QOTD: What's on Your OEM Wish List?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd whats on em your em oem wish list

As we saw yesterday with the (very) limited-edition coach-door Continental, sometimes an automaker finally produces what the people cried out for… years earlier.

One wonders what the demand for this suicide-door sedan might have been had Lincoln decided to launch it alongside the regular model back in 2016. Those rear doors are tailor-made for a low-angle exit shots outside the club in any number of music videos. As well, overseas executives in a certain People’s Republic might have found the additional rear legroom quite appealing — and exclusive.

But Lincoln deserves kudos for going the extra mile and actually altering the platform and body of a car to make its door wish (your door wish?) come true. This wasn’t just an engine swap or some other minor alteration that leaves the car’s overall dimensions intact. Lincoln put this sedan on the taffy puller for you. Which begs the question: if other mainstream automakers were willing to go the Lincoln route, what type of limited-edition variant would you demand of them?

I know what Adam Tonge wants, as he spent much of yesterday talking about it. A Ford F-150 sedan.

Think of it: a regular F-150 SuperCrew short box with a ride height haircut, softer springs, and a trunklid replacing the tailgate and (presumably) tonneau cover. Frankly, prying ears in Dearborn should pick this up.

My first choice wouldn’t be such a grotesquerie, of course. Adam can have his frankenmobile, but I’d prefer a truck Fiat Chrysler may very well end up making. It’s not out of the question. Back when the word “Dodge” graced the sides of Ram trucks, the short-lived SRT-10 caught my eye. A regular cab, short box sport truck with the heart of a Viper. Why aren’t we doing this again, FCA? Grab that 797-horse 6.2L Demon Light mill from the Challenger Hellcat Redeye, mate it to the shortest and least commodious 2019 Ram 1500, paint two big stripes down the hood (and grille, and roof, and tailgate), and start taking orders. Call it the Ram HellBeast or something. Ram DemonCore.

Seems pretty obvious to me, but maybe your author isn’t thinking far enough outside the box for this exercise. If Lincoln’s willing to stretch the Continental six inches and put the rear doors on backwards, maybe there’s other interesting bodystyle configurations and alterations to be had elsewhere.

So, let’s hear it. What do you want to see? You’re calling the shots here, and the OEM of your choice is bending to your every whim. Our only criteria with this question is that the model at the heart of this creation must currently be in production; otherwise, your ask of the OEM can be as mild or wild as you wish.

[Image: Lincoln Motor Company]

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  • Limos Limos on Dec 19, 2018

    Love it - hopefully they build a livery version with same door and stretch. Royale build a similar version but oem rear doors, and stretched B-pillar - interior inside is bad, B-pillar inside show an add on part beside safety belt - here they should put more work and money and make a better part so it show as one piece.... My Fleetwood Limited is same "product" - standard Deville sold by cadillac, but built at Superior - stretched behind rear doors and also trunk stretched.

  • Limos Limos on Dec 19, 2018

    Why is it so that every car dealer in the US demand ZIP-code on their website before one can see all cars and editions?? What about us outside US that do not have a ZIP-code. Internet is world wide - make a site for all of us!

  • Jim Bonham Thanks.
  • Luke42 I just bought a 3-row Tesla Model Y.If Toyota made a similar vehicle, I would have bought that instead. I'm former Prius owner, and would have bought a Prius-like EV if it were available.Toyota hasn't tried to compete with the Model Y. GM made the Bolt EUV, and Ford made the Mach-E. Tesla beat them all fair and square, but Toyota didn't even try.[Shrug]
  • RHD Toyota is trying to hedge their bets, and have something for everyone. They also may be farther behind in developing electric vehicles than they care to admit. Japanese corporations sometimes come up with cutting-edge products, such as the Sony Walkman. Large corporations (and not just Japanese corporations) tend to be like GM, though - too many voices just don't get heard, to the long-term detriment of the entity.
  • Randy in rocklin The Japanese can be so smart and yet so dumb. I'm America-Japanese and they really can be dumb sometimes like their masking paranoia.
  • Bunkie The Flying Flea has a fascinating story and served, inadvertently, to broaden the understanding of aircraft design. The crash described in the article is only part of the tale.
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