Clarion Builds BMW 2002 Is Boxy Brilliance

Remember when BMW used to be… well, BMW? By that, I mean there was a time when BMW built simple yet focused machine that helped the brand earn the title of The Ultimate Driving Machine. The folks at Clarion know all about that time, because they recently added a BMW 2002 to their own stable.

The car is the first in a series and it serves to launch the Clarion Builds program to the world. It’s one hell of a way to get attention, and the car has received plenty of attention both on the exterior skin and under all the metal.

This isn’t some restomodded machine that is a fraction of what it used to be. Instead, Clarion took the approach of upgrading and restoring the car to a level that makes sense. It has nice new suspension bits but there’s no power steering system added in. The engine is still the M10 you’d expect to find under the hood but it’s breathing through a pair of Weber carbs touched off with a beautiful K&N airbox.

This is how you’d want to build your own BMW 2002 if you had the time and money. It’s perfect, it’s wonderful, and it is a great reminder of just the sort of car BMW *used* to build.

Find Your Fury with this 1966 Plymouth Wagon

Sc1966 Plymouth Fury Wagon

Wagon Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the week. It gives me a reason to open up a tab on my browser, and then flood said browser with many more Craigslist tabs. Each one has a different wagon waiting patiently to find a new owner.

Today that wagon is a 1966 Plymouth Fury that could be a great daily-drivable project for a longroof lover out there.

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Up for sale is my 1966 Plymouth Fury III wagon. It has been a fun car to own, but priorities lie elsewhere currently. Tags are current and it can be driven daily (I often do, actually). Title in MY NAME – so no craziness at the DMV. 318 Polysphere motor 2bbl – Automatic.

The good:
Body is straight
ALL exterior trim present and on car
Reliable drivetrain (can drive daily)
Electric rear window WORKS
3rd row bench seat IMMACULATE
Over 99% Rust-Free (some VERY TINY spots can be found)
Original Cert-Card still in engine compartment

The not-as-good:
One corner blinker out – all other exterior lighting works perfectly
Paint is there and looks nice – but is a thin economy job
Spare tire cover missing (inside car)
Dash light all work EXCEPT for speedometer backlight

The bad:
Radio is missing
Fan/Heat/AC non-functional
Cabin light on roof is out
One cam-lobe worn down so idle is rough (best to drop to neutral at stops to avoid stalling)

The Ugly:
Front and middle bench seats need upholstery (currently have seat covers on them)
One small area of body/trim damage on passenger front fender (easy bang-out job really)

The extras:
Extra 318 Poly motor on stand ready for installation – w/ 2bbl intake ($500+ value!)
Extra 4bbl Poly Intake Manifold ($400+ value!)
Extra NEW 4bbl Edelbrock 600cmf carb ($300+ value!)
Extra NEW heater motor ($30+ value!)

So, over $1000.00 in extra goodies that can be installed or re-sold.

Only asking $4000 obo!

Please feel free to come by and check it out and/or take it for a spin.

That’s a whole lot of extra gear added in there. A few weekends of mild wrenching on this thing and it will be an excellent cruiser. Someone go buy it so I can stop figuring out how to convince my neighbor they don’t need to use their garage, and should let me have more space.

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Watch a 1965 Ford GT40 Get a Workout

Here’s a great way to start your morning… watch a British Touring Car driver get a chance behind the wheel in a 1965 Ford GT40. It’s odd, as a MURICAN to hear him keep referring to the car as an iconic British sports car but that’s exactly where that car was built. The first three generations of the Ford GT40 were products of Slough in the United Kingdom.

Of course, these cars came packing massive bits of American motoring muscle under the skin, but it was the combined efforts of both British and American teams that saw the GT program do what it did.

Suck it, Enzo…

Aston Martin Extends The DB Family And Introduces The DB11

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Over the course of the last few years, I’ve managed to fall more in love with the Aston Martin brand. I’ve been fortunate to experience nearly everything the company has to offer in a and . That’s part of the reason why I’m most curious about the automaker’s newest machine; the Aston Martin DB11.

For those in need of a quick history lesson, you’ll soon learn that David Brown is the reason behind those two letters on the cars. His run at the top began when his firm bought the company back in 1947. Ever since then his initials have graced tremendously important models spanning decades and running right into today… and the future.

It’s the future we’re talking about today, as Aston Martin’s future has just been revealed in Geneva.

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First Drive: 2016 Infiniti Q50S Red Sport 400

This car is incredibly important to Infiniti, as it’s the best selling vehicle for the brand… that means this updated version has to be good. Enter the 2016 Infiniti Q50S Red Sport 400.

It’s the version we recently got to sample, and that three-digit number at the end of the name relates to the amount of horsepower the engine is cranking out. It comes by way of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. The VQ is gone so say hello to the new VR Series of engines. You might miss some of the old noise but the new power levels and they way in which it’s all delivered is great.

This Q50 marks a return to the fun-to-drive G sedan and coupe we remember. It’s eager to spin its tires, get sideways, and have plenty of fun.

Here we get a First Drive taste of the car, stand by for a longer review in the coming weeks.

[Disclaimer: Infiniti wanted me to check out the new Red Sport 400, so it flew me to San Antonio and put me up in a hotel that used to be an old brewery. Food and drinks were had on the Infiniti dime as well.]

Podcast: Episode 141 – That’s The Waze It Goes


We’re back in the studio! Chris and I finally cleared our hectic schedules to sit down and stare at each other for an hour. Thankfully, guest Zack Klapman is there to break up the awkwardness and regale us with tales of his car buying adventure.

Please go to iTunes to rate and review this podcast, and be sure to drink your Ovaltine!

Fine Chevy Fans, You Get A Surf Wagon Too

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon

If, for some reason, you didn’t like the ’63 Ford Country Sedan posted earlier then I have something that may be more up your longroof-living alley. There’s a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle wagon for sale in my neck of the woods, and the asking price is even lower than that of the fabulous Ford.

, this is a true California car as it was even built at the old Van Nuys assembly plant. It seems the work here on this 350-powered beast includes attention to the brakes and suspension. Additionally, the original tan exterior color was ditched for the rather handsome white with black stripes styling you see above.

Also, if you get bored with that 350, you can always give this car even more motivation seeing as its a pre-smog car. I do believe a LS3 and a six-speed manual gearbox would make for a rather interesting commute.

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This ’63 Ford Country Sedan Is Your Perfect Surf Wagon

1963 Ford Country Sedan

The sky is clear. The waves are rolling in smoothly over an otherwise glassy day at sea. You live in California, so you inexplicably have free time at 10am on a Wednesday morning. It’s time to load up your board and your wetsuit, and point then nose of your car towards the Pacific Ocean. If this scenario were to play out in your head, what sort of vehicle would you be driving?

I bet a good portion of you would imagine something like this 1963 Ford Country Sedan that’s itching for a new owner. I wish the price were a tad lower, but it’s a very clean car . The 352 V8 under the hood has seen a rebuild, and the car is fitted with both power steering and brakes.

Someone out there needs a new surf rig, and this is a classically cool way to get yourself to the sand.

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Video: McLaren 675LT – More P1 Than 650S

McLaren is a producer of technically amazing automotive machinery. The 12C is great, the 650S is amazing, and the P1 is well on its way to become a legend of the hypercar realm. Still, there’s nothing that wild from McLaren, relatively speaking of course. Enter the 675LT, which is clearly the brash yet brilliant bright light of the bunch.

Imagine someone took a McLaren P1, stripped all of the battery bits and electric motors, and you’d very nearly have a 675. It’s certainly more closely related to that million-dollar machine than it is to the 650S, despite being several hundred thousand dollars less expensive.

If the current McLaren lineup were a group of your friends… the 570S would be the newcomer who has a family that comes from money, but he likes to party with those who don’t. The 650S is smart and knows it, and doesn’t really cut loose. The P1 is the all-star who’s good at everything. The 675LT though… that’s the one you want to party with, and then become best friends for life.

The 675LT is the fun one…

[Disclaimer: McLaren tossed us the keys to the 675LT and included a tank of fuel. I then proceeded to increase the value of my condo complex for a few days.]

1973 Learns We The Automobile With What’s Under Your Hood?

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One of my favorite YouTube Channels is . It’s chock full of absolutely wonderful vintage short movies that cover all manner of what is generally our favorite subject. This clip today is from a film called What’s Under Your Hood? and it was produced in 1973. It goes through the basics of how your car is able to do what it does, and what all the parts are called.

The simple animations, excellent narrator voice, and old-school visuals are an absolute delight. If you have a few minutes to spare, then you should pop on some headphones and take in this classic clip.

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