Posts Tagged ‘prototype’

Soviet Volga 1962 GAZ-22 Low Rider Prototype Mod

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Here’s an un-modified 1962 Volga GAZ-22. I don’t think it had a cast-iron carburetor, but who knows?

From Wiki:

“Only those shipped abroad for export were sold to private customers. All domestic station wagons/estates, with rare exceptions, were never available for private ownership. The Soviet rationale was that allowing such a car to citizens would also make it too available and popular with dealers in the grey market economy [which] was allowed but limited by the state.”

[Found here.]

The Bug That Wasn’t A Bug But Was.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

1942 Renault 4CV Prototype front

1942 Renault 4CV Prototype rear

Take a guess as to what it was – the answer’s below the break. (more…)

Babe Magnet: The VW Basbo Flash

Sunday, 1 March 2009

I honestly don’t know the story behind this amazing feat of engineering, but here it is.

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Very cool.  The styling just screams high performance babe magnet.

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Serious aerodynamics here.  This dragon wagon chills at close to the speed of light and it beats your ride even while parked.  Okay, it’s got an unfortunate license plate, but hey, the hotness overrides the WOBL1.  Let’s have a look at the interior.

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IT’S A COCKPIT! Way cool.  But, um, where is the  silicone/saline siren supposed to sit?  Seems to be a slight design oversight, but admit it, you’re still cruising at 3,000 feet right?

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Not quite.  Sometimes scale matters.  You are travelling at whelp speed in a truncated tadpole…

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..only worse.  It’s a Mars Bar with wheels and an embarrassing license plate.

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Screw it; it’s basic transportation.  Let’s mess with the traffic and laugh about it while feeling Green and saving the planet.  (Sorry, there’s no room for you. Get your own tadpole, mooch.)

So is it a Babe Magnet or not?  Phhht.  For the money, I’d buy a Harley and a rainsuit instead, and I’d still get better mileage than Mr. Tadpole.

BUT if  I were forced into driving a dorkmobile, and only upon penalty of death, I’d choose this, if only for the nostalgia:

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Sam Lowry drove a Messerschmitt in BRAZIL.

[Top images via email from Dan S.  Don’t miss this excellent collection of Babe Magnets.]

The 1932 Helicron: Steampunk Hoax?

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

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These images were sent to Tacky Raccoons HQ by a genuine decent sort via email.  The colors and the concept caused my antennae to quiver “FRAUD!”  But I’m not so sure.  Snopes has nothing on it, yet, and there are too many google links to the 1932 Helicron.

Either it’s a VERY elaborate hoax, or it’s the real deal.  We think it’s the latter.

At least there is video proof that it works in concept, but it gives the term “roadkill” a more gruesome visage…

Anyone recobanize what airplane the cowling came from?

[Tip ‘o the tarboosh to Dan S. who sent the images via email.]


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