18 03, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – March 2019

By | 2019-03-18T16:38:37+00:00 March 18th, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to a vehicle that can go wherever you want offroad, you’re probably familiar with the Mercedes G-Wagen, Land Rover Defender, and Hummers. Those who like to get a bit more in the weeds have probably familiar with Unimogs and Pinzgauers. But even the most savvy off-roaders have probably never heard of the UMM Alter II. That’s because it was a small, low-volume manufacturer based in Lisbon, Portugal that specialized in rugged agricultural and military vehicles. The UMM Alter II even had a stint in the Dakar Rally back in the day, where it garnered a reputation for bulletproof reliability when all the vehicles entered by UMM finished the rally under their own power. And power comes from a Peugeot 2.5-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder. I don’t know why but I really want this thing. Please, somebody, buy it before I do something foolish. […]

12 02, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – February 2019

By | 2019-02-22T13:48:07+00:00 February 12th, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Check out this MONSTERBUS! Although the ad says its perfect for taking 22 of your best buds paintballing or booze cruisin’, I think it’d be ideal for transporting your buddies to and from Monster Jam. They could all hop out and go to their seats while you jump it over cars and do barrel rolls in it. What’s not to like? If you got your buddies to chip in on the $75k asking price, it almost starts to sound like a bargain… […]

17 12, 2018

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – December 2018 Edition

By | 2019-02-22T13:46:56+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

At first glance, it’s pretty obvious that this is no ordinary 2007 Mustang. Although it’s the same general shape and size, you don’t usually see Mustangs with mesh grills where the trunk usually is or a huge, sharply-raked diffuser underneath. Those wheels and taillights look familiar too, but they’re not from any Ford vehicle. Instead, they’re borrowed from Lamborghini’s parts bin. That’s because, despite the American muscle car appearance on the outside, you’re looking at a Lamborghini Gallardo that has been given a Mustang makeover. For the first time ever, the Mustang’s side vents are actually serving a real purpose of feeding air into the engine and instead of the Mustang’s sea of chunky plastic inside, the interior was transferred over from the Gallardo, including the seats to the steering wheel to the dashboard. This Frankenstein of a car was the result of over $700k worth of parts and labor and made its debut at SEMA a few years ago. Now it’s getting ready to cross the auction block at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ next month! […]

11 09, 2018

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – September 2018 Edition

By | 2019-03-01T10:02:52+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Perfect for those snowy trips to your local Whole Foods or a classy night out on the town, this luxurious 1989 Cadillac Stretch Limo is the opulent go-anywhere vehicle you need. This is the perfect vehicle for when your Hummer or Abrams tank is in the shop again, and for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy the sleek, wheel-less lines of this Cadillac. If you think 20-inch wheels look good on a Cadillac, these 20-ft tracks look TWELVE TIMES BETTER. A bargain at only $6,000 CAD, which is basically $48 and a 12-pack of Molson Ice in US currency. Located in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. […]

21 08, 2018

The Story Of The One That Got Away, And How I Got It Back

By | 2018-08-21T15:37:35+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own, Projects|1 Comment

April 2012 was a good month for me. I had just purchased my first home and still had a little cash left over that I used to buy a 1994 Miata on a bit of a whim. My new townhouse had a two car garage and since it was just me living there at the time, I figured I should treat myself to a little something fun to fill up the garage. After about an hour on Craigslist, I found a guy in St Paul selling what looked like a really clean, well-sorted Miata. I didn’t really picture myself as a Miata owner but if I were to picture my perfect Miata, this would be it. It was jet black with a tan leather interior and matching tan top. It sat low on a gorgeous set of dark bronze BBS wheels and it had a racy looking rollbar inside that completed the look. I reluctantly went to test drive it, not really expecting to like it but figuring it would be a good place to start my search for a fun summer car. It took me less than 500 feet to decide that I had to have it. […]

19 06, 2018

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – June 2018 Edition

By | 2019-03-01T10:04:10+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these but we scoured the internet to find all the weirdest cars for sale and we might as well start off this edition with a doozy. You’re looking at a Honda Street kei van with tracks, because… Why not? I don’t know if the engine’s been upgraded to keep up with the extra load of those big, heavy tracks but it looks awesome and would make the ultimate ski bum rig for someone. This would also be the perfect winter vehicle for a USPS worker since there’s plenty of room in the back for mail and you’d make it through the nastiest of snow storms. To learn more, head over to Unusual Auto’s website. […]

27 03, 2018

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – March 2018 Edition

By | 2018-03-27T16:05:55+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

I've always liked Caterhams because they're raw and ridiculously fun to drive. For those people who want something barebones, fun, and tossable as the Caterham is known for, perhaps this one-off is the right car for them? Based on a Caterham CSR, it's just called the "Ultimate Driving Machine" and it features angular new bodywork that encloses the wheels as well as the driver with a custom hardtop and butterfly doors. The looks might not be everyone's cup of tea but I'm sure it's still plenty of fun to drive! Keeping things on the small and lightweight end of the spectrum, I'm kind of digging this little 1975 Mazda Chantez. This is the first time I've ever heard of this pocket-sized hatchback but I've got to admit, it's pretty neat looking; sort of like Mazda's version of the Honda N600. The 359-cc two-stroke engine might only produce a whopping 32 hp but it only needs to propel a little over 1,000 lbs of weight. Honestly, I'm stumped on how to feel about this thing. Both a '92 Corvette and a '67 Volvo P1800 gave their lives to become this... Thing. Functionally, it's a Corvette underneath with P1800 bits and pieces adapted to the nose and tail. It's not a particularly bad look but one must wonder what the thought process was that led to what we see here. Maybe the builder couldn't figure out how to fit a V8 in a P1800 and this seemed like the next best idea? [...]

16 01, 2018

Arizona Auction Picks – First Round of 2018

By | 2018-01-16T14:54:54+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Since I’ll be heading to Barrett Jackson this week, I thought I’d skip the actual auction I’m heading for and try my best at the Russo and Steele auction. While there’s still a chance I could make my way over there, I saw some insane stuff while browsing through and thought I should try and make the best of my time exploring what I can’t buy… So here’s my picks from the other auction across town. […]

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