In honor of the New Year and for no particular other reason, we offer you images of crazy orange cars that we like. I mean, some people celebrate all year round, right? What better way to do that than by driving an orange car?
Above is a BMW 3.0 CSL, probably a 1973, and maybe the most beautiful car the company ever made. Back in that era, I was lucky enough to find a 1967 2000 CS, immediate ancestor of the CSL, and had it for a couple of years. The car was painted a kind of barnyard brown, but was still a prize.
CSLs (L for the lightened versions) were hotted up and raced a lot with great success during the 1970s. In 1973, the company added some aero mods, including a big wing and front spoiler, which gave it the name Batmobile.
Maybe the best-looking of the 1950s-era Cadillacs, the ’57 Series 62 convertible shown here had a 365-cubic-inch V8 with dual 4-barrel Rochester carbs and made 325 hp. Nobody cared a lot about fuel economy in those days.
The Saleen S7 got boosted to a twin-turbo system in 2007 and reportedly put out 750 hp to enable 0-60 mph times of 2.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 10.5. Good way to get to your New Year’s party.
This one will cost you: a Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black (2009) in orange. The car’s 6-liter V12 biturbo engine is hand-constructed by a single AMG engineer. Performance is, well, out of sight. Details here.
Finally, a 1939 Studebaker Coupe Express that has been transformed by a hot-rodder’s art. You can see what the original looked like on Hemmings. A combination of pickup and coupe, it anticipated the Ranchero and El Camino by many years.
Happy New Year, and drive safely, please.