Mecum Machines: Memories…

This car brings back memories… Needs some Hotchkis bits, me thinks.

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15 responses to “Mecum Machines: Memories…”

  1. Scandinavian Flick Avatar
    Scandinavian Flick

    There has been a C2 Corvette in the background of every one of your photos so far.
    Just an observation.
    …or is it a sign…

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Shit ton of C2 Vettes…

      1. Scandinavian Flick Avatar
        Scandinavian Flick

        So it is a sign!

  2. danleym Avatar

    They're going to have a Levi's CJ7 (with a 304, too!) go across today! You should grab a pic of the interior of this if you get the chance.
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    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      I was right next to it when it wheeled up, I have to find it to grab a shot of the interior.

  3. danleym Avatar

    They've got something for mdharrel, too:
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    1. Alff Avatar

      Only if he's ready for an upgrade.

      1. Alff Avatar

        So that's where Hudson's leftover inventory went.

  4. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth

    The Hotchkis Challenger is pretty much exactly how i would build my challenger if i had one… maybe some day.
    btw here's some random douche driving one 😉
    [youtube 7yMl0LWlekM youtube]
    I keed, this is my favourite hooniverse video by far. The Hooniverse needs more videos of just driving awesome cars.

  5. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
    C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    All I want is a white Challenger w/the 440, A/C, and a 727.
    Oh, and some Colorado plates…
    (I know the Vanishing Point Challenger was supposed to be a 426, but the 440 is more pleasant for DD use.

    1. danleym Avatar

      We've even got someone around here who has that license plate number for you…
      OA5599, you around? What was that number again?

    2. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
      Dean Bigglesworth

      Mr. OA5599 might have something to say about that..
      I would build mine with a 340, later 5-speed, and modern suspension and brakes.

    3. OA5599 Avatar

      The Barry Newman film never said it was a 426 under the hood. Filming used four 440 cars (4-speed, though, not the 727) and a 383. The remake did claim the car was a 426, and spliced in an underhood shot of a Hemi Charger.
      A 440 might have been more practical as a daily driver in 1970, but these days people who drive 40-year-old muscle cars do so to make a statement, and because it's fun. Why not go for the gold and put an elephant under the hood?

      1. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
        C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

        I remember reading about the actual cars used, but I could swear, early in the movie, over the police radio, they speculated Elephant Power. You had to be paying attention to notice it, though. Can't find it, though I'm skipping around in the flick, looking for it.
        Actually, now that I think about it, I'd not turn down…at all a six-pack 340. Almost bought a T/A one back in about 1988. I'm not anything about the 'statement' part of it. I have always loved the style of this machine, and have been a Mopar guy since I can remember. First vehicle I owned, drove, rode in (home from the hospital), was a 1967 A-108 passenger van, special ordered from the factory by my father. Very neat machine, and it's why I am the way I am, today.
        In the movie trailer, the Challenger is referred to as supercharged, but I think that's a description, as in high speed/high power.
        I'm still kicking myself for not picking up that yellow '70 or '71 T/A. Was clean…very clean…and about $3k.
        Though…I did have a 60 mi. RT commute to school, daily, so there were practicalities…
        BTW, I refuse to accept there is a remake of this movie.

        1. OA5599 Avatar

          Movie trailers don't count. that's just advertising, often containing elements that never make the final cut.
          The police suspect the car is supercharged in the radio call. Kowalski does say to the drug dealer that the car is hopped up to over 160, but never describes what was done. Usually in 1970, a supercharged Challenger would have a big hole in the hood and a telltale whine when the engine was running.

          The only production T/As were in 1970. One was advertised for '71, but never made it to the showrooms. It would have had a 4 bbl.
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