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes; I must take issue with your claim that “the X5M was the original SUV that was faster than it should have been” – this SUV should take that award. Also, its asking price is $4500 less than the X5M you featured. :p. DT: Well, let’s see — ’93 Typhoon 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, ’93 Corvette 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. 2010 BMW X5M 0-60mph 4.0 seconds vs 2010 Corvette 0-60mph 4.0 seconds. Okay, the Typhoon was slower than the Vette by a small margin, but I’ll agree that the X5M was perhaps the second SUV that was faster than it should be, but the example we’ve got today has been through a few tropical storms to get where it is today. Find this 1993 GMC Typhoon offered for $15,000 in Decatur, GA via facetie marketphoon.
The seller of this next car describes it as “not a hackjob backyard swap”…which makes me wonder, where would you do an LSX swap into a 90s GMC Jimmy? In the realm of places to do swaps, from a Jay Leno style climate controlled garage to a dirt patch behind the Waffle House in Woooostaaaa, I’m gonna lean towards doing my Jimmy swaps at the latter, but I love waffles more than Jay Leno. And I mean that exactly how you might interpret it. Find this 1998 GMC Jimmy offered for $5000 in Northbridge, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
A diesel powered GMC Caballero is a stupefyingly eccentric vehicle…but captivating in a way that is difficult to describe. However, the photos in this next advertisement — and I hate to be the guy that criticizes the artistic integrity of a random stranger’s cell-phone photos for a car advert, but I am today — are just as equally baffling. Ignore the fact that the photos were taken at a Jiffy Lube, we don’t need to talk about that, but there is not a single photo of the entire subject vehicle and the best shot is in portrait mode of 2/3s of the Caballero. I guess I know what a Caballero (GMC’s version of the El Camino) looks like, but the lengths the photographer goes to avoid a single aesthetically pleasing shot of this oddball is downright staggering. Find this 1983 GMC Caballero Diesel offered for $12,000 in Wichita, KS via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
If you don’t understand why you should own a GMC Typhoon…you are certainly not in the minority. But lemme splain…The GMC Typhoon was the SUV version of the GMC Syclone — both were turbocharged-V6 factory hot rod versions of a common compact truck platform with acceleration capabilities that would surprise anything on the street when new. Times have changed and the Typhoon won’t be much faster than the average all-wheel-drive V6 powered crossover you could buy, it they are oh-so-much cooler than anything you could buy new today. Find this 1992 GMC Typhoon offered for $16,900 CAD ($12,882 USD) via eBay, located in Belledune, New Brunswick, Canada.
I hate to contribute to the general panic around the coronavirus…but like the 50th person jumping into a dogpile, I feel only a small pang of regret in my gut. Or is that the coronavirus? Lack of smell and pangs in your gut? I gotta google this. Hang on….nope, I’m good. Anyway, if you are […]
The GMC Typhoon was the SUV version of the GMC Syclone — both were turbo-V6 versions of a common compact truck/SUV platform with acceleration capabilities that would surprise anything on the street when new. Today, with the proliferation of high compression direct injection engines, the Typhoon won’t be the fastest thing on your block but […]
I was planning on posting mostly old German cars this month because of the whole “Oktoberfest” thing, but then someone mentioned that it was the first day of Fall/Autumn…which reminded me there was a whole section of the country where the season of scorched thighs just ended and now it is possible to drive your […]
What’s a ‘good ole’ pre-smog 3/4 ton pickup worth these days? The seller seems pretty straightforward (‘cept he cain’t spell breaks) and includes good shots of all the little rust areas. On the plus side, old ‘Murican trucks are SUPER easy to restore, you can buy anything you need for carpet, vinyl, headliner at your […]
Hi, Boeing 747, this is GMC Sierra…yeah, remember that drunken night we spent together in Acapulco 9 months ago? Yeah. Well, I’ve got some news, first you’ll need to get some testing for something else, and next I’m gonna need 18 years of child support checks. Yes, I’m sure it was yours..take a look at […]