I don’t have any particular bias against American cars, but it’s fair to say that I’ve always preferred imports over American muscle, save for one major exception; the GMC Typhoon.
The first model car kit I ever built with my Dad was a GMC Syclone, and as I learned about the cars over the years, my interest has only deepened. Here is a relatively crude package, based on a BOF truck platform, that was one of the fastest accelerating cars at the time, and can still keep pace with a lot of today’s performance cars.
Every so often, I check the internet for Typhoons, then talk myself out of it. I would need to store it in winter, be extra careful not to damage the now-irreplaceable factory cladding and be extra careful with using the twin-turbo AWD drivetrain at every single stoplight.
My most recent Ebay foray led me to the Typhoon you see above. Priced rather optimistically at $99,999 OBO, it has just 9.6 miles on it, making it essentially brand new. I wouldn’t even want it. Every time you drive it, it depreciates incrementally and loses that “preserved in frozen carbonite” mystique that made it so special. Give me a nicely broken-in example, even with 6 figures on the odometer. If it cleans up nicely and everything’s in good working order, that’s fine by me. I know there are others out there who need to have that all-original, delivery miles-and-window-sticker garage queen. But I’m not one of them. Are you?