By on October 18, 2009

Aerodyne or anodyne?

Another day, another meticulously-crafted yet completely bastardized retro-mod, conceived but not realized by a designer working for a major car company, finished via the patronage of California collector Ron Kellogg. This time ’round, Big Ron’s looking to de-acquisition an Aerodyne Streamliner Coupe penned by Nissan Design’s California model shop manager John Toom. The quote marks denote deconstruction. Toom’s fantasy whip sits on a 1956 Jaguar XK140 frame, powered by a rebuilt 3.8-liter XKE engine. Et voila! A Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantique knock-off! Whatever it isn’t, the Jag-based whip’s got bespoke door handles, gauges, dashboard, the works. Unlike Kellogg’s cod-Bug, the sales bumph for the made-up Jag doesn’t include a list of concours events which have welcomed the car. Take that as you will. Referring to Kellogg’s car photo website, we can speculate that the collector’s willingness to do the wild thang with a Jag connects to his first car: a XK120 coupe. More than this, I do not know, and the Internets will not reveal. Suffice it to say, if I were a mainstream manufacturer’s car designer with a hankering to reinvent a classic car, I’d think twice before risking the Curse of The RestoMod Motors.

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16 Comments on “Found on JamesList: 1956 “Jaguar” Aerodyne Streamliner Coupe...”

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    I think this thing looks pretty wicked. Love the deep French Blue color, and the knife-edge fenders… the ’59 Caddyesque rear ‘lightbombs’ are kind of polarizing, but other than that I say it’s a cool ride. Lots of monstrosities have been created in the name of personalization, but this is more art than ‘Franken-car’ to my eyes.

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    I think it is pretty spectacular. However, these pseudo-classics are an iffy proposition investment wise. If you love it and have deep pockets, have at it. If purchasing it is a financial stretch, best to stay away.

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    I honestly like this one far more than the PseudoBugatti. If you are going to make something up, then go all the way. Though it is reminiscent of a Talbot-Lago.

    Very well done.


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    Andy D

    Agree with Chuck. Google Talbo. This is my favorite body style. My dream is to build something similar out of hammered aluminum beaten into shape over wooden bucks. An XJ 6 chassis would be a fine starting point. I heart twin cam I sixes.

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    Bastardization tho it may be, it would still stop me in my tracks if I saw it driving down the street.

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    +1 with Chuck. The image is a dream…and the chassis, thus the ride, has nothing to live up to…unlike the pseudoBug, which is a knock-off off one of the finest drives Bugatti ever made. The drive of this Brand-New Aeromobile (thanks to another Chuck!) will stand or fall on its own.

    On another note…my wife and I were at Lowe’s walking towards the door, when a car back out in front of us. Looking down I see the growling cat logo on the (rather ordinary) wheels…I shook my head in disbelief and muttered, “That’s a Jag?”.
    My wife, *so* not a car head, turns, looks and says, “But that’s a Mercury…ah, ah a Taurus, one of those.”
    You know you’ve lost your brand when Mrs. Everyday America mistakes your premium brand for a midrange Ford….

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    I’d hit it.

    Why do we care about blue chip investment and being allowed into the concours circles? I’d drive the **** out of that thing and love every mile.

    Look at Jay Leno’s collection for lots of neato resto-mods and resto-what-the-hell-is-that projects. I personally like his V-12 early series XKE, which looks relatively stock but is in fact a heavily carved up Series III car made to look and perform like a Series I/II – actually perform a damn sight better with a liberated V-12.

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    Stephan Wilkinson

    Don’t Google Talbo, Google Talbot.

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    Very cool! I’d hate to think how many $$ he put into it that he’ll never get out.

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    Robert Schwartz

    I liked the other one better. I don’t think this one can keep up with the Talbot.

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    Andy D

    Talbos are a tribute to Talbots. IIRC, some guy in FL puts ’em on a Panther chassis.

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    I heart twin cam I sixes.

    Me too, but if you are going to do something really wicked find a straight 8 and a vintage blower. Visually, it is a sight to see.

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    I don’t quite understand the ire that Kellogg raises with his project cars. Plenty of original Bugattis had coachbuilt bodies and Kellogg’s Bug has a better claim to being a real Bugatti than the $1.5 million dollar VWs being assembled in France these days. The Bugatti collectors community recognized the Kellogg car as a legitimate Bugatti, and I think that means more than what some folks on car blogs say.

    Likewise with the Aerodyne Streamliner. Kellogg is helping to keep the coachbuilding tradition alive. That’s why I don’t have a problem with the expensive 45th Anniversary Iacocca edition Mustangs. The bodywork is done by Metalcrafters.

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    Most of us do not know these classics well enough to really have a knowlegable opinion, other than, “I want one,” or “Eeoow!” However, I think it would draw darn near anyone’s eye if it pull up to the drive through window.

    It looks like something from a Dick Tracy movie. I like it. No I don’t. OK, I do…

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    This car was built by my dad, John Toom.  He did not try to copy the Bugatti.  He had been sketching this car for many years.  He designed and built this car in his shop in Alpine, CA. Every detail of this car was worked out in his head.  The comments stating that my dad “bastardized” this design really hurts.  My dad had retired from Nissan Design International in La Jolla, CA at the age of 62.  It was a dream come true to be able to work in his shop at home on this car and not have to go to work.  Unfortunately, he never got to see the car to completion, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer around July 2000 and passed away in August of 2001.  The car was sold to Ron Kellogg and he completed the car as my dad had planned.  My father would be very proud. 

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      I am the grandson of Ron Kellogg, and wanted to tell you Hulianna Toom that my grandfather is reminded every day that your father didn’t make it to see his car finished. He nearly had tears rolling down his face the other day when we were in his garage talking about the car. He wanted to make sure he built it how your father had wanted and made sure to keep as close to his designs as possible. I am sure my grandfather would love to hear from you and your family an how you are all doing.

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