1970 Opel GT

Generally speaking, engine swaps are usually an improvement over the stock running gear even when they’re home brews. And if you’re really clever with your swap, you can end up making quite the sleeper; V8 powered Volvo wagons come to mind. But some people go over the top, and throw an absolutely crazy motor into a car which was never designed to have anywhere near the power levels capable of the new mill. Such is not the case here. That’s because the builder of this Opel GT designed that the popular adage “There’s no replacement for displacement” meant putting a V8 into the nose of the diminutive GM product. And by “a”, I actually mean two V8s. In an attempt to dispel the notorious “Mini-Corvette” moniker, this GT tops out at 11.4 liters of American muscle with just a bit of Opel sprinkled into the mix. Though far from our usual flavor, let’s take a look at this crazy creation:

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Is there a replacement? 1986 944 Turbo v. 1988 944 LT1

Contemplating these two cars, two phrases came to my mind. The first is the old adage “there’s no replacement for displacement”; a saying which certainly could be questioned poignantly today given the plethora of high output turbocharged motors that are available. The second is a advertising campaign that Porsche has now utilized for several years – “Porsche – there is no substitute”. Combining these two expressions of automotive certainty and black or white belief systems has been the Porsche 944, which amongst other models has become a popular platform to swap American V8s into. Quick power, good balance and cheap parts seem to justify the swap, and in the case of some of the more recent LS motors the weight difference is negligible compared to the turbocharged inline-4 that came in the 951. What you get is instant power – a lot of it. So for comparison’s sake, today we have two Stone Grey Metallic 944s that take different routes. First is an original 944 Turbo from 1986 followed by an F-body LT1-swapped ’88 944. Which is the better option?

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1973 Mercedes 450SL LT1 One Of a Kind, sorta crazy

This oddity is being offered with no reserve. The seller offers very little description, which you really would wan with a car this modified. What is known is it looks fairly nuts, has a 1994 Camaro Z28 suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, a 3.23 posi rear end, LT1 engine, and a 6 speed manual. The mileage is listed as 1500, which I am certain is just since the new engine and not total mileage, which is unknown. The seller says to give him a call if you want more info, but I’m sure he would get more bids if he just listed more description.
The custom body work and two tone paint make this stand out. Probably would look even more modern if the front U.S. spec roundies were replaced with Euro spec headlights. I’m really not sure what to think, but the shaved bumpers do make the R107 body look good. The car comes with he factory hard top. The interior looks empty, with most of the stock items removed.
No reserve with bids to $7,600. We’ll see what the market says about this creation.

~Evan