Auto Factoids – Week of 4/20/2014

Here are your Auto Factoids for the week of April 20, 2014;


Only 3 major hits this week.

The first is that the American Motor Corporation (AMC) from the merger of Nash and Hudson that happened on 4/22/1954.  It was actually Nash-Kalvinator and Hudson.   Cars were still produced under the Hudson name until 1957.

Hudson Hornet Hollywood.

Hudson Hornet Hollywood.

You know that AMC brought you some pretty out of the ordinary cars (Gremblin, Pacer) as well as some class muscle, (AMX, Javelin, Rebel).

There is great article on a Rebel in the May 2014 Hemmings Muscle Machine on a 1970 AMC Rebel.



Next up Chrysler purchases Lamborghini on 4/23/1987. What?   Yes….funny now Chrysler is owned by an Italian car company (Fiat).  Oh it was a smoking deal, only $25 million dollars.  That lasted until 1994 when Chrysler sold Lamborghini to an Indonesianan company.  In 1998 Volkswagen took over Lamborghini.


Finally this week back on 4/25/1970 Mazda’s first cars show up on U.S. shores.



Mazda’s 1970 RX-2

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Mopar ’14 Challenger is Sold Out – Cars & Parts

Gone in a Flash – Cars & Parts.

Andy Bolig – April 03, 2014 10:43 AM

If you blinked, you missed it. The limited-edition Mopar ’14 Challenger, the latest Chrysler Group LLC vehicle to come straight from the factory already upgraded with Mopar products, has sold out in just the first day after being made available to dealers.


New Mopar ?14 Challenger model revealed: only 100 serialized coupes will be built, offering ?Mopar-or-no-car? fans the rarest factory-produced Dodge Challenger model to date with unique ?Moparized? equipment New Mopar ’14 Challenger model revealed: only 100 serialized c

The Mopar ’14 Challenger is the most recent limited-edition vehicle offered by the brand, continuing the success of the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300 and Mopar ’13 Dart in demonstrating how owners can personalize their rides with Mopar products — even before driving away from the dealership. With only 100 built, the Mopar ’14 Challenger is the rarest limited-production Dodge Challenger offered to date.


Did you get a 2014 Challenger?  Let me know.


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@Dodge 2014 Challenger Shaker!!!!

Parkinglot Spotlight – 1963 Dodge 100

You gotta like the trucks.  They worked their tail pipes off for you. This one appears to be nicely restored and serves mainly as a “grocery getter”.

These were manual transmissions and featured either 292 (4.8L) Chrysler B engine, the 309 (5.1L) or the larger 302 (5.2L) B V8.


I love these Dodge trucks.


Some shadows can’t distract from the this nicely done truck.



Love the Chrome wheel covers.


Massive U.S. steel front end. Just enough chrome for some bling without taking away that “I’m a work truck” look.


The D100′s came in several other body styles including several pickups, panel wagons with either 114 or 122 wheel base.

Cost ran from about $1,468 (basically a chassis and cab) to $2,319.

Got one of these beauties laying around?  Post me up a note.

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Chrysler is bringing back the “Shaker” hood | Biz Bearing

Chrysler is bringing back the “Shaker” hood | Biz Bearing.


That’s one mean looking hood!!!!

I say welcome back!!!!

I say… “Welcome back!!!!”

shaker hood


RT @DanTheWheelMan: The Shaker hood is BACK, and its attached to the 2014 #Dodge #Challenger @dodge_canada @prnmag
Dodge resurrects ‘shaker’ hood, Scat Pack Club to mark centennial

Dodge resurrects ‘shaker’ hood, Scat Pack Club to mark centennial. The shaker hoods surround working cold-air intakes mounted to the Challenger’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. They are engineered to meet noise and safety regulations, Chrysler officials said.




Chrysler Town & Country K-car sells for $13,750 at Auburn | Hemmings Daily

Chrysler Town & Country K-car sells for $13,750 at Auburn | Hemmings Daily.

A Woodie K-ar

A Woodie K-ar


While it’s hard to discount the Chrysler K-cars’ historical significance (they did, more or less, save the company under Lee Iacocca’s leadership), most owners viewed them as disposable transportation, to be driven to the point of failure and then discarded. Recently, however, survivor K-cars have been turning up at auctions with surprising selling prices, such as the 1983 Chrysler Town & Country Mark Cross convertible that drew a winning bid of $13,750 (including the 10 percent buyer’s premium) at last weekend’s Auctions America sale in Auburn, Indiana.

Collectible K-Cars?   Of course!!!!  But did the K-Car really save Chrysler?

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The Ten Worst Convertibles Ever Made – Jalopnik

No Chrysler K Car Convertible (even if it was owned by Jon Voight)? Seriously, you’re going to include aftermarket jobs that nobody has ever heard of and not the infamous K Car? 6/08/12 11:49am. NovaloadUZundfolge. 1. L.
Troutdale Canfield: What A Parade!

And what a car Neil had prepared for us- a 1970′s Chrysler K car convertible. Apparently, the parade assembly folks had spotted this classic in front of the Handy Bros. Garage earlier that morning and asked Neil if the thing still 

Findings – DeSoto Adventurer

Sometime ago I purchased a MAC tool box from a family member.  This one:


It’s vintage 1980′s all steel MAC Tools tool box – it’s Godzilla heavy – about 5.5 feet tall.  A month or so a go I was moving tools around in it and got to a section I hadn’t cleaned yet. So I emptied the contents of that section and found an interesting object and I tucked it away thinking I’d do something with it later on.

I  re-found it today and hence this brief article.  Oh…what is it?  Here ya go.

It is a DeSoto Adventurer key blanks

It is a DeSoto Adventurer key blanks

I can't tell what year it is from.

I can’t tell what year it is from.


It folds up like a pocket knife and pictures the likeness of an Adventurer.


Not a bad looker!  But they got even better later on!!!

Not a bad looker! But they got even better later on!!!

Was I lying?  Better looking 2 years later!!

Was I lying? Better looking 2 years later!!


So I thought…hmmm what don’t I know about this car…a lot.

I do know that the 1956 Adventurer is a rare car -  only 996 of these were produced and cost about $4k back in the day.  It was powered by the 320 horse powered 341 Hemi (considered their high performance model…well…yeah!!).

Here’s some stuff I didn’t know about DeSoto’s Adventurer model:

- They were first produced in 1956 and sported the Hemi 341 with dual exhaust.

- They were often referred to as the “Golden Adventurer” that year and had power brakes, power front seat, electric  windows, windshield washer and dual exterior rear view mirrors and dual radio antennas (rear mounted).

- In 1956 they only came in a hard top.

- They were produced from 1956 to 1961 which was not only the
Adventurer’s last year but DeSoto’s as well.

OH…Hold the Presses!!! Didn’t  I see one in person not too long ago?  Yes, I did.  It was a convertible!!  Now I recall.  I was at….Barrett Jackson Auction with……




and we saw this……

This car


…go for BIG MONEY $$$$.!!!

Here’s the rear end…

Please don't ask me 'why' this is the only pic took....!!!

Please don’t ask me ‘why’ this is the only pic I took….!!!

In fact the a car above was a 1957 and there were only 300 convertibles made that year.  Heck there were only 1650 hard top made that year as well.

In fact, again, they were all low production models:

- 350 hard tops and 82 convertibles in 1958

- 590 hard tops and 87 convertibles in 1959

- more cars in 1960 and 1961 – but they added a 4 door.  What!!?!?!?!?!?!  Boo!! Hiss!! Yup you could still get the 2 door version, yeah, in hard top only!!! (No convertibles…Double Boo!!!  Triple Hiss!!!)

- All the Adventurers came with the most powerful engine DeSoto offered every year – always over 300 horse power, but just barely in 1960 and 1961 when it topped out at 305. (Another article coming up with some engine specifics for this cool model.)

Thanks for reading.  If you know what year these key blanks are from drop me a note.  If you own an Adventurer,  drop me a pic @


Danbury Mint 1956 DeSoto Adventurer Diecast Car 1:24 Scale Black/Gold w/Box

Diecast Desoto: Diecast Desoto DeSoto Adventurer, met.-lila/light beige… ReTweets Appreciated

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The Cartorialist: 1958 DeSoto Adventurer, First Street and Eighth …

Unique and beautiful machines seen on the streets of New York. Monday, July 15, 2013. 1958 DeSoto Adventurer, First Street and Eighth Avenue. Posted by Cartorialist at 06:56. No comments: Post a Comment. Older Post Home. Subscribe to: 




“Christine” 30th anniversary celebration coming to Carlisle | Hemmings Blog

I love book and the movie, and I even started considering collecting one.  When I was a kid (back in the early 70′s) across the road from our house, in a field, sat an old Plymouth Fury – can’t recall cars year but it did have fins.

I remember asking my Dad why we didn’t drive it and he said it needed a carburetor.  It seemed in my young mind’s eye that the carburetor wasn’t much more than a can looking thing with a butterfly looking think in the middle.  So I fashioned one out of a soup can and the metal dividers in an ice cube maker – yes kids it was before ice fell from a frig with a push of a button.

Stephen King said he chose a 1958 Plymouth Fury to play the inhuman title character in his book from the year prior because Furys “were the most mundane Fifties car that I could remember. I didn’t want a car that already had a legend attached to it like the fifties Thunderbird, the Ford Galaxies etc… Nobody ever talked about the Plymouth products.”

Enjoy this article at the link below (and go pick up a Hemmings periodical).  You’ll love them.


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Auto Factoids for Week of March 31st 2013

Let’s start with April 1st:

1961 the Amphicar debuted.

Amphicar - a flip of a lever and two propellers kicked in and made water-crossing a breeze.

Amphicar – a flip of a lever and two propellers kicked in and made water-crossing a breeze.

It was powered by an iron block and iron head  Inline 4 engine with 2 valves per  cylinder. It  displaced 1147 cc and had  2.72 x 2.99 bore and stroke with  8.0:1 compression produced 47 hp and 61 ft lbs of torque.

For years later one of the most important cars (although not this particular version) was introduced – the 1964 Plymouth Barracuda.  Little did Plymouth know at the time 6 to 8 years later the version of the ‘Cuda’ would break collector car value records.

1964 Barracuda - Glassback.

1964 Barracuda – Glassback.

Not the powerhouse that the 70′s versions were but it did have a V8 available that net you 180 hp.  Dubbed the “Glassback” because most of the slanted back was class (not unlike my 07 Corvette).

A few years later in 1970  AMC showed off their oddest car yet – the Gremlin. (Although the Pacer was arguably the worse.)  Ugly or not it was a good seller and it’s standard 6 cylinder was economical and produced 128 hp.  There were  872 2 passenger and 27,688 4 passenger made that year.

1970 Gremlin.  Fastback or 'no back"

1970 Gremlin. Fastback or ‘no back”


Also this week Mr. Walter Chrysler was born in 1875 on April 2 and Charles Hall patented Aluminum in 1889 on the same day.

In 1923 on April 5th, Firestone produced the first balloon tire.

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Engine Line for the 1946 Chryslers

I really enjoy doing the engine line up series.  I love engines.  If I had the $$$ and the space I’d collect them.  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a straight eight, or twelve cylinder sitting on a stand, all clean and shiny?

For 1946 Chrysler had the Royal, the Windsor, The Saratoga and the New Yorker series, 2 more series than they had engines.

One of the coolest models was the Windsor two-door three passenger coupe.

1946 Two door, 3 passenger

1946 Two door, 3 passenger

Let’s get to the engines.

If you can’t guess there were one 6 cylinder and one 8 cylinder.  They were split by series.  One was the Royal/Windsor engine and the other was Saratoga/New Yorker engine.  If you know anything about Chryslers you might know that the New  Yorker named cars were large cars and traditionally had larger engines.  In this case the Saratoga/New Yorker carried the V8.

It was an L-Head, cast iron block V8.  It displaced 323.5 cubic inches with a bore and stroke of 3.25″ x 4.875″. With a compression ratio of 6.7:1 the engine put out about 135 horsepower.  It had five main bearing and solid lifters and was topped with a B-B E7A1 carb.

1946 Chrysler 323.7 Straight Eight.

1946 Chrysler 323.7 Straight Eight.


The other engine was a 6 cylinder or the Royal/Windsor engine, smaller cars (like the 2 door 3 passenger).

It two was an L-Head and cast iron block engine.  It displaced 250.6 cid and the bore and stroke were 3.438″ x 4.50″.  The compression ratio was 6.6:1  and it had solid lifters and 4 main bearings which combined generates 114 horsepower.  It was topped either B-B EV1-EV2 j or E7L4 (for the Fluid Drive and Vacumatic) or B-BEX1, 2 or 3 (for the standard transmission).

The 1946 Chrysler 250 straight 6

The 1946 Chrysler 250 straight 6

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