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The oddest oddities from a Beijing Auto Show

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Due to a ongoing tellurian COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t enjoyed a common slight of obsessively covering auto shows … since there haven’t unequivocally been any automobile shows to obsessively cover. That finally altered this week in Beijing, yet flattering many all engaging on arrangement isn’t meant for American roads. And so we’ll instead flip a book and take a demeanour during a strangest, many offbeat or differently intriguing things from China.

We’ll flog this list off with a span of oddballs from a Chinese automaker called Songsan. The initial of a retro-inspired duo, seen above, is called a SS Dolphin, and it’s clearly desirous by a late-1950s Chevrolet Corvette. A discerning peek from some angles creates it demeanour like a car’s designers did a flattering decent pursuit mimicking a classical ‘Vette. From other angles, though, a proportions are all wrong. The many gross perspective is from a back three-quarter, where it’s painfully apparent that a light and tough Corvette’s lines don’t interpret into a incomparable and some-more bolbous back end. That’s substantially not startling as a SS Dolphin is scarcely a feet longer than a 1958 Corvette. (This is not to be confused with the U.S.S. Dolphin, that was 137 feet longer than a ’58 Corvette).

Under that skin apparently lies a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and electric engine combo that’s fed by a 16-kWh battery container reportedly sourced from BYD. Songsan says it can transport about 60 miles on electric energy and run from 0-60 in underneath 5 seconds.

$42,000 Could Get You A VERY UNIQUE 1986 BMW E30 3 Series

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

What’s Different About This Example?


This two-door black beauty has been remade from a grand sedan to a opening monster. The changes are some-more than pointed on a outside.

The fender is an aftermarket section as good and facilities haze lamps. Fortunately, a turn headlights sojourn as it is to remind we that this is still a BMW E30. It rides on steel wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson 16.5×31 tires during a back. The back finish is old-school with a breadbox taillights, a somewhat stepped-out bumper, and a BMW logo.


The black leather is strange and even a doorway panels demeanour stock. The leather-wrapped “Grant” steering circle looks honeyed with a BMW core cap. A JVC CD Player, that is also Bluetooth-compatible, is in place for your media needs, though we doubt anyone would use it most as a grunt from a indent will be a driver’s choice of music. The back seats are taken off and transposed with a hurl enclosure and a tubbed back end. All-in-all, a cabin of this 1986 3 Series is still utterly old-school. Sunroof, energy windows, and updated involuntary speedometer, odometer, and other gauges breeze adult a list for a cabin features.

German Car, American Heart


Under a hood, this E30 is a totally opposite animal. The strange engine is substituted in preference of a small-block Chevy 350, that is a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine.

Power is sent to a back wheels around a four-speed Borg Warner Super T-10 primer gearbox. The owners has done a lot of automatic changes, and they include:

  • Heavy-Duty Rear Brakes
  • BMW Front Brakes
  • Four-Link Adjustable Suspension
  • Narrow Ford 9” Rear
  • Koni Adjustable Shocks
  • Strange Axles
  • Pete Jackson Gear Drive
  • World Product Iron Heads
  • Steel Crank
  • Edelbrock Tunnel Ram
  • MSD Ignition System
  • RAM Clutch
  • Hurst Shifter
  • FlowTech Headers
  • Upgraded Suspension Includes: Rack and Pinion, Control Arms, Tie Rods

Final Thoughts


This 1986 BMW 3 Series looks illusory and is a really singular example. The owners records that notwithstanding all a changes, this automobile is totally travel legal. It has 2,500 miles on a odometer, though that could be a clicks clocked after a engine swap. The automobile is accessible for sale in Barto, Pennsylvania and a owners is seeking for $42,800.

Source: Ebay