Because it’s Monday: Here’s an Iso Lele Because You’ve Probably Never Really Seen One


It’s a pretty big deal to name something important after your spouse. After all, while we avow to until death do we part, sometimes the actual parting comes much earlier, and then with a lot of acrimony. Matrimony to acrimony.

In 1969 however, Piero Rivolta did just that, naming the new Iso 2+2 after his wife, Lele. No disrespect to la Signora Rivolta but the Bertone-styled Lele is perhaps the least remembered of the small Italian maker’s models.

That’s too bad because as you’ll see in this video from SuperCarClassics it’s really stood the test of time. The Lele is a 2+2, and slotted into the Iso lineup between the hair-chested Grifo and the Fidia four-door. Its layout—front/mid engine, capacious four-seat body—put the Lele in direct competition with cars like the Lamborghini Espada and Jarma, Maserati Indy, and Ferrari 365 series.

Of course, those all rocked their own manufacturers’ V8 or V12 engines respectively. The Iso on the other hand, got its power from a good old American V8. Initially that was a Chevy 327 and then a year later a 350. By the time this ’72 was built the agreement with GM to provide engines had soured and so, much like DeTomaso for his cars, Iso went to Ford for their stout 351C FE. Here it sounds awesome. Check out that sound and feast your eyes on this rare Italian GT right after the jump. After all just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean we can’t learn something new. … Continue Reading

Last Call: I’d like to be 1 in a 100 Edition

Robert Emslie July 22, 2016 Last Call

Audi 100 coupe

I think it pretty much goes without saying that the original Audi 100 Coupe S was a highly underrated beauty. It’s a shame we didn’t get them over here.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie July 22, 2016 Mystery Car


John Dillinger was shot dead on this date in 1934. The first criminal ever to be named by the F.B.I. Public Enemy Number One, Dillinger met his end exiting the Biograph Movie Theater in Chicago where he had just taken in the Clark Gable movie Manhattan Melodrama.

People don’t rob banks that much any more, at least not with the gusto that Dillinger put into his work. Instead they have to find other ways to get their blood pumping and there’s no better way to do that than to try and solve the weekly Mystery Car challenge here on Hooniverse. Make and model of the above getaway car if you don’t mind.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Would Be Your Collection of The Top 10 World’s Most Important Cars?



We all know that cars are important, I mean if it weren’t for them, how would we get around places, public transportation? I don’t think so. The thing is, some cars are more important than others, and I’m sure that tehre are at least 10 that could be considered the most important in history.

What’s even more sure is that I’ll bet that not everybody would agree on what cars would comprise that top 10 list. That’s why, to close out the week, I want to know each of your lists of what has been the top 10 most important cars. Let us know which of those you’d actually like to own too.


Last Call: Are You Experienced? Edition

Robert Emslie July 21, 2016 Last Call

The DYou know, sometimes I’m damn sad that Suzuki pulled out of the U.S. car market.

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Thursday Trivia

Thirsday Trivia

Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This week’s question: What unlikely car set a new GTO lap record during practice at the 1983 24-hours of Daytona?

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Hooniverse Asks: Should Smaller Wheels Make a Comeback?


I once had a Chevy Sprint. Not one like the Turbo above, but your regular run of the mill Sprint with a naturally aspirated three-pot mill and little chocolate donuts for tires on 12-inch wheels. That was small for back then. Only cars like the Mini had anything smaller. Most economy cars rolled on 13-inch tires back in the day which were plenty big enough for the cheap seats rides.

The closest you can get today in the U.S. is a 14-wheel. That comes standard on the entry level Chevy Spark, which holds down the fresh out of college first new car role that the Sprint occupied back in the ’80s. Here’s the thing, I used to pay like $25 a tire for re-shoeing my Sprint. Today, a lot of small cars carry 15- or 16-inch tires and those are a lot more expensive, even given for inflation.

I think that smaller tires and requisite wheels would mean less unsprung weight, lower rolling resistance, and would need smaller steering components again lowering the overall weight. That’s all good stuff, right? Sure cars are bigger and heavier today owing to the safety and convenience features demanded by a modern society, but all that should still be able to roll on 13-inch rubber. What do you think?

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Last Call: It’s Good To Be Rich Edition

Robert Emslie July 20, 2016 Last Call


What do you do if you want a secret lair for your stable of amazing tiny penis compensators and your wife wants a tennis court so she doesn’t have to make up excuses for the hunky tennis pro from the club being at your house at all hours of the day and night? Why compromise of course, and have your bat cave garage under her tennis court. The rich, they’re just not like you and me.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Three-thousand dollar Gymkhana stars were our elusive quarry last week. That mid-week exercise seeking some weekend fun resulted in some good opportunities. We’ll see which might make the most competent cone cruiser in a minute, but first let’s see what this week has in store.

They say that two of the least avoidable aspects of life are death and taxes. I don’t know about the taxes bit, but I can tell you that there are certain cars and trucks out there that seem to be able to avoid the grim reaper in the long term. That’s what we want this week, cars that in your opinion are almost impossible to kill. Death takes a holiday next week.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, Now, let’s buy it on Friday and drive it on Saturday.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Auto-Related Scam Do You Most Wish Had Been The Real Deal?

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Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael headed up the Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation in the ’70s. She was also a he, a guy named Jerry Dean Michael, whose persona and company was one of the greatest automotive scams ever perpetuated on a gullible public. The Dale has gone down in history as textbook case of investor fraud, and the only thing surprising about the story is that no one has deemed it worthy of a film adaptation.

Of course the infamous Carmichael/Michael was only one of the scammers, con artists, and shady-tree mechanic inventors that have tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the easily dupable—people whose only dream in life is to drive a car with a 200-mpg carburetor.

Scams and scammers seem to always exist on the fringes of pretty much every aspect of society and in the automotive world they are legend. Thinking of all the scams that have been perpetuated, which is the one that you most wish really was real?

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