Imagine a car that’s inexpensive, looks great AND performs. Any guesses? Believe it or not, it’s a Dodge. The 1949 Wayfarer may not be a certified muscle car but the strength is all there. Take a look at car lover Dan Zuccaro’s personal Wayfarer (pictured above). This carefully refinished machine is complete with a sleek, black paint job and steel wheels fit for a mobster. Featured on an episode of YouTube’s /BIG MUSCLE, this hot-rod immediately caught the attention of host Mike Musto.
In the early 1920s, America needed an alternative to European luxury cars. Enter the Model J: a car for the rich and famous. Most Model Js were sold as a bare chassis to be fitted with an interior and body by a coachbuilder. The chassis alone sold for $8,500 USD, which is comparable to $114,503 USD today. This was the fastest and most powerful American passenger car. The engine was one of Fred Duesenberg’s engineering feats. Fitted with 265HP, few cars could match up to the Model J. Not effected by the Great Depression, 472 Model Js were produced from 1928-1937.
Step back in time with this video of the Duesenberg Model J.
From racing car to road car manufacturer, Maserati transitioned with the 3500GT. The world was introduced to the 3500 in March of 1957 at the Geneva Motor Show. One of two prototypes from the show made it to production – 2,226 coupés and convertibles were built between 1957 and 1964. This car was fit for four passengers and sourced from the best suppliers of the time. The 3500GT had the first Maserati engine designed specifically and exclusively for production vehicles: a straight six long stroke engine, with twin camshafts and twin-plug ignition. Three twin-choke carburetors produce 230HP and plenty of torque. Fit for celebrities and even royal owners, the Maserati 3500GT is a noteworthy machine.
In this Petrolicious video, ride along with Maserati owner Frank Mandarano in “La Latina.”
First came the Daytona, then the Daytona Spyder. It all began in 1966 when Leonardo Fioravanti was inspired to design an aerodynamic front-engine automobile. He presented the result to Enzo Ferrari who happily approved. By 1967, two prototypes were in the works using 275 GTB/4 mechanicals. The cars came to life with traditional welded oval-section tubes and 94.5-inch wheelbases. After production, the new Ferrari was complete with six downdraft Weber carburetors and a V-12 engine that displaced 4.4-liters. Four overhead cams played a part in the formal model name: Ferrari 365 GTB/4. “4” refers to the cams while “365” is the size of one cylinder in cubic centimeters. The Ferrari Daytona (AKA 365 GTB/4) debuted at the 1968 Paris Auto Show. After building a number of Daytonas, coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti saw room for improvement. His open-air prototype called the “Daytona Spyder” soon became the popular choice. Fewer than 125 were built over three years and almost 80% went to America. Enzo Ferrari then sold his company to Fiat in June of 1969. The Spyder proved to be a solid end to the “old-school” Ferrari era.
On this episode of “Chasing Classic Cars,” Wayne transforms a 1973 Daytona Spyder from restoration red to a color that is sure to stand out at the Cavallino Classic. Enjoy.
Gail Wise was the first person to ever own a production Ford Mustang. The Mustang pictured above, to be exact. On April 15, 1964, Gail walked into Johnson Ford Chicago. She was an elementary school teacher, still living at home, looking for her first car. When nothing in the showroom caught her eye, she asked the salesman if he had anything else. Gail was taken to the back storeroom to see a brand-new Skylight Blue Mustang convertible. Its debut was set for April 17, 1964, but she had to have this car. Decades later, the Mustang is restored and Gail is still the proud owner.
Watch here as Gail shares her story with The Wall Street Journal.