What car? Ted Nugent's Wango Tango
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One of the finer points of the 1980s was the peak of Ted Nugent's post-Amboy Dukes career. Or maybe not, I wasn't there. The prior decade saw Cat Scratch Fever, penned to summarize a short medical issue endured while volunteering at an animal hospital, Great White Buffalo, to memorialize the decline of a wonderful species, hunted to extinction, and Free-For-All, really, a warning about the political positions he would be vocal about in the coming decades, preceded what might be his greatest song, Wango Tango.
In the second half of the fourth verse, Ted sings:
You got to pretend your face is a Maserati
It's a Maserati
It's a Maserati
It's a gettin' hotty
It's a Maserati, Maserati, Maserati, heh
It's a fast one too, man, that thing's turbocharged
You feel like a little fuel injection, honey?
I'll tell ya about it, I'll tell you about it
I'll check out the hood scoop
I gotta get that hood scoop off, shine and shine and buff
I gotta buff it up, buff it up, buff it up, buff it up, buff it up
Yeah, shiny now, baby, heh heh heh
You've been drivin' all night long
It's time to put the old Maserati away
So you look for a garage, you think you see a garage
Wait a minute! Hey! There's one up ahead!
And the damn thing's open!
Hello! Get in there!
Clearly, Ted is singing about an automobile, one driven aggressively. We're given the following features of the vehicle:
The cooling system is inadequate
It is turbocharged
Fuel is introduced by injector, not carburetor
There is a hood scoop
What car of Modena features these four things? Well, it's easy enough to go right off with "Biturbo, of course" but! Nugent's tune was released in 1980, a full year before the Biturbo hit the streets! Moreover, until 1986, they featured blow-through carburetors.
Plus, no hood scoop can be seen. Thus, we must restrict ourselves to pre-DeTomaso ownership, which began the same year the Wango Tango hit the airwaves.
For certain, it was no Quattroporte- those only achieved unnatural aspiration in their sixth, and most recent iteration, and only then in the diesel V6.
Kylami? Again, air enters conventionally. And even then, the hood scoop is not to be found!
Khamsin? Truly the vehicle to suit a rockstar such as Mr. Nugent. Bora nor Merak could be found with the necessary turbo- notably, the Merak's V6 would be developed into the powerplant for the Biturbo itself.
I included the above image just because I like how the Bora looks.
Mistral, Sebring, Mexico, Indy, Ghibli, GT (5000 nor 3500) saw none either- and I don't think turbochargers even existed in a widespread capacity when the A6 cars were around.
Thus, I must conclude that Mr. Nugent either sang of a highly modified car of the time, or was a liar.
MM54 last edited by MM54
I would strongly suspect it has been modified with the turbocharger, which explains not only the turbocharger, but also the inadequate cooling, and aftermarket hood scoop to attempt to help with the cooling and/or intake temperatures.
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This is good Oppo.
OPPOsaurus WRX last edited by
well done. i'm wondering if maybe the hood scoop is referencing something else other than a hood scoop, not necessarily part of the actual car.
this is the best Nugent song:
TexturedSoyProtein last edited by
Yep totally talking about a car, no innuendo here, nothing to see, move along.