Behold, the Lamborghini Egoista, a new wild supercar to mark their Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. This is the ‘Maddest Bull Ever’
Behold, something that could only have been dreamt up by someone with a mild obsession with fighter jets and a wardrobe full of straightjackets. Lamborghini is a car company renowned for being a bit, well, completely insane. And what you see here is their latest creation, the Egoista, a fiftieth anniversary present to themselves.
It only has one seat, so buy one if you’re a bit selfish, or Batman. No really, the name ‘Egoista’ roughly translated into English means ‘selfish’.
The Egoista has many, many, madly creased body panels, a pair of red and green lights pinched from Boeings parts bin, some flaps on the back to presumably aid takeoff, a pair of gargantuan exhaust pipes which have been tastefully decorated with bright red LEDs to mimic fighter jet after burners – they probably shoot blue flames, too – and the orange wheels were styled by a five year old. It’s all totally nuts.
Thu Jan 16 2014 16:25:24 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Along with fully enclosed sedan and limousine versions, Robbins built two- and four-passenger Speedster models with a 131-inch wheelbase and a massive seven-passenger Speedster on the 145-inch wheelbase chassis for Stutz, all with aluminum bodywork over a wood frame. "I like the looks," says Piers. "A lot of Stutzes don't have all that great lines. This one does." It's hard to argue there, with the long hood, dual sidemounts, four-seat passenger compartment and touring top all properly proportioned.
This car's ownership history can be traced back to the 1950s, when it was used as its owner's second car in the Bronx before gun magnate and noted Stutz collector Bill Ruger bought it. It changed hands a few more times over the years, including spending most of the 1960s in a private museum. When Piers bought the car, it was complete, but its 1950s-era restoration was showing its age. "At the time, the brakes didn't work," he says. "The engine was just okay. I pretty quickly realized that the car had to be gone over. I found the Stone Barn down in New Jersey, a very successful restoration shop. They started a frame-off restoration and the goal was to go to Hershey and win the class, which is what we did the following year."
Rich Fass and his crew at the Stone Barn impressed more than just the Hershey judges, as Lorin Tryon invited Piers and the Stutz to Pebble Beach in 1998, where it earned a third in class trophy, an award repeated in 2011 when Stutz was amongst the featured marques. Prior to its concours turns, the Sharp brothers of Elyria, Ohio, completed the top and the leather upholstery for the interior while Frankford Plating of Philadelphia handled the brightwork.
The smoothness of the Vertical Eight may have first seduced Piers into the BB, but that's not to say that he didn't feel the need to upgrade it, particularly to keep pace with modern traffic. After all, 110 horsepower may have put the speed in this Speedster 84 years ago, when a near-70 MPH average would set a record, but the car still weighs more than 4,500 pounds and, frankly, who wouldn't mind a bit more poke in his Stutz?
To that end, the engine was rebuilt with domed pistons to raise the compression ratio from 5.5 to 7:1, a level almost impossibly high for the street in 1928, but thoroughly benign by today's standards. Stutz's innovative chain-driven camshaft with two self-adjusting tensioners on the chain allows for much higher RPM operation than most other engines from the period.
Since the restoration, Piers, who regularly drives his Stutz Speedster, had a thoroughly re-worked cylinder head fitted to the engine. "I was frustrated with the engine's power," Piers tells us. "So I shipped an extra cylinder head to England, to a race shop called Baynton Jones, and they ground a custom camshaft, along with the cylinder head work. That seemed to really help. I think the level is now up to 140hp or something like that. I had a J Duesenberg, and it's close to a J Duesenberg in power. It's not there, but it's close."
Getting to that high-horsepower figure also involved installing electronic ignition in one of the dual distributors and ditching the factory Zenith carburetor for a Schebler Model S unit. Piers gave the exhaust the hot rod treatment, too. "I have a little bit larger exhaust pipe," he says, "and a muffler without much baffle in it, so it's got more of a throaty sound to it. A lot of people think that there is something special about the engine, like it's blown or something." With a discreet switch mounted under the dash, an electrically activated overdrive on the otherwise stock three-speed transmission greatly enhances the drivability and reduces the top gear from a 1:1 to just a 0.788:1 ratio. According to Piers, "With this overdrive unit in there, at 60 MPH, I am only tooling along at 1,600 RPM. I can easily keep up with traffic on a highway."
If the original Stutz in 1911 was "The Car That Made Good in a Day," then the models equipped with the Vertical Eight, like this Series BB Robbins Speedster, forever stamp Stutz as the innovative and stylish performance cars they are revered as today, an enduring legacy for one of America's most storied automakers.
Mon Nov 11 2013 16:24:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
We’ve seen some pretty sweet police cars in the past — Lambos, Jaguars and other supercars — but the Greenfield, Wisconsin, police have just enlisted the help of something capable of catching crooks on, and off the road: a Subaru WRX STI. The four-door even comes decked out with rally stickers.
Police Magazine says that the Greenfield PD picked up the lease from a local dealer in the area and detailed it with full police lights, a police radio, a “peeled paint” style graphic, and a six-speed manual transmission, of course. But be wary, it’s not just for show: “We use it for speed enforcement, cruising enforcement, and community service assignments,” said chief Brad Wentlandt, “It’s a great way to connect with the community and sparks dialog with the officers.”
Question is — who’s the badass officer that gets to drive it and where do we apply?
Sat Oct 26 2013 14:15:33 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1987 1/2 Buick Grand National - GNX #239, one owner and only 73,053 original miles. Detroit's quickest and most collectible MUSCLE CAR of all time! ORIGINAL turbo charged V6 motor and McLaren/ASC rear end. You will never run across a deal like this again. Take advantage of the unbelievable chance to own and restore this VINTAGE MUSCLE CAR. Sale includes: Original Owner's Manual, Buick issued collector's Hat and Jacket. I look forward to hearing from you and will provide additional information upon request.
Tue Aug 06 2013 20:03:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Edsel Ford was all about form. Henry Ford cared only for function. Henry, the practical, conservative inventor who believed his Model T was all the car anyone from farmhand to millionaire would ever need, clashed with his well-traveled, cultured, and artistic prodigal son from the moment he named 25-year-old Edsel company president on New Year's Day, 1919. The collision of Henry's practical conservatism with Edsel's Gatsby-esque cultural "elitism" is an American story plot that resounds to this day. Read more about the 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster:
This custom Packard speedster is a 6th series (1929) creation known as the Thompson Special, and also as the Glasscock Speedster, named for its owner Major Glasscock (presumably the driver). Thompson was a custom body maker in California. Woodlites add to the futuristic look. Description courtesy
Sat Jun 08 2013 19:02:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Auction of an assortment of Barn Find Project and Parts Cars. You never know what is in those old buildings and this collection was tucked away in An older arsenal building in the Hastings, NE Industrial Park. There is something for everyone From Pickups, Coupes, Sedans, and convertibles. Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac, they are all here! Plan now to attend this auction.
1931 Ford Model A 2dr Sedan, clean!, 1940 Ford Coupe, started project, 1940 Ford Coupe Body, 1934 Ford 2dr Sedan Rolling Body, 1935 Ford Coupe Body, 1936 Ford Sedan Body, 1936 Ford 2dr Sedan Body, 2-1937 Ford Coupes for project, 1938 Ford Std. Coupe project, 1938 Ford 2dr Sdn project, 2-1938 Ford coupe Bodies for project, 1938 Ford Panel project, 1940 Ford 4dr Suicide Project, MULTIPLE SHOEBOX FORDS! 4-1949 Ford Custom 2dr Sdns, 1949 Ford w/ Accessory Fog light 4dr Sdn, 1949 Ford Club Coupe, 1949/50 Ford Woody Wagon Project, 1950 Ford 2dr Sedans, 1951 2dr Sdns, 3-1953 Ford Sunliner Conv. Projects, 2-1953 Ford Victoria 2dr HT Projects, 1952/3 Ford Country Sedan Wagon, 1953 Ford Crestline 2dr HT- PLEXIGLASS ROOF project, 2- 1954 Ford Custom Line 2dr Sdn, 1955 Ford Custom line Sdn, 1956 Ford Victoria 2dr HT Project, 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Conv. Project, 1960 Ford Galaxie Wagon, 1961 Ford 2dr HT, 1959 Ford Edsel 4dr Sdn, Driver, 1958 Ford Thunderbird, PICKUPS: 2-1949/50 Ford F-1 Pickups, 1946 Ford Pickup, AND MORE!!
1947 Chevrolet 2dr Sedan, 1950 Chevrolet 2dr Sdn, 1951 Chevrolet Belair 2dr Sdn, 1952 Chevrolet 2dr Sdn, 1954 Chevrolet 2dr HT, 1956 Chevrolet Belair 4dr HT, 1957 Chevrolet 4dr Wagon, 1957 Chevrolet 4dr Sdn, , 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne 2dr Sdn, 1958 Chevrolet 2dr HT, 1958 Chevrolet Belair 2dr HT, 1958 Chevrolet 2dr Wagon, 1958 Chevrolet Delray 2dr Sdn, 1958 Chevrolet Belair 2dr HT, 1958 Chevrolet Belair 4dr Sdn, 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne 4dr Sdn, 1958 Chevrolet 4dr Sdn, 1959 Chevrolet Nomad 4dr Wagon, 1963 Chevrolet 2dr HT, 1964 Chevrolet 4dr Sdn, 1964 Chevrolet El Camino, PICKUPS: 1937 Chevrolet Pickup, 1949 Chevrolet 5 Window Pickup, started 1949 5 Window Project, AND MORE…
1995 CHEVROLET 3500HD CAR HAULER!! V8, AL2 JERR DAN BED, 7.4L, TOW BAR!!!! READY TO GO FIND THOSE TREASURES!
TERMS: Cash, Good check, w/verification of funds preferred, Credit Card w/Adm Fee. AS IS And ALL SALES ARE FINAL, settlement in FULL day of Sale. NO EXCEPTIONS! Removal day of sale or within 10 Days. May remove parts and leave body. On-Line bidding available at www.proxibid.com, online bidders have separate terms. Loading assistance available.
THE HASTINGS COLLECTION: VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC will be conducting the HastingsCollection 7-20-2013 in Hastings, NE. Cars for project, parts, and rod. For more information or 605-201-7005.
BARN FIND CARS-PICKUPS-CAR HAULER AT AUCTION
Sun Apr 28 2013 14:17:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Toyota is aiming the new Prius c at buyers who have always wanted to go green but lacked the green to do it. Tom Voelk travels to the San Diego press launch to check out the newest and smallest member of the Prius family.
Sun Mar 31 2013 01:42:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Those of us pushing 40 haven't been alive long enough to witness a new American car become the envy of the world. We're seasoned enough to think that clutch pedals are mandatory equipment and touch screens are distractions, old enough to have seen car companies and friends born to fanfare and die early. And we've been burned countless times for believing America would deliver a new car that would turn the world on its head.
We rooted for the home team, but we gave our allegiances (and down payments) to the Germans and the Japanese, wondering if the American car companies could ever make a truly amazing car. Not just a good car-America makes plenty of very good cars today, thankfully-but a true game changer, a machine so breathtaking that the whole world must stop and sigh "wow."
It has happened. For the first time since automobiles had fins, the world stands in awe of a car from the United States. We're proud to announce that Americans have crafted an automobile so advanced that no one else could have built it. It's electric, but it departs sufficiently from the poor-mouthed apologia and self-righteous marketing of previous electric cars to almost seem an epiphany. It's unique, it's from Silicon Valley, and it's called the Tesla Model S.
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