This is the VW Brasilia. It is the best 411/412 because it only looks like a 412. I like that a lot. Mechanically, it’s basically a Beetle. As a former 411 owner, I like that part too. Anything unrelated to 411/412 mechanicals is better.
… in that Good Gulf Gasoline.” – Gulf Refining Co.
This is the Opel GT. If memory serves, it was pitched as sort of a Corvette Jr. It’s good to have performance goals that exceed your reach. On the other hand, the looks are spot on. Flippy lights and round tails, just like a ‘Vette. Swoopy fenders and that little lip of a rear spoiler. The canvas top ios exceedingly cool. Never seen one so equipped before.
They’re exceedingly rare, even in AZ. I have seen two in 20 years. Probably rust and late 1960s/early ’70s GM Opel “engineering” have something to do with that scarcity. Plus low sales (about 17K/year 1968-73). I am conflicted about the Gulf livery. It’s not original, but it is period appropriate. It looks great on this car, but unless there is some crazy powerful transplanted engine under there, sitting on a now-sorted out suspension, it is an incongruous look – an unsupported boast.
But, when you’re a forty-five-year-old survivor car, you can wear pretty much whatever you g*****m well please.
Feature photo CC licensed by Lynn Friedman via Flickr.
Not that it’s a bad thing. There were two at the Pavillions. The one driving by had a blatty, poppy exhaust that said “Ima slap your hands and take your lunch money before your turbo even gets to spool.” Sounds wicked. It also sounded like it was so overclocked that if your octane comes in at 90.9 and not 91, it would grenade itself.
I hate love the blue. It’s garish and unmistakable, so you won’t sneak up on anyone. OTOH, youy just spent 45K on the best Focus ever. Flaunt it. Continue reading “2016 Ford Focus RS: Suddenly, They’re Everywhere”
… A whole lot of time and money make. This is what “my” 1965 Chevrolet Biscayne could have been if not for my sisters, a broken idler arm, terminal rust and a budget funded by $2.52/hr BK Lounge money. According to the owner, this car avoided its date with the glue factory due to perseverance, money, nostalgia, money and money.
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Looks? Maybe. The front does scream “I swear I am a real Bentley!!” more convincingly than a fake. The rest of it is basically best 2016 Ford Edge ever.
Design? Look at the windshield. To keep the shape, they painted black on the door. They did the same thing on the D-pillar/tailgate. We call that a compromise, don’t we?
Yes, it is somewhat hand built. So is a Whopper. Yes, the materials you feel and see are top notch. Yes, it is somewhat rare. Yes, you’ll never see one of the poors driving it, except at the auto salon. Yes, it’s got unbelievable power and a crazy theoretical top speed for a grocery getter. And a token trailer hitch.
But what is it best at? (Besides price, obvs.)