Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Fun Thread: Spooky Wheels!

In keeping with the renewed motorhead theme, I figured I'd put out some spooky wheels for folks to check out for Halloween...

1. The Munster Koach. I mean, really, what better wheels for Halloween?


2. The Jaguar hearse from "Harold and Maude":


3. Christine. The scariest thing about this car was watching a beautiful Grand Fury (really a Plymouth Belvedere) get trashed.


4. The Euclid dumptruck. Seriously. This is the stuff of nightmares.


5. Ducati anything. 200 HP in a bike that weighs less than 400 pounds. THAT is scary.


6. Rat Rod. Until you've steered a car with a pair of vice grips, you might not understand...


7. Truck trains. If you've ever seen a tandem truck sway on the road, or seen a truck jackknife, you'll understand this one...


8. Pinto. When your car's name becomes synonymous with exploding gas tanks and automotive failures in general - displacing the Edsel - you've got a monster on your hands.


9. Bigfoot. Because MONSTER TRUCK!


10. Trabant. Because hell is filled with them, and they're all you get to drive...


So, any other scary vehicles I missed?

That is all.

24 comments:

wolfwalker said...

The Fiat 500. Calling it a glorified golf cart does a terrible disservice to honest golf carts.

The Subaru Justy.

As for your list: Turning a Jaguar into a hearse ought to be a capital offense. And the Euclid dump truck isn't terrifying, it's a thing of pure wonder. An object larger than the average house -- that MOVES. On LAND. And can carry over 300 TONS of cargo.

Shane W said...

I agree with wolfwalker on the Fiat 500. I was unfortunate enough to get one a couple months ago from a rental place.

Lupis42 said...

Reliant Robin.

On the one hand, it's a car that can do a wheelie.

On the other hand, it rolls when trying to take corners at walking speed, and is made out of plastic so light you can lift it, yet you're expected to drive it on the real road with the real cars.

LMB said...

Dragula, Grampa Munster's coffin with a tombstone front end, a V-8, and an interesting story behind it.

When the time came to build this thing, the builder needed a coffin. In California, at the time it was illegal to purchase a coffin without a death certificate. So, the builder applied a stack of cash to the problem and at around midnight one night, the coffin kind of "fell out" the back door to the funeral home and was swiftly appropriated & turned into the Dragula.

instinct said...

Since Lupis42 stole my first car (Dang you Lupis!!!) I will instead offer up the Yugo.

I don't think any other explanation is needed.

Dave H said...

I owned a Pinto and a Belvedere. The scarier car by far was the Belvedere. While the Pinto had a reputation that it -might- explode, my Belvedere had a rusted hole in the gas tank that was SURE to explode if I came too close to an ignition source. (That's why I never took up smoking. I didn't want to torch my first car.) Although the body was crap by the time I got it, that V8 engine in there was pretty much indestructible.

Does nobody remember the Yugo? Or was that just a fever dream I had? When Consumer Reports tested it, it rolled over in a curve and the roof collapsed under the weight of the body. (The test driver survived unscathed.)

wolfwalker said...

I will second the votes for the Yugo and the Reliant Robin, which was probably the world's only production three-wheeled passenger car.

I also want to add the Smart Fortwo, which I have seen a few of, and they look like a strong breeze would blow them over. Driving one of those things on the highway should be automatic proof of insanity. I have NO idea how it ever passed government safety tests.

Anonymous said...

Corvette with a 427, slick tires on a wet road.

Very scary!

Gerry

Evyl Robot Michael said...

Vice grip steering FTW. I had a rice rat that I ran for a while. One of the other guys in my church small group said of my car, "that thing just isn't natural!" LOL

Anonymous said...

How appropriate the Road Train has the BP logo on it. Now that is scary.

Hafnhaf said...

the tank truck from "Duel". watched the movie with my kids about a year ago. they both agreed it was a very scary/creepy movie.

Jim said...

Giving the Devlish Pinto it's due, my late Dad's '73 Pinto Runabout garnered 340k+ miles on it.

It still ran like a champ when he traded it in as scrap, but the floorboards had rusted clean through. I mean, Fred Flintstone would've been right at home in that car.

Pinto motors used to be popular drop-ins for various British roadsters needing a few more HP and "better-than-Lucas" ignition systems.

Both Ford (and the Mercury Bobcat variant), were also offered with the 289 V-8. Now that was scary!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

jed said...

Some of the bikes here definitely fall into the 'scary' category.

As for production 3-wheeled passenger cars, I looked up the Reliant Robin. 1973? The Isetta dates from 1955, as does the Messerschmitt KR200. Then there's Morgan and Cushman.

I'm thinking of Carl Casper's "Undertaker", but finding only scale models in a web search. Was it ever an actual build? I did find something about the Ghost.

Jay G said...

jed, the Isetta and the Messerschmitt were four-wheeled cars...

Old NFO said...

Geo Metro... And the Pinto ONLY qualifies if it has Firestone 500 tires...

Stretch said...

Sorry Jay. The Messerschmitt KR200 was a 3-wheel suicide machine. Grew up listening to stories from Dad and Uncle Jim of very mess accidents between the Messerschmitts and large, immoveable objects.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_KR200

GreyLocke said...

HEY!!! I actually want a Trabant. How many 2 cycle cars are there that you can fix with a paper clip and a cotton t-shirt :)

Weer'd Beard said...

From the more modern.

Nissan Juke and Nissan Cube!

SCARY ugly!

Anonymous said...

What....

Everyone drank enough to forget the awfulness that was the Pontiac Aztek?

Joseph in IL

Cargosquid said...

Um....The Smart Car?

Size of go cart withe the acceleration of an ox cart and a turning radius of a Cadillac.

jed said...

OK, I sit corrected. The lines of the Isetta just look 3-wheeled to me, at least in my mental picture.

However, Meatloaf said 2 out of 3 ain't bad, so I think I'm still doing pretty well.

Daddy Hawk said...

The Aztek gets a mention for sheer ugliness.

The Suzuki Sidekick should get a nod for its tendency to rollover.

Any liter class super bike but especially the Suzuki Hayabusa.

Yugo. Definitely.

Anything driven by a pissed off woman.

burkdoggy said...

Actually it was the Suzuki Samurai that liked to spend time lying down.

Laura said...

funny you mention Ducatis. friend of mine is still healing from her multi-bone leg fracture after dumping her Monster. target fixation's a bitch.