Mystery Car

Hey, T.G.I.F., people! Or, actually T.G.B. A. as in That’s gotta’ be a. . .

It’s been a short week for most of us here in the Land of the Free and the home of the Atlanta Braves, and I’m sure that you all will make short work of identifying this red, but not white nor blue, wire-wheeled wonder. You know the dentist’s drill – make, model, year, engine, etc…

Okay, git r done!

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31 responses to “Mystery Car”

  1. tonyola Avatar

    Fiat 8V Berlinetta circa 1955. 1996cc V8 engine.

    1. B72 Avatar

      Sure does look a lot like it! And the floor under it. And the wall behind it…
      <img src="; ,width="500/">

    2. Bret Avatar

      Nice! I recognized it immediately; I must visit more frequently.
      I picked up a little model of an 8V Zagato in Spello the day the Mille Miglia came through.
      <img src="; width="500" alt="Molto bella!" title="Molto bella!">

  2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Okay. Name this car <img src=>

    1. B72 Avatar

      Alfetta GTV6?

        1. P161911 Avatar

          How about just Alfa GT with the DOHC I-4? Those are DOHC 4 valve covers.
          The half shafts seem to match and that bell housing piece looks like part of the transaxle.
          <img src="; width="500/">

      1. facelvega Avatar

        Good guess, that's the way most Alfettas normally look

        1. tonyola Avatar

          Needs more corrosion, though.

        2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

          Is this consistant with your experience? <img src=>

    2. P161911 Avatar

      I'll go with Lotus Elan. The valve covers in the front are from a twin cam four of some sort, look like Alfa Romeo though. The two half shafts with CV joints are from something with an an IRS, the Spider had a solid rear axle, so I don't know.

    3. Robert Emslie Avatar
      Robert Emslie

      Citroen SM.

      1. Van Sarockin Avatar
        Van Sarockin

        That's as close as I can come. If not that, then a Lancia? Khamsin? Did Peugot ever make a V-6? I'd like to think it might be a Fiero, but there's a delicacy to the valve covers and castings that argues against that, plus the sump is too generous!

    4. Feds_II Avatar

      Alright, here's what I see:
      DOHC V-6 (2 different DOHC cam covers, 3 pipes on each header)
      Transverse mounting (header shape, transmission parts)
      Forced induction (that yellow thing looks a lot like an intercooler or top of a blower)
      However, not a millenia, so I don't know.

      1. vwminispeedster Avatar


        1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

          That was my first thought, but the valve covers seem to be wrong.

        2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

          Perhaps you'd like to be more specific?

          1. Feds_II Avatar

            Not a lot of Dino stuff on the interwebs. the cam covers actually look dino-ish to my eye. I discounted it originally because some of the google images made it look like the engine is longitudinal.
            More research has me saying Dino 246 GT.javascript:%20postComment(1);

      2. skitter Avatar

        Could it at long last be an NSX?

    5. Jo Schmo Avatar
      Jo Schmo

      it's a 1978 Northwestern Pallet with a 2592 ci milk crate engine.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Close. The milk crate is 924 ci (4 gallons).

        1. Jo Schmo Avatar
          Jo Schmo

          ah I see what you did there! I went with the eyeballing approach of "it looks to be about 18 x 12 bx 12" which isn't far off, if I had gone to the googles I would have noticed that a standard milk crate is 19 x 13 x 11, giving an even more impressive 2717 cubic inches.
          Also, looks to be aircooled.

  3. Feds_II Avatar

    Not a Milano/75, as they were longitudnal. I doubt it's a 155 or a 156…
    It's also not a Maserati Merak, in case you were wondering…

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      No on both counts.

  4. longrooffan Avatar

    the only thing I recognize in that image is the folgers coffee can!

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      There's some related content on Atomic Toasters for help in recognizing the milk crate:
      Can't help with the pallet, though. I suspect it's a pallet.

      1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

        All I can say about the manufacture is it's not CHEP or CPC.
        That looks like an awful design, it's a 2-way with no cutouts for forks in the side, and it's got two widely spaced stringers in the middle so it probably can't be picked up with most jacks. Terrible!
        (and the milk crate is 24 litres. =6 x 4L)

  5. Jim-Bob Avatar

    Lancia Stratos. It used a Ferrari V6 (2.4 litre version of the Dino engine), that was mid mounted and consistent with the headers shown.

    1. Jim-Bob Avatar

      <img src=""&gt; this is a dino engine but the Stratos used the same one. The air box is also the same as the yellow one in the pic.