What happens when you combine a Ferrari with a Rambler? The very thought of it might cause Enzo Ferrari to turn over in his grave but on the other hand it would leave George Romney smiling. However you may feel about such a combination the car actually exists and is one of two unusual vehicles just donated to the LeMay - America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
The Ferrambo, as it is known, is a one-off built by Mike Warn of Warn Industries. Warn said he wanted to create a car that combined American engineering and strength with European style and performance. It took him more than two years to construct but obviously was worth the effort, for his Ferrambo captured the prestigious Ridler Award at Detroit’s Autorama in 2008. That helped drive the estimated value to $750,000. And in fact the car is surprisingly attractive, though I've no idea how it drives.
The good news is that we can now see it at the LeMay, along with the second gift, a 1964 Buick Wildcat prototype donated by museum member Paul Ianuario. What makes this Wildcat so unusual is that the body is made from fibreglass. Apparently GM built it to complement the Impala SS as a high performance machine with the same then-exotic material as the Corvette.
Buick's unusual concept features a 401-cid "Nailhead" V-8 and, according to the owner, has a different cam and other performance upgrades. Ianuaro said that had it gone into production the Wildcat would have been offered with the two four-barrel, 425-hp-version. Unfortunately GM decided against producing it and as a result has only 3893 miles on the clock and, like the Ferrambo, is valued at $750,000.
Thanks to Old Cars Weekly for the lead to this story.