With the invention of television several decades ago, it was only a matter of time before niche television programs began popping up all over the place. As expected, this is exactly what happened. Just about every form of entertainment catered to some kind of hobby/interest, including cars.
One of these car shows to last for a long time is Fast N' Loud. Fast N' Loud's big thing is very similar to Motortrend's Roadkill: Build cool cars, flip them for a profit, and get up to crazy antics. Sometimes the cars they make are awesome, while others fall below what was expected. To illustrate this phenomenon, here are five Fast N' Loud builds that hit the mark, and five that missed...
9 Hit: 1967 Chevrolet C10
Not too long ago, the boys down at Gas Monkey Garage (And Fast N' Loud more generally) decided to purchase a 1967 Chevrolet C10 for their next rebuild. What came after was one of the best looking lowered trucks to ever be produced.
At the end of the build, the C10 was a beautiful white and green. Along with this, it also had improved performance and an air-ride suspension. For a truck lover, this car was the epitome of what one could hope for. Sadly, though, it was later crashed in the early months of 2019.
8 Miss: Datsun 280Z
To prepare for the SEMA show (Specialty Equipment Market Association), those at Fast N' Loud thought to pick up a classic Japanese icon: The Datsun 280Z. However, its ending wouldn't be a happy one.
For a while, the Datsun was going great. It had the requisite power modifications, exterior improvements, and a good potential to earn some money. This would all come crashing down, though, when the 280Z tragically caught fire during a tow. We'll never know how good it could have been, which makes it all the worse...
7 Hit: 1952 Chevrolet Stock Car
When people think about a project car for racing, they may be inclined to think of something like a Miata, 350Z, or BMW 3-series. Of course, this is what a sane person would do, but Garage Monkey's employees are the furthest thing from that. To prove this, they bought a 1952 Chevrolet Stock Car.
To everyone's surprise, they managed to bring the Stock Car back to its former glory. Just with almost all of their builds, the power was upgraded, exterior modifications completed, and put onto their show. It's not every day you get to see a '50s race car, let alone one that runs like it's brand new!
6 Miss: Ford GT
One of Ford's most famous and successful race cars was their biggest Le Mans competitor: The Ford GT40. This car was one of the only ones that could take the fight to Ferrari where it counted. As an homage to the GT40, Ford later produced the Ford GT. Eventually, one was later used by Garage Monkey for their own rebuild.
The car they bought was a previously crashed GT. It still cost a pretty penny, but was a decent place to start. Of course, they worked their magic and the cars was later up and running. However, with many supercars of that class, a crash that bad would always be remembered. Along with this, the Ford GT wasn't that competitive and quickly thrown to the side with Ford's newest Eco-Boosted V6 Ford GT.
5 Hit: "Kitt"
The car itself was very old and in pretty bad condition before being restored. Nevertheless, the Gasser was eventually rebuilt, but with an awful paint job, terrible stickers, and a 'bull-dogged' front end. Depending on who you talk to, the '52 Gasser was either one of Fast N' Loud's best cars, or one of their worst. Either way, they could have done a few things differently at the end.
4 Hit: De Tomaso Pantera
If you've never heard of De Tomaso before, don't worry, you're not alone. For those who need clarification, De Tomaso was an Italian carmaker that no longer exists today, even though they made some cool cars. One of their vehicles, the Pantera, was later picked up for the Fast N' Loud show's crazy rebuild.
What Gas Monkey Garage did to this Pantera may be seen as a heresy to some, but a cool prospect for others. What they did was swap the engine out with an Eco-Boosted 3.5-liter V6. Having an old car with a technologically advanced core was a unique concept for fans and car lovers.
Although not specifically in the show, Fast N' Loud's deleted scenes show the Pantera finding a buyer. At least somebody gets to enjoy this masterpiece.
3 Miss: Prototype Pontiac Firebird
Compared to the other vehicles, these never actually made the show. However, the debacle involving the Prototype Firebirds was one of Gas Monkey's biggest blunders. For starters, the cars weren't even real prototypes.
Originally, the project was centered around rebuilding two Pontiac Firebirds. They ended up paying over $300,000 for the cars only to realize that they were lied to. As a result, the build was never finished (Or started, for the most part). Now, it's just a classic tale of "what could have been."
2 Hit: Ferrari F40
One man's misfortune is another's luck. This statement is often true, especially when talking about a crashed Ferrari F40. Although the driver lost a beautiful toy, the boys at Gas Monkey Garage now had a platform to work on one of the best sports cars ever made.
What they ended up doing to the F40 was interesting, to say the least. Instead of keeping the standard Rosso Corsa paint, they moved to a black with red accents and decals all around the body. Along with that, the F40 had a redesigned front (Sort of), new headlights, special rims, and extra power.
The fan reception for the F40 was really good, with the car eventually going to auction earlier this year. Even though it was crashed, people still swarmed for the chance to get their hands on Fast N' Loud's coolest project to date.
1 Miss: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am
For one of their faster build, Gas Monkey Garage acquired a great-looking 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. The rebuild was quick, easy, and not too dramatic, however, that's sort of the problem.
After auction the Trans Am ended up selling for only $12,000 at a Barrett Jackson auction several years ago. As far as profits, the Trans Am yielded few with very few people even remembering it to begin with. The car wasn't bad, though, just forgettable.