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1971 Plymouth Scamp powered by twin-turbo Toyota Supra Six
On a recent visit to Detroit, I had a chance encounter with this car at the Saturday morning Cars and Coffee show held at the Auto Zone automotive bookstore on Woodward Avenue. At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of this hybrid, a 1971 Plymouth Scamp rescued from the crusher, powered by a 3-liter, twin-turbo Toyota Supra straight six. But after talking with its builder, David Buckshaw, it all made sense.
In the true spirit of the origins of hot rodding in the immediate postwar era, David did what hot rodders had done in the past; raided junkyards to build the fastest set of wheels for the least money possible. And as much as Mopar purists might scoff at the combination, as these photos show, it works! Better than you would ever expect.
A participant in this year's Hot Rod Power Tour, the Scrapyard Scamp, as David calls it, is testimony to the spirit of hot rodding and thinking outside the box. David has built a modern hot rod with classic good looks combined with a modern drivetrain, a car designed to be driven.