(Last) Weekly Roundup: Class Dismissed Edition

You come at the king, you best not miss. This wasn’t a productive week for me, but I still got a few things done.


At TTAC, I took a cynical look at the Chinese carmakers and considered fleet choices for a would-be harmonica millionaire. At R&T I considered which cars would benefit from the “Singer” treatment.

Have a happy holiday week, everyone!

33 Replies to “(Last) Weekly Roundup: Class Dismissed Edition”

  1. Danny

    I saw the Singer photos and couldn’t help but notice that the taillights looked in some ways similar to the Japan-spec 180sx Type-X tails, maybe someone at Singer is a fan of JDM cars? My vote for the Singer treatment: The W201 190 E – there are still numerous base model versions of this car with the automatic transmission and champagne paint, and they all deserve Evo II – inspired aero, high rpm individual throttle body inline fours, and an interior as interesting as the “Avantgarde” W201 series that reminded the world that Germans could have fun..

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    • Zykotec

      I believe the taillights are supposed to look like modernized classic 911R taillights, but yeah, they look a bit like the ones on the SX.

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  2. MrGreenMan

    It’s always best to go with the usage in the language being spoken not the historical antecedent, but it’s fun to be Internet Combox Master Pedant. This reminds me once of a woman who broke down screaming, “My name means ROD or STAFF not P—S!” He knew he was smarter than you, and he could tell all his friends for over three days.

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  3. Gentle Giant

    How embarrassing is it, though, to call out someone but then have a simple typo kind of ruin the effect? Asking for a friend.

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  4. James

    I bought a copy of the Sherlock Holmes stories, several years ago, where the source text had been OCRed. Then humans went over the OCR text, fixing the obvious typos.

    That left the non-obvious typos, which were really annoying to encounter–like a garden path sentence, but spread over several sentences, where eventually you think: did Sherlock Holmes really say that?

    Autocorrect, etc., eliminate many easy-to-detect typos, replacing them with few hard-to-detect typos. Just verifying that what the phone thinks I’ve typed makes sense is surprisingly difficult, because it replaces correct words with incorrect words–but properly spelled.

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  5. Digitaleopard

    Two cars I’ve long wanted to see given the Singer treatment: the 1st Gen M5/M6. Still plenty of 535 and 635 bodies out there for very little money…
    And one I thought of while reading your article, although it would be rare: How about a Singer developed Ferrari Dino? *That* makes me smile.

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  6. Kevin Jaeger

    I have to say I love the idea of a restomod Lincoln Mark V. I don’t believe there would be much of a market for such a thing but I’d love to have one myself.

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    • Disinterested-Observer

      I think Jack is on to something. With any of those malaise era boats, modern suspension and brakes; Coyote, Hellcat, or LS depending on which boat you were rebuilding; fix all the 70’s era drug-induced build quality problems. I think it would be fantastic. And it would probably only cost a little more than the Singer Porsche (hey-o!).

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      • Kevin Jaeger

        Exactly what I was thinking. A Coyote engine, some decent brakes, and a modern set of shocks would do wonders for these boats. If you start with a decent Mark V you might not need much more than that.

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        • Zykotec

          If I were to go with the Lincoln, I would surely build a 460 to modern standards to motivate it. 4-500hp is realtively simple for a budget build with no injection or supercharging, but with Singer kind of money we’re talking a 900 hp screaming 8+ liters boat anchor.
          Making it handle shouldn’t be impossible now that even Porsche makes cars that are heavier, especially if we change some of the Lincolns masive body panels for carbonfiber. I would go full Panamera killer, but with 6 seats instead of 4.

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          • Kevin Jaeger

            That sounds like a lot of fun but it risks undermining the essence of these boats. A personal luxury coupe still needs to be quiet and and have a comfortable ride. If you go too far trying to make it handle you might end up with a harsh ride.

            Personally, I’d still want tires with some sidewall on one of these.

          • Zykotec

            You are correct ofcourse. Better to put a supercharger on it and let the 900+ horses and tons of torque happen smoother and in a more pleasant rpm range.
            Computer controlled hydropneumatic suspension and noise cancelling technology will let the occupants fell like their softly riding a cloud even when challenging Bugattis on the Nurburgring.
            There can’t be too much sidewall if you want to fit decent braked inside the rims though.
            Even with chromed carbonfiber bumpers the waterjet cut marble scaled down temple replacing the grille will make sure the car stays over 4500 pounds, and you want to be able to stop all that if some plebs in a Roller or Bentley tries to cut you off on the freeway.

          • Danio

            I met an acquaintance through a friend in a car club who did just this, though his was the arguable better looking Mark IV. It was clean, gold exterior with brown leather interior. A built 460 with what felt like at least 500hp. The mostly stock suspension made it feel like a 747 lifting off reaching 80 plus mph on Jefferson ave. Grosse Pointe’s finest didn’t clock us, but they heard us.

  7. Economist

    Grandpa’s Lincolns don’t reallly register for me, but if Singer does something with an FD RX-7 (or any RX-7), or a Supra from the last two generations, I’m in.

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    • Ronnie Schreiber

      Wow, you mean my Honda Fit is collectible?

      It actually might be one of Honda’s last naturally aspirated fours.

      A naturally aspirated engine with a 6,800 RPM redline and a close ratio manual six speed transmission, what’s not to love?

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  8. Ronnie Schreiber

    If you’re going to restomod a Mark, go with the ’72 Mk IV. The Mark V has malaise era battering ram bumpers. The IV is a very attractive automobile.

    Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a ’56 Continental Mk II as a canvas for restomodding other than those are classics that should be left original if possible.

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  9. Mark

    This may not be the right place, but I just read your R&T PCOTY article (s). How does the Mclaren subjectively compare to the NSX and Evora 400 from last year?

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Of the three, I found the Evora to be by far the most enjoyable to drive on the road. The McLaren would be a distant second, and the NSX would be some distance behind that.

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      • Mark

        Thanks. I drove the Evora 400 and many other cars. I liked the Evora best. I’m big on feel and feedback. Patiently waiting for the roadster model to replace an ’03 Boxster S.

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        • Disinterested-Observer

          Mark, hope you see this. Did you ever do an IMS replacement or have you just been rolling the dice? I have been in the market for an early Boxster for years now but I feel like with my luck I would have to do the IMS, so tack on $3600 to whatever the asking price is unless I find one that already has it.

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          • Mark

            Never did it. Added in a magnetic plug, also did an a couple of oil analyses. All was/is normal. It’s a known 5-10% risk. Advertised the car last summer, not currently advertised. If you want to know about my car, email marknjill5@msn.com.

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