Posts Tagged ‘er27’

Sleeper Vehicles

13 November 2008

Dear J-

There are few cars I enjoy more than sleepers — rather ordinary-looking cars, not at all extroverted (you know what I’m talking about, bespoilered and slammed rolling stock out there) yet with something extra once you bury the right foot.  It’s all thanks to the magic of the corporate parts bin — once you start sharing items between cars, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets the bright idea to stick the biggest engine possible in the smallest car; it’s how we got the GTO, 300SEL 6.3, and other magical letter/number combinations.

Right now I’d guess the most mental camouflaged car would be the 2009 (turbo) Chevy Cobalt SS sedan — you’ve got horsepower that used to be reserved for the hoariest of 80s Corvettes in a package that looks like another anonymous rental; it’s cheaper than building up your own — whatever you’ve got — and unlike the muscle-y cars of yore, it won’t head straight for the nearest ditch when you try to steer it.

I admit to paper-whipping together improbable combinations in my head during slow times at work; wouldn’t so many cars be so much better with immodest engines?  Would an ER27 fit into a BRAT?  Why not fit a 7M-GTE into a Toyota truck?  Do you realize how many times I read about small-block V8 conversions into Volvo 240s?  Where do the possibilities end?