I remember these from infomercials or ads in the 80s, and possibly from the State Fair, but I never really understood the choice of the SCAT name. If this comes with a VHS tape, don’t watch it – especially it there’s any German writing on it! Continue reading More Fun than its Name? SCAT Hovercraft
This is the sort of thing one finds at Nashville’s amazing Lane Motor Museum, but this isn’t their example. The seller did, however, copy the ad text from their site!
From the microcar files, we have this Zoe Zipper, which was a rebadged Mitsuoka Motors BUBU 501. This little three-wheeler was supposedly capably of 45 miles per hour, but we imagine that’s terrifying. Regardless, we love it! Continue reading Zoe Zipper Three Wheeler
Here we have what is claimed to be a factory racer built upon a highly unusual vehicle: The Simca 1204. Continue reading 1969 Simca 1204 Factory Rally Car Project
This little beast was first built in 2000, and the owner supposedly COMPLETELY (his or her caps, not mine) rebuilt it in 2013. Per the seller, the suspension, steering, brakes, differential & axles all came from a Mazda Miata originally, but the seller reworked the suspension; so it’s not clear how much Miata is left. This is claimed to be an adult go-kart and we can see how it could be lots of fun, but we’d sure like to know how it handles, given the unknown suspension. Continue reading “Fun Ride” Custom Buggy with Miata bits and GM V6 Power
Here we have a very rare (in the US, especially) little wagon, which once served as a sensible family car in postwar Germany and was part of the group that would eventually become Audi. Continue reading DKW F94U Sonderklasse Universal
Do you want a unique family hauler without too much cargo space? How about an Olds Eighty-Eight with six doors? Sure, it probably hauled families to funerals, but at least it’s not an actual hearse. As a bonus, this sale includes a 1970s child seat/death trap! Continue reading Six-Door 1979 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Armbruster Stageway Limo
The Panther platform had a very long life, mostly underneath taxis, police cars and grandparental transport. These offered rear-wheel drive and periodically attracted enthusiasts off and on over the years, with the Mercury Marauder being the ultimate factory iteration. One thing all factory versions had in common, however, was an automatic transmission. That’s been corrected in this example!
Replica implies a certain amount of accuracy in reproduction; so perhaps we’ll consider this more of a tribute. Either way, someone took a 1964 Ford pickup and made something that looks somewhat like a 1910s-era racer. Continue reading Homebrew 1913 Stutz “Replica”
Any Opel Manta is an oddball these days, but the Luxus luxury edition gets bonus points. The downside is that this one lacks a clutch pedal.