Saturday, June 25, 2016

Catdog Car: 1991 & 1992 Conjoined Buick Regals

I know what you are thinking. Who wants to read a feature about a crummy 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora? Look closer, however, and you will find that this is actually two crummy Buick Regals that have been sawed in half and welded together.  The question is, what would you do with it? Find this 1991 & 1992 Conjoined Regal(s) for $3,500 via craigslist.


According to the ad, this car(s) is not street legal. This is understandable, given the rearward facing white lights, no brake lights, dual VINs, etc. We are willing to chance it, though, given the range of hooneriffic mischief we could use it to commit. To get caught, first a cop would have to distinguish this car from an Olds Aurora, which is unlikely. Second, I would like to see what one might get charged with for driving it on a public road. Police officer: "Do you have any idea why I pulled you over?" You: "I don't know. Drivin' two cars at the same time?" Police officer: *clicks pen*.


This creation was put together to advertise for a body shop and it was used only in parades.  I would like to see how it handles on the track, though. Eat your heart out, Honda Prelude and Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4. This is real four wheel steering. All you need is a terrified, talented co-driver with a bloodshot eye on the rearview and you would have an unfair advantage over the competition. That, or a spectacular wreck.


Speaking of terrifying people, you ought to be able to drive this thing down the highway dog-tracking at a 45 degree angle if you wished. Now nobody can pass you without your permission. 
Another talent this car possesses is the ability to do spectacular donuts. Regardless of the steering position, with both engines running and in drive something crazy is going to happen when you stomp on both accelerators at the same time.  Maybe a tight pirouette, maybe a slow, smoky drift directly to the right or left.  Who knows?  Just make sure you have plenty of room when you try it. 


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9 comments:

  1. The deal breaker to owning this car is having to adjust two seats to adjust one seat. Otherwise, pretty solid path to 12-cylinder ownership.

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  2. I am guessing he tried it out and ended up smushing up the front of one end.

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  3. What would you do with it? Well, there was a similar Citroen 2CV, which saw long service as a forest fire fighting vehicle.

    A replica exists at the Lane Motor Museum:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS7J982Rf60

    From the description:

    "The Cogolin, also known as the 2CV Bicéphale or Two-headed 2CV, is a faithful reproduction of a unique custom car that was built in France in the 1950s. The original was dreamed up by a local fire and rescue official in the town of Cogolin in the southeast corner of the country. One night he encountered an obstruction on a narrow mountain road. There was not enough room to turn his car around, and he had to back up for several kilometers.

    Another official from the union of foresters took an interest in the problem, and the two men created an extraordinary solution: a 2CV that could be driven in either direction. They combined two 2CVs by discarding the rear half of each and welding together the front halves. The result was a car with two independent halves, each with its own engine and controls. The "rear" wheels could be locked in neutral position by passing a bolt through the steering column. For particularly difficult territory, the car could be driven in all-wheel-drive mode by using two drivers and putting the rear engine in reverse!

    The Cogolin saw service from the late '50s until the early '70s, when it was retired."

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    1. Thanks for the video! Great demonstration of what it can do!

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  4. Just the thing for that husband and wife stunt driver sitcom.
    The daily driver is in the shop and they both try to drive the elementary school carpool at the same time in this.

    Where is K2 mystery car ?

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  5. "Make me an offer. Trade for 6 x 12 flatbed single axle trailer and cash."
    How did that other site miss out on this?

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  6. This write up and the ensuing comments made my day, thanks!

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  7. The great Red Green did something similar with two K cars, and a lot of duct tape. It's hilarious. If you haven't seen the Red Green show, look it up, you're in for a treat. I believe it was 4 wheel steering for the poor man.

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