A unique automotive offspring, a Goggomobile, car badging, Porsches and more…

What would you call the offspring of a Ford Mustang fastback and a Lamborghini Gallardo?  A Forghini, or maybe Lambostang?  The answer is neither one, as the badging on said offspring at Cars&Coffee on Saturday morning read “Tractorri”.

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Visually, the car appeared to be a lowered, customized Ford Mustang fastback, however upon closer inspection, it became apparent that the low profile wheels, tires and running gear had been sourced from a Lamborghini Gallardo. And looking beneath the opened rear hatch revealed another surprise; the heart and soul of a Lamborghini Gallardo – a  mid – chassis mounted, Lamborghini V-10 power plant.  And keeping in character, positioned along the rear flanks, and located just behind each door, were truly functional air intakes.

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And located out back, a set of Lamborghini Gallardo tail lights and a vertical, rear mesh grill had both been seamlessly integrated into the Lamborghini contoured rear fenders and bumper.

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Inside, the cockpit was a lift right out of a Gallardo, correct right down to its black leather dash, door panels and seats, all with the contrasting stitching.

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With the front hood opened, yet another surprise was revealed…a relatively empty front “engine” compartment, with the exception of the strut bar, cockpit ventilation / blower assembly, anti-lock brake system and a painted and striped sheet metal shroud (all located where the Mustang power plant and radiator would normally reside).

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For the rest of the morning, this car was surrounded by a crowd that was at least 3-4 people deep, which made getting additional photos of the car difficult. (These photos of the Tractorri were taken at 6:30 AM while still under the cover of darkness, and before the arrival of the crowds).

Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And what about that name…

Was this perhaps an obscure reference made by the builder of this car, as a tribute to Ferruccio Lamborghini’s business interests prior to the building his automotive empire?

(For those of you unfamiliar with Lamborghini history, Ferruccio Lamborghini was the premier manufacturer of tractors in all of Italy, prior to his start as a manufacturer of exotic sports cars).

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The Porsche community was once again represented by a diverse cross-section of models, color and vintage…

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Black Porsche 930 turbo_w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Black Porsche 930 turbo_w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1972 Grand prix White Porsche 911 GT_Rgruppe award winner_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Porsche 911GT & 911's_Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Porsche 911GT_ driving light w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Blue Porsche 911_Rgruppe_Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Speed yellow Porsche 996 GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Speed yellow Porsche 996 GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

My next stop was to check out the British imports assembled. I started by checking out  this nice black on black Triumph TR3, identical to the one my dad owned when I was 5 years old.

Black on black Triumph TR3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

I then came across a trio of Austin Healey roadsters, each one a different model representing the 3000 series. From left to right, a red, 3000 Mark II series, in the middle, a green 3000 Mark III series, and on the right, a red 3000 from the original series.

A trio of Austin Healeys_MarkII, Mark III, original_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Austin Healey 3000_chromed wire wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Red Austin Healey 3000_grill badges and lights_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

British racing green Austin Healey 3000 MK III_front end w /grill badges_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

A few row over from the Healeys, was this stately Jaguar sedan…

Black 3 1/2 liter Jaguar sedan_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Black 3 1/2 liter Jaguar sedan_radiator cap emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Black 3 1/2 liter Jaguar sedan_grill badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

And another couple of rows over was this amazing Rolls Royce…

Black Rolls Royce_radiator cap emblem w/ Healey reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Black Rolls Royce_radiator cap emblem w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Black Rolls Royce_w/Audi TT reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Another interesting aspect of this show for me is the ability to focus in on just details, whether it be unique wheels, hood ornaments, badging or reflections…Deutsch-Bonnet_split rim and cast hub_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Volvo 1800 C pillar badge_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Black 1957 Corvette roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1956 Mercedes Benz 300S coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Buick Special coupe_hood emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Buick Special coupe_fender emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

"McLaren Silver" McLaren MP4-12C _rear deck emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Out towards the back rows of the parking lot, I came across this pair of McLaren MP4-12C’s. The “McLaren Silver” MP4-12C model below is the first example I have seen with the “Stealth” finished wheels…

"McLaren Silver" McLaren MP4-12C_w/"Stealth" finish wheels_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

"McLaren Silver" McLaren MP4-12C_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

This Volcano Orange MP4-12C is apparently a demo model from the local McLaren dealership located in Newport Beach, and has become a frequent visitor to the show.

Volcano Orange McLaren MP4-12C_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

As the parking lot began to thin out, a tiny red and white car was revealed. The badging identified it as a 1958 TS 400 Goggomobile; a rear engined, rear wheel drive “Micro car” complete with suicide doors…

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_front hood badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_w/open suicide door_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

The rumor was that the car was powered by hamsters, as evidenced by the little guy caught resting and still in his wheel, tucked in behind the driver’s seat…

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_w/ hamster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_trunk badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

1958 Red & white Goggomobile_trunk badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

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However, in reality the car is powered by a 400 cc, 2 cylinder motor, good for a whopping 20 horsepower.

Another facet of this event is the opportunity to observe and attempt to decipher a multitude of personalized license plates attached to a broad range of vehicles. Some can be very challenging, whereas others are pretty basic. They also appear to reflect the passion found throughout the Southern California car culture. The following are just a few recent observations…

Green Isuzu Vehi-Cross_w/personalized plate_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Green Isuzu Vehi-Cross_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Green Isuzu Vehi-Cross__w/personalized plate_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Speed yellow Porsche 996 GT3_w/personalized plate_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Orange Porsche GT3RS_w/personalized plate_Cars&Coffe/Irvine_1/7/12

Silver 2000 Audi TT quattro_w/personalized plate_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

Black Audi R8_w/personalized plate_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/7/12

(All photos by the author)

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