Henrik Fisker’s back in the news and fortunately, we’re not hear to talk about buy-outs or insolvency or whatever scrap of bad news his namesake company seemed to generate on a consistent basis in 2013. Instead, we’re here to talk about Henrik Fisker’s involvement at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Yep. Fisker’s making a comeback at a major auto show, only this time, he’s bringing Galpin Auto Sports with him. Strange as it sounds, but Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports are collaborating on a fully-customized vehicle, a model Autoblog has learned is referred to as the “Ultimate American Muscle Car.

Quite frankly, I don’t know what that really means, although it does appear that this collaboration involves Fisker, the man and not the brand that’s about to be revived by Chinese auto-parts company Wanxiang. He may have fallen flat as a business executive, but Henrik Fisker’s design chops made him a titan in the business. Remember, he was the one largely responsible for designing the BMW Z8, the Aston Martin DB9, the Aston Martin Vantage, and of course, the Fisker Karma.

Give the man some pencils and a sketch pad, and he can create magic. Combine that with Galpin Auto Sports’ well-chronicled expertise in aftermarket customization and you have a team that could be working on an explosive muscle car with the performance to back its “Ultimate American Muscle Car” claim.

Personally, I’m preparing myself for just about anything with this mysterious project.
Details are obviously limited at this point, but rest assured, the hype train will only gain steam once we draw closer to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens on November 18, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Note: Fisker Karma pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Fisker’s new "Ultimate American Muscle Car".

Why it matters

First of all, it’s important to remember that Henrik Fisker is no longer associated with the company he started. He resigned in March 2013 so this collaboration with Galpin Auto Sports isn’t tied to the electric automaker.

To be honest, it works better this way because Fisker has free reign to design a car that way he sees fit, opening up a world of possibilities as to what the "Ultimate American Muscle Car" is going to look like.

Galpin Auto Sports’ involvement is also crucial because the California-based aftermarket company has made a reputation as an out-of-the-box thinker in its own right. Remember the Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine that we all saw back in July 2013? How about the 708-horesepower Ford Mustang ’Boss 302-X’ that made its debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show?

If Galpin Auto Sports can create those programs from stock models like the Veloster and the Mustang, can you imagine what kind of bat crazy engine setup it’ll have for this project?

I don’t want to get my hopes up, even though it’s next to impossible not to. I just hope the final product does justice to the incredible hype the "Ultimate American Muscle Car" is beginning to receive.

Source: Autoblog

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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