Monday, November 16, 2015

Buick Regal Based: 1979 DiNapoli Coupe

Pacific Coachworks was a California based coach builder that created a pimp-mobile style custom out of a '79 Buick Regal and 42 additional inches of wheelbase.  Information on the DiNapoli Coupe is limited to a few scanned vintage new articles, but it seems to have been led in some fashion by Nicholas DiNapoli and his wife (or daughter?) Meg DiNapoli.  Find this 1979 DiNapoli Coupe offered here on eBay for $15,000 buy-it-now located in Buckhead, GA.

A vintage Miami News article (located here in google's news archive) indicates that the DiNapoli was designed by Minicars, Inc and assembled by Pacific Coachworks -- likely not the same entity that uses the name Pacific Coachworks to build RV's today.  The DiNapoli was to be featured in a domestic NBC created television series called "On His President's Secret Service"...but it seems the show fared about as well as the Coupe.

Powering the oddball 1930s retrostyled coupe is a Buick Regal V6 -- infact, just about everything except the front/rear cosmetic pieces was kept intact from the donor Regal.  The cabin/greenhouse was left alone, probably because a smalltime coach builder isn't going to want to spend time sourcing custom low volume window glass when trying to figure out how to keep the electricity bill paid.

The interior looks like a gussied up version of the Regal, probably faux wood (or veneer) applique was added on top of the stock Buick stuff. If you are into this kind of classic '30s Fauxster, this seems like a good bet.  And don't call this thing a kit car, the only way you could get one is to buy a complete example for something like $70,000 in 1979. Wow!

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  1. Faux wood applique? Looks more like chunks of two-by from the local lumber yard.

  2. Where's my money beech? Give me my money beech. It's tough being pimp, but at least I ride a sweet puss y wagon.

  3. This car was designed absent any inspiration, and certainly not divine intervention. Despite not being signed off by any sighted deity, this car is destined to be President Ben Carson's Camp David runabout. Once he read the authenticated parchment scrolls saying had been based on drawings inside a great pyramid he knew he was tapped on the shoulder to go forth. Evidently it had been preserved under tons of grain.

    Who else has their vehicle ready for post-rapture cruise nights?

  4. Buckhead is also the #1 place in the metro Atlanta area to go and get drunk and try inadvisable pick-up tecniques. Coincidence? I don't think so.

  5. All the quiet style and sophistication of Dog the Bounty Hunter

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  6. Hey don't tell anybody but that bumper work's on either end...the stock holders will be thrilled.....!


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