The cigar smoking, drag racing Dick Landy put a straight axle from an A100 van under his 1964 Dodge 330 and radically altered the wheelbase to create a drag car that was referred to as a funny car because, well, it looked funny. The rest is history. Read a piece on his racing career in Hemmings Motor News.
While not an original Max Wedge car, that engine compartment is still a thing of beauty! It’s purported to have been a Max Wedge race car for most of its life. Today it’s a retired race horse built to enjoy cruise nights. See more detail at Bring A Trailer. More pics after the jump!
The Challenger that Hot Rod tested was $20,000 less than the other two, but it almost seems like they liked it the best:
The Core trim level is the most basic version you can get with the largest engine, and it wasn’t very often that we missed the leather seats and navigation. Maybe it’s because the Core package makes the Challenger feel like a muscle car should. It’s larger than the rest of the cars in the pack, and it feels heavier, while at the same time it’s also somehow more true to its roots—and that’s not just in the exterior design. It sounds right, it’s comfortable, and it’s just big. … There’s just something about the Challenger that draws people to it. It seemed to gather the most admirers, even surrounded by the much more boisterous Ford and Chevy. We felt ourselves turning into cheerleaders for this underdog car that was the least expensive and had “only” 470 hp.
Read the article at Hot Rod and see what you think…
Finding an old Mopar in a barn is getting harder. How about finding two Mopars in the same barn? A barn in Tennessee possesses a 1970 Super Bee Six Pack and a 1970 convertible Challenger! They’re not for sale but look to be in great shape and are at least somewhat out of the elements. The same can’t be said for the 1975 Gold Duster up in Connecticut that is almost completely devoured by brush. See the article at Cars in Barns. More pics after the jump!
Want a 1968 Charger with a rare engine option? How about this survivor still sprouting it’s 225 ci six? It was second in rarity only to the Hemi. It was found in the lot of a Mopar restoration shop. Word is that the powertrain is staying. Good. I think it would draw more attention than one equipped with a crate Hemi. See more detail and a history of the Charger at Curbside Classics. More pics after the jump!
We recently showed you a 1969 Hemi Dodge Charger 500 that’s for sale on eBay. See it here. Check out this back-in-the-day road test. I love the Dragnet-esque script. “This is one of the quickest ways I know of to do your thing. 426 cubic inches topped by hemispherical combustion chambers delivering 425 horsepower. That’s about one horse per cube. If that doesn’t excite you, you’d better check your pulse.” ‘Nuff said! Video after the jump.
“It’s got a plastic cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plastic plant, it’s got plastic cop tires, plastic cop suspension, plastic cop shocks. It’s a model made before plastic catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular plastic gas. What do you say, is it the new Lego Bluesmobile or what?” It’s the entire mall chase scene from The Blues Brothers but done in Lego! I still hate to see any C-bodies wrecked though, even plastic ones. As seen at BangShift. Videos after the jump!
For the first time in Motor Trend’s history, they have chosen the same truck as their truck of the year for two straight years. (Spoken in a deep voice) “Guts, More Glory, Ram”. Read the details here at Motor Trend.