Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2014: Part 1 – Street Cars and Show Stuffings


This is only the second 959 I’ve seen in my life with the first being at WRC Germany on the side of a road near a stage.
Rear wings were a bit more modest back then. Well, except for the Ferrari F40. Your modern day Evo and STI have more gratuitous wings as compared to the 959. Anyways, a little lip spoiler on the rear deck of the 959 helps with the downforce generation. This 959 is equipped with a cage; the design of the padding around the bars makes me think it’s OEM or at least very well done.
Porsche has been using cross-drilled rotors for a long time… As is commonplace on modern supercars, a sceondary parking brake caliper is used in addition to the primary brake caliper. The vent in the picture is located in the side of the front bumper providing an escape path for air going through the corner mounted heat exchanger. You know, the whole air going in has to go out thing.
On the left is an Italian sausage and veggie omelet baguette from Mangia Ristorante on Wheels; fluffy eggs, Italian sausage, grilled peppers, grated gruyere cheese, all stuffed in a toasted baggett. On the right is a slider from Slammin Sliders consisting of a fried egg, bacon, and pepperjack cheese on King’s Hawaiian rolls. Both were very yummy in my tummy.
This tiny car with the full opening roof is a 1967 Fiat 500 Giardinera.
The whole roof rotates open around the one pivot point. Holding the roof shut is a single latch in the middle. It doesn’t get much simpler than this.
There’s not much to the interior. One shifter, two window cranks, three pedals, four gauges… Oh, and the doors are hinged at the back. You can see the door latch at the front.

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