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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STRANGE WEEK IN THE 2017 TOYOTA PRIUS V – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 694

STRANGE WEEK IN THE 2017 TOYOTA PRIUS V – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 694 – All week, Fireball’s been driving the 2017 Toyota Prius V, finally culminating at Warner Bros Studios to deliver Kathie’s costume project to Ellen Degeneres’ Halloween Show.

The Toyota Prius v (for versatile), also named Prius A in Japan, and Prius+ in Europe, is a full hybrid gasoline-electric compact MPV/station wagon produced by Toyota Motor Corporation introduced in Japan in May 2011, in the U.S. in October 2011, and released in Europe in June 2012.

The Prius v was unveiled at the January 2011 North American International Auto Show alongside the Prius c Concept, and it is the first Prius variant to be spun off from the Prius platform.

According to Toyota the “v” stands for “versatility”.

The Toyota Prius V is offered in the Japanese market with a nickel–metal hydride battery at a price of (US$29,000), and the lithium-ion battery version is expected to sell for (US$37,000).

The Toyota Prius v base price in the U.S. starts at US$26,400 and is offered only with a nickel–metal hydride battery.

As of April 2016, global sales totaled about 634,000 units, led by Japan with 428,400 units sold, representing 67.6% of global sales.

Fireball Design WEDNESDAY… CHRYSLER 300 CONCEPT

This render was originally done with CHRYSLER as a potential SEMA Project a year after the launch of the 300. Since then, it’s been used for a variety of marketing purposes including The Hollywood Garage. Includes Fireball’s original flamin’ logo head!

About the CHRYSLER 300…

The Chrysler 300 is a rear-wheel-drive, front-engine, full-sized luxury car manufactured and marketed by Chrysler as a four door sedan and station wagon its first generation (model years 2005-2010) and solely as a four-door sedan in its second and current generation (model years 2011-present).

The 300 debuted as a concept at the 2003 New York Auto Show with styling by Ralph Gilles and production starting in April 2004 for the 2005 model year.

The second generation 300 was marketed as the Chrysler 300C in the United Kingdom and Ireland and as the Lancia Thema in the remainder of Europe.

The Chrysler 300 was designed as a modern interpretation of the Chrysler C-300 (and the letter series Chryslers that followed), featuring a large grille, long hood and low roofline that was prominent on those vehicles.

The styling retained many elements of the 1998 Chrysler Chronos concept car, such as chrome interior accents and tortoiseshell finishings on the steering wheel and shifter knob.

The Chrysler 300 is based on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler LX platform with components derived from the W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class of 2003 to 2009.

Shared components include the rear suspension design, front seat frames, wiring harnesses, steering column, the 5-speed automatic transmission’s design, and a derivative of the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.