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Go Behind the Scenes At America’s Greatest Failed Supercar Company

Vector is a footnote in automotive history, but man, what a footnote. The company never managed to find success, but it produced some gloriously weird, genuinely quick supercars during its brief existence from 1989-1993, helping it earn cult status. A recently uncovered documentary from Motoring TV profiles Vector and its founder Gerry Wiegert in 1992, and it’s a glorious relic. It was during this time Vector actually managed to get a few of its nearly $300,000 W8 Twin Turbos into the hands of customers. Like all of Vector’s cars, the W8 was designed to…

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14 Defunct Car Brands, and How They Failed

By Visualcapitalist Automobile enthusiasts around the world know brands like Studebaker, Plymouth and Packard, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any of these on the roads today. Former powerhouses in the American auto market – they have since become beloved by collectors, but lost to the general public. Today’s infographic comes from TitleMax and it looks at 14 now-defunct car brands and the circumstances that took them from highways to bygones. These are only a selection of a much longer list of car brands that have not survived to see the present…

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Watch This Chrysler Firepower V8 Get Rebuilt In Five Minutes Thanks To the Magic of Time Lapse

“Hemi” is almost synonymous with V8s, but FirePower is Chrysler’s original engine name. The FirePower engine was the first-ever HEMI from Chrysler and was created when the automaker applied hemispherical cylinder heads to its existing overheard valve V8 engine. The first FirePower engine displaced 5.4-liters and produced 180 horsepower, however in one application, the Chrysler C-300, the HEMI showed its true potential and churned out 355 horsepower thanks to twin 4-barrell carbs and a racing-derived camshaft. Here’s a 10-month rebuild of a Chrysler Hemi FirePower engine, rescued from a Chrysler…

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Mystery 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car Was Intended To Be Corvette Killer

When was the last time you saw an asymmetrical car? Made of steel, it sports a souped-up version of the Valiant’s 225 Slant Six – 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car. Halfway through the 1950s, most of Detroit’s dream cars were greatly influenced by jets and rockets. Excitement over extended tailfins and aesthetic wings. While Chrysler Corp focused on performance and gave styling little attention, its Plymouth division did so and was in par with Chevrolet and Ford. One of the possible next steps to improve the appeal of the Plymouth…

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Photographer Shoots Formula 1 With 104-Year-Old Camera, And Here’s The Result!

If ever there was a sport that required rapid fire photography, Formula One racing is it. Which makes what photographer Joshua Paul does even more fascinating, because instead of using top-of-the-range cameras to capture the fast-paced sport, Paul chooses to take his shots using a 104-year-old Graflex 4×5 view camera. The photographer clearly has an incredible eye for detail, because unlike modern cameras that can take as many as 20 frames per second, his 1913 Graflex can only take 20 pictures in total. Because of this, every shot he takes…

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Watch The First-Ever Commercial For Hot Wheels

In 1953, the English chaps of Lesney Products came up with a toy car that would fit inside a matchbox. Given that this was postwar Britain, their Matchbox cars reflected the stodgy reality of motoring in Blighty. They were also a smash hit. America didn’t truly hop on the small-toy-car bandwagon for 15 years, but when it did, the result seared itself into the consciousness of generations of car-nut children. Southern California toy manufacturer Mattel brought in former General Motors designer Harry Bentley Bradley, who had most notably moonlighted on…

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The Tale Of The Lost Daytona Coupe

I was recently digging through old forum posts on various websites when I came across a photo of what was clearly a barn find Shelby Daytona Coupe. There wasn’t any information about it or a link, but it looked so incredible I decided I had to do some digging to see what I could find out about it. I eventually tracked the photos back to the Nevada Shelby Club, where I discovered that the photo was of the Missing Daytona Coupe. This story originally broke back in 2001, but I…

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A TWIN TURBO 750-HP ’69 CAMARO MIGHT BE THE MOST BADASS CUSTOM RIDE ON EARTH

If you remember how insane the Vicious Mustang was that Timeless Kustoms built, you won’t be surprised by the incredible twin-turbocharged ’69 Camarothey’ve rolled out now. Timeless Kustoms While custom-built 1969 Camaros have become nearly cliche because the car is such a typical go-to for builders, there is a reason for its popularity: the car has just about the best proportions and lines ever stamped into sheetmetal. Today’s builders can slide amazing powertrains and suspensions beneath that classic steel, and Timeless Kustoms opted for the expected small block Chevy LS…

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Unused Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 Grabs $2.25 Million At Auction

Here’s a remarkable find–a brand-new 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR. Though this RSR looks pretty grimy in pictures, it’s actually as close to a brand-new car as you can get, with only 10 km on its odometer. The car still wears its factory-applied cosmoline rust protection—it’s that unmolested. Want it? You’re too late, unfortunately. It just sold for $2.25 million at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba event this past weekend. RM SOTHEBY’S/TIM SCOTT Porsche made only 51 units of the model, but this particular car is actually even more exclusive as…

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This Cheap-Looking Lincoln Town Car Has Way More Power Than A Charger Hellcat

Chronicled by Zack on TheChicagoGarage.com, this build features a 1993 Lincoln Town Car that was all but forgotten by society and time and a Mustang-less owner with the need to put a Cobra V8 powertrain in a forgotten car. Here’s an excerpt from the post: A little over a year ago, I sold the Cobra as a roller. The car was not for me (because it was missing two doors and just plain difficult to work on.) Shortly after I said goodbye to the Mustang, I went looking for a…

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