Sometimes a big, lumbering ’50s piece of Detroit iron is just right. I have a strange hankering for this resto-mod offered for US$16,500 in Santa Clarita, Ca [ http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/4322452988.html ]

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“1955 Chevy Wagon new GM crate 350 with T10 4 speed trans. New clutch, pressure plate, and t/o bearing. New out the back exhaust with Flowmasters. New power disc brakes, drop spindles, drop coils, tubular A-arms, ball joints, bushings, bearing idler arm, brakes, battery, and sending unit. New Wheelsmith smoothie wheels, tires, and dog dish hub caps. Car drives awesome.”

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This must be the definition of Madness … take a totally practical, if French, Citroen 2CV Fourgonnette van to Italy and rework it thoroughly with a Ferrari chassis, brakes, suspension, and engine. Said to be capable of 300 kph, and pushing out considerably more power than two chevaux, this unique vehicle is listed on Hemmings at US$300,000.

I want it!!

This 1959 Lloyd Alexander TS Coupe probably isn’t the first, or even the eleventh, thing that springs to mind when someone mentions that over-worked phrase “Deutsch technik“, but it is cute in a bloated Nissan Figaro sort of way.

Currently listed on eBay [ link ] by Performance Vintage International in Costa Mesa, California, this car boasts features a 2 cylinder four-stroke engine of 596cc and 25 hp. Bremen-based Lloyd went bankrupt in 1963.
 
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Given my druthers, if I had to drive a Lloyd I’d prefer the LT600 of the same era which attempted to transport a driver plus 5 passengers with a 19hp version of the same engine!

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Much as I’d like to read Colin Chapman: Inside the Innovator by Karl Ludvigsen, it appears to be available in hard cover only, and $40+ is beyond my budget. [Amazon]

Perhaps the publishers could follow Mr. Chapman’s lead and remove all excess weight?

The lighter paperback edition would surely leave the shelves faster.

   

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