The 1934 McQuay-Norris Streamliner is a pretty unique car, but that’s not only because of its rather peculiar design. With only six units built from 1933 to 1934, you’d be hard-pressed to find something like it on the road – much more so with the fact that this is the only one currently in existence.
Jeff Lane owns this Streamliner. The few units were built as promotional vehicles for the McQuay-Norris Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The company manufactured replacement pistons, rings, bearings, and other parts used to rebuild engines.
The body of this unique classic car was by the Hill Auto Body Metal Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was made from steel and aluminum over a wood framework, while the curved windshield was made from plexiglass. It sits atop a Ford chassis.
As the promotional vehicles were also used as test cars, there are several gauges on the dashboard that are used to monitor various engine components – primarily to show customers why McQuay-Norris Company’s products are better than others. But those aren’t the odd thing about the cabin – the driver sits far back from the front, almost near the middle of the vehicle. The two bucket seats have a compartment for luggage at the back.
It was a real doozy for the online auction company.
For a brief period in automotive history, the pinnacle of high-performance luxury motoring was a company in Indiana called Duesenberg. Founded in 1913, its cars became so coveted among the world’s elite that it’s credited with establishing the phrase it’s a doozy into modern language. When one comes up for sale it usually brings over $1 million, just as this 1935 Model JN Convertible did on June 25 through online auction company Bring A Trailer.
Yes, the same online auction company that regularly features cars selling for less than $100,000 (and some that even bring under $10,000) sold this Duesenberg for $1.34 million. Bring A Trailer certainly has come a long way from its beginnings in 2014, but this isn’t the only high-dollar machine to cross their virtual auction block. The previous Bring A Trailer record was held by a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, which sold for a curious $1,234,567 in June 2019. BaT bidders certainly aren’t without a sense of humor.
Jay Leno gets a close look at the coolest hybrid you’ve never heard of.
Did you know Briggs & Stratton built a car? Yes, that Briggs & Stratton, the company best known for the small engines used on lawnmowers. And it’s not just any car, but a hybrid … built in 1980 no less. Honestly, we didn’t know such a machine existed until this video cropped up at Jay Leno’s Garage, but when we saw this six-wheeled hatchback with styling not unlike a 1980’s L-Body Dodge Charger, we couldn’t not click on it. And once we watched the video, we knew we couldn’t not share it with you because it’s actually very impressive.
This is strictly a one-off concept car designed to be a technology demonstrator, and actually, its top speed isn’t so impressive. According to the video, Richard Petty managed to get this car to a whopping 68 mph on a closed course. On the streets of California, Leno and Briggs & Stratton Engineering Technician Craig Claerbout achieved 60 mph, but when you realize there’s just an 18-horsepower (13-kilowatt) air-cooled twin-cylinder Briggs engine under the hood, that’s not such bad speed. An electric motor is connected to the engine, which then connects to a four-speed manual transmission sending power to the first set of rear wheels
This might be the missing piece to your Fox-body Mustang rebuild.
In 2019, the Ford Mustang was declared as the best-selling sports coupe in the world for the fourth consecutive time, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the pony car gets the same accolade this year.
A new ‘Stang may be due in 2022 buy out of the Mustang generations, the Fox-body Mustang, which was produced from 1979 to 1993 is probably one of the most iconic versions. It was loved for what it was hated for, particularly because of its deviation from the classic look of its predecessors. It’s also substantially smaller than before.
The Ford Taurus SHO is our kind of car. Plain and simple. Take an otherwise unassuming family sedan, throw a high-revving Yamaha V6 under the hood, mate it to a Mazda-sourced 6-speed manual transmission, and you have the kind of strange that gives us warm fuzzies. But what inspired such a strange decision? The Big Three aren’t always the big risk takers on fun cars, and the performance-sedan game wasn’t really a consideration outside of the M5 and E55 AMG. So what gives? It turns out those glorious-looking engines were never intended for mom’s grocery-getter; they were meant for a mid-engine sports car that never came to be. Well…that’s one take. See, there are conflicting stories as to how this car came about and the true original intention of that sweet Yamaha V6. Before we play whodunit with a cult classic, let us first take a look at the vehicle that actually came to fruition, and what makes it such a beloved car.
It was done to help celebrate American Honda’s 60th anniversary.
Mention Honda to the typical Motor1.com reader and you’ll probably get a response relating to the Civic, Pilot, or possibly the NSX. That should be no surprise because these days, Honda is among the most successful automobile manufacturers in North America. In 1959, however, things were a bit different. Back then, the manufacturer was just beginning its American journey, and it didn’t start with cars. It started with motorcycles, and to get them into brand new Honda dealerships opening across Southern California, the company bought a small fleet of Chevrolet pickup trucks. You probably see where this is going.
These trucks even wear the original Syclone emblem.
The folks at Specialty Vehicle Engineering revive the famous GMC Syclone moniker for a new performance pickup using the modern GMC Canyon as a starting point. Where the original Syclones pack 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) from a 4.3-liter turbocharged V6, the new ones have a supercharged 3.6-liter V6 pumping out a potent 455 hp (339 kW). Specialty Vehicle Engineering is only building 100 of the new pickups, so act quickly if you want one.
After my previous post on the Ford Bronco turn out and the recent announcement of the new Bronco arriving in 2020, it was a real disappointment to hear that it will be based on the Focus platform. who really needs another cookie cutter small SUV?