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Category Archive: Craigslist Find, OTHER

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....

Random Car Review: The 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500SL, The Teutonic Rally Terror That Could Have Been

Mercedes-Benz had a unique take when it came to auto racing at the beginning of the 1980s: If their vehicle didn’t outright dominate, they didn’t want to play ball. That pride put a...

Top 11: McTaggart’s 1990s Picks – The Cars From The Horsepower Re-Awakening!

So, I decided to revisit this list to see if my mind had changed in the five years since I first wrote it. Obviously, with only eleven spots, there were going to be some omissions and some contention...

Random Car Review: The 1962-64 Facel Vega Facel II – An American In Paris

There is an image that certain late 1950s-mid 1960s expensive grand tourer coupes present, and in short, that image looks a lot like James Bond, Mad Men and, to an extent, the namesake of the...