1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 596

Fireball and buddy Greg Gill snag a 1960 Pontiac Bonnevile for a photoshoot, then Fireball and Kathie do an unboxing from Add-A-Rest!

About the BONNEVILLE from Wiki… The Pontiac Bonneville was a full-sized automobile (mid-size car from 1982 to 1986) which was built by Pontiac from 1957 to 2005. It was introduced as a limited production performance convertible during the 1957 model year.

The Bonneville (known as the Parisienne in Canada until 1981), and its platform partner, the Grand Ville, are some of the largest Pontiacs ever built; in station wagon body styles they reached just over 19 feet (5.8 m) long, and were also some of the heaviest cars produced at the time (2.5 short tons, 5,000 lb or 2,300 kg).

In its third year, the 1959 Bonneville became a full top-line series with the addition of the four-door hardtop sedan and Safari station wagon body styles. The Bonneville played an important part that year in the introduction of two of Pontiac’s greatest marketing inspirations — the split grille and the Wide Track slogan.

The latter was not just ad copy, either, as Pontiac pushed its wheels further out toward the fenders than anyone else and created what were considered to be the best-cornering full-size cars in the industry.

Both the grille design and the Wide Track phrase remained part of Pontiac’s image up to its termination. A “Safe-T-Track” differential, used to minimize wheel spin, was an option beginning in 1959.

What’s it like to drive a 1955 CHEVY BEL AIR?

You wouldn’t know it, but Dave Mercer is famous. If you’ve been lucky enough to drive the canyons in Malibu in a cool car, you’ve probably seen his house — the one with the fake gas station out front. 

But what you may not know is that inside that station is a massive collection of cool. Visiting Mercer was a chore. Why? Well, because I didn’t listen to his directions properly and took the long way around to see him. 

Luckily for me, I’m always driving something awesome. But when I arrived at Dave’s pad, I was treated to his gas station memorabilia collection that bordered on classic epic.

As an ex-real estate consultant, Mercer managed to keep his collection going. And along with all the cool doodads and knicknacks, Mercer also snagged a superfast Lister and a 350hp ‘55 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop. The ‘55 has a Muncie M-21 four-speed with gear vendors overdrive and Halibrand wheels on disc brakes. 

“I’ve owned the car for 29 years,” Mercer said. “It was restored for me 28 years ago with original paint code and correct interior. I have always owned ‘57 Chevys, but always wanted a ‘55.

Mercer said the best part of the car is its original colors and condition. 

“This is a cruiser and can run all day with little effort,” said Mercer, who has taken many trips up and down the coast over the years, which always reminds him that you must drive these cars regularly or they will protest. “The most fun I have is when older folks see the car. It brings back fond memories for them. But driving around Malibu is great with [Pacific Coast Highway] and beautiful mountain roads to take in through the windshield with a dashboard and hood in front that acts like a window to the past.” 

But Dave’s super-favorite road in the world is the Corniche in Monaco, he said.

The Lister Replica is by Lucra Cars. It has a full Carbon Kevlar composite Bodyshell, 4-inch tubular chassis with C-4 Corvette suspension. It has a 385 Fastburn Chevrolet V8 engine with 425 horsepower, Tremec five-speed manual transmission, fully independent Corvette rear suspension, Halibrand-style wheels by PS Engineering and a curb weight of only 1,900 pounds.

“I have owned this car for about seven years and drive it at least once a week,” Mercer said. “It looks similar to my favorite car — the Mercedes W196 Grand Prix Car — and this Lister replica is as close as I could ever get to the Mercedes unless I won the lotto big time. Then I would create a bespoke replica.”

The best part of this car? Its unbelievable acceleration at approximately 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds flat. 

“Power to weight is everything, baby,” Mercer said. “The first time I drove on Malibu’s ‘snake,’ I caused crotch rockets to pull over and let me pass when they couldn’t lose me. Driving in Malibu is perfect for this car as it begs to be driven fast over so many mountain roads.”

Chances are, if you head to Wheels and Waves this Father’s Day, you’ll get a glimpse of Mercer’s rides. And if you pull the right strings — or you happen to be cute — then Dave might give you a spin. 

Watch! COLOSSOL Trailer is what we’d all want… NOW.

Colossal is a 2016 science fiction comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Agam Darshi, and Tim Blake Nelson.

The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released on April 7, 2017, by Neon.

Today’s WHIPSNAPS… Fisker, Bikes, RestoMod, Electric, Concept

What’s it like to drive a ’67 LINCOLN? Ask Bruce Willis’ stuntman STUART WILSON!

Being a stunt man is a rough job. If you aren’t getting set on fire, falling out of a building or crashing a car over a cliff, then you’re slacking. So, when stunt man Stuart Wilson was looking for the right classic car to get into, the result was a relaxed, chill open top 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible.

Stuart is currently a stunt man and stunt coordinator, and for the past nine years and 16 films, he has being Bruce Willis’s stunt double. Can you tell? Other than the real bruises, of course. But when he’s not working and risking his life to make Mr. Willis look good, he’s cruising Malibu in this gorgeous behemoth.

“It has the original 462 motor with 27,000 original miles and is a home office reserve car (one of 475),” Stuart said. “The paint is a custom mix based on a Lexus Graphite Grey, but darker with more metallic added. The interior is custom two-tone leather and we changed the 15-inch rims to 20s for a better, more modern look.” And let me tell you, this car screams cool.

It was purchased in a junkyard in Glendora nine years ago and took eight years to complete. Woah. Stuart chose this car because it was his daughter’s favorite and was built specifically for her. It’s super rare and there aren’t many out there. It was built as a driver and can be seen pretty much every weekend going up and down Pacific Coast Highway and recently at my Wheels and Waves.

“I would say that my favorite story in regards to my car would be one weekend while getting coffee,” Stuart said. “A guy was checking it out and found what he believed to be a flaw. He felt the need to point it out then jumped in his beater Toyota Corolla and left.”

Yeah, like I’ve said before, criticism and jealously go hand in hand, but being cool is always being cool. I hate always being the bearer of good news. For Stuart, driving in Malibu is a great way to relax.

“My job, to say the least, is stressful. So grabbing a coffee and cruising in Malibu and appreciating the ocean is the best way to relax.” Ah, and here we come to the whole point. Drive + Relax = Peace of mind. Actually, that’s pretty much the secret “Malibu Way of Life.”

And Stu’s favorite movie car? “There are a lot of great movie cars, but I would have to say the Mustang from the movie ‘Bullitt.’ One of the best car chases ever with a classic car performing at its best.”

I was going to say “Die Hard 3,” but he probably felt some serious pain after that one. You will however, see Stuart in the upcoming “Die Hard 6” — probably on the moon. “Die Hard 6: Die Moon Pie.” OK, my wife actually just came up with that one.

A true champ for doing what you love and appreciating the beauty of Malibu, Stuart Wilson will jump, leap and thump at the chance to relax. I think I’ll join the club. Congratulations, Stu. You’re this week’s Ride of the Week! Now, head to the hospital and get those cuts looked at.

KOOKY MALIBU CABOOSE HOUSE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 595

After a walk through the neigb, Fireball attends an event for the 2018 JEEP COMPASS, then he and Kathie discover a Kooky Malibu Caboose House!

About the JEEP COMPASS from WikiThe Jeep Compass (MK49) is a compact crossover SUV introduced for the 2007 model year. The Compass, along with the related Patriot slots below the Jeep Wrangler as an entry-level sport utility vehicle, and is one of Jeep’s first crossover SUVs.

Four years prior to the introduction of the production Jeep Compass, a concept vehicle with the same name had its world premiere in Detroit at the 2002 North American International Auto Show. It featured a two-door body, all-wheel drive and a 3.7-liter V6 engine.

The 3.7 L Power-Tech V6 engine from the Jeep Liberty did not make it into the all-new Compass for 2007, though the production model Compass kept the concept car’s styling cues and some of its features. The production model compass also had four doors instead of the two doors on the concept car.

The second-generation 2017 Jeep Compass was initially unveiled on September 27, 2016 in Brazil, but received a formal debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November 2016. It is slated to replace both the Jeep Patriot and first generation Compass in the 2017 Jeep lineup.

The Compass will be available in four distinct trim levels: the base Sport, the mid-level Latitude, the luxurious Limited, and the off road-capable Trailhawk. All trim levels will be available with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, with the exception of the Trailhawk trim, which will only be available in a 4WD configuration.

Exterior styling is reminiscent of both the Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2) and Jeep Cherokee (KL), while interior styling is solely reminiscent of the Jeep Cherokee.

Available features include FCA’s UConnect 4C 8.4 and 8.4N touch-screen infotainment systems, a Beats Premium Audio System with a 506-watt digital amplifier, eighteen-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Jeep’s Command-View panoramic sunroof, LED front headlamps, Forward Collision Warning, a ParkView rear-view backup camera system, front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), and Jeep’s Selec-Terrain full-time four-wheel-drive system (standard on the Trailhawk model).

In Brazil, the all-new, second-generation Jeep Compass will begin production at Jeep’s new Goiana, Pernambuco Assembly Plant, however, for North American markets, the Compass will be produced in Mexico, moving production from Belvidere, Illinois (the Jeep Cherokee (KL) is expected to move production from its Toledo, Ohio Assembly Plant to the Belvidere, Illinois Assembly Plant, where the current Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot are produced).

Production of the first-generation Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot are expected to end in early 2017, with production of the all-new Jeep Compass commencing in spring of 2017 for North American models.

Pricing has not yet been announced for North American models, and will be announced closer to launch, however, the new Jeep Compass will be available in the United States in spring 2017 as 2017 model year vehicle. Pricing for Brazilian market 2017 Jeep Compass models ranges from R$99.990 for the base Sport trim level, to R$149.990 for the off road-capable Trailhawk trim.

The Jeep Compass was officially unveiled in India on 12 April 2017. Assembled at Fiat’s facility in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, it is Jeep’s first model assembled in India. The India-spec model is available with two engine options – a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, tubocharged MultiAir petrol and a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged MultiJetII diesel engine.

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