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Could hot rodding really be hot rodding if it weren't for a wee bit o' fire-breathin', tire-smokin', bumper-cover meltin' action? Some people don't think so, and while automotive flamethrowers have been around for years, they've reached enough of a critical mass that The Detroit Free Press felt compelled to report upon the hoonesque, better-than-a-whistle-tip accessory.

Cheap and relatively simple to install, the systems consist of a spark plug and a fuel line routed into the exhaust system, that when activated, shoots leaping licks o' flame out the back of the car. We once saw a pretty high-dollar custom get scorched by a malfunction of the system, but we've known plenty of others who've used 'em without incident. In any event, they tickle our inner Beavis, and that's enough, innit?


Flamethrowing cars come back in style [Detroit Free Press]

Soldier in Iraq Buys Saddam's "Flamethrower" Mercedes [Internal]

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