One lap of the web: obscure muscle cars and obscured OpelsWed, 18 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800
-- Not only is Bryan Adams the best-selling Canadian rock artist of all time, he's also big in Germany. So popular in fact, that (get this) Opel is building a limited edition Opel Adam dubbed "ADAM by Bryan Adams." The ADAM by Bryan Adams will feature black wheels and dark gray camouflage paintwork reminiscent of NATO winter patterns. Adams created the design himself, because when you think "Bryan Adams" -- you think winter camouflage! Just ten will be built, and proceeds will benefit the Bryan Adams Foundation. A calendar will also be produced to commemorate the limited edition model.
-- There are obscure muscle car, and then there are obscure muscle cars. The Ford Capri Perana is the latter. It was the only V8 Ford Capri ever officially sanctioned by Ford. We don't remember it either, as it wasn't available on our shores. But it was available down in South Africa. Hooniverse's Jim Brennan has the story on this rare V8-powered Ford.
-- Remember the Ford Durango? It was supposed to combine the best of the Ford Fairmont and the departing Ford Ranchero, and to take on the Chevrolet El Camino. Durangos don't come up for sale often, and this example on eBay may just be your ticket to having the only one at the next big Ford meet. Whether or not you're into this sort of thing, you have to see this.
-- Speaking of Opels, apparently the best way to sell a Saturn Astra is by rebadging it as an Opel Astra (which, for the record, is what it actually is. The seller here gets mad bonus points for going through with the badge swap 100 percent, steering wheel logo and all. And honestly, if we had one of these we'd probably do the same. Now, where the price is concerned we have some doubts....
-- Remember the VW Dasher? It wasn't very dashing, and its time in the 0 to 60 dash was laughable. Chris Haining over at the 'verse has dug up (what must be one of four surviving) brochures for this poorly remembered Volkswagen. The last time we saw one, it was sitting in that 500 car collection out in the woods. Yes, in "ran when parked" condition, how did you guess?
By Autoweek Editors