Thursday Twister: Original Equipment Tuner
Welcome back another edition of the Thursday Twister, DT’s weekly quiz show where we discuss the stuff that really matters, and sometimes matter that is really a string (but that is neither here nor there…and sometimes not now or then…but I’m getting all Heisenbergy and nobody wants that when the life of a cat hangs in the balance). Today we are looking for cars that were modified by a third party, not the original OEM, and not some “performance” group within the OEM) but an actual third party, like Carroll Shelby when he modified Mustangs for Ford.
We are not looking for aftermarket car customizes like the dudes on Pimp My Ride, but corporations that took brand new cars and modified them to create something special and then sold them with warranty (either factory or aftermarket warranty). For the sake of description, I will call them Original Equipment Tuners (OET) and you will name your favorite in the comments.
Standard contest rules are as follows:
1. Only one car per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your
browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded
the page). Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post — if
you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his
comment and not another submission.
You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car. (Rule 2 Abrogated for the summer.)
3. The contest will end in on Sunday, July 5th, 2015.
4. One submission per company.
5. Each car must be for a company that created running/driving cars (no clay model prototypes) and
at least two must have been built of that particular car (no one-offs).
6. No anonymous submissions — pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.
Saleen Mustang. [img] files.americanmuscle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2014-Saleen-302-Black-Label-1.jpg[/img]
~ Does Lister/Jaguar qualify ?
I'd say so.
Alpina, like AMG, was once an independent operation, and this thing still appears to be for sale:
Oh, and it's my recollection that the '65-66 GT350s were done at Shelby's Torrance Airport facility, and I think the '67s may have been too, Ford took the Shelby Mustang assembly in-house sometime around '68 or '69. I'm someone out there will know the minutiae.
Does RUF count?
I swear I didn't realize the photo was that big.
I'm sure Foust is a great guy in reality but boy is his television personality grating to watch.
Chevrolet Mallett Hammer Corvette
I think Vince is looking for one specific car make/model per comment, i.e. Kenny Brown GT4-RS Mustang. But the challenge is a bit ambiguous this week.
Vince: are we looking for the OET companies themselves, or the cars they produce/modify?
Kenny Brown Marauder S
What about when Winnebago gave birth to the Trekker?
I believe that's commonly referred to as 'stickercharging'.
I'd pitch the Lotus Omega/Carlton:
but Lotus was actually owned by GM at that time. Similarly, I could propose one of the Australian HSV products, such as the HSV Clubsport:
but, although the cars are shipped from South Australia as a bare-bones Commodore and completely torn apart at the HSV plant in suburban Melbourne, once again HSV is owned by GM Holden.
Okay, how 'bout an Aussie Ford product, from the period when they were reworked by Tickford (which IIRC was owned by Prodrive Engineering at the time)?
That's an AU-series Falcon XR8 circa 2000, FYI.
And I guess I'm wrong about HSV, it was originally operated by Tom Walkinshaw Racing and despite the collapse of TWR a few years ago the ownership structure still involves them.
Tesla…as a 'tuner' for, what…the Lotus Elise? Man, that's a stretch…
My dogs mentioned Ruf.
The Stroppe Baja Bronco
(image sourced from the trailer guys)
Stroppe had a history with various Fomoco products, he probably did enough Carrera Panamerica Lincolns two decades earlier to qualify as well.
How about all of the companies hired to make coupes into small volume convertibles? Seem to recall several of those.
And, as I can apparently keep going with no constraint other that my ego, I present the Randall 401 Gremlin:
AMC dealership in Arizona got into the business back in the dark days of the '70s of dropping 401s in where the 304 came out, easy to do as the 401 was (and is) the same physical size as the 304.
They did a bunch of CJ5 Jeeps, too…my guess is CJ5+healthy 401+passengers- footwells full of urine.
Sounds like a sequel to the movie "Fistfull of dollars"….."Footwells full of urine"
Did ipd ever sell a zero-mile tuned Volvo?
Yes. An acquaintance bought a new S60R, had it delivered to and modded by IPD before he even drove it. Fantastic car and it didn't void any of the warranty (nudge-nudge).
And I'm fairly confident in guessing he wasn't the only one.
Much more Don Yenko product to be mined if anyone's so inclined.
So here's another tuner question…mostly we are or should be talking about cars where the mfr on the plate is the tuner, but how 'bout stuff like thd '64 Ford Thunderbolt built by Dearborn Steel Tube but sold by Ford?
Not sure Calloway offered a warranty?
Guess I answered my own question:
How does the Callaway Warranty work?
The Callaway Warranty is provided as standard equipment and covers all of the Callaway-installed components and most GM original equipment powertrain components. The term of the Callaway Warranty is 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. An optional 5 year/100,000 mile Callaway Powertrain Service Contract is also available.
Is my GM warranty voided when I buy a Callaway?
No, your GM warranty is not voided. All non-powertrain-related parts of your Callaway are still covered by GM. If your problem is powertrain-related, Callaway works with the GM Dealer to determine the root cause. If the problem was caused by a defective GM component, and the affected components are covered by the GM powertrain warranty, then GM reimburses the dealership. If the problem was caused by a Callaway product defect and the affected components are covered by the Callaway Extended Powertrain Service Contract, then Callaway reimburses the dealership.
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Got there earlier
When you're on the move and need a little support….Brabus
Superchips deserves mention even tho it doesn't exactly fit.
Does it though?
Maybe. I count how many people I know who bought new cars and immediately called Superchips. Especially truck owners. I didn't claim it made sense or didn't void any warranties.
The real question is this: who's the manufacturer as far as the VIN plate is concerned?
For the Shelby Mustangs it's Shelby American. For the pre-buyout Alpinas and AMGs it's Alpina and AMG. Ruf, HSV and Tickford/FPV, likewise. As far as DOT and the SCCA goes the Yenko Stinger was a Yenko product, not a GM product, and if you try to run a Corvair with Yenko mods in D-P the SCCA will politely tell you to go away, it was never homologated.
When you come down to the level where BMW or Ford or GM are the manufacturer, things get a little murkier.
For the purposes of this topic there's lots of material in the Landy/Ramchargers/Yenko drag-prepped cars of the '60s.
Lots of dealers and dealer-affiliated race teams in the '50s and '60s pushed out tuned cars, sometimes small numbers, sometimes numbers large enough to at least show up in the magazines.
I'm going to swear off posting anything postwar, if I can turn up '20s Fronty-Ford, '30s Stude outfits that did a notable number of road cars I'll post something.
Even a Ford guy like me on the West Coast knows about Baldwin Motion.
Does Baur count?
Would something like a Zimmer Golden Shower be acceptable?
If not, then how about a Zimmer Golden Spirit? 🙂
Don't google that one at work! Yikes!
What about the various farm tractor conversions for Model T Fords?
Like the Pullford:
Anyone know if these were done to zero mile T's or sold as an aftermarket DIY kit for the weekend err.. i guess blacksmith?
Don't forget the Hennessey, neat please
I believe we're talking about tuners who sold complete cars, not just parts.
Certainly true of Lingenfelter and Abarth, but IIRC not these guys.
Would a Cunningham count? Or a Scarab?
Motoren Technik Mayer…one of the many cars they upgrade
Irmscher, always connected to the Euro Opel branch of GM.
I'm gonna skip the seemingly obvious ones. But if they're not, let me know and I'll post an image to go along with the company name.
Oops. TRD already mentioned SLP. Sorry about that, bud.
Cortina Savage. Essex V6 stuffed into the English Ford
mk3cortina.com/gallery/Modified_Cortinas/savage-frontside.jpg since I can't figure out the 6th Commmandment.
Basil Green in South Africa with the Perana V8 Capri.
~ Here's a new one on me; Auto Craft Savage GT
J. Bittle Performance Dominator IV
Oops I meant to write RSA.
A couple of SoCal dealers were selling Racing Sports Akimoto modified Supras when the A80 started to do the sales fade. I can't find a good photo of a RSA Supra but here's a Chrysler they modified for a show. Doesn't really matter because they didn't install bodykits on any of the Toyotas, just lowered them and put snazzy wheels on them. They mainly worked on the intake and exhaust, boosting power to around 400 hp.
~ Lots of initials and acronyms, need more visual examples.
I appreciate your inquisitiveness, Scot.
I think I got most of them.
Dealer Team Vauxhall
Special Editions (Beck & Titus)