Tag Archives: 1971

ad of the day. “styling so hairy….”

I think my Detroit roots are catching up with me these days—-as i’ve been thinking more and more about cars like the AMC Javelin. I’ve always found the design of the Javelin to be….well…..challenging.  While there’s no denying that the Mark Donahue Trans-Am Javelins looked incredible….the street version has always been challenging!  All in all though, i think it’s a tremendously unique design.  Very appropriate for its era.  Look at those wheel arch bulges!

You have to love a car whose ad calls its styling “hairy”!

 src: hugo90

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ad of the day. 99.

the fantastic Saab 99 and an ad from 1971.

src: periodPaper

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Pietro Frua’s 1971 Porsche 914 design proposal.

Pietro Frua is one of my favourite designers ever—-mainly because he created weird, mysterious, and often rejected-by-manufacturer designs which were generally better than the manufacturers ended up producing.  I think car companies used him for his brainstorming, and then ditched his designs in the end only to steal them.  BMW surely stole many of his ideas when they plagiarized his ideas from the Frua ‘concept’ BMWs on all their production cars of the 70s and 80s.   I’m looking at this photo of a 1971 Hispano Aleman Porsche 914 design study and seeing all sorts of stuff going on.  I see some De Tomaso Pantera, i see some Lamborghini Urraco, and I see lots of Frua cues.  What i don’t see is a 914.  Obviously Porsche did not use any of his ideas for their eventual collaboration with VW on the 914.

As far as I can tell, the car was seized by customs in 1971 after being shown at Geneva.  The car was in ‘exile’ until 1976 and is currently put away in a private collection, having not been driven since 1977.   Production of the real production Porsche 914 ended by the time the design was even recovered.  Frua was paid $200k to make the design study.  (source, Frua website cited below)

There are TONS of amazing pictures here on the Frua.de website (with copyrights so i cannot post them here)

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foto of the day. 2000 Coupe

Lovely….one of my favourite (and most underrated) Lancias around.  this is a 1971 Lancia 2000 Coupe

via: Good Old Valves

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the best looking 1988 911 you will ever see.

The owners of early 70s 911s who try to make their cars look ‘modern’ should be imprisoned.  This guy, on the other hand has done the glorious thing and ‘backdated’ his 1988 911 into a 1971 Porsche 911 with upgraded parts and spec’d out.

The result is something which is quite simply…..wonderful.

click here to see the Craigslist AD ($38,000 in case you are obsessed)

http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/cto/2360939304.html

(thanks to S. Carder for the tip!)

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foto of the day. junior z.

one of my favourite Alfas…..low-key, pretty rare, and such a cool car.

Alfa Romeo 1600 Zagato Coupe, or otherwise known as “Junior Z

photo by Sebastian Morliere

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MB 300 SEL 6.3 AMG

The original AMG…..the daddy of ALL AMG cars.

“In its early years, AMG concentrated on building racing cars based on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE sedan and competing in European touring car races. The first racing success came in 1971, when a Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3, modified by AMG with a 6.9-liter engine, took a surprise class victory in the 24-hour race at Spa in Belgium, finishing in second place overall. The 1971 success proved to be the springboard for an enviable record on the track that has continued to this day and has formed a cornerstone of the AMG philosophy (see AMG racing history at end of this section)”

http://amgmarket.com/amg/the-history-of-amg-mercedes-benz/

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foto of the day. Challenger TA

1970 Dodge Challenger T/A (originally raced by Sam Posey)

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foto of the day. 3.0 CSL

1971 BMW 3.0 CSL.

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eBay eye: ’71 Lancia Fulvia Zagato.

Definitely don’t see many of these on sale in the US market…and this one looks pretty great…if only I had some loot burning a whole in my pocket, i’d get in on one of my all-time favourite Lancias.

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AUCTION —

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320445395824&viewitem=#v4-36

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1971 drifting lessions in Germany

This is a strangely captivating video! Lessons from 1971 to the german police, being shown how to ‘drift’ a car to improve their driving tactics…

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From the days when NASCAR had soul……

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1971, to be more specific.  Isn’t it amazing how far NASCAR has fallen? I can’t even bear to watch it anymore….full of country music, cowboy hats, media, music videos, cheesy collage videos—–the horror of it all.  I grew up watching NASCAR on those weird lonely saturday afternoons in the early-mid 80s, I remember rooting for Richard Petty, because he had the coolest looking car, a blue and red #43 Pontiac Grand Prix! fantastic.

Maybe one day NASCAR will come back to being cool again, maybe when carmakers don’t just tack on those cheesy ‘shells’ of production cars on top of em…maybe when it gets it soul back….if it ever does.

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1971 Dodge Challenger Review (vintage)

Don’t you wish american TV still had cool shows like this around? How entertaining……

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KPGC10 Skyline GT-R Video

As you know, I am a HUGE fan of the early 70s KPGC10 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Screw the ‘new’ Skylines. This is the one I want!

Here’s a great video i found on t’Tube. (except for the soundtrack, which has been brought straight from 80s japanese HELL!)

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