: What "weird" cars are on your list of cars you always wanted?



Destroyer
02-14-08, 10:31 PM
Just like the title says, what car that would be considered strange or weird do you have a lust for?. Keep this dream list fairly affordable, so no F55 Ferrari's, etc. For me, off the top of my head:

Bricklin: 360 AMC or 351W Ford powered, unique looks (been said it looks like a Saab Sonnet sucking on an audio cassette), gull wing doors, etc. Lots of pontential and pretty serviceable with the American V8 drivetrains.

Delorean: Love it or hate it deal but real cool looking nonetheless. Seen several engine swaps done to them including Buick GN motor, Northstar, Ford 302, Cadillac 500, Olds 455, Mazda turbo rotary, etc. I'd take any of those drivetrains over the stock motor.

Porsche 928: Is it weird? I dont know but you dont see many. I owned an '85 model with the 32v DOHC motor and loved it (had only 8k original miles when I bought it), would like to get another but with a 5 speed this time.

Jaguar XJS: Pretty damn sexy car, always liked those but it would have to have a Chevy conversion.

Lotus Europa: Dont ask why, not very attractive, fast or comfy but for some strange reason I'd like one

AMC Pacer: Nah, just kidding!

Chicano-Mexicano
02-14-08, 11:47 PM
Delorean: Love it or hate it deal but real cool looking nonetheless. Seen several engine swaps done to them including Buick GN motor, Northstar, Ford 302, Cadillac 500, Olds 455, Mazda turbo rotary, etc. I'd take any of those drivetrains over the stock motor.



Theirs been a N* swap in one as well.

gdwriter
02-15-08, 12:18 AM
I'm not sure if I'd call if weird, but it certainly was unorthodox for its day, the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado:

http://www.familycar.com/Classics/images/66Toronado2.jpg

I also love Corvairs, especially the second-generation:

http://images.google.com/url?q=http://www.auto-addiction.com/images/65_Corsa_back.jpg&usg=AFQjCNGOipgmnmkGsCu42qwZuGVpH5vQnQ

Benzilla
02-15-08, 12:40 AM
I've always LOVED Deloreans, not for the back to the future angle either. I just think they are amazing looking sports cars. This coming from a person who really doesn't go for sports/super cars.

Really like bustleback Sevilles. Even better if they have a cloth top.

1951-1952 Hudsons. Although this is partly because my grandparents had one new while my Dad was little, and I've heard a lot about it. Still think they were great looking cars.

Volkswagen vans. Although they have a large cult-following now, does that still count as weird?

That's all I can think of right now.

Ben.

Destroyer
02-15-08, 01:04 AM
I've always LOVED Deloreans, not for the back to the future angle either. I just think they are amazing looking sports cars. This coming from a person who really doesn't go for sports/super cars.

Really like bustleback Sevilles. Even better if they have a cloth top.

1951-1952 Hudsons. Although this is partly because my grandparents had one new while my Dad was little, and I've heard a lot about it. Still think they were great looking cars.

Volkswagen vans. Although they have a large cult-following now, does that still count as weird?

That's all I can think of right now.

Ben.
Cool, I'm with you on the Hudsons and the VW bus vans. Great stuff!

Spyder
02-15-08, 02:45 AM
Delorean: Love it or hate it deal but real cool looking nonetheless. Seen several engine swaps done to them including Buick GN motor, Northstar, Ford 302, Cadillac 500, Olds 455, Mazda turbo rotary, etc. I'd take any of those drivetrains over the stock motor.



Theirs been a N* swap in one as well.


Just to be a douche, eh.:hide:

Spyder
02-15-08, 02:47 AM
I've always loved the crazy mopar stuff. Turbine car? Hell yes! '57 Sport Fury? Yeeup. AMC Gremlin or Pacer? Yea, it'd be damned cool if it was in good shape. I like the Tucker, a lot. The Edsel was always cool...

dkozloski
02-15-08, 02:53 AM
I'm not sure if I'd call if weird, but it certainly was unorthodox for its day, the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado:

http://www.familycar.com/Classics/images/66Toronado2.jpg

I also love Corvairs, especially the second-generation:

http://images.google.com/url?q=http://www.auto-addiction.com/images/65_Corsa_back.jpg&usg=AFQjCNGOipgmnmkGsCu42qwZuGVpH5vQnQ
I had a '63 Corvair Monza Spyder Turbo and a '66 Corvair Corsa with a 396 big block with aluminum heads and L88 cam in the back seat.

Jesda
02-15-08, 04:18 AM
Mazda 929. Beautiful, long, and low.

http://images.cars.com/main/DMI/108296/07-512.jpg

Destroyer
02-15-08, 07:52 AM
Mazda 929. Beautiful, long, and low.

http://images.cars.com/main/DMI/108296/07-512.jpgHad a '92 model that I bought from my dad around 1995 or so. He bought it new and it was every bit as luxurious as anything Lexus had or what have you. A really cool car but not perfect. It had no glovebox for starters but had a great stereo (for the time). It also went through 3 engines, one of which the dealer covered even after the warranty. I sold it when it seemed engine #3 was started to fail. Some oiling issue if I recall. That car was not beaten on (well ok sometimes) and had under 70k or so miles when I let it go.

SlxAlxx
02-15-08, 10:29 AM
I want a 1972 Cadillac Sedan deVille. Exactly like the one in "License to Drive".

firstimecaddi
02-15-08, 10:49 AM
GM Aztec............................................. ...........................:D




j/k...but it is up there in the weird category

Chicano-Mexicano
02-15-08, 01:20 PM
Just to be a douche, eh.:hide:

Didn't see it when I read it opps. :p :D

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-15-08, 01:56 PM
Citroen SM.

http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/city/b002/car-citroen-cx-leeson.jpg

That's really the only "wierd" car that I can think of that I like a lot.

NOT ON MY WATCH
02-15-08, 02:06 PM
gdwriter - I LOVE Corvairs. I prefer the late sedans over the early sedans, but the early convertibles over the late convertibles. I had one early ('60 - 500 coupe) and one late ('66 - Monza sedan). One day I will own a '64 Spyder convertible! It will happen!!!

Also, I have a weakness for the 1972 Pantera DeTomaso GTS. Friend's dad bought one new (red/black) when I was growing up and I have fond memories of riding in that thing, tearing around narrow country roads.

AMGoff
02-15-08, 02:07 PM
A Nash Metropolitan, Studebaker Avanti, or a VW Karmann Ghia.

RunningOnEMT
02-15-08, 02:12 PM
i want a '32 ford truck chopped slammed and rodded out

http://www.badboyztoyzz.com/03images/32fordtrkz1.jpg

Cadillacboy
02-15-08, 02:13 PM
Lamborghini Murcielago for sure lol

thebigjimsho
02-15-08, 04:45 PM
I've had a hankerin' to get a fun winter car and that would be one of these...












http://kenbattleservices.com/db3/00275/kenbattleservices.com/_uimages/SVX1.jpg

RunningOnEMT
02-15-08, 04:49 PM
barf,.... underpowered SVX... neat cars though

SvB4EvA
02-15-08, 04:55 PM
I always wanted one of these.

http://www.fastpitchnetworking.com/member_photos/Steven%20Bonacorsi%20-%20weird-car.jpg

MauiV
02-15-08, 04:57 PM
1954 Kaiser Darrin Convertible.

1982 Jeep Scrambler

1989 Trans Am 3.8 Turbo

eldorado99
02-15-08, 05:33 PM
I've always wanted to see what one of these little things will do: http://www.edmontonrallyclub.ca/2006_RC/2006-04/Overn/images/2006-RC4-overn-028.jpg

gothicaleigh
02-15-08, 09:00 PM
BMW Isetta

http://a.abcnews.com/images/Business/ap_auto_isetta_071116_ssh.jpg

CTSV_Rob
02-15-08, 09:03 PM
Didn't Urkel (sp?) have one of these?

Destroyer
02-15-08, 11:49 PM
Citroen SM.

http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/city/b002/car-citroen-cx-leeson.jpg

That's really the only "wierd" car that I can think of that I like a lot.Holy crap, I forgot about that one. Its been a long time favorite of mine and something I'd like to own...................if I could get an American V8 into it. In Europe my dads friend had one and I still remember how nice that Citroen drove, made an impression . That was almost 30 years ago and I still like the styling!.

Destroyer
02-15-08, 11:52 PM
I always wanted one of these.

http://www.fastpitchnetworking.com/member_photos/Steven%20Bonacorsi%20-%20weird-car.jpgGreat gas mileage right there!

Stoneage_Caddy
02-16-08, 01:19 AM
HMMMM
Everyone knows my sick fascination with fieros all years , i will own one one day

To leave bone stock/Restore
87 Cimmaron
90 Calais w41
85 4.3 Diesel Cutlass Ciera
88 Merkur XR4Ti
84-86 SVO Mustang
93 Dodge Daytona IROC
63 Tempest
68 Firebird "sprint six"
73 Dodge "Feather Duster"

To Customize :
93 Volvo 240 "Classic" edition wagon (I want to build a 4.1 Buick turbo v6 for it)
A volvo 780 (also for a buick swap)
a 93 GMC Safari (short) with a 02 Safari Nose and a complete syclone drivetrain under it

Red_October_7000
02-16-08, 06:19 AM
Wow I could go on with this list, a few have been mentioned, the DeLorean, the Citröen SM, and Porsche 928 (Land Shark!).
Few more, mostly oddball sportscars:
Subaru XT
Merkur Skorpio
Maserati Quattroporte & Aston Martin Lagonda, especially first gen. (I love the big fast sedans that outclass most sportscars)
Toyota MR2 (I actually have one!) & Toyota Cressida (especially with stick)
Chrysler Conquest (in spite of those goddamn seatbelts)
Datsun/Nissan 300ZX Anniversary model with all options (1983 was the only year that they made specifically "Datsun/Nissan" badged cars.
International Harvester Travelall -Basically this was a 4-door Scout and one of the few vehicles to compete with the Chevy Suburban.
Ford Centurion -a Coachbuilt 4-door Bronco and another futile attempt to compete with the Suburban, these could be had with tremendously powerful diesel engines and 5-speed manuals. I love large utility body vehicles with sticks. That said, I'd like to get an old Suburban (about an 86 or so) with the manual (they only came with a 3+low "Rock Crusher") and put in it the 6-speed stick (4+ low +OD) & Vortec motor from a newer Silverado HD.

Sandy
02-16-08, 09:42 AM
The fish that got away! I ordered a Subaru SVX like the one on page 2 herein, but the dealer could not produce the color combo I wanted, so it never happened.

The other car I have wanted for only 20 years is an Avanti II Convertible !

http://www.avanti-owners.ch/bilder/media/avanti_84conv_800.jpg

DopeStar 156
02-16-08, 10:02 AM
1981 Datsun 280ZX with the turbo mainly because my dad had one that looked just like this.....
http://www.americandreamcars.com/1981280zxturbo092006.jpg

And the DeLorean, of course.....
http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/files/2007/08/delorean_brochure3_81-thumb.jpg

Jesda
02-16-08, 12:59 PM
I'd like to buy all the Cateras and set them on fire.

AMGoff
02-16-08, 01:41 PM
Where is all of this love for the DeLorean coming from? It was a piece of crap cobbled together from bits left over from several different car manufacturers by a bunch of drunken irishmen... Not to mention it drove like a brick.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-16-08, 01:50 PM
It looks awesome and was featured in one of the greatest '80s movies ever.

AMGoff
02-16-08, 01:57 PM
Ah... so it really has nothing to do with the car itself, but more from the daydreams of 4 year olds?

Red_October_7000
02-16-08, 02:04 PM
The DeLorean is just plain cool. Plus I've heard that installing a larger P-R-V engine makes it drive much better. Contrary to popular belief you need only like 11" to open the door fully. I would've killed for that ability back in college.

Stoneage_Caddy
02-16-08, 02:07 PM
LOL the delorean was a parts bin speical ????

Nope ...tho it did get the garbage peugot/renault joint venture v6 ...the same garbage engine that went into so many volvo 242 bertones and 780 volvos ...godaweful engine ....nothing good about it ....

In fact once a month at the volvo dealer i work for we get a delorean owner looking for parts , becuse were really the only game in town to get parts for this engine , and were the only ones you can get the parts that volvo redesgined to try to make the engine work in our cars ...bout once a year a delorean owner brings one in for service becuse most of our dealer still have the techs that worked ont he old 242 bertones with that engine

it also doesnt stop us from trying to sell them a flux capacitor ...

Intially it was rather cobbled together ....when they found out how bad it drove the car was sent off to lotus group to be properly sorted ...the "X Frame" that is under the delorean was designed by lotus , next time such a fream would be used for a production car would be the c5 corvette

It was to have a much larger more powerful engine ...investors and money trouble forced the renalut engine since no american company would even supply engines for the car ...

The same sort of problems that took out tucker ....the big 3 had nothing but ill will against the car ...and the man that built it , tho pontiac did thru old GTO connections sold the car ....

another thing thats kinda interesting ....when dr emmit brown dumped the bottle of wiskey into the deloren to try to get it to run int he year 1885 and the car spits out a part , he calls it the "fuel injection manifold" , most gearheads claim thats acutally a distributor cap ...when in fact it is indeed the fuel injection manifold from that god aweful engine....and according to the old timer at work that CAN happen ...

hueterm
02-16-08, 02:08 PM
I think that it's the mystique of the gullwing or Lambo door -- there is an entire donk industry dedicated to making anything from 2002 Escalades to 1972 Impalas look like a "bird/albatross" in flight...

That little cheese grater window in the Delorean cracks me up. You'd think that w/a gullwing car, if it rolls over and you can't hope to open the door, that at least you might try to get out of the window.

Plus "Back to the Future" didn't hurt. I bet old John D could have killed the producers for not having made BTTF a few years earlier -- it might have saved the company. It might have made that whole little coke incident unnecessary....yeah right.

AMGoff
02-16-08, 02:16 PM
I just don't see it... they've always been nothing more than a movie prop to me. The fact remains that (sans the factory-optional flux capacitor) the car itself is absolute rubbish.

Honestly, this car would be a prime example of the old adage - "Never meet your heros."

I can probably say I'm one of the few people on here to have ever actually spent time with one... let's just say that the initial infatuation wears off really quick once you realize the car doesn't do anything like it does in the movies and you realize, as an actual car - it's horrid.

AMGoff
02-16-08, 02:35 PM
LOL the delorean was a parts bin speical ????

Nope ...tho it did get the garbage peugot/renault joint venture v6 ...the same garbage engine that went into so many volvo 242 bertones and 780 volvos ...godaweful engine ....nothing good about it ....

Ohh... it most certainly was a parts-bin special. Aside from the awful Renault engine that was horribly underpowered for the size of the car... it was built around a second-hand Lotus Esprit chassis, had the rear from a Jaguar, and the front of a Euro-Ford Taurus/Cortina.

Just about the only thing they didn't nab from someone else's parts bin was the heavy, all steel body.

All of this built by the same folks who built the Titanic.

Stoneage_Caddy
02-16-08, 02:52 PM
so it would be easier to live with then some other exotic ....

cool

Highly unlikely it has a jag rear ....

so ill give you the parts bin bit ....but ....it was lotus stuff , if you HAD to a parts bin a car who beatter to do it with ....

Destroyer
02-16-08, 09:11 PM
I just don't see it... they've always been nothing more than a movie prop to me. The fact remains that (sans the factory-optional flux capacitor) the car itself is absolute rubbish.

Honestly, this car would be a prime example of the old adage - "Never meet your heros."

I can probably say I'm one of the few people on here to have ever actually spent time with one... let's just say that the initial infatuation wears off really quick once you realize the car doesn't do anything like it does in the movies and you realize, as an actual car - it's horrid.If I ever own one it will be more as a novelty/hobby car. Just driving something that different from the rest is cool regardless of how it rides or how fast it is (or isn't in this case). If memory serves me the Eagle Premier of the mid-late 80's used that same motor as well.

EcSTSatic
02-16-08, 11:09 PM
How about Studebaker? I love the old Commanders. Great Bonneville cars

http://www.hubcapcafe.com/i/2000/st_peter/stude5301.JPG

elvin315
02-17-08, 02:41 AM
I have had a long love affair with cars but no budget to make them mine. Since you stipulated "weird" I picked cars that the average citizen would consider weird. I trust you people are not that easy to impress.

Porsche 914 with a Renegade Hybrids V8 conversion.
http://www.renegadehybrids.com/CurrentConversions/914/Customer02.jpg

Vintage 550 Spyder
http://www.kitcarlist.com/images/vintagespyders-porsche550spyder.jpg

Lotus 7 Replica
http://www.kitcarlist.com/images/super7cars-lotus7.jpg

Morgan Trike (actually a TriKing)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/graphics/galleries/misc/trikes/pixtrike1.jpg

There are more like the Meyers Manx, Volvo 1800ES, Lancia Stratos & Scorpion, Opel GT, Ford Capri, Merkur XR4Ti, Austin Healy Sprite, Morris Mini Cooper, and on and on.

Elvin

gdwriter
02-17-08, 03:10 AM
It's not actually a car I want, but I can help but liking the thing (literally)

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/73thing_sheet/front.jpg

'73 VW Thing

Destroyer
02-17-08, 06:40 AM
Wow, a Thing. That should have been on my list as well. Just another one of those barebone weird cars that is just cool as hell. My buddy in HS had one and it was more fun than anyone would ever think. I myself have owned a 66' Bug and a '64 with a Manx body, roll bar, etc. Loved them and promised myself one day I'd get a Thing.

Destroyer
02-17-08, 06:43 AM
I have had a long love affair with cars but no budget to make them mine. Since you stipulated "weird" I picked cars that the average citizen would consider weird. I trust you people are not that easy to impress.

Porsche 914 with a Renegade Hybrids V8 conversion.
http://www.renegadehybrids.com/CurrentConversions/914/Customer02.jpg

Vintage 550 Spyder
http://www.kitcarlist.com/images/vintagespyders-porsche550spyder.jpg

Lotus 7 Replica
http://www.kitcarlist.com/images/super7cars-lotus7.jpg

Morgan Trike (actually a TriKing)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/graphics/galleries/misc/trikes/pixtrike1.jpg

There are more like the Meyers Manx, Volvo 1800ES, Lancia Stratos & Scorpion, Opel GT, Ford Capri, Merkur XR4Ti, Austin Healy Sprite, Morris Mini Cooper, and on and on.

Elvin

Great stuff, a 914 with a Renegade kit would be amazing and almost every car on your list is at the very least something I'd like to at least say I've driven.

Destroyer
02-17-08, 07:11 AM
Here's a few more "weird" but cool beauties:

73 TVR 2500

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/misc/73TVR.jpg

Sunbeam Tiger, these had Ford V8's

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/misc/SunbeamTiger.jpg

And who could forget the 'ole Steyer-Puch Pinzgauer 710M

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/misc/Steyer-PuchPinzgauer710M.jpg

Ghia 450 SS came with Chrysler 440 engine:

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/misc/67Ghia.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/misc/67Ghia440.jpg

Remember the Amphicars?. Ugly on land or in sea but still pretty cool!. Here's a '62

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/misc/62Amphicar.jpg

ld00deville
02-17-08, 12:50 PM
I dont know if its wierd but sure is rare! 98 Lincoln Mark VIII Collectors Edition in Cordovan with Gray leather:worship:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-17-08, 01:26 PM
TVR's.

Destroyer
02-17-08, 09:01 PM
TVR's.Almost bought an '86 TVR 280i at an auction a few weeks ago, well I bid on it anyway. Sold for $3k and I took it up to $2900. Pretty solid but it didn't run and was missing the targa top. Love the look of those and never knew until I saw it that they came with Ford V6 motors, same ones found in Bronco II's of that vintage. The fact that it had an American motor in it is what made me decide to bid on it but I wasn't going to pay over $3k for and dump a boat load getting it in nice shape.

Destroyer
02-17-08, 09:28 PM
I dont know if its wierd but sure is rare! 98 Lincoln Mark VIII Collectors Edition in Cordovan with Gray leather:worship:
Good one and very coveted amongst the Mark VIII community. Most of us know what a Mark VIII is, love it or hate it but you would be surprised at how many ask me what the hell it is when pumping gas or whatever. They see the Lincoln badge and are baffled cause nobody is used to seeing sporty 2 door Lincolns, do they think its weird?. Its mostly younger people that ask and the car is 10 years old now so I guess it makes sense.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-17-08, 09:44 PM
I guess by most standards, my love of '70s Lincolns would be considered weird.

Destroyer
02-17-08, 11:17 PM
I guess by most standards, my love of '70s Lincolns would be considered weird.
Not by me Chadly, I love those old Lincolns but its the kind of love I'll do from afar. I dont see me purchasing one anytime in the future but will stop and gawk at a nice one that passes by. ;)

derrty_deville
02-18-08, 01:41 AM
I want a 1972 Cadillac Sedan deVille. Exactly like the one in "License to Drive".

Would you like that with or without the chick passed out in the trunk?

Destroyer
02-18-08, 08:29 AM
I want a 1972 Cadillac Sedan deVille. Exactly like the one in "License to Drive"."Oh a Maserati, this one's much better than mine"