One Lap of the Web: World's strangest Edsel Pacer, racing Corvettes and 10 automotive misstepsMon, 15 Jul 2013
We spend a lot of time on the Internet -- pretty much whenever we're not driving, writing about or working on cars. Since there's more out there than we'd ever be able to cover, here's our daily digest of car stuff on the Web you may not otherwise have heard about.
-- The Edsel didn't win many style awards as a passenger car, but how do you feel about it as a piece of heavy construction equipment? Someone saw fit to bring this fever dream to life, they managed to sell it for a whopping $2,045 (perhaps the bizarre Obama(?) mannequin included with the car brought in the bids). Congrats to the new owner, we guess.
-- There's still a month or two of summer left, which means there's still time to get in on the vintage racing action. So how about a 1968 road racing Corvette? It's been racing since new, even competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona in the 1980s, receiving a series of structural and aesthetic modifications along the way. It's in Peru, Ill. now, and with less than a day left in bidding it's stuck at $89,000. Head to eBay to get in on the big-block bidding action.
-- Sometimes we don't need a story with structure or narrative to keep us riveted; often, a gallery of images does just fine. Take this one at Motoring con Brio: Flying formula cars, modern Le Mans prototypes and a swarm of old-school Fiat Abarths -- it's all there, along with two-stroke Saabs rallying and lots of 911s. Check it out at Motoring Con Brio.
-- Jalopnik has a list of 10 cars that never should have left the factory. We don't disagree with any, though we're not sure how the author narrowed down the field to a mere 10. Still, it's a pretty well-rounded list: Some, like the tragic Aston Martin Cygnet, have at least some reason for existing. Others? Well, we're sure there's someone out who would attempt to justify the Nissan CrossCabriolet, but they're probably too embarrassed to show themselves in public.
By Graham Kozak