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Here’s The Perfect Use For One Of Those Baroque Neo-Classic Cars: COTD

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Neo-classic cars are a fascinating little niche in the car world. The concept is simple: Take a modern car for the day and slap enough bits and pieces on it until it looks like it sort of came out of the 1920s or 1930s. Some of these cars look more convincing than others. A 1970s Clenet Series I looks 1930s enough, but even if you squint really hard, the 1986 Spartan II from this morning’s Shitbox Showdown looks like one-third of a 1980s Nissan surrounded by two-thirds of a vintage roadster.

At first, I was with our contributor, Mark Tucker, on appreciating the work and design that goes into these cars, but not actually wanting to own one. They seem like the good kind of silly. Then, Citrus published this COTD-winning comment:

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I recognize that it’s obnoxiously overpriced. I recognize that it’s objectively stupid.

But the Spartan is a RWD Nissan and that means you could potentially make a neoclassic drift car out of it and that is a totally inexplicable dream I have.

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You know, that sounds like a total blast. Now that I think about it, I would giggle for hours on end at the sight of one of these neo-classics on a Gambler 500 or at an off-road park. Clearly, we aren’t the only people thinking about this.

Your eyes don’t deceive you, the car in the topshot is most of a Ford Mustang. Neo-classic builder Zimmer Motorcars took a Mustang GT, gave it a striking nose job, and shifted the axle forward to boot. So, now you can do a smoky burnout and drift around a track in style in your Zimmer Golden Spirit. Be sure to dress appropriately.

Oh yeah, that’s something I can get behind. Have a great evening, everyone!

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SYKO Simmons
SYKO Simmons
8 months ago

I want one just to lay it out flat on the ground with hydraulics, and another one to turn into a full drift missle

Ryan L
Ryan L
8 months ago

There’s a realtor here in MN that has that car and the convertible version as well. Can’t remember his name but I see him on Insta from time to time.

Erik Hancock
Erik Hancock
8 months ago

I’m not a fan of this neo-classic thing, but that Nissan was so much better executed than the Mustang-based car in this post. The whole stance of the car is just wrong, like a Hot Wheels that got stepped on (painfully, in the middle of the night, right in the plantar fascia, with barely stifled profanity).

Cam Mitchner
Cam Mitchner
8 months ago

This needs to be featured in a Keanu Reeves movie. Don’t care which one.

Citrus
Citrus
9 months ago

Knowing someone else shares my brand of ornate stupidity warms my heart immensely.

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
9 months ago

“Your eyes don’t deceive you, the car in the topshot is most of a Ford Mustang. Neo-classic builder Zimmer Motorcars took a Mustang GT, gave it a striking nose job, and shifted the axle forward to boot.”

That visual apocalypse sold for $30k, and had an original MSRP of $238k per the seller. Someone paid Lambo money for an S197 that got beat with an ugly stick.

Space Trucker
Space Trucker
9 months ago

Just ran into Elvis at the gas station and he said he approves.

Last edited 9 months ago by Space Trucker
Dead Elvis, Inc.
Dead Elvis, Inc.
9 months ago
Reply to  Space Trucker

Liar!

Arrest-me Red
Arrest-me Red
9 months ago

I agree with the overdone over priced I want one approach.

Tim Cougar
Tim Cougar
9 months ago

The Fast And The Furious: Boca Raton Drift

Goof
Goof
9 months ago

Need a drift competition between this, and a Bentley Brooklands.

Brooklands is just a super-intimidating battleship of a car. Definition of curb presence. Something you’d expect bodyguards with submachine guns to step out of before the person being chauffeured does.

The above looks like Cruella DeVille learned to totally hoon up a movie car chase.

S13 Sedan
S13 Sedan
9 months ago

Not only is that a great idea, it’s a proven great idea. Years ago, someone in Japan got one of the S15 Silvia based Le Seydes, swapped out the non-turbo SR20 for a SR20DET with the standard bolt ons, and drifted it. It still shows up to events once in a while today, I just saw pics of it online at an event that took place only a few weeks ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2mNe_w2O08

LTDScott
LTDScott
9 months ago
Reply to  S13 Sedan

Beat me to it. I’m surprised I haven’t seen more Mitsuoka comments about the Spartan, because ever since The Grand Tour recently featured one, every time any neoclassic car gets posted in any of the FB groups I’m part of, there’s inevitably a few “looks like a Le Seyde!” comments, like Zimmers and Excaliburs and the like didn’t exist long before the Le Seyde did.

Man, I’m a neoclassic hipster. I was into them before they were cool lol

GreatFallsGreen
GreatFallsGreen
9 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

I made a reference to the chandeliers but did disclose I knew it was a different builder, lol.

A Golden Spirit was at my local Cars and Coffee this month, I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at it before having watched the episode and just assumed it was a Zimmer – even when the Le Seyde pulled up in the show that was my first thought. But I did look closer in the off chance the Zimmer was a different builder (appropriately they had a whole stand with a blurb about it).

The Spartan was a new one for me today actually, I didn’t realize there were quite so many variations on the theme.

FuzzyPlushroom
FuzzyPlushroom
9 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

I checked out Goo-net after yesterday’s post to see whether there were any importable Le Seydes for cheapish money… and if you’re Canadian (or live somewhere else that allows cars even 20 years old to be imported), you could pick up an S15-based example for the Spartan’s asking price, before importation costs: https://www.goo-net-exchange.com/usedcars/MITSUOKA/LE_SEYDE/700102008430230625001/

No older models currently listed for us in the States, though.

S13 Sedan
S13 Sedan
9 months ago
Reply to  FuzzyPlushroom

There’s a few U.S. importable ones on regular goo-net, this is the cheapest one us Americans could potentially have. I’d love to have one just for the novelty but it’s still like 11k USD before shipping and taxes and fees and that’s just too much money for a car I only want for the laughs

https://www.goo-net.com/usedcar/spread/goo/10/700030342630201002016.html

SoCoFoMoCo
SoCoFoMoCo
9 months ago

Oh my god, I would forever lose my shit cry-laughing at a neo-classic drift car! This is the best thing ever.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
9 months ago

“Be sure to dress appropriately”

In my mind, there’s an image of a shirt with a wide collar/unbuttoned to the belly button and some sort of medallion on a chain…

Zeppelopod
Zeppelopod
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Either that, or go full-on psychotic Cruella de Vil with the world’s largest and fluffiest fur coat flailing around you.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
9 months ago
Reply to  Zeppelopod

Why not both?

21CenturySchizoidMan
21CenturySchizoidMan
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

See, I was thinking a coat with tails, top hat and monocle.

Jeff Wheeler
Jeff Wheeler
9 months ago

…or just race them, dajiban-style!

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