You know you are in for a treat when a seller describes his car as “super” or “mega” or “monster”..and we’ve got a real treat for you today. It appears to be a Mazda Miata that has had its small 4-cylinder engine replaced by a Ford V8 mated to a 6-speed manual. But that wasn’t good enough, so the seller added a supercharger with an intercooler and claims 500 horsepower at the rear wheels. Find this 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata offered for $15,999 in Tampa, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I have been watching some youtube videos recently showcasing Ken Block’s Hoonicorn racing against random cars in a drag setting. The Hoonicorn is a 1965 Ford Mustang converted to all-wheel-drive and sporting a twin-turbo 1400 horsepower V8. It is far from street legal, but it is not a drag car (it is purpose built for hooning) and to watch it stomp all over million dollar supercars is something special. Nobody (other than Ken Block) can afford the luxury of building his own Hoonicorn, but you can buy this next thing and get somewhere close for a fraction of the cost…maybe. It does have a boosted engine and sticky 315 tires all the way around, it’s only missing all-wheel-drive, a sequential gearbox, and 1000 additional horsepower. Find this 1971 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $5,900 in Antioch, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: If I needed to say something nice about it, I’d say that it succeeds much better than attempting to make a 1957 Chevy out of a 2002 Camaro. And it is probably considerably more exciting to drive then when (a small portion of) it […]
The typical modified Mazda RX-7 you’ll find on these pages has some sort of carburetor fed domestic V8 shoved under the hood…but not today. Today we’ve got a first gen RX-7 that still sports Wankel power, which is odd because it has GT-R emblem on the back and some of the widest Kardashian fender flares […]
When people say, aim high…this what they are talking about. This is the stuff of dreams, forget the James Webb Space Telescope, or the latest Trailer Swift album..this is your nirvana, the apple of your eye, the pea in the pod…it buts the eef in beef and the ding in pudding. When I am down, and, […]
The Toyota Starlet KP61 generation was the first and only Starlet sold in the US Market and in 1985 it was replaced by the Toyota Corolla FX-16. Unfortunately, the FX-16 that replaced it was a front drive un-fun box, but the Starlet was setup with proper rear wheel drive…not that you could tell with the 3 […]
The Mazda Miata has a reputation as a hairdresser’s car, mainly among those who have either never driven one or have some sort of image projection issues. This unfair characterization has lead to some interesting compensation techniques. Here’s one that probably has some tie-back to an early 80’s Mel Gibson film about a dystopian future. […]
The term “custom car” is bandied about (like the term “fake news”) nowadays to include all manner of cars with a few Pep Boys trinkets superglued to the hood. Fortunately, there are people who put time and effort into building a colossally insane custom. The end product it isn’t just a few fudged statistics, it’s […]
The BMW 2002 is on our short list of cars to buy now before they make the jump from classic junk to collectable junk. Especially keep an eye out for patina’d versions that have been grounded to the ground…like this 1976 BMW 2002 offered for $5,999 in Burlington, MA via craigslist. Tip from Art C. From […]
The re-invented 21st century Mini was designed/developed around the turn of the century in a collaboration between Rover and BMW…but ultimately the design was much more Munich and not so much Gaydon. The car was produced in Oxford, England, but with an American designer, French engines, and German engineering, so it is about as British […]