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Four-Links: Dodge Mirada memories, building a desktop Porsche flat-six, Ferris vs. Ferrari, the Mallard that really flew

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Like the platypus, the Dodge Mirada went down an evolutionary path not shared with others. It may have blended into the scenery back in the early 1980s, but in today’s jelly-bean-sedan world, the Mirada’s French-curves-be-damned styling really stands out. Leave it to Mac’s Motor City Garage to show the oft-forgotten Mopar a bit of love.

If you grew up putting together plastic model kits, chances are good you’ve assembled the “visible V-8.” For those who like engines with a more European flavor, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, is selling a build-it-yourself Porsche flat-six. This video, found on Porsche site Flat Sixes, shows a time-lapse build of the impressively detailed kit.

The “Ferrari” from the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off may be the best-known car that never was. Instead of damaging a very-rare and very-expensive Ferrari convertible, producers turned to replica maker Modena, which supplied a Ford V-8-powered Modena Spyder California for the film. Here, the Historic Vehicle Association points out the differences between the “Ferris” and a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder of the same vintage.

Finally, while researching Indy Roadsters, we came across this 2015 piece from Mac’s Motor City Garage on Jim Hurtubise’s Mallard Indy Roadster. Though it qualified for the Indy 500 just once, in 1968, the then-obsolete car made attempts to qualify as late as 1980; none, perhaps, was more memorable (or thirst-quenching) than it’s 1972 Bump Day appearance.