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Category Archive: Car Features, OTHER

Random Car Review: 1972 FMC XR311 – G.I. Joe’s Military Grade Hot Rod?

If you look at the XR311 and immediately think HMMWV, you aren’t too far off. The FMC XR311 was meant to be a replacement for the M151 “Mutt”, the Ford-built replacement for the...

Random Car Review: It’s A Car Up Front, An RV In The Back, And It Doesn’t Look Like An Aztek…It’s The 1972 Toyota RV-2 Concept

Saying “Toyota RV” conjures up images of one of those tiny little Hilux-based cube vans, doesn’t it? You know the ones, it’s half Toyota 2wd truck up front, and one huge box...

Money No Object: 1977 International Scout II Half-Cab

While out and about the other day, Haley and I stopped in at a dealership’s used lot to check out a lifted Ram 1500 that had piqued her fancy. We did the usual song and dance with the salesman,...

Rough Start: 1980 Toyota Celica GT Sunchaser by Griffith

For our younger readers: ever look at stuff made after about 1973 and wonder why you can find sunroofs, T-tops, targa tops and the like, but nobody outside of the biggest Buicks, Oldsmobiles and...

Rough Start: 1973 AMC Hornet – Call It The Mongrel!

Does that seem like I’m already picking on this little Hornet, calling it “The Mongrel”? I don’t think so. Part of me is looking at this car with truth: it’s rough...

Random Car Review: The 1980 Ferrari Pinin, The Four-Door Performance Sedan That Never Had A Prayer

Looking around in today’s market, the two-door car is on the critically endangered list. Four-doors have finally made their way to the mainstream, and fast, potent versions of four-door sedans...

Every Story Has Two Sides, And Carfection Found The Other Side To The DeLorean Motor Company Story – From The People Who Supported John Z.’s Dream

The story of John Z. DeLorean has been told time and time again, and that’s just here on BangShift. There is no doubt that the man was gifted when it came to his vision of what a car should...

Rough Start “Tour Of Temptation”: 1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT

As I’m typing this, I’m finally in Pueblo, Colorado. And am I grateful for that…if Great Bend, Kansas is qualified to be called “remote”, then everything in-between the...

Random Car Review: The 1977 Panther 6 – Everything About It Is Exclusive, From The Twin-Turbo Caddy Mill To The Standard Television In The Dash!

The British have always had a strangely keen eye on making cars as luxurious and as exclusive as they can, in an almost polar opposite to what Americans tend to do. We took the AC Ace roadster,...

The “WTF?” Files: The Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet Fire Truck Conversion

“Form follows function” simply means that the aesthetic shape of something (normally a building) should be dictated by the function or purpose of the design. Ergo, that’s why a fire...

Random Car Profile: Opel Manta 400i, Opel’s Other Group B Rally Car

In 1979, Opel wanted to get into rallying again. They had attempted a rally program using the Kadett and had failed miserably, and drivers had been complaining about some of the handling...

This Willys Coupe Was Bought New And Kept In The Family. This Survivor Is Now Fully Restored And Awesome

When we first heard about the guys at MetalWorks restoring Sheridan Hales one owner Willys Coupe, we knew we had to check it out. And man were we glad we did. The history of the car is awesome, and...

Kenosha Street Sweeper: 1960 Rambler Cross Country Wagon

American Motors products always seemed to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that in their parts, in their design language, and in their attitudes. They built smaller economy-minded cars...

What’s Social Distancing? 1967 Checker Aerobus Eight-Door Throws That Idea In The Trash!

For the fans of a long roof, the ultimate achievement are airporters. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it’s probably because you’re younger and missed the glory days of air travel....