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OUR RESIDENT racer, John Bowe, being well acquainted with bigbore machinery out of Dearborn, Michigan, was happy to take this nice example of a 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT for a spin. Quite a mouthful, the lengthy model name tells you, no surprise, that this Mercury is from its Comet lineup.
The Cyclone designation says that it’s the high-performer of the range capped off with the GT label confirming that it’s the top-of-theline model powered by the 390ci motor.
The ’66 model was the first to be based on the substantial Ford Fairlane chassis, previous Comets having used the compact Falcon chassis as the starting point.
Promoted as a performance car – The Comet Cyclone GT “will start a glow in any red-blooded American driver” – these Mercurys had a bit of grunt with standing-quarter times apparently in the 14s.
Let’s see how this nice example of a gentleman's version, perhaps, of an old school American muscle car responded to JB's touch.
CHECK OUT this bunch of stunning images of Chris Larkham’s beautifully restored 1958 C1 Corvette.
These first-generation Chevy sportscars are quite unique for good reason. That General Motors would produce a sportscar bearing the name of its bread and butter Chevrolet brand, universally perceived as an affordable family car, was iinteresting for a start.
Then there’s the fact that a factory that built its cars from stampedsteel panels opted for a fibreglass body for the Corvette. A lighter side to the C1’s significance is its starring role in the 60s TV series . Who among us wouldn’t want to opt for an iconic ’Vette like the Larkham car for our drive down the iconic ‘Mother Road’?
As the story of the eight-year restoration, a labour of love by Chris Larkham, is revealed in pictures don’t blame us if you start searching the web for travel packages and classic car rentals in Chicago that might have a C1 on the fleet.
THE PRETTY BMW E30 convertible covered in this issue’s ‘Readers’ Rides’ feature is no ordinary E30.
Owner Mike Wilson, from Brisbane, reveals that its original motor made way for a gutsy M5 powerplant, a move that has produced a radical change in the car’s character.
Apparently the decision to press the pedal anywhere near the metal should not be taken lightly.
Mike is far from the first to have recognised the potential of M-Power engine transplants to lift the performance of the more humbly endowed BMW models.
This video shows John Bowe sampling another lovely example of this approach for Unique Cars readers.
The car JB puts through its paces is an E30 318iS that has been repowered with a 3.2-litre six from an E46 M3. As well as the engine, this swap included the complete M3 powertrain and brake set-up.
Check the video to see what JB thought of this all-European approach to building a boy-racer car.
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