Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:09:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Watch a General Lee Dodge Charger Catch Massive Air Before Crashing http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-general-lee-dodge-charger-catch-massive-air-before-crashing/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-general-lee-dodge-charger-catch-massive-air-before-crashing/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119406 Them Duke Boys make it look so easy on TV, but launching a Dodge Charger off a ramp and landing in one piece is harder than it looks. One stunt driver found that out at the start of Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show, where he caught some sick air but didn’t quite stick the...

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Them Duke Boys make it look so easy on TV, but launching a Dodge Charger off a ramp and landing in one piece is harder than it looks. One stunt driver found that out at the start of Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show, where he caught some sick air but didn’t quite stick the landing.

Raymond Kohn drove his 1969 Dodge Charger in a mock chase on Friday to kick off the weekend festivities, pursued by the Hazzard County police. In a video posted to YouTube, we see the Charger picking up speed as it approaches a 5-foot ramp. Detroit Free Press reports the classic muscle car, painted like the famous “General Lee” of The Dukes of Hazzard fame, hit 55 mph before hitting the ramp and flying roughly 25 feet through the air. The jump looks good until about the halfway point when the car begins to nose down. With some palpable force, the Charger’s driver-side front wheel and bumper impact the pavement. A crew rushes to check on Kohn, and within a few seconds the green flag waves to signal that he’s OK. The crowd goes wild.

1969 Dodge Charger General Lee jump

“It’s a cool feeling being in the air like that,” Kohn told Detroit Free Press. “It’s like a roller coaster ride. But in the end, it’s like the roller coaster derails.”

The car is specially made to handle jumps and landings, designed to absorb most of the shock to prevent back injury to the driver. However, it can only take one to two jumps before being retired. It’s unclear if this is a good, average, or bad landing, but it looks pretty gnarly from all angles. Check out the YouTube video and a compilation from our friends at Hot Rod showing multiple angles below.

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Say Hello to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-1le-supercharged-z28-successor/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-1le-supercharged-z28-successor/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:30:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119365 Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only...

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Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only good for burnouts completely on its head.

Chevrolet revealed the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE at Daytona International Raceway ahead of this weekend’s Daytona 500. The car is essentially a mashup of the current ZL1 and the last-gen Z/28. The package will be offered as an option on any 2018 Camaro ZL1 coupe beginning this summer, and results in a 3-second quicker lap time around GM’s Milford Proving Grounds.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE rear three quarter in motion

How is that achieved? The 1LE uses the same 650-hp, 650-lb-ft supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 as the standard ZL1, so all of the upgrades happen outside of the engine bay. The 1LE replaces the stock 285-width tires with 305s in the front and 325s in the rear. The tires are Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 Supercar 3R, the company’s first cup tire design. The tires were developed specifically for the ZL1 1LE and are the widest ever to appear on a factory Camaro.

The model also gets the DSSV spool-valve dampers that debuted on the Z/28 and just recently made it to the Chevy Colorado ZR2. The suspension features an adjustable ride height, solid-mounted front struts, adjustable camber plates, a hard-mounted rear cradle, and an adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The DSSV dampers contribute to weight savings of roughly 60 pounds compared to the standard ZL1 with its magnetorheological shocks.

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The other big improvement is aero. The ZL1 1LE gets a carbon fiber rear wing, air deflectors and dive planes, and a new front splitter. The beloved Flowtie also returns, and the front grilles have been enlarged for better cooling. All LT4s have a new supercharger lid to reduce heat.

The ZL1 1LE will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission, just like the Z/28. Why not just call this a Z/28? Chevy says that name is reserved for naturally aspirated cars, and wouldn’t rule out a true Z/28 variant in the future. For now though, consider this your Z/28 successor. Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said this model is “not your daily driver,” but it is “a little more of a daily driver than the Z/28 was.”

Each ZL1 1LE gets a black hood wrap, clear carbon scoop, black taillights, and satin black mirrors. The car also gets Chevy’s eLSD, Positive Traction Management system, and Performance Data Recorder (PDR) as standard. The brakes are unchanged from the standard ZL1, and it has all the same launch and line lock features. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but figure around $63,000 for the 2018 ZL1 coupe plus several thousand for the 1LE package.

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Just Listed: 2015 McLaren P1 Heads to Auction with Proceeds Donated to Rose-Hulman Institute http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-2015-mclaren-p1-heads-auction-proceeds-donated-rose-hulman-institute/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-2015-mclaren-p1-heads-auction-proceeds-donated-rose-hulman-institute/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:10:24 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119375 Feeling generous? If you’ve got some room in the garage and a couple million bucks to burn, Gooding & Co. is auctioning off a well-spec’d McLaren P1, with proceeds going to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Sure, the high estimate of $2.3 million might be exactly double the original purchase price of the car, but...

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Feeling generous? If you’ve got some room in the garage and a couple million bucks to burn, Gooding & Co. is auctioning off a well-spec’d McLaren P1, with proceeds going to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Sure, the high estimate of $2.3 million might be exactly double the original purchase price of the car, but you can bid confidently knowing that not only is this money going to charity, but the P1 you receive is handsomely optioned and will only continue to climb in value as modern hypercars begin to establish themselves as instantly collectable.

Whoever commissioned this P1 knew what they were doing. The electric blue paint contrasts well with red trim running the length of the car, and continues into the cockpit with various interior control pieces colored in the same blue paint. Inside, this P1 features extremely rare Daytona-style seats, an option fitted to just two cars.

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Mechanically, this P1 is identical to the rest of the production run, carrying the same hybridized 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 setup, pushing out a monumental 904 hp and 723 lb-ft of torque. Power is managed by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

If you’re looking to contribute to the Rose-Hulman Institute and take delivery of a seriously-special McLaren P1, make sure to register with Gooding & Co. before the car is up for grabs on March 10th at Amelia Island.

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Bentley Bentayga Gets a Fancy Facelift by Lumma Design http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-bentayga-gets-fancy-facelift-lumma-design/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-bentayga-gets-fancy-facelift-lumma-design/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:43:26 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119364 If your new Bentley Bentayga is starting to look a little bland, Lumma Design wants to spruce up your swanky SUV with a wide-body conversion kit. Why? Why not? The high end German tuner will introduce its CLR B900 Wide-Body conversion for the big bucks Bentayga at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Up front, the...

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If your new Bentley Bentayga is starting to look a little bland, Lumma Design wants to spruce up your swanky SUV with a wide-body conversion kit. Why? Why not?

The high end German tuner will introduce its CLR B900 Wide-Body conversion for the big bucks Bentayga at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Up front, the Bentley receives a more aggressive looking front spoiler that extends from the fog lights to the lower bumper. A new carbon fiber hood with cooling vents gives the Bentayga a racy appearance and reduces more weight to boot.

Lumma says it’ll fit both W-12 models and V-8 diesel variants. It also offers the hood in a varnished exposed carbon fiber finish or it can be painted to match the body color.

Wider wheel arches give the big Bentley a wider stance and fit snugly over 24-inch black alloy rims. Smaller versions are also available in 22- and 23-inch wheels.

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Around back the rear spoiler and spoiler lip extend high above the dynamic rear apron with integrated diffuser and matching exhaust tips.

“While Bentley makes very impressive interiors, they are a little too staid in a car with the Lumma Design Wide-Body conversion,” says Lumma.

An interior tailoring service is available to customize your Bentayga in a variety of materials including leather, Alcantara, wood, aluminum, and of course — more carbon fiber.

First deliveries of the wide ride Bentaygas are planned for the end of the year. Check out www.lumma-design.com for more details.

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Next-Gen Ford Fiesta ST Tears It Up in New Video http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ford-fiesta-st-gets-three-cylinder-engine-tears-new-video/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ford-fiesta-st-gets-three-cylinder-engine-tears-new-video/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:30:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119197 The Ford Fiesta ST loses some of its boy racer appeal in favor of a more grownup look as it enters its third generation. The hot hatch debuts next month as the first Ford Performance vehicle ever to feature a three-cylinder engine, and despite the loss of one cylinder, it’s still as powerful as ever....

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The Ford Fiesta ST loses some of its boy racer appeal in favor of a more grownup look as it enters its third generation. The hot hatch debuts next month as the first Ford Performance vehicle ever to feature a three-cylinder engine, and despite the loss of one cylinder, it’s still as powerful as ever.

Just like the standard Fiesta which debuted last year, the Fiesta ST makes use of a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation. The standard Fiesta displaces just 1 liter, but the ST gets a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that produces 200 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Hitting 62 mph is estimated to take 6.7 seconds.

Aiding the engine is a new turbocharger that is designed to build boost pressure faster and curtail lag for a more responsive drive experience. Helping improve efficiency, the Fiesta ST can shut down one of the engine’s cylinders while coasting. Turning the extra cylinder on and off takes just 14 milliseconds, which is 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, Ford says.

Drivers can choose between three modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. Engaging Sport mode intensifies the throttle response, engine mapping, and exhaust note, while Track mode goes a step further by allowing the fastest possible lap times, disabling traction control, and loosening up ESC interventions. The model also features a specially tuned chassis with torque vectoring control, which promises to reduce understeer and allow the car to hug the road while cornering.

Adopting a more refined look, the Fiesta ST receives a striking mesh grille along with oval-shaped headlights taken from the 2018 Fiesta. And those star-shaped wheels are something else. Inside the cabin, look for Recaro seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Sync 3 infotainment system, and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST Euro Recaro Seats

The new Fiesta ST will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It will be available globally in three- and five-door body styles starting early 2018. So far, no information has been given regarding a U.S. market launch.

Watch the new Fiesta ST tear it up in the video below. More importantly, listen to how that engine sounds.

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AC Schnitzer Releases 30th Anniversary ACL2S Package for BMW M240i http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ac-schnitzer-releases-anniversary-acl2s-package-bmw-m240i/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ac-schnitzer-releases-anniversary-acl2s-package-bmw-m240i/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:13:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119309 Celebrating its 30th anniversary, AC Schnitzer has moved “beyond the standard” with a special anniversary edition ACL2S based on the BMW M240i. Set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the ACL2S is said to encompass the AC Schnitzer ethos for high-quality conversions that the company has been doing for the past three decades....

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, AC Schnitzer has moved “beyond the standard” with a special anniversary edition ACL2S based on the BMW M240i. Set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the ACL2S is said to encompass the AC Schnitzer ethos for high-quality conversions that the company has been doing for the past three decades.

The basic conversion takes the M240i from just 340 horsepower to “a generous” 400 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque thanks to an ECU reflash, a new exhaust, downpipe, and different intake. Additionally, AC Schnitzer included its fully adjustable RS suspension kit, lowering the car as well as giving the customer the option to adjust height, compression, and rebound.

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The majority of the kit, however, is comprised of AC Schnitzer’s special ten-piece ACL2S wide-body kit. Included in the kit is a carbon front spoiler, front slitter, carbon side mirrors, a new set of side skirts, a rear roof spoiler, carbon fiber wing, and a carbon rear diffusor meant to keep the ACL2S planted firmly on terra firma. The company also included a set of AC Schnitzer AC1 Alloy wheels that can be had in either black or silver.

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Finishing the ACL2S off, a host of interior trim pieces have been added, including an aluminum pedal set, special “One of Thirty” badging and a 3-spoke leather steering wheel with color-matched stitching.

But its performance and upgrades aren’t the real talking point, its price, however, is. The total ACL2S conversion kit, including all the fitting and registration, will cost owners $38,000, not including the cost of the car. If you include the cost of the donor car, $44,450, its price comes out to be nearly $83,000 for the ACL2S. That, is a lot of money for something that barely makes more horsepower than BMW’s own $55,000 M2.

AC Schnitzer will build only 30 examples of the ACL2S and will debut the car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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New Volvo XC60 Teased on Facebook http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-volvo-xc60-teased-social-media/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-volvo-xc60-teased-social-media/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:30:06 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119268 Volvo hasn’t fully redesigned the XC60 since it debuted for the 2009 model year, and needless to say, the compact crossover is becoming a bit long in the tooth. But a new version is on the horizon, judging from this photo released by Volvo. Volvo teased the front face of the new XC60 on Facebook...

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Volvo hasn’t fully redesigned the XC60 since it debuted for the 2009 model year, and needless to say, the compact crossover is becoming a bit long in the tooth. But a new version is on the horizon, judging from this photo released by Volvo.

Volvo teased the front face of the new XC60 on Facebook recently. The caption reads “March 7, 2017,” hinting at a Geneva auto show debut.

The model features unique headlights that look quite different from those of its Volvo stablemates. The headlamps are attached to the grille at a narrow opening before becoming bigger as they move out toward the shoulders. The car makes use of the “Thor’s Hammer” lighting signature created by Volvo.

Currently, the Volvo XC60 sold in the U.S. comes with the choice of a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 240 hp or a 2.0-liter twin-charged four-cylinder with 302 hp. These are the only engine options thanks to a 2017 model-year update, which killed off Volvo’s old five-cylinder. The next XC60 is expected to ride on a shortened version of the SPA platform that underpins the XC90 and S90. Buyers should again be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive.

The new XC60 will join the larger XC90 in Volvo’s overhauled crossover lineup. An XC40 is expected to arrive soon as the first model in the automaker’s new “40” series group of vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz Ponders X-Class Pickup for U.S. http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-ponders-x-class-pickup-for-u-s/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-ponders-x-class-pickup-for-u-s/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:39:46 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119219 If Mercedes-Benz builds the X-Class here, would you buy it? Although the German automaker wasn’t planning on bringing the upcoming X-Class midsize pickup stateside when it was announced last fall, that decision apparently wasn’t set in stone. Volker Mornhinweg, Mercedes-Benz Van division honcho hinted at the possibility of it coming here after all during a...

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If Mercedes-Benz builds the X-Class here, would you buy it? Although the German automaker wasn’t planning on bringing the upcoming X-Class midsize pickup stateside when it was announced last fall, that decision apparently wasn’t set in stone.

Volker Mornhinweg, Mercedes-Benz Van division honcho hinted at the possibility of it coming here after all during a news briefing in Stuttgart, Reuters reports.

“In the past year the mid-sized truck market has come back a bit. General Motors is launching a mid-sized truck. We are watching developments very closely, and we will make a decision at the appropriate time,” he said.

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Mornhinweg also revealed that a new U.S. production site would be considered to build the posh pickups for the North American market, which would spare the X-Class from the gnarly 25% border tax on imported trucks. Current plans call for the Nissan Navara-based X-Class to be built in Argentina and Spain.

The X-Class is currently slated to go on sale in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and South America. To date, we’ve only seen a concept version of the X-Class, but we should see the production version in the near future.

The V-6-powered premium pickup is expected to be capable of hauling a payload of over 2,400 lbs and tow more than 7,700 lbs.

It sounds like a win-win for all of us. Tony truckers should keep their fingers crossed too.

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Seven Affordable Classics Sold at the 2017 Mecum Los Angeles Auction http://www.automobilemag.com/news/seven-affordable-classics-sold-2017-mecum-los-angeles-auction/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/seven-affordable-classics-sold-2017-mecum-los-angeles-auction/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:13:35 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119172 While it’s highly entertaining to watch big-bucks dream cars sell for millions of dollars, some of the more prestigious collector car auctions can leave the average collector feeling left out of the action. That’s why Mecum’s collector car auctions are always so entertaining. Besides the down-home, accessible nature of Mecum’s events, there is always a...

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While it’s highly entertaining to watch big-bucks dream cars sell for millions of dollars, some of the more prestigious collector car auctions can leave the average collector feeling left out of the action. That’s why Mecum’s collector car auctions are always so entertaining. Besides the down-home, accessible nature of Mecum’s events, there is always a good selection of cars that even enthusiasts of more modest means can afford. We attended the 2017 Mecum Los Angeles auction at the Pomona Fairplex, – a new venue for Mecum after relocating from its traditional Anaheim, California site.

With several buildings full of cars to bid on, even a little rain didn’t dampen our spirits. Here are seven cool cars from the Mecum Pomona sale that didn’t require a hefty trust fund to afford. Now, where’d our bidder’s paddle wander off to?

2001 BMW Z3 Roadster

2001 BMW Z3 Roadster

Sold for $6,000

BMW Z3s have been “just another used car” for over a decade now, but with the cheapest examples costing just a few thousand dollars, it’s unlikely they’ll ever get more affordable than they are currently. This 2.5-liter car presented well, was ordered with a manual transmission and though it’s from the second-to-last year of production, it wears the now-iconic James Bond color scheme of light blue metallic over tan leather. With just 58,000 miles on the clock, the $6,000 paid seems like a fair price for a car that should deliver many years of fun top-down driving.

1952 MG TD Roadster

1952 MG TD Roadster

Sold for $14,000

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, if you wanted an inexpensive, honest-to-goodness sports car in the U.S., you were likely in the market for an MG. With body-on-frame construction and a fairly agricultural 1.3-liter overhead valve engine, the MG was far from modern or refined in post-war America, but it gave thousands of people their first taste of what a sports car should feel like and served as a gateway drug to both racing and more expensive, more powerful sports cars. Need further convincing? Carroll Shelby drove this car’s predecessor, a 1949 MG TC, in his very first road race.

1985 5 Porsche 944

1985.5 Porsche 944

Sold for $11,000

Can’t afford a classic Porsche? Think again. This 1986 944 sold for $11,000 and is an excellent entry-level P-car that you won’t be afraid to actually use. When they were new, 944s were praised by AUTOMOBILE and other magazines for handling that was superior to that of the 911 (thanks to a rear-mounted transaxle for near 50/50 weight distribution) and immense practicality with two small rear seats and a hatchback-style rear cargo area. This ’85.5 car has the post-refresh style “oval dash” interior – a plus – and has recently been treated to a respray in red, a 944 Turbo-style nose, and period-correct BBS basketweave wheels. Under 90k miles on the clock means lots of life left, just keep up on those timing belt changes.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Sold for $9,750

If you were a lawyer, doctor, movie producer, or just a guy who made a lot of money and felt self-important in the 1980s, you bought a Mercedes SL. The R107-series SL enjoyed a production run that lasted from 1972 until 1989. That fact combined with fairly robust build quality means that there are plenty to choose from on the market at any given time. Our advice? Skip the underpowered 380SL and go straight for the 450 or 560 models. This car had low mileage (just 60,000 showing on the odometer), a lovely color scheme, and a nearly new looking canvas top. At just $9,750, this car would make an excellent weekend cruiser with the capability of daily use as well. Mercedes still stocks virtually all the mechanical parts to keep a R107 on the road, a great thing for long-term ownership.

1965 Ford Mustang 289

1965 Ford Mustang 289

Sold for $15,000

The original 1964-1966 models are the ones that most people think of when you way “Ford Mustang,” and for good reason – Ford sold a ton of them. That said, for decades the Mustang was just a cheap, cool classic and many were crashed, heavily modified, or just plain worn out through the years. That means today it’s getting tougher and tougher to find as good and as clean an example as this car seems to be. A 1965 model, it still has its A-code 289 V-8 that was rated at 200 hp when new. Paired to a 3-speed automatic, this is an accessible car that appeals to a wide variety of enthusiasts. A little scruffy in presentation and not quite all-original in its details, the new owner can enjoy the car as it is while fixing up the details as time permits.

2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones

2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones

Sold for $18,000

Ten years ago, Steve Saleen partnered up with Parnelli Jones to build a new Mustang that recalled Parnelli’s Trans Am racer from 1970. Just 500 were built and included a 302-ci engine along with all the visual touches that you’d expect from the mash-up. While early fifth-generation Mustangs aren’t difficult to come by – they’re littering used car lots from coast to coast – this Saleen/Jones is an instant classic and will draw a crowd at most local cars and coffee events.

1963 Ford Econoline Pickup

1963 Ford Econoline Pickup

Sold for $15,500

Want a classic that hauls – literally? How about this Ford Econoline Pickup? With receipts for lots of recent mechanical and cosmetic work, including a new paint job in Ford factory PPG Wimbledon White and a new interior, this pickup, based on Ford’s then-new series of Econoline vans, is both unique and likely a lot of fun to drive. Sure a three-speed auto and six-cylinder engine aren’t the most exciting specs, but we wouldn’t want to be going too quickly behind the wheel of a ‘60s pickup anyway.

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Is This a Test Mule for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? http://www.automobilemag.com/news/is-this-a-test-mule-for-the-2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/is-this-a-test-mule-for-the-2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:42:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119142 Dodge’s slow trickle of info on its upcoming Challenger SRT Demon has been like Chinese water torture. But we may not have to wait until April to see the new drag-racing-focused coupe. Spy shooters have captured a couple wide-body Dodge Challengers that could be test mules for the Demon. First, we should point out there...

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Dodge’s slow trickle of info on its upcoming Challenger SRT Demon has been like Chinese water torture. But we may not have to wait until April to see the new drag-racing-focused coupe. Spy shooters have captured a couple wide-body Dodge Challengers that could be test mules for the Demon.

First, we should point out there are a few curious things going on with these cars. All of them clearly wear Pirelli tires, not the 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials we know the Demon is getting. One prototype does wear a Nitto window decal, however. In one set of photos, we see two wide-body Challengers decorated with stickers advertising aftermarket performance brands. The car in the daytime photos also has hood pins, which are absent in all of the Demon teaser images we’ve seen so far but could be available from Mopar later on.

Dodge Challenger SRT wide body in Fast and Furious 8

These test mules, with their bolt-on fender flares, look a lot like the Challenger we saw in the first trailer for the eighth “Fast and the Furious” movie. They could be related to the film, but then again the Demon probably has a tie-in with the next movie, “The Fate of the Furious.” As we previously reported, a behind-the-scenes video shot after production had wrapped appeared to show a Challenger wearing a Demon badge, wide-body kit, and large hood scoop. Another clue that the Demon will star in “The Fate of the Furious” could be in the movie’s April 14 release date, which is just one day after the New York auto show press days end.

Some elements on these testers, perhaps the fender flares, hood, and front valance, may be from the Demon, but we’re definitely not seeing the whole enchilada here. It’s unclear if these cars were built for the movie or for testing purposes, but you can at least expect to see a different set of tires when the Demon debuts in New York.

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