Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – December 2018 Edition

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!

If you’re looking for something a bit more practical, perhaps this 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 was converted into a pickup truck by German coachbuilding company, Binz, before delivery to its original owner in Atlanta, GA. The wheelbase was stretched 29 inches and a small truck bed was fitted behind the passenger cabin. We’re not sure why someone would seek out a conversion like this but receipts from the original build indicate that it cost the original owner an additional $50k to build this unique E-Class. It doesn’t look like it’s been used much, as evidenced by the 21,000 miles on the odometer, but it does appear to be well maintained, both inside and out. The rear bench seat usually found in the E-Class has been replaced with two buckets and a custom center console that doubles as a small cooler. This intriguing E320 can be found on Bring A Trailer and although it was a no-sell at a hair over $20,000 there, you might be able to find it for sale somewhere else soon.

Another strangely practical coach built creation is this 1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage shooting break that started its life as a Volante (convertible). Like the Mercedes above, this V8 Vantage also had its wheelbase stretched to add more interior space and it would appear there’s significantly more room inside for both rear seat passengers as well as their luggage. Built (and now being sold) in Switzerland, the conversion was performed for Roos Engineering, taking over 8,000 hours to complete. If you’re having trouble enjoying your sports car because it’s just too impractical to use for regular things, it’s easy to understand the appeal of a creation such as this. It sure looks nicely executed from here and it surely a blast to drive as well.

And now for something completely different! We’re not sure what the builder of this car was drinking when he came up with the idea for this twin-engined Postal Service Jeep but it must’ve been pretty strong. With dual Chevy 350s sitting in series between the stretched frame rails, this thing must surely get rowdy! Although we have our doubts, the seller claims its smooth and stable on the highway. That being said, you’ll probably want to wear ear protection if you’re within a mile of this thing because it’s got to be ear-shatteringly loud with 16 cylinders and open headers. If you’re interested in delivering the mail in a hurry, check out this Franken-Jeep’s listing on Craigslist.

Looking like the A-Team van mixed with a tank, this 1987 ASV Track truck isn’t something we’ve seen before but we sure wish we had. Although the pictures don’t give much sense of scale, it’s probably fair to say this is better suited to farm duty or trail driving. Built in Grand Rapids, MN, it’s powered by a small 4-cylinder engine. For winter driving, you could probably even replace the front wheels with skis and you’d have yourself a pretty badass enclosed snowmobile with working heat! For more information, check out the ad on Facebook Marketplace.

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

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