It's simple -- and probably the best way is for me to explain what an orphancar isn't. An orphancar isn't the Mustang you or your buddies had in high school. It isn't the badass Olds 442 that the cool guy down the street owned. It's not the numbers matching DZ code '69 Camaro Z-28 that somebody just paid way too much for at Barrett Jackson just because it was at Barrett Jackson. It's not the only Mopar that hasn't rusted to death and as a result is worth more than most folks will make in a lifetime. It's not an early 70's Nova with its ass jacked up in the air with the gas tank and rearend painted Krylon silver. It's not the Mercury Cougar that some dude has in a barn up on blocks with 20 miles on the clock and the original air still in the tires. It's not a bellybutton car. It's not the first, last, or most recent car you got laid in.
'69 Z28's -- more today than in 1969.....
Now that I got that out of the way, what is an orphancar?
An orphancar is a production car few have heard about or still remember. It can be a car with a bad reputation that has been transformed, and as a result is now a shadow of it's former maligned self (think Chevy Vega with a tube frame, tubbed, built V8 and a suspension that can actually apply the torque to the rear wheels).
Chevette with a "Tune-Up" -- an Orphan with Attitude!
And it's my definition -- feel free to agree with it or not. I don't care. If you disagree, go get your own website, move along, nothing to see here
And of course, my definition fits the two cars featured on this site, as well as the cars of my friends. Imagine that!
Now on with the show……………………………