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Category Archive: eBay Find, OTHER

This 1985 AMC Eagle Might Be The Nicest One In The Country…And It’s Loaded, Too!

AMC Eagle wagons are a weird thing to me. On one hand, if you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all: you have the same basic shape that first appeared as the AMC Hornet...

If You Don’t Believe That Anything Can Be A Race Car, Then Check Out The Tofu Drift Van

At one point in time a few years back Lohnes referred to me as “BangShift’s patron saint of automotive lost causes” in reference to the SuperBeater Dodge Mirada, and it’s...

Money No Object: 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta…Shelby?!

The DeTomaso Mangusta is a car whose backstory is about as clear as mud. Few things are solid: there was some deal between Alejandro DeTomaso and Carroll Shelby that went south (hence the name, which...

Sleeper Video: Watch A 720hp GT-R and 650hp ZR-1 Get Taken On By A Cobalt SS

The Chevrolet Cobalt SS is what the Shelby GLHS was in the 1980s: an extremely capable and extremely underrated front-driver that, in the right hands, will serve embarrassment up on a silver platter...

Best Of 2014: Living History- Listen To The Darracq V8 Fire Up And Run!

Of all of the strange car names that we’ve paid attention to over the years here at BangShift, Darracq might sound the oddest, but they were the real deal. Darracq was a French car manufacturer...

Rough Start: 1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible – Slip Into Something British For A Moment

Without everybody shouting at once, how many of you took one look at the 1995 Jaguar drop-top that is currently being featured as our latest $5,000, cash-in-hand classifieds find and immediately and...

Recipe For Fun: Civic Body, Minivan Engine, Big-Ass Turbo And An Open Airstrip – 189 Miles An Hour!

When I was coming out of high school and into the real world, any Honda Civic that was anything other than stock was immediately the target of full criticism: “rice rockets”, the fart-can...

That’s The Spirit: 1979 American Motors Spirit GT That’s Ready To Rip

So what that it’s a gussied up AMC Gremlin with a tail that’s a bit more palatable than the original. V8, four-speed, and it sounds like it wants to fight. So it came from the wrong end...

How Honda Forced General Motors To Eat Their Words, A Story Of Pride Going Before The Fall

General Motors has often found itself suffering from a sharp case of foot-in-mouth disease as the years pass on. From such fun issues as the X-body screwup and badge-engineering a Chevrolet Cavalier...

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...