Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday Twister: Original Equipment Tuner

Welcome back another edition of the Thursday Twister, DT's weekly quiz show where we discuss the stuff that really matters, and sometimes matter that is really a string (but that is neither here nor there...and sometimes not now or then...but I'm getting all Heisenbergy and nobody wants that when the life of a cat hangs in the balance).  Today we are looking for cars that were modified by a third party, not the original OEM, and not some "performance" group within the OEM) but an actual third party, like Carroll Shelby when he modified Mustangs for Ford.


We are not looking for aftermarket car customizes like the dudes on Pimp My Ride, but corporations that took brand new cars and modified them to create something special and then sold them with warranty (either factory or aftermarket warranty).  For the sake of description, I will call them Original Equipment Tuners (OET) and you will name your favorite in the comments. 


Standard contest rules are as follows: 

1. Only one car per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded the page).  Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post -- if you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his comment and not another submission.

2. You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car.  (Rule 2 Abrogated for the summer.)

3. The contest will end in on Sunday,  July 5th, 2015.

4. One submission per company.

5. Each car must be for a company that created running/driving cars (no clay model prototypes) and at least two must have been built of that particular car (no one-offs). 

6. No anonymous submissions -- pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.

Ready....Set...Tune!


144 comments:

  1. Saleen Mustang. [img]http://files.americanmuscle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2014-Saleen-302-Black-Label-1.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  2. ~ Does Lister/Jaguar qualify ?
    [img]http://thumbsnap.com/s/HlhC9kVx.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  3. Alpina, like AMG, was once an independent operation, and this thing still appears to be for sale:

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00000_hHEI6fMVIkF_600x450.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, and it's my recollection that the '65-66 GT350s were done at Shelby's Torrance Airport facility, and I think the '67s may have been too, Ford took the Shelby Mustang assembly in-house sometime around '68 or '69. I'm someone out there will know the minutiae.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Does RUF count?

    [img]http://images.caradisiac.com/images/3/3/7/4/33374/S0-Photos-du-jour-Ruf-930-CTR-Yellow-Bird-135888.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I swear I didn't realize the photo was that big.

      Delete
  6. ASC McLaren:

    [img]http://www.ascmclaren.com/mainpic.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  7. Replies
    1. I'm sure Foust is a great guy in reality but boy is his television personality grating to watch.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/wGPXR5n.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  8. Replies
    1. Chevrolet Mallett Hammer Corvette

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/S5HJGkC.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  9. Replies
    1. I think Vince is looking for one specific car make/model per comment, i.e. Kenny Brown GT4-RS Mustang. But the challenge is a bit ambiguous this week.

      Vince: are we looking for the OET companies themselves, or the cars they produce/modify?

      Delete
    2. Kenny Brown Marauder S

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/9gweCxp.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  10. SLP:

    [img]http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1990/441/4972720004_large.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  11. What about when Winnebago gave birth to the Trekker?

    [img]http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--7cgc-DEN--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/18n23hltwdfkijpg.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe that's commonly referred to as 'stickercharging'.

      Delete
  12. CSX:

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00V0V_lzP6lCn05GU_600x450.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  13. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/MitBOfL.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  14. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/svggjep.jpg[/img]

      Delete
  15. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/3863vOB.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  16. I'd pitch the Lotus Omega/Carlton:

    [img]https://lotusomega.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/lotus_carlton_engineviewthroughhood_800x600.jpg?w=627&h=398[/img]

    but Lotus was actually owned by GM at that time. Similarly, I could propose one of the Australian HSV products, such as the HSV Clubsport:

    [img]http://www.drive.com.au/content/dam/images/1/1/z/b/4/u/image.related.articleLeadwide.620x349.11za69.png/1434253382512.jpg[/img]

    but, although the cars are shipped from South Australia as a bare-bones Commodore and completely torn apart at the HSV plant in suburban Melbourne, once again HSV is owned by GM Holden.

    Okay, how 'bout an Aussie Ford product, from the period when they were reworked by Tickford (which IIRC was owned by Prodrive Engineering at the time)?

    [img]http://images.theage.com.au/2010/08/20/1809743/01ford_m_m.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's an AU-series Falcon XR8 circa 2000, FYI.

      Delete
    2. And I guess I'm wrong about HSV, it was originally operated by Tom Walkinshaw Racing and despite the collapse of TWR a few years ago the ownership structure still involves them.

      Delete
  17. Replies
    1. Tesla...as a 'tuner' for, what...the Lotus Elise? Man, that's a stretch...

      Delete
  18. The Stroppe Baja Bronco

    [img]http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/plugins/PostviaEmail/images/1971_Stroppe_Baja_Ford_Bronco_Side_resize.jpg[/img]

    (image sourced from the trailer guys)

    Stroppe had a history with various Fomoco products, he probably did enough Carrera Panamerica Lincolns two decades earlier to qualify as well.

    ReplyDelete
  19. How about all of the companies hired to make coupes into small volume convertibles? Seem to recall several of those.

    ReplyDelete
  20. And, as I can apparently keep going with no constraint other that my ego, I present the Randall 401 Gremlin:

    [img]http://gremlinx.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Randall-feature.jpg[/img]

    AMC dealership in Arizona got into the business back in the dark days of the '70s of dropping 401s in where the 304 came out, easy to do as the 401 was (and is) the same physical size as the 304.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They did a bunch of CJ5 Jeeps, too...my guess is CJ5+healthy 401+passengers- footwells full of urine.


      Delete
    2. Sounds like a sequel to the movie "Fistfull of dollars"....."Footwells full of urine"

      Delete
  21. Replies
    1. Did ipd ever sell a zero-mile tuned Volvo?

      Delete
    2. Yes. An acquaintance bought a new S60R, had it delivered to and modded by IPD before he even drove it. Fantastic car and it didn't void any of the warranty (nudge-nudge).

      Delete
    3. And I'm fairly confident in guessing he wasn't the only one.

      Delete
  22. Yenko Stinger

    [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS4tXkVl-qw5E_lnNwNrdXWvEyyNxyuDqAeZd4du_TpHNLhccHw[/img]

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Much more Don Yenko product to be mined if anyone's so inclined.

      Delete
  23. So here's another tuner question...mostly we are or should be talking about cars where the mfr on the plate is the tuner, but how 'bout stuff like thd '64 Ford Thunderbolt built by Dearborn Steel Tube but sold by Ford?

    ReplyDelete
  24. Not sure Calloway offered a warranty?
    [img]http://www.callawayownersgroup.com/Images/CIMG0870.JPG[/img]

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Guess I answered my own question:
      http://www.callawaycars.com/home/frequently-asked-questions/

      How does the Callaway Warranty work? 

      The Callaway Warranty is provided as standard equipment and covers all of the Callaway-installed components and most GM original equipment powertrain components. The term of the Callaway Warranty is 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. An optional 5 year/100,000 mile Callaway Powertrain Service Contract is also available.

      Is my GM warranty voided when I buy a Callaway? 

      No, your GM warranty is not voided. All non-powertrain-related parts of your Callaway are still covered by GM. If your problem is powertrain-related, Callaway works with the GM Dealer to determine the root cause. If the problem was caused by a defective GM component, and the affected components are covered by the GM powertrain warranty, then GM reimburses the dealership. If the problem was caused by a Callaway product defect and the affected components are covered by the Callaway Extended Powertrain Service Contract, then Callaway reimburses the dealership.

      Delete
  25. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/VQc6WB6.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  27. When you're on the move and need a little support....Brabus

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/CBapgdU.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  28. Superchips deserves mention even tho it doesn't exactly fit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe. I count how many people I know who bought new cars and immediately called Superchips. Especially truck owners. I didn't claim it made sense or didn't void any warranties.

      Delete
  29. The real question is this: who's the manufacturer as far as the VIN plate is concerned?

    For the Shelby Mustangs it's Shelby American. For the pre-buyout Alpinas and AMGs it's Alpina and AMG. Ruf, HSV and Tickford/FPV, likewise. As far as DOT and the SCCA goes the Yenko Stinger was a Yenko product, not a GM product, and if you try to run a Corvair with Yenko mods in D-P the SCCA will politely tell you to go away, it was never homologated.

    When you come down to the level where BMW or Ford or GM are the manufacturer, things get a little murkier.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. For the purposes of this topic there's lots of material in the Landy/Ramchargers/Yenko drag-prepped cars of the '60s.

      Lots of dealers and dealer-affiliated race teams in the '50s and '60s pushed out tuned cars, sometimes small numbers, sometimes numbers large enough to at least show up in the magazines.

      I'm going to swear off posting anything postwar, if I can turn up '20s Fronty-Ford, '30s Stude outfits that did a notable number of road cars I'll post something.

      Delete
  30. Even a Ford guy like me on the West Coast knows about Baldwin Motion.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/Qc7xurQ.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  32. Does Baur count?

    ReplyDelete
  33. Would something like a Zimmer Golden Shower be acceptable?
    If not, then how about a Zimmer Golden Spirit? :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Don't google that one at work! Yikes!

      Delete
  34. What about the various farm tractor conversions for Model T Fords?
    Like the Pullford:
    Anyone know if these were done to zero mile T's or sold as an aftermarket DIY kit for the weekend err.. i guess blacksmith?

    [img]http://www.antiquefarming.com/images/pullford-fordtractor.jpg[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  35. Steeda Mustangs

    ReplyDelete
  36. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/31wFYYd.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  37. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/WtyEhn4.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  38. Don't forget the Hennessey, neat please

    ReplyDelete
  39. Replies
    1. I believe we're talking about tuners who sold complete cars, not just parts.

      Certainly true of Lingenfelter and Abarth, but IIRC not these guys.

      Delete
    2. [img]http://i.imgur.com/4WoExFB.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  40. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/lFk8TpO.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  41. Replies
    1. Gemballa Mistrale

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/G5iF1vG.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  42. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/BMuYdOe.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  43. Singer Porsches

    ReplyDelete
  44. Would a Cunningham count? Or a Scarab?

    ReplyDelete
  45. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/D2gnn6Y.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  46. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/olPkQoq.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  47. Replies
    1. Swallow Dorretti

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/aFwsHuL.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  48. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/0K1ANMA.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  49. Replies
    1. Dartz Motorz

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/K3x3VXa.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  50. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/Nv0ukj1.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  51. Replies
    1. Motoren Technik Mayer...one of the many cars they upgrade

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/zgTLRE1.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  52. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/o4fWxGH.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  53. Irmscher, always connected to the Euro Opel branch of GM.
    http://www.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/DSC03689_copy.jpg

    ReplyDelete
  54. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/QWL3NKB.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  55. Replies
    1. I'm gonna skip the seemingly obvious ones. But if they're not, let me know and I'll post an image to go along with the company name.

      Delete
    2. Oops. TRD already mentioned SLP. Sorry about that, bud.

      Delete
  56. Cortina Savage. Essex V6 stuffed into the English Ford

    http://www.mk3cortina.com/gallery/Modified_Cortinas/savage-frontside.jpg since I can't figure out the 6th Commmandment.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Basil Green in South Africa with the Perana V8 Capri.

    http://www.perana.org/capriv8.asp

    ReplyDelete
  58. ~ Here's a new one on me; Auto Craft Savage GT

    http://www.banovsky.com/archive/auto-craft-savage-gt?utm_source=Car+of+the+Day+sign+up&utm_campaign=4484f9b6ec-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_daa1a8e91d-4484f9b6ec-422607741

    ReplyDelete
  59. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/5XEdu41.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  60. Replies
    1. GSM Delta

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/rE0Z2oN.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  61. Replies
    1. Ford OSI

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/FneToyV.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  62. Replies
    1. J. Bittle Performance Dominator IV

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/TkOsECV.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  63. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/wNFYY4K.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  64. Replies
    1. A couple of SoCal dealers were selling Racing Sports Akimoto modified Supras when the A80 started to do the sales fade. I can't find a good photo of a RSA Supra but here's a Chrysler they modified for a show. Doesn't really matter because they didn't install bodykits on any of the Toyotas, just lowered them and put snazzy wheels on them. They mainly worked on the intake and exhaust, boosting power to around 400 hp.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/21W9RQo.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  65. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/tuuGpJu.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  66. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/1QFAf7q.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  67. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/BP8Yi8j.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  68. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/0bgSQgL.jpg?1[/img]

      Delete
  69. Replies
    1. [img]http://i.imgur.com/B14Zmfa.png?1[/img]

      Delete
  70. ~ Lots of initials and acronyms, need more visual examples.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I appreciate your inquisitiveness, Scot.

      Delete
  71. Cooper

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/VZGBQLs.jpg?1[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  72. Dealer Team Vauxhall

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/vhfqVST.jpg?1[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  73. Ogle

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/lmvkzjo.jpg?1[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  74. Panther

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/alO41DS.jpg?1[/img]

    ReplyDelete
  75. Special Editions (Beck & Titus)

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/PDjomT8.jpg?1[/img]

    ReplyDelete

Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.