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Saturday
Jun272015

1941 Willys Coupe

Informative walk around of a 1941 Willys with Jay Leno a drive in rain, slicks, no wipers, and a flat tire.

 

 

 

 

Monday
Feb022015

Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3

What do we, more specifically The Colonel remember of the 6.3?

Back in the day a 300SEL was the top of the line version of the S Class, while the numerals on the right hand side of the trunk added increased cachet.

The 6.3 was the equivalent of an S65...today. It was a serious hot rod from Stuttgart.

Those were the days when Mercedes-Benz was emerging from the vestiges of WWII, the plant in Sindelfingen was a previous airplane production facility. Especially in North America M-B needed a more forceful identity than simply diesel and 6 cylinder cars.

In typical M-B fashion the car was over engineered, with rudimentary convenience features, stiff Teutonic leather, the 4.5 V8 had morphed into the 6.3 from of the 600. With the 6.3 it was fashionable to remove the 6.3 from the trunk.

To uphold the Teutonic tradition of the day, which implied that if it was an expensive car it should cruise effortlessly at ridiculously high speeds on the autobahn. This was accomplished with a low numerical rear axle ratio, and usually a second gear start from the transmission.

Until you stopped, literally shifted the transmission to 1st gear, and throttle up it was not obvious how fast this car could accelerate. The transmission would bang through the shifts like an old school Hydra Matic in a truck.

Back in the day corrosion protection was rudimentary, and in Canada by the time these cars were 10 years old, there were serious corrosion issues, the air suspension was delicate, and the 6.3 consumed prodigious amounts of gasoline.

It was a landmark, benchmark car with superlative performance, while corroding and requiring expensive maintenance.

Here is Jay Leno driving and sharing his memories of the 6.3...

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Dec162014

1952 MG-TD V8

A couple of old guys talking about an old MG with a Chevy V8.

Back in the day stopping was always a challenge, cooling was another challenge. You get a flavour for 3:73 gears on the highway...listen to the engine rev.

Enjoy...

 

 

 

Monday
Sep012014

The Original Hot Rod

Must be fitting that we conclude the Dog Days of Summer on this Labour Day with the original Deuce hot rod from over 65 years ago. Jay Leno asks the questions, Bruce Myer provides the answers. Notice the column shifter and enjoy...its a cool car which is timeless.

 

Yes...tomorrow its back to reality.

 


Saturday
Nov232013

Cutworm

Cool car and a fascinating thought exchange...

Wednesday
Apr032013

Hot Rod Homecoming

Totally cool...

 

 

 

Saturday
Mar232013

Road Kill - Episode 11

Totally cool...

 

Saturday
Feb232013

1951 Chevrolet Pick Up

Enjoy...

 

Thursday
Jan172013

1968 Camaro

If you ever owned a 1967/68 Camaro, remenber the famous Penske blue Camaro that Mark Donahue drove, went to Trans Am races...this Camaro has a serious cool factor dripping all over the car...enjoy!

 

Thursday
Dec132012

The Real Thing

We caught this video from our friend Gary Smith at Dean's Garage...enjoy!