Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1950s-60s Conversion Car Bodies Estate

"This was one of the many options to put a modern body an ancient Austin or Ford (8 hp or 10 hp) bases, sometimes with a newly developed chassis as well, sometimes with sporty aspirations in mind, sometimes less so like this production by Conversion Car Bodies Ltd., Naco Works, Lindsey Street, Epping, Essex, UK, who called themselves 'The 'Four Seater' Specialist' offering spacious estate and confortable saloon bodies easily fitted to Ford running gear (a lower radiator is the only modification needed)."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sad News: Hemmings S&EC Dead

Call it the K2 Curse. Anytime I get involved with endeavors like this, I seem to be a part of the demise.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1998-Present Lada 111

Also known as the VAZ-2111, production ended in 2009. After that, it was picked up by the Ukrainian company Bogdan. It was primarily powered by a 1.6 gasoline engine and 5-speed manual transmission.

Click on settings to translate to English and then turn the closed captioning on.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1948-1950 AWS Elsbett

Here's a German car that I'd love to own. Purely a pipe dream, though.

Autowerke Salzgitter primarily manufactured Jeeps, but decided to jump into the passenger car market in the late 40s. The Elsbett was named after the (last) name of the guy who designed it and featured a 50 hp 2.0 2-stroke diesel 4-cylinder, 8 passenger seating and no radiator grille. Another car that I have very little data on, production was very low and the company tanked before it could really make a lot of them. So it's doubtful that more than a handful were sold. Some sources even suggest that the Elsbett (sometimes written Elsbeth) never even got past the prototype stage, but most evidence suggests otherwise. You could also buy one of these in a van or truck configuration.

Monday, March 20, 2017

1998-2006 Geely Haoqing SRV Estate

Being a Volvo fan, I've always had an interest in Geely. This is one of the company's models that I've had trouble tracking down data on; the Geely Haoqing SRV, their station wagon. Most sources only list a 1.3 Toyota 4-cylinder, but some also include an optional 1.0 Daihatsu 3-cylinder and there was nothing but a manual transmission available (no slushbox!). I'm not entirely sure that the entire production run included the long roof or not, too.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

1970s? Autocars Carmel Station Wagon

Yesterday's focus on the Israeli-produced Sussita station wagon generated some interesting off-blog conversations, so why not take a look at another one of the company's other long roof offerings? Again, I don't have much info gathered on the Carmel, but I believe it was far more successful and there are ties to British influences, which you can clearly see. Enjoy!

Friday, March 17, 2017

1960s+? Autocars Sussita Station Wagon

Autocars was Israel's first car company, not that that's saying a whole bunch. I don't have much data gathered on their station wagon, the Sussita, but I believe it enjoyed at least two generations and it was possibly sold with a Sabra nameplate on it. According to Jalopnik, these were actually briefly sold in the US, but I've never found actual proof of that. Maybe you can!

It's a little hard to get to the actual information in this video, but there's some interesting stuff in it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi

Here's a tiny break from our station wagon roundup. I don't post hilarious CL ads because they don't generate much interest, but this one's a doozy. Is it real? I don't know. If it is, I don't ever need to meet the owner. There are no pictures (surprise!) of this "300mph" vehicle and I haven't changed a single word...

alright here is the deal. if you are not 100% down with the red white and blue I want you to get off this patriotic post.
now for those of you who are American, I have a panty dropping, heart stopping, neck breaking piece of machinery for you. This fine piece of american art is top of the line. under the hood we have a full on beast. Im talking supercharged baby. and no Im not lying. it even says it in cursive, its like a tattoo for the engine, because tattoos are badass, and this car is nothing short of badass. I'll show pics to prove it.
its got 164k of the best miles you can get in this world, thats right, this puppy has been through at least 7 states. all of which are part of America. im going to run through the Pros and cons now.
-premium wheels that dont add horse power, but add manpower. and ladies love man power.
-we have a sun roof that will open and close with a push of just one button, so when you pick up 4 ladies in this five seater you can stare into the American view of the stars.
-only two windows work. the driver side and sun roof. thats all the windows you need to show the middle finger to every sorry ass who gets in your way when your leaving everyone in the dust.
the other windows dont work but thats because the aerodynamics of this speed demon.
-front right quarter panel theres what some call a dent. i call it a place where a womans rear can have a nice place to rest.
-traction control and anti lock brakes are off. permanently. but whos needs those? when you're pushing 300mph down the great i95?
-it only gets AM frequencies and plays CDs. so the good news is you can put in good old nickleback and blast Rockstar while passing through foot traffic wearing your sick Oakleys that only baseball players wear.
-theres an oil leak but i put it in for weight reduction when i want to go real fast.
-the dashboard looks like a club dance floor with all the lights blinking and warning signs. so you know this beast is the life of the party.
-theres a message that says service stability system, but who needs stability in life when you can just hop in your car and drive away from it?
-if your making a left turn, dont worry about using the blinker. it doesnt work but you'll be ahead of everyone anyway, you wont even have to check your blind spots.

Cons- none. this is a monster and needs to go to someone who is just as badass as the vehicle itself

Take away jet planes and spacecrafts and the only thing this car isn't passing is inspection
call or text.
if you turn this down. you might as well leave this country because you just committed an act of treason.

AAT 1953 CE Wagon Kit Car

And speaking of station wagon (well, shooting brake) kit cars...you'll never guess what car this kit is based on. Go ahead, guess; you get three guesses and the first four don't count. Good old Advance Automotive Technologies out of Michigan is producing these wonderful kits. Here's a nice write up in Corvette Enthusiast magazine. Personally, I love it. What do you think?

Monday, March 13, 2017

1964 Ford Aurora Concept

"Yes, but but"...I can hear you REVolutionaries mutter. And you're right (as usual); there was an Aurora I and there was a station wagon variant. Skip to the 1:32 minute mark in the video. Then I'm done with the concept vehicles for a while, I swear.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

1969 Ford Country Squire Aurora II Concept

Ugh. We're still on concept vehicles. Whining about them being nothing more than pipe dreams aside, here's a beauty from Ford that woulda, shoulda, coulda happened. Interested in learning more about this wonder wagon? There's plenty o' info online and I'll leave it to you to discover on your own, should the fancy strike you.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

1984 Chrysler Family Wagon Concept

It's well known that I'm anti-concept car; they're just flotsam in the world of cars until they go to production in my book. Pipe dreams and putty tat tails. But it's interesting to note that if Chrysler had chosen this direction instead of the mighty minivan, our roads would have looked a lot different. Or, maybe not. Surely another maker would have picked up the baton and run with it. There were, after all, other companies already doing it; it's just that Chrysler perfected the formula.

Love the Pentastar hood badge.

Friday, March 10, 2017

1983-1995 Alfa Romeo 33 Giardinetta/Sport Wagon

The successor to the Alfasud, the 33 was essentially an update of the same platform with some brake and suspension upgrades. But if you liked the previous car, you'd like this one. This was a very successful car for AR and rightly so. Gasoline engine displacement ranged from 1.2 to 1.7 and there was a 1.8 turbodiesel. The default was front-wheel drive, but you could also get four-wheel drive. One option was a Scottish plaid interior. In 1990, the Giardinetta was redubbed Sport Wagon (aka Sportwagon).