The motor from a Toyota Century and the suspension from a Miata sound like a great combo.
When a company like Bugatti unleashes something like the Bolide, we are naturally very impressed. There's a lot of engineering and aero trickery going on there, but sometimes, a backyard-built vehicle with custom fabrication everywhere you look can be just as impressive, if not more so. After all, it takes a lot of patience to build something yourself, especially when you don't have the resources that a company like Bugatti does. The Volkswagen Caddy below certainly fits the bill of an impressive build, and it's not even finished yet. It's been widened by eight inches, all from Dylan Mitchell's garage. Why? To fit a massive V12, of course.
The V12 of choice is a 1GZ from a Toyota Century, which develops around 305 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque in stock form, but judging but the rest of the build, we doubt that Dylan will be content with leaving anything on this vehicle stock. He's building cantilevered pushrod suspension in the rear, but the front is also custom-made, utilizing a widened version of the front subframe off a 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The idea is that this will be more than just another old car with a big engine; it needs to handle well too, and the heavily-braced body should help with that.
As you can see, this guy is more than just a random chap with a video camera and a few welding rods. He's designed the suspension exactly as he wishes and has even custom-built a roll cage, with the rear section partially fabricated from a single length of tube that wraps around the whole bed of the truck, while a new floor and additional bracing - not to mention cooling ducts running under the cabin to the engine - all showcase the exquisite attention to detail on this build. Although the finish line is still a long way off, it seems that the interior will be pretty neat too. We can't wait to watch this thing progress even further.