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Sleeper – ever owned one?

jphanna

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The word ‘hoon’ didn’t exist in legislation a few decades ago, so if you were tempted by a quick traffic light ‘performance comparison’ not too long ago you may have been irresponsible…but you wernt classified a hoon.

Anyway I had a wedge celica with an imported twin solex , twincam motor which I replaced the orig 56kw slug. That car was more pose than go even with the twin cam, but one night in a remote suburb (Lonsdale was then!) A guy was tempting me and he had an early seventies escort panel van of all things. He was egging me on and there was no other cars in sight, and it was late. It didn’t have big wheels/tyres, it looked like a tradesmans van with dings and scratches and nothing to really make it sound like it was worked.

He left me so far behind that he was waiting at the next set of lights to just to ‘give it to me’. I see WRX and turbo Nissans launch like that regularly these days, but I suspect he had a 2 litre turbo (what else was available then?) at least, with a quite exhaust.

Got a sleeper story to tell?
 

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my mate had a vauxal chevet little 2 door thing old as was painted up hot as.everyone used to pull up beside us thinking they would just eat the little puss box then he would floor the twin cam turbo that was shoehorned in there and just anialate most cars was lots of fun definatly not what anyone was expecting
 

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I heard straight cut gears coming from a non riced pulsar sss the other day. just rims. i thought to myself this car has some big bucks thrown in it. so i decided to see how quick it was (knowing i was going to get chopped!) so i pull up at 80 and was just going to give the thumbs up as appreciation for a nice car but he didnt look and dropped it back so i floored it and pulled away untill he hit boost and flew past. he gave me the thumbs up and i gave it to him back.

to someone who has no idea how straight cut gears sound or if its just sitting at the lights, you would never know. the exhaust wasnt stupidly loud either. so that was a huge bonus.
 

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My workmate worked with a guy that had an old beat up RX2 with some mad crazy worked rotary in it. It ran stock wheels, didn't have a straight panel, it was quiet as and even had venetians in the back windows. The only thing that gave it away as a sleeper was the racing seats in the front.
 

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i love sleepers, i like to think my VY is one, no badges or spoiler, people tend to think its a V6 auto :)
 

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my old man had a EH wagon painted satin black with pink flames :p in the late 80's early 90's that had a turbo 179 in it... hed rebuilt it with all decent internals and used to leave the brand new VN SS's for dead...

and my uncle had a 79 celica the one with a fastback sorta look, was original caramel colour, it had a worked holden 308 with Nos...
 

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I had quite a sleeper.

1991 Hyundai Excel fitted with 4g63T mitsubishi 2l turbo!
Not much could keep up.
900kg and well over 250bhp = crazy power to weight ratio.
Since then I've had a V8 soarer and I now have a mild modded supercharged V6 VT and both are sooooo much slower than the excel was.

j
 

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talking to a friends of a friend who had a twin turbo VT clubby not really a sleeper it was pretty nuts of course you cant tell its twin turbo till it takes off kind of sleeper
 
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