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Front engine, rear-wheel drive focus on AutoHunter

A trio of FR vehicles


There are numerous ways to design a car, but this week I decided to focus on front engine, rear-wheel drive (FR) vehicles on AutoHunter. It’s a fairly simple set up and has been a solid means of automotive performance for decades and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for this trusty platform.

Despite the Corvette going to a mid-engine set up, we still have a lot of American car options for the FR platform with the Camaro, Mustang and Challenger keeping the spirit alive.

1965 Superformance MKIII Cobra roadster

1965 Superformance MKIII Cobra roadster

This Cobra homage is a proper re-creation of the legendary Shelby Cobra. It’s powered by a 351ci Windsor V8 engine paired with a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels via a 3.73 rear end. 

Not just a kit car, but a legit replica originally built under license from Carroll Shelby Licensing. The build quality looks solid in the listing’s photos and I can’t imagine that many onlookers would notice that this Cobra is a replica from afar.

With a short wheelbase, a lot of horsepower and rear-wheel drive I’ll assume this MKIII Cobra is a handful even for the more experienced driver. That said, it is a proper roadster on the FR platform.

2013 Dodge Viper GTS
2013 Dodge Viper GTS

 2013 Dodge Viper GTS

The Dodge Viper was the new millennium’s Shelby Cobra. Big engine up front, minimal driver’s aids, rear-wheel drive, and bulging fenders to let other people know this is a vehicle for speed, not subtlety.

This example I found on AutoHunter is powered by a 8.4-liter V10 engine with $60,000 in upgrades to produce 700 horsepower on the dynamometer. The engine is paired with a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential with 3.55 gearing. The custom drivetrain features a triple-disc carbon clutch, a steel flywheel, and a Prefix Stage I Venom powertrain control module.

The Viper GTS Blue with white stripes exterior takes away any subtlety from this car, but who buys a Viper and expects to maintain any elusiveness?

1984 Chevrolet S10
1984 Chevrolet S10

1984 Chevrolet S10 

Whereas the Shelby Cobra tribute and Dodge Viper GTS make their intentions known, this S10 truck has a sleeper vibe. With the exception of the cowl induction hood, this S10 has a largely stock appearance and doesn’t give any indication that it’s a performance-based pickup.

It’s powered by an upgraded 383ci small-block V8 stroker engine with a  FiTech fuel injection system and an MSD ignition system. The engine is paired with an NV3500 5-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch Ford positraction rear end with a 3.50:1 axle ratio.

I love this sleeper package, I’m also a fan of Chevy trucks but that’s beside the point. With this S10 you will be underestimated at the dragstrip and still have some cargo room for a Home Depot run for home projects.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is our Content Manager. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.



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