The Cadillac Allanté was status-symbol priced ($54,000, or 87 grand today), had a Pininfarina-built body, and V8 power, yet was a red-ink-hemorrhaging financial disaster for The General? How could that be? Well, it looked great, but the (non-Northstar) V8 was a dud and it was driving the wrong wheels, plus the average age of Cadillac buyers back then was approximately 106. You know what we say, though? We say "Who cares about all that noise?" You can get steals on these gorgeous Pininfarina machines today, meaning you'll have enough money left in your Hell Project budget to get some real, torque-steeringly fun power into your project. We suggest you start with this one (go here if the ad disappears), which is priced at a Depreciation 101 textbook $1,500. For that price you have to figure on some blemishes, and we're sure you'll find 'em… but the seller's "137k black needs work" description spans quite the range of potential headaches. Does it run? Is there rust? Is the paperwork clean? Hell, we can't answer those inconsequential questions, buddy, but we can promise quite the adventure when you try to coax 500 horses out of an HT4500 engine.
Does labeling an engine's valve cover with a big MASERATI emblem make it a Maserati? Maybe so, but that only applies to the 2.2 with Cosworth head and other goodies; the V6 Chrysler TC By Maserati came with a not-so-Italian Mitsubishi V6. Still, all TCs were made in Italy, which means you know you'll get that famous Italian build quality- coupled with good ol' Detroit