Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekend Quickies

1963 Fiat 2300S Coupe - I don't know that there has ever been another Fiat that combined sportiness and class quite like the 2300S Coupe did.

The body was designed by Ghia. It is, in my opinion, one of Ghia's better designs.

The engine is a Fiat straight 6 with a pair of Webers. The car could hit 60 in around 10 seconds and had a top speed of over 100 MPH.

The seller writes, "The body of this car is rare, if not unique in that, unlike the usual 2300S coupes, it has frameless door windows." That's one of those things you don't notice until it's pointed out to you. A quick picture search of other 2300S Coupes all show cars with window frames. Interesting.

This car needs work, but is a very good restoration candidate. The huge downside to this car, at least for those of us in the US, is that it's RHD and located in Australia.

Click here
to see the eBay listing.

Fiberglass 1927 Ford T Roadster over Alfa Romeo Running Gear - Interesting use of Alfa parts. There's not a whole lot I can say about this. In my opinion, the Alfa V6 is one of the greatest V6 engines of all time. Why not use it in a hot rod?

Located in Pheonix, AZ, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Here's something you don't often see. A 1968 Mustang GT/CS. CS stood for "California Special". In a nutshell, a man named Lee Grey, Southern California district sales manager for Ford, was looking for something unique to sell in Southern CA. The GT/CS was born after a meeting with Lee Iacocca.

The CS had Marchal fog lights, hood pins, side scoops, a pop-open gas cap, a rear spoiler and a taillight panel with 1965 Thunderbird taillights. It also featured side stripes with the "GT/CS" die-cut logo and a stripe along the spoiler. The cars came painted white, black, red, and metallic medium blue only.

There's a Shelby connection to this car. Shelby Automotive was assigned the task of designing and engineering the necessary parts and assembly procedures for the GT/CS. Interestingly, the parts were manufactured by the A.O. Smith company, who were also making the fiberglass Corvette bodies at the time.

The big-block 390 and Cobra Jet 428 engines were optional in this car, with the 428s going for big bucks these days.

The car being offered on eBay has a 289 in it (original) and a claimed 48,000 miles (although no verification or explanation is offered). The seller does not say how much, if any, restoration work was done to it.

If you're a Mustang fan and looking for something unique and rare (only 4118 were built), this car may be a good choice.

Located in Tarpon Springs, FL, click here to see the eBay listing.