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Fastback Friday – A 1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype built from a 1971 Buick Riviera

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Well this story sure gets around the web fast… I saw this particular eBay listing last night (Wednesday) and it has since gone viral. Well, I’m going to write a posting about it anyway, because the car looked familiar, and it was from the pages of Jalopnik way back in September of 2007. If you want to read that particular post, just click here, scroll down to the bottom, and take a look for yourself. (By the way, it was at my suggestion way back then that Lieberman wrote this particular article… and you can see that he acknowledged my suggestion at the end of the article.)

Anyway, back to this particular eBay listing. This is a very bizarre vehicle, made from an equally bizarre 1970′s Buick. Is it appealing, or is it gross? Is is a keeper, of something meant to be junk? Who cares, as I thought this was the perfect Fastback Friday Feature for all of you to enjoy…

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Fastback Friday – 1982 Volkswagen Passat 3-door

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“It’s such an Antti car, that one he likes on Facebook”, said the girlfriend of Joe, the Colognese friend of mine whose photowork has occasionally made it onto these pages. It’s the Passat to which she’s referring, as I was linked the car earlier today and I went into total swoon mode, even posting it on the Brown Car Appreciation Society page. And she’s right, I’d daily drive the damn out of the three-door 1982 Passat finished in cardboard brown. And it’s even cardboard matte by now.

The Passat obviously needs some love, and there are no interior shots, but it displays such potential for perfection some VAG-head definitely needs to go pick it up from the southern coastal town in Skåne, Sweden, where it’s situated.

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Cool Story, Bro(en) – 1977 Porsche 911 S from a Danish drama

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Quite recently, I’ve watched two seasons of the very good Danish-Swedish crime series, The Bridge (Bron/Broen, 2011-). The gloomy, grey, misty, foggy, concrete grey TV series stars some very interesting characters, but the one that always catches my eye is the olive green 1977 Porsche 911 one of the main characters drives.

In case you haven’t been watching the series, here are a couple of photos of the car, driven by the icy cool Saga.

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Fastback Friday: A PMY 1966 Dodge Charger

 

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So while this olelongrooffan was up in toney Winter Park, Florida for their annual Concours, I spotted a train load of cool cars. Many of them have been, or will be, shared with my fellow Hoons. This one, however, as much as the black beauty that is Bentley, fit the bill for our Fastback Friday feature here in the Hooniverse. Feel free to click on through to see a bit more of this quasi finned fastback.

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Fastback Friday: 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe

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For your Fastback Friday reading pleasure, I present you this 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe. It’s brown, it’s big, and it’s a fastback. What’s not love? Let’s jump into some of the details about this machine. … Continue Reading

Fastback Friday: V.I.S.I.T.: Nissan GT-R

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Recently while cruising north on Eisenhower’s Highway System, this olelongrooffan eased up to this Nissan GT-R. It was the first one I had ever seen and I found it to be pretty tasty, even though the roof isn’t long enough.

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Fastback Friday: 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe

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When I think about weird, old, or unusual cars, I often think about average production cars that have been modified in some unusual way at the factory, usually to improve performance or looks. The Superbird/Daytona comes to mind, as does the first-generation Barracuda. Sometimes I think about the Cyclones and Torinos that used to pound around NASCAR tracks at insane speeds. In a similar vein, I think about this – the 1986/87 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe.

You see, Chevy was in a bind come 1985. While 1984 was a successful year for them in Winston Cup, the bullies over at Ford had come along with their Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, breaking records and winning championships all along the way. You’ll recall that Bill Elliott broke the 200 mph barrier is his famous 1987 Thunderbird, with its low, flat windshield and long, curvy lines. By comparison, the 4th-generation Monte Carlo was a brick. So in 1986, they hit back hard with the Aerocoupe, a stock car for the street (see the irony?). Take the jump to read more about this particular glassback Chevy.

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Sad Craigslist Fastback Friday Find is Sad

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I’m feeling like I’m about to get a cold. It’s a terrible feeling that starts with an achy body, some sniffles, and a general malaise about everything that you are supposed to be doing. Feeling the way I do, I decided to take a moment to find a Fastback Friday post before we hand off the site to Rob’s Last Call and the Weekend Edition posts. I’d hoped to find a vehicle to cheer me up… alas, this was not to be.

I present to you what looks like a decent 1973 Ford Mustang Fastback. Yes, this body style is not exactly loved by everyone, but the one shown here looks like it would make for a fun daily driver classic. If you had to the ad you can see that the interior is in decent shape, the exterior looks solid enough, and the sub-$5,000 asking price is within the average Joe’s wheelhouse.

There’s a reason it’s priced below five grand though…

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Fastback Friday – Ex-Works 1980 Toyota Corolla GT71 Rally Car

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Our man in Cologne, Joe, shot this rally-prepared Corolla just sitting on a sidestreet in his neighbourhood. It’s a short walk from the Burger King where we met the Carver One guy and got a ride around town; certainly, Joe wouldn’t have minded had he been offered a ride in this Corolla too.

Any old RWD Corolla kept in good condition is sight-worthy these days, but a coupe is doubly cool. Add some motorsport heritage and ex-works provenance, and you have a real head-turner. Especially in Cologne.

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Fastback Friday – Inspecting a used Porsche 924

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In the Lumina Euro article, I referred to a Porsche 924 in the last paragraph. In this article, I show you the one we went to look at, a 1981 car that had been imported from Sweden in 1988. The two-three grand price range is such a wide scope, that you can practically buy anything with it. Case in point: a 32-year-old sports car from Zuffenhausen. Armed with the knowledge of two former 3rd-gen Camaro owners, we went to check it out.

So, from the alternative reality of unrealistic used-car expectations, I present you this somewhat used 924 that I’m still considering, somewhere deep inside my mind.

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