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post #6226 of 7816

If we're on the topic of pretty cars, I would like to submit the Iso Grifo. This is my dream car right here, from a company that used to make fridges. They're extremely rare, unfortunately.

 

 

 

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post #6227 of 7816
You will probably think I'm full of Schitt, but I saw what appeared to be a 206 or 246 Dino on the road today. It was stopped at a light in Carpinteria, CA. However, I'm thinking it wasn't real, or at least wasn't original. It was silver and needed a restoration - it was a bit shabby. That made me think it might be an original, however, I think it had a prancing horse emblem on the front - but a real Dino doesn't have that, correct?
post #6228 of 7816
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

You will probably think I'm full of Schitt, but I saw what appeared to be a 206 or 246 Dino on the road today. It was stopped at a light in Carpinteria, CA. However, I'm thinking it wasn't real, or at least wasn't original. It was silver and needed a restoration - it was a bit shabby. That made me think it might be an original, however, I think it had a prancing horse emblem on the front - but a real Dino doesn't have that, correct?


Correct. Although thats not to say may Tif's didn't put the horse on to spite Enzo.;) Camera phone pic may have helped (though I rarely do it myself) :)

post #6229 of 7816
Thread Starter 
Ah, the Iso Grifo, at one time I was shopping one but soon gave up the search. The problem is, I don't want to get into Italian GTs right now, that's a whole `nother level of masochism, even beyond sports cars of that era. At some point I want a Ghibli, a Khamsin, and maybe a Lambo 400GT as well, but not until we get our other projects under control (some have sat for 8 months or more).

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You will probably think I'm full of Schitt, but I saw what appeared to be a 206 or 246 Dino on the road today. It was stopped at a light in Carpinteria, CA. However, I'm thinking it wasn't real, or at least wasn't original. It was silver and needed a restoration - it was a bit shabby. That made me think it might be an original, however, I think it had a prancing horse emblem on the front - but a real Dino doesn't have that, correct?

A lot of people put Ferrari badges on Dinos, and Ferrari even put the Scuderia shield on some of the 246 GTBs at the factory (as an option). Mine has one on the driver's side, and it's listed on the factory invoice ($14!). So some are legit.
post #6230 of 7816
http://www.autotraderclassics.com/classic-car/1969-Volkswagen-Custom-1414359.xhtml?conversationId=622427

I have only one word for that: Why??

I grew up with a dune buggy and a 4WD jeep. The dune buggy was ultra light so it could get the most out of the small HP engine and scoot over the dunes. The 4WD was all about traction and torque - you don't scoot over the dunes, you plow forward and climb up and over.

So - instead - let's take a low HP & torque VW drivetrain, put a heavy steel body on it and a fake 4 WD look with big heavy front wheels and tires. Yeah, that'll work great for off-roading... rolleyes.gif
post #6231 of 7816
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Ah, the Iso Grifo, at one time I was shopping one but soon gave up the search. The problem is, I don't want to get into Italian GTs right now, that's a whole `nother level of masochism, even beyond sports cars of that era. At some point I want a Ghibli, a Khamsin, and maybe a Lambo 400GT as well, but not until we get our other projects under control (some have sat for 8 months or more).
A lot of people put Ferrari badges on Dinos, and Ferrari even put the Scuderia shield on some of the 246 GTBs at the factory (as an option). Mine has one on the driver's side, and it's listed on the factory invoice ($14!). So some are legit.

 

Simple. Drop everything, BUILD STRATOS!

and a guest  cottage on your next door neighbours lot.

Just  call me Magnum:)

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http://www.autotraderclassics.com/classic-car/1969-Volkswagen-Custom-1414359.xhtml?conversationId=622427

I have only one word for that: Why??

I grew up with a dune buggy and a 4WD jeep. The dune buggy was ultra light so it could get the most out of the small HP engine and scoot over the dunes. The 4WD was all about traction and torque - you don't scoot over the dunes, you plow forward and climb up and over.

So - instead - let's take a low HP & torque VW drivetrain, put a heavy steel body on it and a fake 4 WD look with big heavy front wheels and tires. Yeah, that'll work great for off-roading... rolleyes.gif

Why billy. When you absolutely positively need to have a Hummer but only have a thousand bucks, what's a poor sole|(that's not a typo) to do. Sure hope it has Spice Girls Wannabe on an endless loop in the stereo.

post #6232 of 7816
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I grew up with a dune buggy and a 4WD jeep. The dune buggy was ultra light so it could get the most out of the small HP engine and scoot over the dunes. The 4WD was all about traction and torque - you don't scoot over the dunes, you plow forward and climb up and over.

So - instead - let's take a low HP & torque VW drivetrain, put a heavy steel body on it and a fake 4 WD look with big heavy front wheels and tires. Yeah, that'll work great for off-roading... rolleyes.gif


I suspect that this is one of those creations that's much more about suburb cruising than off-roading.

post #6233 of 7816
This was pretty much our family vacations from around 1967 - 1977:
http://www.fosilfueled.com/2014/01/23/vintage-dune-buggies-sand-stars/
http://www.fosilfueled.com/2013/12/23/vintage-dune-buggies/

Gee, I wonder why I still like going fast?? tongue.gif

I was just thinking (I'm in a contemplative mood this morning) - back in 1970, if you were a teenager, and your Dad was cool and had the money and/or mechanical skill, this was what you did for fun:



The only thing your parents said was "be careful" as you strapped yourself in with a lapbelt. Compare that to the over-protective cocoons we now try to create around our kids. I have no doubt there are less injuries and deaths now - but darn it, those times were FUN, and even knowing what I know now, I think I would have wanted to take the risk. I can't decide if I'm a better or worse parent for not doing it with my kids. redface.gif
Edited by billybob_jcv - 3/12/14 at 8:22am
post #6234 of 7816
Thread Starter 
That's a great point. At 7 I was turned loose on the neighboring countryside with a bb gun, Bowie knife, and a fishing pole, with only one rule, be home before dinner (6pm). There were no cell phones, of course, if she needed me to come home my mom would just yell really loud, and it would echo off the hills until it reached me, then I'd yell a reply and head back. That generally took a while, because I was usually a couple miles away, at the lake getting into mischief with my cousins.
post #6235 of 7816

Ha. The Adult Go Kart. Love the shot of the airborne kid with the roll bar at shoulder level.:) Helmets, optional, of course.

 

Can't beat em for cheap fun.

post #6236 of 7816
Thread Starter 
A gentleman called yesterday asking if he could bring by a "rare" Ferrari for us to look over and perhaps make an offer on. I was skeptical, he wouldn't say which model, but I told him to go ahead and drop by, we'd love to see it. wink.gif Well, I can tell you that I learned some amazing things today.

1. The Pontiac Mera is not just a Fiero with a body kit.
2. It was made by Ferrari for Pontiac, as "a kinda joint venture".
3. It's based on the "Ferrari 400 race car, like what Magnum PI drove".
4. They used vinyl for the interior to make it lighter.
5. It has "a little over 300 horsepower"
6. "It will do 0-60 in 4 seconds".
7. The Pontiac 2.8l V6 "is a good sight better than a Ferrari V8".
8. "They only made made about 50 of `em".
9. "The Shah of Iran owns one."
10. They sold for over $100,000 when new.

I asked him what he was looking to get for that awesome machine, and he said. "I'll take $50,000 today".
post #6237 of 7816

Outstanding. That would have made my whole day.:)

 

Better start grabbing up those Mera's then. The market apparently boomed while nobody was looking.

post #6238 of 7816
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

A gentleman called yesterday asking if he could bring by a "rare" Ferrari for us to look over and perhaps make an offer on. I was skeptical, he wouldn't say which model, but I told him to go ahead and drop by, we'd love to see it. wink.gif Well, I can tell you that I learned some amazing things today.

1. The Pontiac Mera is not just a Fiero with a body kit.
2. It was made by Ferrari for Pontiac, as "a kinda joint venture".
3. It's based on the "Ferrari 400 race car, like what Magnum PI drove".
4. They used vinyl for the interior to make it lighter.
5. It has "a little over 300 horsepower"
6. "It will do 0-60 in 4 seconds".
7. The Pontiac 2.8l V6 "is a good sight better than a Ferrari V8".
8. "They only made made about 50 of `em".
9. "The Shah of Iran owns one."
10. They sold for over $100,000 when new.

I asked him what he was looking to get for that awesome machine, and he said. "I'll take $50,000 today".

Priceless!

post #6239 of 7816
Here's my own list:

1) Unlike the typical Fiero owner, he has managed to keep it from catching fire
2) If you use Top Gear Math, then 140 HP is almost 300 HP
3) A lawsuit that resulted in Pontiac stopping production of the Mera is sort of a "joint venture"
4) 7.5 seconds is nearly 4 seconds
5) I know GM dealers were pretty hungry in the mid-late 80s, but even in Detroit, selling a car to a corpse seems a bit extreme

I'm guessing this gentleman doesn't own a computer, and has never heard of google.
post #6240 of 7816
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Here's my own list:

1) Unlike the typical Fiero owner, he has managed to keep it from catching fire
2) If you use Top Gear Math, then 140 HP is almost 300 HP
3) A lawsuit that resulted in Pontiac stopping production of the Mera is sort of a "joint venture"
4) 7.5 seconds is nearly 4 seconds
5) I know GM dealers were pretty hungry in the mid-late 80s, but even in Detroit, selling a car to a corpse seems a bit extreme

I'm guessing this gentleman doesn't own a computer, and has never heard of google.


Doesn't need google he's got a Mera

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