Monday, June 30, 2014

1949 Motor Trend Magazine, November: Kurtis And Coachbuilt Cars

 The November, 1949 issue of Motor Trend magazine was not just the beginnings of a flash-in-the-pan; it went on to become one of the longest lasting titles in hot rod mag history...

In between looks at rare coach-built cars of the past-

 It took the time to report on current trends, like the sweet rig above, restyled by Valley Custom, a pioneer shop in customizing rods.

And it was an opportunity for new entrepreneurs  to strut their stuff, notable among them being Frank Kurtis and his ahead-of-the-curve roadsters...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

1973 Dodge Charger "Daytona"

Here's a tribute to a car that never existed, the 1973 Dodge Daytona. I actually like the lines, and can totally see this actually produced in that era. 

But man, oh man, what a funky interior! A Pistol-Grip on-the-column automatic shifter? A "disco-ball"? A stock 120mph gauge cluster? SMILEY FACES??!! 
You spend tens of thousands on the exterior, and $50 bucks inside?