When someone mentions a classic car, you probably think of something that was highly desirable in its day and over time appreciated in value. Something that’s in pristine condition, costs a lot of money to buy, and is probably brought out to the roads only when it’s 24 degrees and the sky is completely blue. Great examples are cars like the Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari 275 GTB, Mercedes Benz 300 SL, or an all-original 1966 Shelby Cobra. At a recent Gooding & Company auction, a 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL roadster was sold for $654,500!
Classic muscle cars look great and exciting, and they have as much presence on the road as would an exotic Italian supercar. Their carbureted V8s and less restrictive exhausts means that they tend to sound good as well. However, the harsh reality of owning a classic muscle car, especially in the 21st century, is that you realize how much they lack in the handling department.
Off the top of my mind, BMW, Ram Trucks, Ford Australia, Toyota (J70 Land Cruiser) and Volvo are the only mainstream car manufacturers that still make passenger cars with straight-six engines. There was a time almost every car manufacturer produced some kind of straight-six engine, but the more compact design of V6 engines meant that manufacturers could create more cabin space while having the same performance of a straight-six motor.
The last post on SOC that had a collection of exhaust videos was on flame-spitting appreciation, and now we have another collection of exhaust-related videos. This time around, we’ll have a collection of cars that ‘crackle and pop’ when revved, or when the driver lifts off the throttle. Cars that make all sorts of little explosions when small droplets of unburnt fuel make contact with a hot exhaust system. Standard, modified, and race cars are included - both old and new. Enjoy.
If you’re a car enthusiast, people close to you might have asked you “why do you like cars so much?” And chances are you weren’t able to give them a direct answer. There are many things that make us tick when in comes to a car; the design, the quality, the noise it makes, the history, the performance, etc. But occasionally we get other things, like flames shooting out of the exhaust. If like me, the sight of flames (the real kind, no flamethrower kits here) coming out of the exhaust causes the caveman in you to come out, then you’ll enjoy checking out these videos of awesome flame spitters.