Besides being “The People’s Car” the VW Beetle has done a LOT for the auto industry and one of my favorite things it’s done has been to provide a platform for a myriad of kit cars, offshoots, and custom designs. There are countless iterations of vehicles using either the Beetle floorpan or its flat-4 engine over the years, including one of my favorites: the Meyers Manx. And even with the Manx, there have been a few different versions, including this beautiful 4-seater model called the “Manxter 2+2”. This is easily the slickest Meyer’s Manxter I’ve ever seen and it’s been beautifully restored and updated, prior to its upcoming sale at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction.
Cadillac set the standard for cars for decades and a huge part of the brand’s mystique was in its branding. Their ads exuded a sense of classy confidence that left other brands could only scramble to copy. Petrolicious put together an amazing compilation of their favorite Cadillac adds from 50+ years ago and I’ve got to say, they still look good today.
Mini Coopers aren’t known for their outright speed, but the small and nimble hatchbacks have managed to build quite a history for themselves in motorsports, whether it be rallying, autocrossing, or circuit racing. Maybe that’s why Stanceworks’ recent recap of the Can-Am Mini Challenge caught my attention right away. The idea of seeing a bunch of these little buzz-bombs sending it around a race track just sounded like too much fun to miss out on. These little boxes on wheels just look so cool in their vibrant race liveries. To see more, click the link and head on over to Stanceworks.
This was one of Adam’s favorite cars from SEMA last year and now that the show is over, the Ring Brothers 1972 AMC Javelin AMX has begun making the rounds amongst members of the automotive media. We saw it rip some MASSIVE burnouts with The Hoonigans last week and now The Drive has gotten a crack at it as well. With over 1,000 supercharged horsepower hiding under the sculpted carbon fiber front clip, this Javelin bares only a passing resemblance to the much more pedestrian car on which it’s based. A 6-inch stretch to the front end of the car helps make the standard Javelin’s proportions look a bit more elegant here, while also make the engine compartment a bit more accommodating for the big V8 borrowed from a Hellcat before it received an upgraded supercharger. This looks like the best of our automotive dreams come true.
And with that, I’m going to wrap up this week’s Lap Around the Web with a call to get out there and just SEND IT!