Fuel Economy of a 1968 Plymouth GTX

The guys over at Hot Rod Magazine are working with Intellichoice’s Real MPG powered by Chevron to get baseline MPG numbers for their 1968 Plymouth GTX. It’s a fairly stock 4-speed car (though it’s running a 800cfm Edelbrock Thunder AVS carb). Just 41,000 miles on the odometer. Guess what the MPG is and then check your answer (and see more pics) after the jump!


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1966 Hemi Charger on eBay “Ran When Destroyed”

When buying a numbers matching, Hemi powered anything, one has to be prepared to spend some serious coin. If said car has been burned in a fire then flattened by the resulting collapsing building, that is generally reflected in the asking price. This toasted Charger is currently over $13,000 but has yet to hit the reserve price. See the story at Bang Shift and check out the eBay auction. Is it worth it? More pics after the jump!

Editor’s note: this is the second badly scorched Hemi Charger to be listed for sale recently. Remember this burned 1968 Hemi Charger we posted last year?


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“Wild” Willi Boelcke’s 1969 Dodge Coronet

Where is  “Wild” Willi Boelcke’s 1969 Coronet? Well we know that Willi is still racing out at the salt flats and when I received my May 2013 issue of Mopar Collector’s Guide I found out on page 29 that his Coronet was still around and for sale. Here’s the story from my angle…what I can remember anyway. I believe it was 1988-89 and on one of my first trips to the Bonneville Salt Flats to attend Speed Week in August I met Willi and his Coronet. I do remember the first configuration of the car didn’t have all the fancy racing paint like in the picture I took below. It was fairly plain with a 440 six pack and 4 speed with a Super Bee six pack hood. I remember his best speed was around 144mph which is not to bad for a stocker at 4000ft above sea level. One of the next years which I believe to be 1990-91 Willie showed up with a 440 with the Stage V Hemi head conversion with a big tunnel ram, and the six pack hood was raised up almost in a cartoon like fashion to clear the intake setup. Well…about the last thing I remember is Willi running around 200mph with the setup in B/Production and blowing up the engine. After that I was spending time in the Air Force and didn’t ever keep track of the car or Willi.

B/Production is generally a class that has been dominated at Bonneville by Plymouth Superbirds, Dodge Charger Daytonas, and big block Camaros that run around 220+ mph so pushing that big Coronet through the air must have been quite an experience!
The hood on the car for sale in MCG was not the same one I remembered but I think it would be more aerodynamic than the massive raised six pack scoop that I saw on it!

Check out this 2012 article about Willis Blown/Fuel Rear Engine Modified Roadster.  Interestingly his roadster carries the same car number that his Coronet had….426.


Crazy Pink Blown Pro Street 1968 Plymouth GTX Convertible on eBay

With 800 horsepower you probably are gonna want that rollbar. But the pink? Well, if you are going to go over the top, I guess you might as well go WAY OVER THE TOP. Price is set at $58,995. What do you think? More pics and eBay auction text with the specs on this wild build after the jump!


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Don Garlits and the 426

Many a driver enjoyed racing success with the mighty 426. Don Garlits was one of the first to receive the new motor in 1964. To quote Don, “In my humble opinion, the Chrysler/Dodge 426 Hemi engine, was/is the best production engine ever manufactured by the automotive industry! No engine, to my knowledge, has the ability to produce so much raw power and still stay together. It will stand forever, as a monument to the engineering ability of the Ramchargers and their team.” Read more on Garlits take on the elephant motor at Street Legal TV.


The Other Auctions: RM and Gooding

Yesterday we decided to hit the other Arizona auctions that do not have a lot of Mopar stuff but still have some interesting cars. RM is a very high end auction with mostly European cars, Ferrari’s and older cars. Gooding has a nice mix of stuff as well and is similar to RM but the cars are not as high end. Gooding had an “as found” theme going on with three cars still covered in dust and grime going up for auction.

These cars were from RM and includes a couple of Imperials, a Hemi powered Facel Vega, and a Chrysler 300B. More pics after the jump!


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Day 1 at Barrett-Jackson

Today was the first day of cars going across the block at Barrett Jackson and it was a very fun and exciting day. They have an all new facility this year with over 1,000,000 square feet of space!  It is amazing how big this place it and they are selling over 1,400 cars from Tuesday to Sunday. Here are a couple of cars that stood out to us, we will post many more later this week with more info on what we thought of them.  Here are a few teaser shots, will go more in depth on these later. More pics after the jump!


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1967 Barracuda AFX Replica on eBay

You’re looking at a very true-to-the-original replica of Hurri-Cane II, a car that was campaigned by Bob Cain of Massachusetts back in the day. This isn’t a show circuit car. The owner actually made regular runs in it with battle scars to prove it! And now it’s on eBay! See the article on BangShift for more info. More pics after the jump!


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