We spend a lot of time, probably more than we should, perusing various automotive web listings looking for interesting cars. Occasionally we run across a real beauty. That’s not the case here. In this month’s edition of Automotive Oddities, Eccentricities and Atrocities we bring an entertaining movie tribute, perhaps the ultimate Texas Limousine, a more durable alternative to the Lamborghini Countach and a fine German limo.
Despite watching the move Dumb and Dumber more often than I’d like to admit (the first one, don’t waste your time on the second), never was there a moment where I said “wouldn’t it be cool if I had my own tribute to the Mutts Cutts van. Never. Apparently there’s some demand for such a vehicle because this one has had plenty of views and a number of bids. It appears to be an instance of the spouse saying, “it has to go” so the husband agrees to listing, albeit for way more than it’s worth. No one in his or her right mind would pay $50k for this, right?
For better or worse the term “Texas Limousine” appears to have become a permanent part of my vocabulary because this super-stretched and lifted F350 limousine is the third or fourth I’ve run across in just a couple month’s time. As ridiculous as the concept seems I find them kind of intriguing. I can think of a number of times where I’ve maxed out the passenger capacity of a tow vehicle when at an out of town race. The only question I have is, “do they make lifted enclosed car trailers?” That would be the icing on the redneck cake. Oh and I don’t want to hear anyone comment that this truck wasn’t actually on eBay. It was simply too cool not to share. It’s good thing this truck hasn’t been listed on eBay because it would probably crash the bidding system, what with so many eager bidders getting into a bidding frenzy.
You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to buy a very fulfilling sports car. Hell, for just $15k you can pickup a nice Porsche 944 Turbo, a track-prepped Miata, a solid e36 M3 or this beautiful Lamborghini replica. Hopefully you picked up on the sarcasm associated with the last car. Clearly there was a sale on LCD screens and diamond plate, because this car has cornered the market for each. The bedliner paint job is a nice touch and certainly will give you peace of mind when parking in a tight parking spot. If you do have your eye on it buyer beware – no warranty will be issued for this gem.
More than a couple of MHCC members have told us we should get a Volkswagen Van. The good news is we think we found it — it’s just not this one. You have to admit, though, that a Vanagon limo might be nice to have for our wedding business. The builder has $15k invested into it, so at $7,750 one might say it’s a relative bargain. The key word is relative. If you’ve ever driven a VW van you know they’re underpowered. I can’t imagine how slow this van is with the equivalent of a second van welded in the middle. And don’t even ask about the structural rigidity.