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Guess The Mainstream Car These Bizarre “Neo-Classic” Cars Are Based On

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You know what’s an endlessly amusing category of car that’s somehow, improbably, still around? Neoclassic cars. I think the term originated with Virgil Exner’s attempts to revive the Stutz and Duesenberg  marques in the 1960s, and then popularized with the Excalibur soon afterwards. Neoclassical cars are, essentially, modern cars (well, modern for whatever era they were built) but re-bodied to look like dramatic cars from the 1920s and 1930s. Generally, they tend to go for long and low and big, swooping fenders and side pipes and lots of chrome and jewelry and are wildly showy things. Generally, if you’re the sort of person who is willing to wear a gold chain that would be substantial enough to secure a schooner to the dock, then maybe a neoclassic car is for you.

The thing about most neoclassic cars is that they tend to be built by small, low-volume carmakers who don’t have the ability to produce entirely new bodies. As a result, most neoclassic cars, as transformed as they are, still maintain some hints of what their original donor cars were. It’s kind of fun to see if you can spot these details, which is what this little quiz is all about!

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I have 14 neoclassic cars listed below: see if you can tell, just by looking, no Googling now, what the original donor cars were! Stick your answers in the comments, and then, only after that, you can click the answers link below.

Oh, and don’t be fooled by the VW Beetle turn inidicators; a surprising number of these cars use them, yet only one is based on a VW Beetle body (and not the drivetrain; how did they buy new just-bodies from VW?). This’ll be fun, I promise! Off you go!

1 Philipsberlina 2 Clenet 3 Panther 4 Mitsuoka 5 Kanzler

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6 Classictiffany 7 Phantom 8 Zimmergoldenspirit 9 Spartan2 10 Zimmergslimo 11 Zimmercoupe 12 Zimmerquicksilver 13 Archer 14 Baroquecoupe

Some were easy, some were pretty tricky, right? Okay, put your guesses in the comments, then come back here and see how you did! There’s no prize, just like so much of life, but I’ll respect that you did it.

(thanks to The Bishop for a crapload of research and image hunting!)

 

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Adam Rice
Adam Rice
11 months ago
  1. Corvette
  2. Bug
  3. ??
  4. ??
  5. Opel GT
  6. Mercury Cougar (6th gen)
  7. ??
  8. Mustang
  9. ??
  10. Lincoln Town Car.
  11. Mustang
  12. Toronado
  13. Fiat Spyder
  14. Buick Regal
Lockleaf
Lockleaf
11 months ago

The Mitsuoka answer photo is incorrect. It was based on the S13 chassis, not the S14 chassis shown in the photo.

LTDScott
LTDScott
11 months ago
Reply to  Lockleaf

No, he’s correct. The earliest Le-Seydes were S13 Silvia based but the later ones (including the one in the photo) is S15 Silvia based.

Lockleaf
Lockleaf
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

Huh, fair enough. I had no idea they made them on multiple chassis! I stand corrected.

Can we also get a shout out for the Impreza Casa Blanca? Its a FACTORY Subaru Neo-Classic.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/Subaru_Impreza_Casa_Blanca_001.JPG

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
11 months ago

The Clenet is mislabeled, the picture shows a Series II, which is VW based. The,Clenet Series I used an MGB body.

LTDScott
LTDScott
11 months ago
Reply to  Slow Joe Crow

Weren’t they based on the MG Midget, not MGB?

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

You’re right, a second look shows more Spridget than B

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
11 months ago

Many pulled-from-my-ass guesses…

  1. C3 Vette
  2. VW Beetle
  3. Chevy/GMC Silvarado1500
  4. Toybaru BRZ
  5. VW Beetle
  6. Late 80s Mercury Cougar
  7. Buick Reatta
  8. 80s Fox Mustang
  9. 70s Olds Cutlass
  10. Lincoln Town Car
  11. Late 00’s Mustang
  12. Fiero
  13. 70s/80s Fiat Spyder
  14. Late 70s/early 80s Buick Regal
MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
11 months ago

Eh, 9/14. That’s passing, right? Or do I only get 1/2 credit for Beetle vs. Super Beetle (yeah, I should have caught the curved windshield!)

LTDScott
LTDScott
11 months ago

Got all of them except #3. I recognized the doors as British, though.

Ever since The Grand Tour featured a Mitsuoka LeSeyde in their latest special, whenever a neoclassic car of any type gets posted in a social media group there are now several replies that it must be a LeSeyde. I can’t help but be annoyed that somehow those people missed like 30 years of fairly well-known American neoclassics that existed like Zimmers, Excaliburs, etc. and think this level of tackiness is a recent Japanese invention.

Last edited 11 months ago by LTDScott
sentinelTk
sentinelTk
11 months ago

I got 5….not proud but not ashamed. Just happy I knew the Silvia.

Citrus
Citrus
11 months ago

If you’re having trouble, here’s a good strategy when you’re trying to recognize any weird rebody:

Look at the doors first.

The doors are often the easiest giveaway, though sometimes it can be the side glass – which is next to the door.

Motorhead Mike
Motorhead Mike
11 months ago

Oy vey, they’re all awful, although an argument could be made that the Panther is actually an improvement on the donor car. In comparison to the rest, it’s almost tasteful.

David Saunders
David Saunders
11 months ago

I am sure I won’t have them all correct but my no research guesses

1 C3 Corvette
2 VW Beetle

4 Nissan 240SX (silvia)
5 Opel GT
6 Mercury Cougar
7 Firebird/Camaro
8 Mustang

10 Lincoln Town Car
11 Ford Mustang
12 Fiero
13
14 Oldsmobile Cutlass, Buick Regal – 80s

David Saunders
David Saunders
11 months ago
Reply to  David Saunders

By my generous self-marking that gives me a 10.5/14. Not bad I’d say. (I got 4 half right)

10001010
10001010
11 months ago

I have a better question, which donor cars did these conversions actually improve?

Mike
Mike
11 months ago

I don’t know what any of the answers are, I’m just happy to have totally bonkers off-the-wall Torchininsky let loose while DT’s away! We need more of this!

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
11 months ago

Disappointed by the lack of a Leata Cabalero.

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell
11 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

That’s also how I feel about my back yard.

Angry Bob
Angry Bob
11 months ago

What they have in common is that each was a better car before the sawzall.

Argentine Utop
Argentine Utop
11 months ago

1- C3 Corvette
2- VW Bug?
3- BMC Landcrab?
4- Lexus SC?
5- Opel 1900
6- ’83 Mercury Cougar
7- Camaro/Trans Am
8- Ford LTD / Crown Vic
9- Nissan 300 ZX
10- Lincoln Town Car
11- Mustang
12- Olds Toronado/Trofeo
13- Fiat 124 Spider
14- Chevy MonteCarlo

Outofstep
Outofstep
11 months ago

I got 4, 10, 11, and 14 right away. I had to get back to work so that’s the best I was going to do.

P.S. I hate all of these.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
11 months ago

Only the doors on the Panther De Ville come from the BMC 1800. The running gear including engine were Jaguar sourced.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
11 months ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

Well, if we’re going that route, Clenet only used the doors and cowl of the Super Beetle, with a custom chassis and GM drivetrain

Timothy Arnold
Timothy Arnold
11 months ago

1) C3 Corvette
2) VW Beetle
3) Volvo 240
4) 4th Gen Prelude
5) Is an abomination Porsche 911
6) 83-86 Mercury Cougar
7) 3rd Gen Camaro
8) 5th Gen Thunderbird
9) 1st Gen 300ZX
10) Maybe a Buick Park Avenue
11) 5th Gen Mustang
12) I’ve seen this one before but it’s heavily modified so I can’t place it.
13) First Gen FIAT Spider
14) 5th Gen Olds Cutlass

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
11 months ago
Reply to  Timothy Arnold

12) I’ve seen this one before but it’s heavily modified so I can’t place it.”

Fiero

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
11 months ago

I got 5 of 14, but 2 of those were really easy, the other 2 easy if recognized the side rear windows, and the last one was a lucky/informed guess based off the glass roof panels.

Black Peter
Black Peter
11 months ago

1 C3Vette
2 Beetle
3 No Clue
4 Nissan 180?
5 OMG is that a 911?
6 Cougar
7 Fiero
8 No idea 
9 300Z
10 Lincoln Town car
11 Edge Mustang
12 Fiero
13 Fiat 2000?
14 80’s Caddilac

Black Peter
Black Peter
11 months ago
Reply to  Black Peter

Not that bad, I got 7 right, 3 partly right (I got the company, not the exact model right) 4 wrong or didn’t answer.

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
11 months ago
Reply to  Black Peter

I was absolutely with you on #5. I could not IMAGINE who would do that to a 911, though.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
11 months ago

I didn’t get any of them right <sad loser face>

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
11 months ago

BRB I’m going to go pour bleach in my eyes

Chronometric
Chronometric
11 months ago

I am sure my guesses are terrible but here goes. Where is the Stutz Blackhawk, BTW?

C3 CorvetteMustang IIFord GranadaNissan ZPorsche 911 (NOOOO!)Mercury CougarBuick RegalCadillac EldoradoCadillac Eldorado (maybe one will be right)Crown VicMustangT-birdFiat 2000
The sheer number of these abortions makes me wonder. Is there actually a market for these things or are there just random human mutations that make people want to make them?

Last edited 11 months ago by Chronometric
Black Peter
Black Peter
11 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

I said 911 and Fiat 2000 as well, glad we were wrong about the 911, however there are probably way more of them than Opal GTs..

Last edited 11 months ago by Black Peter
Chris Stevenson
Chris Stevenson
11 months ago

I don’t think I’ve seen the Zimmer Quicksilver before. If you told me this was a rejected design for the Lincoln Mark VIII, I’d believe you.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
11 months ago

The Phillips was a Corvette, Clenet used a Super Beetle, Tiffany used a Cougar, Johnson was a Camaro, Zimmer used Mustangs for 2-doors and Town Cars for 4-doors in both incarnations of the company, edit – and a Fiero for the Quicksilver

Last edited 11 months ago by Ranwhenparked
Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
11 months ago

Auburn? All of them?

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