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.
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 Wiki… The 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.
INVASION OF THE ENGLISH CARS! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 594
Fireball and buddy Michael Axon (www.theenglishcar.com) grab a multi-million dollar 1953 Jaguar C-Type and a McLaren MP412C and head to Supercar Sunday and The Queen’s English Car Show. BAAM!
Some Wiki info… About the JAGUAR C-TYPE… The Jaguar C-Type (also called the Jaguar XK120-C) is a racing sports car built by Jaguar and sold from 1951 to 1953. The “C” stands for “competition”.
The car used the running gear (Moss gearbox) of the contemporary road proven XK120 in a lightweight tubular frame (devised by William Heynes) and aerodynamic aluminum body designed by Malcolm Sayer. A total of 53 C-Types were built, 43 of which were sold to private owners mainly in the US.
When new, the car sold for about $6,000, approximately twice the price of an XK120. In an article in the June 11, 2003 issue of Autocar magazine the value of a “genuine, healthy” C-Type is estimated as £400,000, and the value of the 1953 Le Mans winner is about £2 million; replicas are available from a variety of sources from £40,000.
A C-Type once owned and raced by Phil Hill sold at an American auction in August 2009 for $2,530,000 and another C-type was sold at the Pebble Beach auction in 2012 for $3,725,000, Recently an unrestored C-Type that raced at Le Mans has sold for £5,715,580, during the Grand Prix Historique race meeting in Monaco.
In August 2015, an ex-Ecurie Ecosse Lightweight C-type, chassis XKC052 and the second of only three works lightweights, driven by Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart to fourth at the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, fetched $13.2 million at auction in California.
About the MCLAREN… The McLaren MP4-12C, later known simply as the McLaren 12C, is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. It is the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1, which ended production in 1998. The car’s final design was unveiled in September 2009, and was launched in mid-2011.
The MP4-12C features a carbon fibre composite chassis, and is powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre V8, twin-turbo engine developing approximately 592 hp (441 kW; 600 PS) and around 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) of torque.
The car makes use of Formula 1-sourced technologies such as “brake steer”, where the inside rear wheel is braked during fast cornering to reduce understeer. Power is transmitted to the wheels through a seven-speed seamless shift dual-clutch gearbox.
GILLIGAN’S SS MINNOW FOUND! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 593
After heading to the Long Beach Aquarium for an event with the #HondaClarity, Fireball and Kathie discover the whereabouts of the S.S. Minnow from #GilligansIsland!
About the HONDA CLARITY… The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen fuel cell automobile manufactured by Honda. The design is based on the 2006 Honda FCX Concept. The FCX Clarity demonstrates electric car qualities such as zero emissions while offering five minute refueling times and long range in a full function large sedan. It was the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle available to retail customers.
The new generation Honda Clarity Fuel Cell was released in the U.S. in December 2016. Two additional plug-in electric variants will be added to the line-up, the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, both slated for release in the American market in 2017.
About GILLIGAN’S ISLAND… Gilligan’s Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Tina Louise, and Dawn Wells. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967.
Originally sponsored by Philip Morris & Co and Procter & Gamble, the show followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive the island on which they had been shipwrecked.
Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways’ conflicts and their unsuccessful attempts, for whose failure Gilligan was frequently responsible, to escape their plight.
Gilligan’s Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season, consisting of 36 episodes, was filmed in black and white. These episodes were later colorized for syndication. The show’s second and third seasons (62 episodes) and the three television movie sequels were filmed in color.
The show received solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon after school. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as an American cultural icon.
FAST 8 DODGE DEMON IN THE FLESH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 592
Fireball and son Sean head to a private screening for the movie FATE OF THE FURIOUS and see the Fast 8 Cars like the Dodge Demon and Plymouth GTX.
About FATE OF THE FURIOUS… Dominic “Dom” Toretto and Letty Ortiz are on their honeymoon in Havana when Dom is challenged to a street race at an auto show by local racer Fernando. Dom races for Fernando’s car, intending to give it to his cousin, while wagering his own show car. After narrowly winning the race, Dom allows Fernando to keep his car, earning his respect, and instead leaves his cousin with his show car. The next day, Dom is approached by elusive cyberterrorist Cipher, who coerces him into working for her.
Shortly after the encounter, Dom and his team, comprising Letty, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey, are recruited by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs to help him retrieve an EMP device from a military outpost in Berlin. During the getaway, Dom goes rogue, forcing Hobbs off the road and stealing the device for Cipher. Hobbs is arrested and locked up in the same high-security prison he helped imprison Deckard Shaw in. After escaping, both are recruited by intelligence operative Frank Petty and his protégé, Eric Reisner, to help the team find Dom and capture Cipher.
About the DODGE DEMON… The Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon is built to be an elite performance machine. That’s why it’s powered by a Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Demon V8 engine and armed with a functional Air-Grabber™ hood scoop and Torque Reserve Launch System.
WE DRIVE A 1959 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE!- FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 591
More about the 1959 CADILLAC from Wiki… The 1959 Cadillac is remembered for its huge sharp tailfins with dual bullet tail lights, two distinctive rooflines and roof pillar configurations, new jewel-like grille patterns and matching deck lid beauty panels.
In 1959 the Series 62 were moved from the Series 62 to their own series, the Series 6200. DeVilles and 2-door Eldorados became the Series 6300 and Series 6400 respectively, though they all, including the 4-door Eldorado Brougham (which was moved from the Series 70 to Series 6900), shared the same 130 in (3,302 mm) wheelbase.
Engine output was an even 325 hp (242 kW) from the 390 cu in (6.4 L) engine. The DeVille Series had script nameplates on the rear fenders. Standard equipment included power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, back-up lamps, windshield wipers, two-speed wipers, wheel discs, outside rear view mirror, vanity mirror, oil filter, power windows and two way power seats.
Plain fender skirts covered the rear wheels and 4-doors were available in either four-window or six-window hardtop configurations. Over 53,000 DeVilles were sold in their first year as a separate series, accounting for roughly 37% of all Cadillacs sold.
The 1960 Cadillacs had smoother, more restrained styling. General changes included a full-width grille, the elimination of pointed front bumper guards, increased restraint in the application of chrome trim, lower tailfins with oval shaped nacelles and front fender mounted directional indicator lamps.
DeVilles were distinguished by special script nameplates on the rear fenders. Four-window and six-window hardtop sedans were offered again. The former featured a one-piece wraparound backlight and flat-top roof, while the latter had a sloping rear window and roofline.
Standard equipment included power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, dual back-up lamps, windshield wipers, two-speed wipers, wheel discs, outside rearview mirror, vanity mirror, oil filter, power windows and a two-way power seats.
Technical highlights were finned rear drums and an X-frame construction. Interiors were done in Chadwick cloth or optional Cambray cloth and leather combinations.