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Sukhoi T-50 prototype for the PAK-FA stealth fighter 2010. Always thought the Russian milatary airplanes displayed an out of the box design…not to mention that they look mean as hell!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_PAK_FA

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Porsche Carrera GT 2004. Here’s the bare carbon chassis. Most people assume the chassis was built by Porsche but in fact it was built by an Italian company called ATR Composites Group which specializes in composite parts.

Porsche Carrera GT 2004. Here’s the bare carbon chassis. Most people assume the chassis was built by Porsche but in fact it was built by an Italian company called ATR Composites Group which specializes in composite parts.

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The Drag-u-la from The Munsters. Both of the cars from The Munsters  were built by George Barris (he of Batmobile fame etc etc) and were  actually fully drivable. Funny story about the Drag-u-la courtesy of  That Car Guy…
In an episode titled "Hot Rod Herman,  Herman lost the Koach in a bet with a faster drag-racer. To win the  family car back, Grandpa built a dragster out of a coffin. In the end,  they wound up with both cars, and the Drag-u-la is seen in the closing  credits of the second season.
The Drag-u-la has a Dragmaster chassis, a 350-horsepower 289 Mustang  V-8, four-speed stick, and dragster slicks mounted on polished Rader  five-spoke wheels. On the front, English Speedsport wire wheels have  mounted Italian motorcycle tires. With the upturned organ pipe exhaust,  Grandpa says it’s the only dragster in America that can play Oh, Promise Me in second gear.
Getting the casket for the car was, well, another story. Seems the  crew went to buy a damaged casket, but the undertaker would not sell one  to Barris since he wasn’t dead. As soon as the funeral director  left, Barris “appropriated” a casket, leaving the cash behind for  payment.
Things were definitively more laid back in the 60s!

The Drag-u-la from The Munsters. Both of the cars from The Munsters were built by George Barris (he of Batmobile fame etc etc) and were actually fully drivable. Funny story about the Drag-u-la courtesy of That Car Guy…

In an episode titled "Hot Rod Herman, Herman lost the Koach in a bet with a faster drag-racer. To win the family car back, Grandpa built a dragster out of a coffin. In the end, they wound up with both cars, and the Drag-u-la is seen in the closing credits of the second season.

The Drag-u-la has a Dragmaster chassis, a 350-horsepower 289 Mustang V-8, four-speed stick, and dragster slicks mounted on polished Rader five-spoke wheels. On the front, English Speedsport wire wheels have mounted Italian motorcycle tires. With the upturned organ pipe exhaust, Grandpa says it’s the only dragster in America that can play Oh, Promise Me in second gear.

Getting the casket for the car was, well, another story. Seems the crew went to buy a damaged casket, but the undertaker would not sell one to Barris since he wasn’t dead. As soon as the funeral director left, Barris “appropriated” a casket, leaving the cash behind for payment.

Things were definitively more laid back in the 60s!

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Porsche 911 Paris Dakar replica. Looks awesome! Bombing through some dirt roads must be sick in that thing!

Porsche 911 Paris Dakar replica. Looks awesome! Bombing through some dirt roads must be sick in that thing!

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Toyota Landcruiser series 80 6 wheeler. Saw this converted Toyota when I  was cruising through Australia. Dont know if it was a 6x6 or a 4x4 with  an added axle to help tow a bigger load.

Toyota Landcruiser series 80 6 wheeler. Saw this converted Toyota when I was cruising through Australia. Dont know if it was a 6x6 or a 4x4 with an added axle to help tow a bigger load.

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De Tomaso Longchamp with Ford 351 Cleveland V8 1972. A total of only 409 cars were built, including 14 convertibles.

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Honda NR 500 1977 This oval piston was used by Honda to skirt the regulations of the time which stated that an engine could only have 4 combustion chambers. Thus Honda made elongated bores so that each combustion chamber could be extra large and help in catching up to the power made by the two stroke bikes. The experiment was a failure as 13th place was the highest finish they achieved in GP racing although they did manage to win one heat race at Laguna Seca with Freddy Spencer and the Suzuka 200 kilometer race with Kengo Kiyama.

Honda NR 500 1977 This oval piston was used by Honda to skirt the regulations of the time which stated that an engine could only have 4 combustion chambers. Thus Honda made elongated bores so that each combustion chamber could be extra large and help in catching up to the power made by the two stroke bikes. The experiment was a failure as 13th place was the highest finish they achieved in GP racing although they did manage to win one heat race at Laguna Seca with Freddy Spencer and the Suzuka 200 kilometer race with Kengo Kiyama.

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B Engineering Edonis 2011. This car was based on the Bugatti EB 110 SS chassis which were left over after Bugatti went bankrupt and sold off all its assets. The all wheel drive system was removed and the bodywork and interior completely redone.

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Bentley Speed Six “Blue Train Special” 1930.

So named because of the famous Blue Train races in the 1920s and 1930s, a series of record-breaking attempts between automobiles and trains. It saw a number of motorists and their own or sponsored automobiles race against the Le Train Bleu, a train that ran between Calais and the French Riviera.

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Lost Coast, CA. Roughly spanning between Ferndale and Rockport.

Lost Coast, CA. Roughly spanning between Ferndale and Rockport.

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Mercedes Benz SL65 Black Series 2010 Twin turbo 6.0 V12

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Lamborghini LM002 V12 1986. Only about 320 were produced, some with carburetors and some with fuel injection.

The origin of the LM002 is quite bizarre…in 1977 Lamborghini fashioned the Cheetah prototype (last pic bottom corner). The Cheetah was a hodgepodge of parts and builders, it was built by US-based defense contractor Mobility Technology International on behalf of Lamborghini using a Chrysler 5.9 V8 hooked up to a 3 speed Chrysler torqueflite and placed in the rear. Turns out MTI lifted the design from FMC’s 1970 concept, the XR 311. FMC eventually sued both Lamborghini and MTI, but the odd couple pressed on. The fiberglass Cheetah was built in San Jose and transported to Italy so Lamborghini could work on the V8.

The US Army was to be the main buyer but after a round of tests they decided that they didn’t like the way the prototype handled and so the US military signed a contract with AM General to produce the Humvee in June of 1981.

Lamborghini continued with their quest to build an SUV but by the time they did it was a complete redesign using the Countach V12 with 455 hp.

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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33.2 by Pinninfarina 1969