Mystery Car


While Southern California is famous for unrelenting sunshine and the dissimulated perkiness of its inhabitants, we’re now in the middle of an annual weather phenomenon known as June Gloom. This is manifested by a marine layer that covers the Los Angeles basin every morning causing gray skies and even grayer moods among the populous.

Well, we’re doing everything we can to cheer things up, and one of the best ways to take your mind off the weather – or anything else gnawing away at your bliss – is the weekly Mystery Car contest. Not to harsh your mellow, but there of course are rules to be followed- you do need to come up with the make, model, year range, and likely engine to reach total nirvana. If you’re ready, take your shot. Oh and don’t worry, those clouds will burn off before lunchtime. 

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22 responses to “Mystery Car”

  1. LTDScott Avatar

    Pirelli tires and USDOT side markers…. I'm guessing a '70s Italian of some sort, but that's all I got.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Italian or maybe British or possibly something like a German Bitter.

  2. stigshift Avatar

    Momo Mirage? No, not enough wheel lip…

  3. muthalovin Avatar
  4. guest1 Avatar

    De Tomaso Pantera

  5. Dimitri Avatar

    Maybe an early 70's camaro/trans-am

  6. Jake Avatar

    72 Camaro RS, 305 with an auto.

  7. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Nearly Jensen-Healey, but the arch is too round. I think…

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Also nearly Triumph Stag.

  8. racer139 Avatar

    80-81 camaro berlinetta…Maybe

  9. JayP2112 Avatar

    Not Intermeccanica Italia. Unless it is a coupe- I can't find any pics of a coupe.

  10. Saugatuck Avatar

    Iso Fidia (Iso S4)
    Here's a 1973 <img src=""&gt;
    ManufacturerIso Rivolta
    192 produced
    Body style4-door sedan
    LayoutFR layout
    Engine5358 cc V8 Chevrolet
    5769 cc V8 Ford
    TransmissionZF 5-speed manual
    Ford "Cruise-O-Matic"
    Wheelbase2,850 mm (112.2 in)
    Length4,980 mm (196.1 in)
    Width1,780 mm (70.1 in)
    Height1,320 mm (52.0 in)
    Curb weight1,580 kg (3,483 lb)
    Designer(s)Giorgetto Giugiaro (then at Ghia)

    1. kyle_a_m Avatar

      I'm saying damn close, but no.
      The fender lip on the Mystery Car is flattened at the edge, with a stronger crease in the flank, and I don't see the same on the Fidia.
      I think the wrap bumper is probably similar, though. I hadn't noticed the reflection earlier.

  11. zenboy Avatar

    It's a Giugiaro fo fo sho sho. That Iso looks about right but look at the funny little kink just aft the USDot marker, looks like a bumper hump and all the Rivoltas had blade bumpers and pretty plain bass ends. Maybe a Fiat Dino Spider?

  12. Saugatuck Avatar

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    1969 Maerati Ghibli
    AssemblyModena, Italy
    SuccessorMaserati Khamsin
    Maserati Bora
    Maserati Ghibli II
    Body style 2-door coupé and 2-door spider
    LayoutFR layout
    Engine4.7 L V8 or 4.9 L V8
    Transmission3-speed automatic or 5-speed manual

    1. kyle_a_m Avatar

      That looks more like it to me. I'm still not 100% on that fender lip, but the rest of the lines and the curves at the right edge of the unobscured portion of the image look to match up. I was just looking at the Spyder when I refreshed to see your answer, but I think you're right with the coupé.

      1. mseoul Avatar

        The door edge looks closer to the wheel well nearer to the bottom than on either the pictured Maser or Iso, my thoughts. I don't know what it is either. The Camaro might just be right.

        1. kyle_a_m Avatar

          Not the Camaro. '72 had a tiny chrome bumper that would be present in this shot…I think. Regardless, the USDOT markers on the Camaro didn't have the black surround (on any I've seen).

  13. Rover1 Avatar

    Maybe it's this 1969 Maserati Ghibli re-enginned with a quad cam V8 from a ZR1 Corvette, capacity increased to 396 CI.… from June 20 2011

  14. Rover1 Avatar

    Let's see if this works <img src=""&gt;

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