Hoon's Day Out: LeMay America's Car Museum – Ferrambo


They call it Ferrambo.

Here at Hooniverse, we often talk about crazy car mashups, unholy mechanical unions, often in the popular Craigslist Crapshoots. Have any of us ever dreamed of stuffing the engine from a 360 Modena into a 1960 Nash Rambler wagon? Well, dream no more, because I have just such an example for you here.


The chassis is custom-made to fit the 3.6L V8 into the back of the Rambler. According to those who know (i.e. the guys who built it), here is a rundown of some of the specs:

* Art Morrison & Divers Street Rods Chassis.    * One Off Wheel Hubs to fit Custom Wheels.    * Drop Out Subframe for Service.    * Ferrari Unequal Wishbone front and rear suspension.    * Swan Composite and Brembo Brake Calipers.    * Art Morrison Steering Box.    * One Off Machined 18×8.5 Front and 20×10 Rear Wheels.    * Ferrari’s 3.6 Liter V8 Engine (405 hp).    * Ferrari’s 6-speed Manual Transmission.    * One-Off Divers Street Rods Exhaust System.    * 1960 Rambler Body.    * PPG Ferrari Rosso Corsa Red.    * Custom Aluminum Hood and Grill.    * Body work by Shawn McNally, Jim Lykken and Russ Divers.    * Painter Shawn McNally and Jim Lykken.    * Customer Divers Street Rods Headlights and LED Tail Lights.    * Saffron Fine Scottish Leather Interior by Scott Divers.    * MoTec Gauges and completely customer Divers Dash Board.    * Speedway Steering Column.


I don’t know if this is gorgeous, gawdy, or god-awful. Maybe we should take a poll.


I think my favorite part of this car is the interior. The custom luggage in the front is a nice touch. Everything you see is custom-made for the car, if it wasn’t part of the original car. Many, many cows gave their lives to dress up the interior, including the trunk and custom luggage. I’m not sure how well those seats would hold a driver through a fast corner, although I’m not sure it would matter.

You can find more information about this unique machine at http://ferrambo.com/, which includes a ton of build pictures. What do you think of this unusual marriage of American style with Italian muscle?

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22 responses to “Hoon's Day Out: LeMay America's Car Museum – Ferrambo”

  1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Gorgeous! And I really do need some new luggage…

  2. FreeMan Avatar

    The color is horrendus. I'm hoping it's just poor reproduction from lighing and a bad camera (or maybe the weird things they do because I'm on Citrix here at the office), because that looks nothing like any Rosso Corsa Ferrari I've ever seen.
    I really don't hate it, I'm just baffeled as to why, especially since it seems destined to spent the rest of eternity on its little pedistals. If they take it out & drive it, then I'm all for it.

    1. will Avatar

      it's the photos and the lighting. i have seen other photos where the color is typical ferrari red.

      1. FreeMan Avatar

        good to know. in retrospect, the color isn't that bad, it's just not Ferrari red, which is what i was expecting.

  3. LTDScott Avatar

    I love how nuts the idea is, I'm only sad that it will never get driven in anger to justify all of the performance goodies stuffed in it.

  4. $kaycog Avatar

    When I read "Ferrambo", I instantly thought I was not going to like whatever it was. I was wrong, I do like it, and I love the color.

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      when i read ferrambo, i thought, "there is no way this won't be awesome"

      1. wunno sev Avatar
        wunno sev

        and believe it or not, i'm not a huge fan of this vehicle

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    Shouldn't it be "Ferrambler" – or am I missing something? No Lambo doors or anything…? I like the thought, the execution is a bit too much for me. Would be more to my taste if the "stance" was normal – and the thing was on a road.

    1. vwminispeedster Avatar

      Agreed. Ferrambler is a much better name. Ferrambo should be a Ferrari powered "Rambo" Lambo LM002.

      1. FreeMan Avatar

        yes, that name should be reserved for a Ferrari powered Lambo, or Lambo powered Ferrari.
        what's that whirring noise, you ask? just the occupants of two Italian graves starting to spin.

    2. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      I'm with you. The name is slightly too contrived, and to me the car would have been a lot better if it had been built how Ferrari, or Nash for that matter, would have built it.
      Anyone can build anything if they throw enough money at it. It's wonderful, but could be wonderfuller.

      1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
        ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

        You're absolutely right, wonderful but could be wonderfuller. Like the front grille, it should dispense a spare tire. And there should be a luggage shelf in back over the engine. And really some wood on the car to match that of viewers like me. Oh yeah, won't be complete without a roof rack too, maybe some wipers too.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          You seem like a spoiled child.

    3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      Well, it is fully FerrNashed.

  6. MVEilenstein Avatar

    In my theoretical poll, I vote gawdy, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's wild, creative, weird, and very hoonworthy. It's not my cup of tea, but it doesn't need to be for me to appreciate it!


    I loved the concept since the first time I saw it in one of my dad's Street Rodder magazines, but always felt the execution really made it fall flat. It looks just like every other Ridler car, over-smoothed and devoid of interesting details. It looks so cookie-cutter street rod that it just bores me. And those wheels are terrible. But I do love the idea, and the mechanical side of the car is spectacularly done, although as others have said, it's a shame that like every other Ridler car it'll never get driven in anger.

  8. racer139 Avatar

    IMHO if it where more stock looking it would be so much better.. Imagine the sounds while dropping two gears and pulling out to passand the bewildermint in those who you have passed woundering where the ferrari is. Not that this will ever be drivin in that manner if at all.

  9. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    American! FUCK YEAH!
    It's a bit much, but I'm not sure I care.

  10. nutzforautos Avatar

    HOT ROD did an excellent write-up on this car when it was built years ago. I think its awesome! Really different (during HOT ROD's "Dare to be Different" – and expensive – meme) and again, expensive.
    My heart loves the idea behind customs like this. Then I see them sitting in a museum and think.."eh..why bother?'
    More props to the dude with the chopped up Monster-drink 626..at least he's out driving his creation.

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      The car is on loan right now. It's certainly a show car, but it's no museum piece.

  11. Xedicon Avatar

    Post Riddler is become a piece of wall art. Fail.