Saturday, March 15, 2014

Weekend Quickies - March 15, 2014

1976 AMC Hornet Sportabout - I am an unabashed AMC fan. Although they had little money for development, they were able to create some impressive (AMX and Javelin), groundbreaking (original Rambler and Eagle) and, of course, weird (Gremlin and Pacer) cars.

The Hornet was neither impressive, groundbreaking or weird. It was a solid, vanilla, compact car.

Not many Hornets survive today. This one is very impressive. The seller claims says it has "zero rust and all the original body panels." It has been well maintained. It looks great.

This might be a tough sell. As nice as it is, it's still a Hornet. A lot of people (myself included) looking for this body style would hold out for a 4WD Eagle.

Let's hope it finds a home with an understanding AMC fan who keeps it in the condition it's in.

Located in Joliet, IL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me this car.

VW Powered Fiat 600D - A Volkswagen wasserboxer engine is not the first engine that comes to mind when doing an engine swap. But, it came into this guy's head and he dropped one into the back of a Fiat 600.

In US trim, with fuel injection, the wasserboxer engine made somewhere around 90 HP. That may not seem like much, but in the back of the lightweight 600, it's a rocket. This engine has a set of Dell'Orto carbs and may produce more than 90 HP. (Yikes!) The suspension in this car is also from a VW.

For $9000.00+ you can find a lot of cool cars. But few, if any, will be this unique.

Located in Akron-Canton area of Ohio, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Steve for sending me this link!

1956 Panhard Dyna Z - Only the French could (and would) build a car this cool and this unique.

The Dyna Z was introduced in 1954. It was originally aluminum bodied. By the time this one was built, Panhard, due to the extra expense of aluminum, started using more steel. Still, it was a roomy, comfortable car that weighed less than 1800lbs.

The Dyna Z has a 50 HP aircooled engine, mounted in the front and driving the front wheels. The transmission is a 4 speed with a column mounted shifter. Top speed is 90 MPH and gas mileage is in the 30 - 35 MPG range.

The 4 door body had suicide doors and was very aerodynamic for its time.

This Dyna Z is a survivor that needs a complete restoration. The seller is pushing for someone to turn it into a hotrod. Of course I'm hoping that doesn't happen. A car like this deserves to be restored to its former glory.

Located in Calhan, CO, click here to see the eBay listing.

1 comment:

Graham Clayton said...

Saw one idling at a car show - the 2-cylinder engine sounded like a popcorn machine!