By on February 7, 2011


Sometimes you’re just driving along when something catches your attention as you whiz past. Was that a… no, it couldn’t be. This happened to me as I headed home from the Tri-State Swap Meet at Denver’s Stock Show Complex on Saturday. So, we went back around the block and I took this blurry, Loch Ness Monster-style shot (rather than get out of the truck in a snowstorm). No, it’s not a factory-made Superbird or Daytona, but maybe it’s a super-rare Chrysler prototype from the depths height of the Malaise Era, just parked in some dude’s driveway!

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19 Comments on “Whoa, What’s That?...”


  • avatar
    GS650G

    Ah yes,  the high performance wing on the rear provides thousands of pounds of down force when drifting at 100 mph. I saw one made from wood once, could not stop laughing.

  • avatar
    west-coaster

    I hope the owner of the car doesn’t make fun of “riced” Hondas.

  • avatar
    Autojunkie

    Looks like mid-seventies Pontiac GP. Don’t blame Chrysler for this hillbilly creation…

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Whether it’s a GP, or jjklongisland’s suggested Dodge Magnum, or even the latter’s upscale mate the Cordoba, the original manufacturer is blameless. Whatever it is, it didn’t come out of the factory like that. Some people should just stick to fuzzy dice.

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    Zackman

    Ha ha ha! Looks like a shopping cart or a push mower! You ususally see these things on little rice-burners like Hyundais, Hondas, Subies and Mitsus, but I’ve never seen one as gargantuan as that on an American car except for the Superbirds, lime-green, of course!

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      While I’m not a fan of large spoilers either…Subarus and Mitsubishis (EVOs, at least) should be excluded from your nonsense “rice-burners” list. They do serve a function on 300+ hp AWD compact cars which do reach high speeds and can produce severe lift (providing downforce) without such a spoiler. Especially if they’re a factory piece.

      At the same time, if I was to drive a WRX STi I’d rather do so without the large spoiler…not just to keep attention off the car but because it obstructs rear visibility.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      TEXN3: I’m referring to the neighborhood kids who take their older Japanese beat-up cars and tack all the spoliers, ill-fitting facias and so forth on them that cost mose than the car is/was worth. I did the same, but with me many years ago, I spent what meager funds I could scrounge up simply to repair all the rusted-out areas! So, I guess that’s progress!

    • 0 avatar
      Lumbergh21

      Yeah, the really funny part is that they do this so they can go faster when all they are doing is increasing the drag on the car; thereby, reducing the already poor acceleration and the gas mileage along with it.  It seems to me that a lip spoiler is more functional anyway.  If properly designed it should create the rear downward force without nearly the “look at me, I’m a dork” factor of the high mounted spoilers and probably less of a drag penalty.

    • 0 avatar
      sitting@home

      The extras they add to their cars are peacock feathers; they’re not meant to add any functionality and in fact only make things worse. Their sole purpose is to impress members of the opposite sex.

  • avatar
    Jedchev

    Looks like a 76-77 Grand Prix. I really love these cars, as my first and third cars were ’77 Grand Prixs. Beautiful styling, great handling and really good gas mileage. the 400 actually got 20mpg on the highway. It’s a shame he couldn’t find a crappier car to mess up

  • avatar
    obbop

    Sniff.
    In 1975 if only I had a place to store it I could have owned a Superbird for a mere $1,800.
    Far from prime shape but decent and driveable and all the the parts were there.
    So many tears shed over the years.
     
    Sniff.

    • 0 avatar
      fincar1

      I have a similar tale to tell…4-speed Superbird for $2500. it ran and drove well but didn’t have original paint. I didn’t buy it because I wanted to keep my 300L.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    Kinda looks like he would have gone higher if his garage door had been taller…
     
    The question is – is the “wing” is an actual airfoil, or is it just a flat plank parallel to the ground?

    • 0 avatar
      Felis Concolor

      The original Daytona/Superbird wings were in fact adjustable airfoils; on originals and resto-mods you can see the small holes housing the pitch adjustment hardware near the top of the wings, at the transition point, along with the barely visible break lines for the upper section. I’m guessing this is one of the more numerous and far less expensive (<$1,000) fiberglas reproduction pieces, which may well included faux pitch adjustment holes but on closer inspection will clearly show a fixed pitch airfoil section.

      The builder also committed an easily spotted error. Even if he had used the proper Charger/Satellite body style, the wing’s location is incorrect; that is clearly the more steeply raked Superbird wing, but it’s set right near the end of the fender a la the Daytona’s more vertically aligned spoiler. a Daytona-swept wing like that will be set approximately a foot forward of the trunk lid, which also explains the original wing’s design intent: unlike the nearly useless Monte Carlo/Grand Prix bubbleback G-bodies of the late 80s, the Daytona and Superbird were still practical on a daily use basis as the wing was designed to fully clear the trunk lid when opened, something a full width 6″ height spoiler would not have allowed.

      My guess: the wing on that particular car is a real airfoil, but it’s fixed in position and nowhere near as functional as the originals.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    That wing certainly helps with winter traction – at high speed, of course.

  • avatar
    discoholic

    I’d say it’s a handle. For throwing the car away.

  • avatar
    jjklongisland

    I think its a 78 or 79 Dodge Magnum…  What an Epic Fail!

  • avatar
    mazder3

    I don’t understand the wing hate. They’re great for drying clothes.


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