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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Custom Mustang Designed For Charity

On: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Ford has played a big part in the EAA AirVenture for the past two years, offering a customized Mustang at auction to benefit the association's Young Eagles program. In past years the AV8R Mustang brought in half a million dollars, and the AV-X10 'Dearborn Doll' made $250,000 for charity. 

More recently the SEMA inspired Mustang will be offered at auction in January and proceeds will benefit two children’s charities that are supported by the SEMA Cares Foundation;  the Victory Junction Gang Camp, and Childhelp.  The Mustang will be auctioned off at the infamous Barrett Jackson sale in Arizona.

Toyota Drops the Ultimate Swagger Wagon at SEMA

On: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Toyota has been striving to bring back one of the most mocked cliches of the late 20th century: the minivan. Like it or not (not), we're all too familiar with the rhyme-spitting, image-obsessed Sienna family of Swagger Wagon fame. Toyota's family of four has been trying to make its Sienna minivan cool for a while now.

This week, Toyota pulled out some bigger tricks in its mission to give some street cred to the Sienna mini. They basically threw out the "mini," exaggerated the utility of the minivan beyond belief and destroyed any practicality that this particular mode of transportation has. What is left is known as the Swagger Wagon Supreme.

Commercial To Concept: Kia Soul Hamstar

On: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Usually a new car begets a commercial, not the other way around. But in the case of a new Kia SEMA concept, the Korean automaker pulls inspiration from its commercials for a modified Soul. The Hamstar debuted this week in Las Vegas.

At this point everyone's seen at least one version of Kia's hamsters. Those cute little urbanized rodents that drive around in their Kia pumping bass like white suburban teenagers with a chip on their shoulder. Kia seems to have the right idea with those commercials: regardless of our views on the Soul, we certainly love hamsters more than the annoying Sienna family or "earnest" GM executives that appear in other automaker commercials.

Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR Racing Truck: Hauling Takes On More Than One Meaning

On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Toyota’s Tacoma X Runner RTR is a “ready to race” concept  pick-up that will be featured at the 2010 SEMA Show. A high performance vehicle that sprang from a “parts bin build with all but a few components currently available for Toyota products,” according to a recent Automotive News article. The supercharged 5.7-liter V-8 engine is able to pull the RTR from 0-60 in just 3.76 seconds which is remarkable for what Toyota calls an un-calibrated drag truck "that just came out of TRD’s garage," according to Toyota Press Room.

The Tacoma X-Runner RTR achieves its performance with a stock, current-generation Tundra 5.7-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Supercharger Kit.  The engine has a whopping 504 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque and runs on premium gas rather than race fuel.


2009 Hurst Series 5 Challenger: Gentleman's Hot Rod Enters 21st Century

On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 1:03PM | By: John Welch

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Let's say you woke up one morning and realized that you finally had the means to own any car your heart desires. Would you go for the requisite Ferrari or Porsche? Would you buy an older car and restore it? Would you get a hoopty, a muscle car, a European exotic, a Concourse winner?

Most people, in the real world, dive head first into some endless basket-case of a project and never realize their final goal. Phillip Anderson is not that guy. Knowing full well that his time is his most important commodity, and that he didn't have room for a half-finished project that he could never devote time to, and that he did not lust after Euro machinery in quite that same way as American Iron, Mr. Anderson went about his dream car search in a more logical way than most men would. And, being totally honest, it wasn't even a man who worked through all of this mental puffery—it was Phillip's wife.

Ruthelise Anderson knew her husband desired a car that would turn heads, haul ass, and not get him arrested while doing it. She knew that he had enjoyed Hurst automobiles his entire life and she knew that buying a Hurst meant exclusivity that could not be gained through any but the most rare European car. Okay, things are going well if your wife knows who or what Hurst is in the first place, but Ruthelise did one better. She bought Mr. Anderson the last Hurst Series Five Dodge Challenger made in 2009. That would number 15 of 15. Slathered in gorgeous bright white paint, broken up by gold stripes, this Challenger meets all of the requirements laid out by Phillip when originally considering a high performance car, and ticks a few extra boxes along the way.

From Video Game To Streets And Trails: Jeep Wrangler Black Ops Edition

On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's not that rare for cars, trucks, and vehicles of all types to be recreated in the virtual world for use in all forms of racing, war, and grand theft video games. In fact, some game franchises are based on virtual automobiles. What is rare is for vehicles to originate in a video game and make their way out to the real world thereafter. That's the case with the new Jeep Wrangler Black Ops Edition.

The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival: The Classics, Pt. 1

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 12:16PM | By: John Welch

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We've shown you muscle cars and hot rods, now the classic vehicles get their moment in the early morning Florida sun. We have hundreds of images from the show, and unfortunately the lighting conditions were not always ideal. Trying to pick thirty images out of this massive amount of digital eye candy just isn't possible. That said, we are providing you with two galleries of classic autos from the 11th annual Lake Mirror Classic.

If one of your favorites doesn't show up in this gallery, check back tomorrow for part two. We will be rounding out our coverage with images from last Sunday's Road Tour on . . . you guessed it, Sunday. All images originate from the lens of Drew Christy.

Christmas Camaro Convertible Sells Out In Three Minutes Flat

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As detailed earlier this month, Neiman Marcus is offering a special-edition Chevy Camaro Convertible in its Christmas Book this year. Or at least that's what it was offering. After going on sale Tuesday at noon, the Camaro Convertible sold out in just three minutes.

It's hardly surprising that the Neimann's Camaro sold out, though the sheer speed by which it sold is a little shocking. The first 2011 Camaro Convertible to be available to buyers, the Neimann model is an SS-spec Camaro with 426-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. It's biggest claim to fame isn't under the hood, however; it's around the exterior. The car features an absolutely stunning "Deep Bordeaux" paint scheme that changes tints depending upon the light conditions. That color is matched with barely-visible ghosted racing stripes, giving the special-edition convertible a truly unique look.

Hurst Vehicles Invade The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival

On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 3:16PM | By: John Welch

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There were many show stoppers featured during the 2010 Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. One car owner wowed us with not one, but two Hurst customized vehicles. Phillip Anderson is the proud owner of a 2009 Hurst Challenger and a 1969 Hurst Oldsmobile 442. Not only does he own some sweet Hurst metal, Mr. Anderson is one of two Hurst "Ambassadors at Large" in the world.

Built in Irvine, California and starting life as a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Mr. Phillips' Challenger is the only Hurst Challenger in Florida, and it is the 15th of a 15 unit run. Can anyone say "rare"?! The Oldsmobile is completely stock (for a Hurst Olds, anyway) and is so mint the stickers are still on the tires.

These cars are by no means "Trailer Queens"; they were driven to and from the show, and Mr. Phillips enjoys the Challenger every chance he gets. Who wouldn't? I'd live in that car. The Challenger was a Christmas gift from Phillip's wife, Ruthelise Anderson. Along with everyone responsible for building the car, Mrs. Anderson signed the inside face of the trunklid. Her quote? "To my Phillip . . . From Ruthelise with Love!" A 572 bhp Muscle Car for Christmas?! That's some kind of love! The choice of 500+ horse hoon-mobile exhibits excellent taste as well.

Enjoy this gallery from the Lake Mirror Classic and look for an indepth article about these two beasts, Mr. Anderson, and everything Hurst, on Monday.

Poor Man's Bentley Gets Juiced: Dodge Adds Viper Engine To 300 C

On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The boxy Chrysler 300 often draws comparison to a Bentley or Rolls. Kind of the 50-footer of the auto market, the 300 appears to some untrained eyes like a Bentley from distance, but as it draws closer, it's more than clear that it's not a $250,000 ultra-premium, but a Chrysler knock-off. And while Chrysler offers several attractive engine options for the 300, topping off at the 425-hp 6.1-liter SRT HEMI V8 used in the 300C SRT8, the 300 still falls short of 500 to 550 horses worth of Bentley V8 or W12 power. Of course, with a starting price of under $27,500, the 300 doesn't exactly need to compete with the Bentley on every level. Or any level.

But now it can. One enthusiast of yet-unknown origin recently took the Chrysler 300 to the next level by jamming the 600-hp 8.4-liter V10 engine from the Viper under the faux-Crewe hood. In addition to some deep-throated, all-American muscle grumble spewing from the exhaust, the upgraded 300 would certainly be capable of super-Bentley numbers.

Another Pagani One-Off: The Zonda 750

On: Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 3:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Pagani is still in the process of testing and developing its next-generation, Zonda-replacing supercar: the C9. While that car continues to get snapped by stealthy photographers at tracks and roadways around the world, Pagani whiles away the days before its release, making the Zonda even more exclusive for wealthy customers. The blue Zonda HH was revealed back in August, and now word of the next one-off Zonda has made its way out. The Zonda 750 will be a purple model based on the Zonda Cinque hard-top.

There isn't a whole lot of information about the Zonda 750, but a half-hearted educated guess tells us that it will pack 750 horsepower. That means the Mercedes Benz  AMG 7.3-liter V12 used in the Cinque will be tuned up from its stock 678-hp and 575 lb-ft. That engine will likely be paired to the Cinque's paddle-controlled sequential six-speed transmission, but the gearbox could change, based upon the customer's preferences.

Debuted in 2008, the Zonda Cinque was Pagani's street-legal version of its Zonda R race car. The Cinque used a carbon-titanium chassis, as well as other titanium, carbon and magnesium components, to keep weight down to 2,670 lbs. That plus the big V12 engine powered the Cinque to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and all the way up to 217 mph.