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http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/dubai-police-drive-700-hp-lamborghini-aventador

 

 

And more craziness....a Fiat 500 with a Murcielago engine.

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/580-hp-fiat-500-powered-lamborghini-v-12-195309347.html


Edited by Achmedisdead - 4/10/13 at 6:35pm
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That's pretty sharp, I believe Nevada did the same with a Diablo long ago. It was a car confiscated in a drug bust. Here we have a ZR1, also a drug car, and they painted it up black and white, but I believe they only use it for PR functions. The normal patrol car in these parts is the Charger Pursuit. It's not a bad car, can outrun most things on the road, but it handles like a washtub.
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On our local ads we recently added the tagline: "We'll pay cash for your old classic."

Well, since then we've had some interesting "offers". It seems like everyone has some old heap they want to sell, and almost invariably they have it in their mind that it's their golden ticket to fame and fortune (or at least fortune). We get calls from people trying to sell old Camaros, Mustangs, Buicks, Cadillacs, etc.. Given our area of the country, they're usually domestics. Last week we had a guy call with a `68 Ford Mustang FB (fastback), and he was convinced it was worth "$150,000, at least", because, "my boy saw one on the internet that sold for that much". Right. rolleyes.gif He brought it down, it barely ran, and the thing looked like it'd been worked over with a ball bat. I had to explain to him that the car online was an A1 condition Shelby GT500, not a plain 289 Fastback with rust and half the windows cracked. I showed him the value, he didn't believe me, I was obviously trying to rob him. "Well can it be turned into a GT500?" My partner replied, "Not unless you have a time machine or $150,000." He's a brilliant mechanic, but he isn't known for his social graces.

Yesterday we had something similar, or at least that's what I thought at first. A man calls, and I happen to be answering the phone because our office manager was at lunch, telling me he has a very rare car that could be quite valuable and wants to bring it down. Trying not to be optimistic, I tell him to bring it by when he has a chance. A few hours later he does, and my jaw almost hits the floor. There on the lot is a 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi. No joke. Then he starts out with, "I was looking online and I saw where one sold for $90,000..." and I cringe, so does my mechanic, but then adds, "but I know that car was in mint condition". I nod, relieved. We look it over, and it's quite nice. The paint has a nice patina, and the interior, though patched, is in decent shape. He cranks it up, it sounds fine, though it does miss a little and isn't running as smoothly as it should. It had obviously undergone some restoration at some point, but that was many years ago.

He'd bought it at an estate auction a few years back and had put it away in a storage shed, taking it out every once in awhile for a drive. One thing we noticed was that the Lucas fuel injection was missing and had been replaced by carbs, not uncommon because most mechanics don't have a clue about how to fix the Lucas system when it breaks (which they're prone to do). I remark on that and he tells us that it may be in the trunk, there's a "box of parts back there". So we check it out, and sure enough, there's the FI and manifold in a box, along with other misc parts. Score. We then get down to the meat of it, what does he want? Not too long ago these weren't very valuable and it hasn't been until recently that the market has started to catch up with them. They're just as rare, if not more so, than a same year Aston Martin DB5 (and more attractive, IMO). He throws out a number, it's a little high, so we go back and forth until we reach an attractive price, $27,000 and repair his truck, which needs a complete overhaul. I'm very happy with it, and I'm keeping it. smily_headphones1.gif Now we just need to get the fuel injection back on it and get it all fixed up.



Edited by Magick Man - 4/10/13 at 11:24pm
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It sounds like Leno had an interesting time restoring his: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1083064_jay-leno-shows-off-his-restored-1962-maserati-3500-gti-video

And - you got your for about the same price! biggrin.gif

I also found this site - it looks like they are trying to show every serial number: http://www.ruudbax.nl/thecars_5.php
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Oh! I forgot about that video. Thanks! biggrin.gif I'd say his was in better condition, mine has corrosion around the headlights, wheel wells, door panels, and needs a refresh of the entire interior. It's not awful, but it needs TLC both inside and out. I do love it, though, such gorgeous lines. I do have him beat in one area, mine has only 48k miles on it.


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Edited by Magick Man - 4/11/13 at 8:31pm
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Just saw this, it's going up for sale in KC.

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=SC0513-153678



1970 Ford King Cobra. Just... eek.gif I've gotta have that.
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Just saw this, it's going up for sale in KC.

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=SC0513-153678



1970 Ford King Cobra. Just... eek.gif I've gotta have that.

I'm not sure I have ever seen one of those! Was it meant to compete with the Daytona/Superbird twins? It has that kinda semi-aerodynamic look to it like they did, minus the wing. I like it.bigsmile_face.gif

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Yeah, that was during the Nascar "aero wars" and it was built to compete against the Plymouth, though I don't believe it was ever fully homologated.
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Didn't they only make 3 prototypes of the Torino King Cobra? It never went into production?

This must be that car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrXJzxHeJ5M

I think you can also see the car at 1:33 of this annoying video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5AtoTkmdFI
Edited by billybob_jcv - 4/11/13 at 11:03pm
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Didn't they only make 3 prototypes of the Torino King Cobra? It never went into production?

This must be that car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrXJzxHeJ5M

Yeah, that's why I was suspicious. Just found out it's a Torino GT > King Cobra conversion. It's a replica. frown.gif Still, it has a real Boss 429 in it, nice car.



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Bad form on Mecum for not having that clearly in the description - although I noticed there really isn't a description for that listing.

News at my house: My daughter passed her driving test. So, I'm back on the hunt for a 16 year-old girl's first car. It is darn hard to find a good car under $10K that doesn't have 100K miles on it. When my cars get 100K miles, they are usually pretty much shot - something is leaking from somewhere, the interior is a nightmare and there are plenty of creaks, rattles and groans. How the heck do people put 130K miles on their car and have them look very, very clean inside & out in the pictures? Detailing is one thing, but the interiors on some of these look new!
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I called and supposedly it's the real deal. Last night I was reading on a muscle car forum that it was a replica, but Donna at Mecum claims it's real and documented. eek.gif If so, that's mid-6 figures, right there. Makes me really want it.

FedEx says the dCS Vivaldi DAC and WC were delivered today, so there's something I can mess with later tonight.
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FedEx says the dCS Vivaldi DAC and WC were delivered today, so there's something I can mess with later tonight.

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We'll see. It had better knock my socks off if it's going to stay, I've grown to love my Weiss MAN301 (I'm not sending the Weiss back, regardless). Such an awesome piece of audio gear.
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Hmm, that motor doesn't look exactly like this one - at least the valve covers & air cleaner sure look different. I suppose the motor on the yellow one I found is the one that might have some aftermarket parts on it. Look at the difference in how the coil is mounted.
http://www.powerblocktv.com/ymm/YMFDTOR70B/1970-ford-torino-king-cobra



This link has got to be the one at Mecum, right?
http://www.429-460.com/t15175-1970-king-cobra-torino-prototype-hemi-pretty-sweet-saw-this-localat-a-show-pics-inside

Oh, and check this out!



And this is a GREAT page - lots of history, photos and speculation on the prototypes - and apparently there is still some controversy over exactly how many prototypes were built and which ones survived. At the very bottom is a summary table showing that there is thought to have been 2 yellow, 1 white (that might now be orange), one blue & gold test race car and 1 other orange that they think was crushed. They also talk about a couple that are thought to be replicas.

http://www.dearbornflashback.com/xfiles_kingcobra.asp
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