Check out this Classic STATION WAGON CAR SHOW!! – FMV453

Fireball Malibu Vlog 453 sends Fireball to Oxnard and The Murphy Auto Museum for crazy-cool #StationWagons and #Pickup #Trucks. He shares their stories plus a few more about #DEWEYWEBER’S 1964 Chevy 300 “Plumb Duck!” SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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CLASSIC 1985 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 615

CLASSIC 1985 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 615 – Fireball and Kathie drive a classic 1985 Jeep Grand Wagoneer for the day. Lose to a skateboarder.

From WIKI… The Jeep Wagoneer is the first luxury 4×4, sold and produced for Jeep through numerous marques from 1963 to 1991.

A “sport utility vehicle” (SUV) for decades before the term was even coined, the 4WD Wagoneer saw only minor mechanical changes during its 28-year plus production run, the third longest in U.S. automotive history.

Introduced in November 1962 (1963 model year) as a successor to the Willys Jeep Station Wagon that had been built since the end of World War II, the Wagoneer pioneered the sport utility vehicle concept. In spite of its pickup truck chassis and boxy shape it was more carlike than any 4×4 on the market.

Compared with offerings from General Motors, International Harvester, and Land Rover — which were producing utilitarian work-oriented vehicles with spartan truck-like interiors — the Wagoneer’s luxury set it apart.

Based on the Jeep SJ platform, the revolutionary Wagoneer sported an advanced overhead cam straight-six engine, and offered features unheard of at the time in any other mainstream 4WD vehicle, such as an independent front suspension, power steering, and automatic transmission.

The Wagoneer made its debut seven years before Land Rover launched its Range Rover in Great Britain, and 24 years before that upscale marque appeared in the United States. It was replaced by the smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee.

An improved handling package was introduced in 1985 that incorporated a revised front sway bar, gas filled shock absorbers, and lower friction rear springs. A total of 17,814 Grand Wagoneers were built for 1985.

In 1984, AMC replaced the SJ-body Cherokee with the new, smaller and more fuel-efficient unibody Jeep Cherokee (XJ), but high demand prompted the company to keep the old SJ-body Wagoneer in production.

The Wagoneer Limited was renamed the “Grand Wagoneer” and, in mid-1984, Jeep introduced a less expensive version of the Grand Wagoneer named the Wagoneer Custom without the simulated woodgrain exterior.

Wheels were steel with hubcaps, and standard equipment was pared down. It had part-time four-wheel drive. Despite its lower price (US$15,995, about $3,000 less than the “Grand”), sales were poor.

What’s it like to drive a 1940 FORD WOODIE WAGON? Smooth…

I’ve been in this town for more than 30 years, so when a name pops up like Andy Cohen, you know that cool cars are within reach. 

And knowing that Andy loves cars like I do, it was an easy fit when he said that his 1940 Woodie Wagon should be today’s ride.

Welcome to the world of Andy Cohen – a longtime Malibuite, lover of all things on four wheels and a driven desire to spread Autolove across the globe via his cool business, Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories (www.beverlyhillsmotoring.com). 

BHMA is an online, high-end auto accessory business helping people who love cars make their rides even better – but that’s not where Andy stops. 

He’s dedicated his life to creating ways for car guys and girls to share what they love via his car shows.

If you’ve been to Andy’s car show, you know that the rides are the celebs. But every now and then, complete unknowns like a guy named Jay Leno (who?) shows up with cheapy old cars (you gotta have a mix, right?). But beyond the show, Andy can be spotted cruising through the Bu in his 1940 Ford Deluxe Woodie Wagon. A near stock version, sans the drive-train components and a few minor changes ;-). But let me tell you… this Woodie hauls ass and here’s why…

Last week, Andy invited me up to his Pad for a spin in his ‘family’ wagon. We shot an episode of my Vlog and here’s how it went.

As we jumped into the Woodie and headed back south, Andy brought me up to speed, literally. 

“This Station Wagon has a ‘63 Corvette 327 Motor,” he grinned evilly, and his grin even got wider when he mentioned the independent front suspension, power four-wheel disc brakes, power rack and pinion steering, hidden air conditioning and all original wood. Then he floored it and we were gone. 

“I’ve had it since 1971 and traded it for some old Ford parts. It goes with the Malibu surf vibe, and since surfing got popular in the 50’s, Woodies got popular in Malibu in the 50’s too.”

So what’s the best part of the car? 

“It drives like my Maserati Quattroporte,” he said.

Well that seems to be a stretch, but having scooted around town in that Woodie Wagon, I can attest to it’s awesomeness. Andy went on to tell me that the car has been in the family forever and he actually brought all of his kids home from the hospital in it. But now, he strictly uses it for weekends in the Bu, Car Shows and daily trips in the sun. But then came a cool story.

“I used this car for a delivery vehicle when I started my Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories business in 1976,” he said. “Now, a few hundred thousand miles later and a new ground-up rebuild, I still use it as a promotional vehicle for the same business which I now do with my 19-year-old son Kevin.” 

So, he’s had the car for 45 years minus a short decade of letting someone else “borrow” it (watch Vlog #212 for that story).

And it’s right here folks where cars become the glue for love. To be able to work with your kids in a business that you love and driving what you love is what this is all about. 

Andy is certainly grateful for being a Malibuite. But it’s more than just being grateful. He realizes that gratitude is actually what causes all these wonderful things to happen. I feel blessed to have him and so many friends that both inspire and charge me with positive energy. And Andy’s energy regarding cars and this town is certainly infectious. Not to mention that his favorite movie car is Jimmy Bond’s DB5.

I want to give Andy a big thanks for taking me for a spin. I have a feeling there’s more driving coming.

2012 CADILLAC CTS-V WAGON… Driven…

In a word…. wow. This Crystal Red Wagon belongs in the hands of those who love to drive. Thoughts of wolves in sheep clothing come to mind, but it’s really a Corvette Station Wagon. Only… faster than the Z06 Vette. But it’s more…

Cadillac has come back with a vengeance and a mission. And they chose to accept it. The Mission: Attract young consumers eager for unique design, flavor and experience. And that’s exactly what they’ve done with this car. Only… they didn’t attract just young people, but the young side of all of us.

Some numbers… 6.2L Supercharged 556hp V8 with 551ftlbs of Torque. 19″ Wheel. High-End Interior. Bose System and heated seats. Now, I could get into all the other cool stuff, but this is a blog post and not a book. And I could write a book on this beast.

Bottom line… Cadillac has re-invented itself as a new and innovative force in the automotive world. And although the car is near perfect in my opinion… there are a few things that need to be addressed.

Yes, serious power comes with serious gas usage. And a 12/18 rating isn’t all that good along with a $2600 gas guzzler tax. You could improve that by taking steps after you bought it… but let’s stick to stock. It’s got a small tank and if you have to commute, you’re gonna make friends with the boys of 76. Not a plus. And the seats take some getting used to, as they feel like race-seats and not everyone likes that at first. But you can fine tune them to lock in what you like, and that’s doable.

BUT. Since you’re smart and you know what you’re buying, the driving experience is worth it. Put this launch pad up against just about any European model and it’ll smoke pants. And that is what Cadillac does. (With a price point of $62-$73K, it better.)

Only one thing faster than the CTS-V Wagon… The Coupe. Same HP, only lighter. Drive it. Track it. But know that Cadillac is here to stay and based on the concepts coming, will surely resolve their issues to perfection. I’m in.

 

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SEXY 2017 VOLVO V90 CROSS COUNTRY AWD! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 661

SEXY 2017 VOLVO V90 CROSS COUNTRY AWD! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 661 – The Swedish Sexy 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country AWD arrives at the Fireball Pad, plus Fireball has some book announcements.

From WIKI… Volvo Cars (Swedish: Volvo personvagnar), stylized as VOLVO in the logo, is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer established in 1927 and headquartered on Hisingen, in Gothenburg.

As of 2016, 61.4% of its 31,416 worldwide employees were still in Sweden.

Although often conflated with the Swedish heavy truck and construction equipment conglomerate AB Volvo, also based in Gothenburg, the two firms have been independent since AB Volvo sold Volvo Cars to Ford Motor Company in 1999.

Volvo Cars has been owned since 2010 by the Geely Holding Group, a Chinese multinational automotive manufacturing company. Both AB Volvo and Volvo Cars share the Volvo logo and cooperate in running the Volvo Museum.

Volvo Cars was founded as a subsidiary of the ball bearing manufacturer SKF. When AB Volvo was introduced on the Stockholm stock exchange in 1935, SKF sold most of the shares in the company.

Volvo Cars manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles, station wagons, sedans and compact executive sedans. With approximately 2,300 local dealers from around 100 national sales companies worldwide, Volvo Cars’ largest markets are China, the United States, Sweden, and the other countries in the European Union.

In July 2017, Volvo announced that new models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrid-electric, heralding the end of production of nearly a century of Volvo vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine.

1947 PONTIAC STREAMLINER ALL STEEL SLED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 655

1947 PONTIAC STREAMLINER ALL STEEL SLED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 655 – An amazing day with this Malibu Vlogger revealing a sick 1947 PONTIAC all steel sled, incredible sites, RV’s and more. Plus some great inspiration.

The 1947 Pontiac Streamliner is a full-sized car that was produced by Pontiac from the 1942 to the 1951 model years.

Along with Oldsmobile, Pontiac had the distinction of having all three of General Motors’ mainstream platforms in 1940, but this would last only one more year. In 1940 Pontiac introduced its first B-bodied car, the Deluxe Series 28 Eight.

Also in 1940, Pontiac introduced the Torpedo on the C-body. The new C-body featured cutting-edge “torpedo” styling. Shoulder and hip room was over 5 in (127 mm) wider, running boards were eliminated and the exterior was streamlined and 2–3 in (51–76 mm) lower.

When combined with a column mounted shift lever the cars offered true six passenger comfort. These changes had clearly been influenced by the Cadillac Sixty Special.

In 1941 the A-body and B-body were similarly redesigned.

Consequently Pontiac renamed its entire line-up “Torpedo”, with models ranging from the low-end A-bodied Deluxe Torpedo (with a 119.0 in (3,023 mm) wheelbase), the mid-level B-bodied Streamliner Torpedo (with a 122.0 in (3,099 mm) wheelbase up 2.0 in (51 mm) from the previous year), and the high-end C-bodied Custom Torpedo (with the same 122.0 in (3,099 mm) wheelbase as the previous year).

1941 was the last year Pontiac offered a model with the GM C-body until the big “Clamshell” tailgate Pontiac Safari and Grand Safari station wagons of 1971-76. For 1942, the Torpedo name was assigned to the A-bodied Pontiac while the Streamliner became the B-bodied Pontiac.