Hooniverse Asks- Real or Fake, What's the Coolest Hood Scoop?

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Hooniverse Asks- Real or Fake, What's the Coolest Hood Scoop?

You know who has the best scoops? 31 Flavors, that’s who. Pineapple Coffee, Peppermint Fudge, Rocky Toad, they’ve got it all. My favorite? Call me a rebel, but it’s vanilla. Cars sometimes come with scoops, and they can be just as tasty as the cone-toppers from that odd-numbered ice cream parlor. And much like some of the flavorings that less than scrupulous competitors use, sometimes the car scoops can be fake.
But big deal, that doesn’t make them any less awesome, now does it. Like plastic flamingos and Jodie Sweetin’s rack, just because they’re fake doesn’t mean they don’t add a certain ambiance to their surroundings. And whether fake or functional, hood scoops are about the most de recur visual add-on announcing an auto’s sporting pretensions.
But which one is the best at its job? Which hood scoop is the Vanilla to all the rest? Could it be that of the ’70s Trans Am, punching its way through the car’s massive hood like n alien baby? Or is the mutant mail slot that feeds air and small birds to Subaru’s mighty STi? Maybe it is, maybe it’s not, but if you think so, let us know.
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By |2011-10-05T06:00:33+00:00October 5th, 2011|Hooniverse Asks|127 Comments

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  1. muthalovin October 5, 2011 at 6:04 am - Reply

    <img src="http://www.ssip.net/upload/lamborghini-lm002-front-1_149.jpg"&gt;
    This was the first thing that came to mind. Well, after the SRT-4 Neon.

  2. tonyola October 5, 2011 at 6:06 am - Reply

    I win. Everyone else can go home. From the '70 Plymouth Roadrunner.
    <img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2009/08/ChryslerAirGrabber-804px.jpg&quot; width="500/">

    • Scandinavian Flick October 5, 2011 at 7:05 am - Reply

      I can't argue with your infallible logic.
      Also, since it was what I was going to say, I will have to be satisfied with +1ing your post.

    • raphaelinberlin October 5, 2011 at 10:44 am - Reply


  3. P161911 October 5, 2011 at 6:09 am - Reply

    For looking the most like an actual mail slot, the AMC Hurst SC Rambler.
    <img src="http://images.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2010/06/SCRamblerairscoop_1000.jpg"width=500&gt;

  4. engineerd October 5, 2011 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Iso Grifo 7 Litri or IR8.
    <img src="http://www.classicargarage.com/common/pictures/smithsveglia/2003/0603/isogrifo-01.jpg"&gt;
    Image courtesy of classiccargarage.com.

    • west_coaster October 5, 2011 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Was that an actual "scoop" or just a bulge to clear the larger 427?

      • engineerd October 5, 2011 at 9:53 am - Reply

        A bit of both. It was a functional "scoop", but necessary to clear the big motors. Interestingly, it was the 351C-motivated cars that had the taller "penthouse".

    • yoth October 5, 2011 at 10:55 am - Reply

      that is sexy.

  5. yellofury October 5, 2011 at 6:21 am - Reply

    <img src="http://images04.olx.com/ui/1/38/38/f_1243038_1.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Is the tastiest? probably not
    but you definitely see the nostril flaring from afar

    • tonyola October 5, 2011 at 6:25 am - Reply

      Somehow that front end reminds me of an anatomical drawing of the human sinuses.
      <img src="http://www.aaaai.org/Aaaai/media/MediaLibrary/Images/sinus-1.jpg&quot; width=400>

    • The_Yellow_Box October 5, 2011 at 7:51 am - Reply

      I was always a big fan of these. It fits the styling of the car, it SCREAMS muscle car and after you see this every Firebird without this hood just doesn't seem as cool.

      • engineerd October 5, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

        Welcome to our deranged part of the internet!

        • The_Yellow_Box October 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm - Reply

          Thank you very much! Glad to be here. This site has that kind of around-the-campfire, grass-roots camaraderie that Jalopnik has gotten away from over the last year.

    • engineerd October 5, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

      I always imagined a large straw and some white powdery substance on a mirror in front of the car when I see these.

      • yoth October 5, 2011 at 10:58 am - Reply

        that era was just way too pontiac crazy for my tastes.

      • Maymar October 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        Strange then that the 3rd gen F-bodies never got that sort of outrageous hood scoop.

    • Trhyne October 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      I agree. I really like 4th Gen T/A scoops.. but I have to say I think I like the 96-02 SS hood better.. Particularly the 96-97. Gets me every time!

  6. Number_Six October 5, 2011 at 6:24 am - Reply
  7. nofrillls October 5, 2011 at 6:29 am - Reply

    I guess this one isn't quite a scoop, but I always liked hoods and intakes that move in conjunction with the throttle or vacuum.
    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1723/2021/4306010006_large.jpg&quot; />
    This one is supposedly from a 1970 Chevelle.

    • dukeisduke October 5, 2011 at 10:14 am - Reply

      The neat thing about Cowl Induction is that it actually gets a lot of air, due to its location in the low pressure near the base of the windshield, plus it's less likely to pull in bugs, rain, etc.

      • tonyola October 5, 2011 at 10:23 am - Reply

        High pressure, actually.

  8. tonyola October 5, 2011 at 6:40 am - Reply

    The US version of the Rover P6 3500 had three hood scoops.
    <img src="http://www.britishv8.org/Other/LanceLaCerte/LanceLaCerte-AA.jpg&quot; width=500>

    • OA5599 October 5, 2011 at 7:08 am - Reply

      Quantity is not equal to quality.
      <img src="http://www.imcdb.org/i063469.jpg&quot; width="500/">

      • engineerd October 5, 2011 at 7:32 am - Reply

        Mmmm…NACA duct.

        • chrystlubitshi October 5, 2011 at 9:41 am - Reply

          my thoughts exactly. NACA!

      • tonyola October 5, 2011 at 9:51 am - Reply

        Certainly not in the Rover's case. Car and Driver actually went so far as to apologize to readers in recent years for recommending the Rover 3500 way back in 1971.

    • dukeisduke October 5, 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Three hood scoops, no waiting!

  9. OA5599 October 5, 2011 at 6:41 am - Reply
    • pluge October 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      I'm a $kaycog fan.

      • $kaycog October 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        What a sweet thing to say! Thank you.

  10. skitter October 5, 2011 at 6:48 am - Reply

    The asymmetric hood scoops help take the Ghia Focus to the critical mass where I can just stare, like I've found the one piece in the art gallery that really speaks to me.
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/GhiaFocus.jpg"&gt;

  11. Alff October 5, 2011 at 6:50 am - Reply

    I'm partial to Nickey Chevrolet's L88 hood…
    <img src="http://www.finecars.cc/typo3temp/GB/82c1d33fc8.jpg"width=500&gt;

    • OA5599 October 5, 2011 at 7:06 am - Reply

      I used to have a 69 Vette with an L88 hood as my daily driver. It was always amusing in the rain to see the wind push the water back along the top of the scoop, then get immediately sucked forward into the hood.

  12. Tanshanomi October 5, 2011 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Oh man, where do I start?
    Well, I have to give props to the Sprint Turbo's intercooled mail slot…
    <img src="http://images.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/CC-117-057-800.jpg&quot; width="580">
    IMAGE SOURCE: <a href="http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/curbside-classic-1987-chevrolet-turbo-sprint/” target=”_blank”>http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/curbside-classic-1987-chevrolet-turbo-sprint/

    • engineerd October 5, 2011 at 7:35 am - Reply

      I always liked that they labeled it, too. Just so you know it's not "ram air" or "455 hp" going in there.

      • Alff October 5, 2011 at 10:00 am - Reply

        Smart bit of marketing, that. This came on the heels of the first wave of mass-produced turbocharged cars (sorry, Corvair). They were typically not intercooled, turbos were prone to heat-related failure and the technology had a bit of a bad rap.

  13. Tanshanomi October 5, 2011 at 6:56 am - Reply

    <img src="http://mustangattitude.com/mustang/1983/1983_00007_01.jpg&quot; WIDTH="580">
    The low, flat hood bulges on Mustang GTs and Futura Turbos of the early 80s showed remarkably tasteful restraint for the era.

  14. scroggzilla October 5, 2011 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Ferrari 250 TR/59
    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/3151204327_5f56882053.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="59 targa florio dan gurney ferrari 250 tr/59">
    Look at all them Webers!!

    • engineerd October 5, 2011 at 7:34 am - Reply

      That's what she said.

      • chrystlubitshi October 5, 2011 at 9:45 am - Reply

        for *OUR* pleasure…….
        also, touring the Allison plant is easily done and well worth everyone's time, should they find themselves near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (plan an extra day or more.. there is all kinds of cool stuff to see in terms of automotive history)..
        there are all kinds of other damned cool u-see-ums (museums) in Indy.. also, if you're here for any automotive event, there is a week's worth of stuff to do– car shows down on the circle, historic drives, etc….. anything that happens at IMS causes a week's worth of automotive show/fun!!

    • Charles_Barrett October 5, 2011 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Ribbed for your pleasure…

      • sporty88 October 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm - Reply

        Damn… beat me to it.

  15. Scandinavian Flick October 5, 2011 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Since the two I was going to mention were already said, (people are quick and awesome here…) I'll just say I like the ones on my car. They have a style reminiscent of classic GTOs, but enough of a modern edge to flow with the newer styling. It also does well to break up the otherwise simple front end. Whether they do any good or not… I can't really say… They put them there almost entirely as a styling choice.
    <img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-mJi6w4TWOHU/TTTp9HyYmpI/AAAAAAAAAxw/F_L4mJCG5Mo/s720/GTO_032.JPG"&gt;

    • chrystlubitshi October 5, 2011 at 9:53 am - Reply

      i believe part of the reason they put them there was classic GTO fan-fire-back of GTOs NEED HOOD SCOOPS….. it was a style arguement….
      like you said… whether or not they do anything… they look mean coming up in a rear-view mirror…. I like 'em (also a huge fan of the WS6/Firehawk package on the Firebird… which I see a lot of being around the Indy area)

    • Smells_Homeless October 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Have you pulled the rubber plugs out of them? I know a lot of the GTO guys do that, but I suspect they don't do much more than dirty up the engine compartment. Maybe let a little of the heat out at stoplights, but that's really about it.

  16. Tanshanomi October 5, 2011 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I'm including this for the hood scoop, but also just because this photo in general makes me wobbly.
    <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Saab_Sonett_1.jpg"&gt;

  17. OA5599 October 5, 2011 at 7:12 am - Reply
  18. Maymar October 5, 2011 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I don't know if it counts as a scoop or a bulge, but it seems none more 80s.
    <img src="http://ls1tech.com/forums/attachments/pontiac-firebird-1967-2002/79576d1162903462-1979-1981-turbo-trans-am-boost2.jpg&quot; /img>

  19. topdeadcentre October 5, 2011 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Look! The '67 Corvette scoop is sticking its tongue out at you!
    <img src="http://www.petersen.org/imgs/graphics/musclecars/chevrolet-1967-corvette.jpg&quot; />

    • chrystlubitshi October 5, 2011 at 9:59 am - Reply


    • MadKaw October 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Always loved the stinger….might just be my favorite hood scoop of all.

  20. Max K. October 5, 2011 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Because one hood scoop just isn't enough.
    <img src="http://www.nicedeals.co.uk/body-kits/Subaru/impreza-roof-vent-j.gif"&gt;

    • chrystlubitshi October 5, 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

      my favorite thing about changing the air filters on a 2.5 RS (of that same generation, I think it was a '99….) was that there was (somehow) a "dirt concentration" slim/subaru "s" on each of the little air filters… branding to the extreme!

  21. Black Steelies October 5, 2011 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Fiat side/Impala hood scoops
    <img src="http://images.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/94-Hood_RH_Flank-1280px-550×365.jpg%22&quot; width="500">
    I've been following Murilee's Impala Saga over at TTAC and this is honestly just the first thing that came to mind.

  22. topdeadcentre October 5, 2011 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Ahoy there! Great ventilator scoops on skiff-bodied cars of long ago
    1926 Peugeot:
    <img src="http://www.oldwoodies.com/img/world/26peugeotboatcar.jpg"&gt;
    1912 Gobron-Brillie (with cool hood ornament, too):
    <img src="http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Gobron-Brillie/12_Gobron-Brillie_Skiff-DV_06-MDB_06.jpg&quot; width="600">

  23. PowerTryp October 5, 2011 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Cheese grater hood? Yes please.
    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/1820/3521/17049260003_large.jpg&quot; width="500">

    • pj134 October 5, 2011 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Sometimes I forget that Pulsars and Stageas exist.
      I always get happy when someone reminds me though.

    • LTDScott October 5, 2011 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Yup, that was going to be my answer too.

  24. Texan_Idiot25 October 5, 2011 at 8:11 am - Reply
  25. muthalovin October 5, 2011 at 8:11 am - Reply

    <img src="http://images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org/02/2/3/9/33503462196001457.jpg"&gt;
    The Super Bee had some neat, pedestrian-slaying scoops.

  26. muthalovin October 5, 2011 at 8:14 am - Reply

    The most extreme scoops?
    <img src="http://znautocars.com/pictures/2009-Dodge-Viper-ACR-4.jpg&quot; width=550>

  27. pj134 October 5, 2011 at 8:29 am - Reply
  28. Bret October 5, 2011 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I've always been partial to the Austin Healey 3000's hood scope.
    <img src="http://dodson.smugmug.com/Cars/Portland-All-British-Field/DSC7366/770628648_tLWCt-M.jpg"&gt;

    • engineerd October 5, 2011 at 9:58 am - Reply

      It is a nice one. Classy and understated.

  29. Bret October 5, 2011 at 9:04 am - Reply

    This Aston Martin has a scoop that reminds me of a cheese scraper. I suppose it makes birds and pieces of pedestrians or roadkill more easily ingested.
    <img src="http://dodson.smugmug.com/Cars/Portland-All-British-Field/DSC7281/770621640_Lt6QY-M.jpg"&gt;

  30. Tanshanomi October 5, 2011 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Snowmobile hoods always seemed to blur the lines between scoops, louvers, and grillework.
    <img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/–VW7jIjhpt8/SOlDECJ4PGI/AAAAAAAAAG8/ZG56O98DqH8/s800/DSCF2953.JPG&quot; width="580">

  31. tenbeers October 5, 2011 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Some faves:
    '70 Challenger/Cuda dual nostril shaker: <img src="http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/hemicuda_shaker_shot.jpg"&gt;
    The big NACA duct on the '78 Camaro: <img src="http://www.chevrolet-usa.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/1978-chevy-camaro-z28.jpg"&gt;
    And of course as a Subaru driver: <img src="http://www.juwra.com/images/kuvitus/1091_impreza555.jpg"&gt;

    • chrystlubitshi October 5, 2011 at 10:16 am - Reply

      I like that one too, but would have went with a 22B, myself

  32. discontinuuity October 5, 2011 at 9:31 am - Reply

    So many to choose from!
    There's the RX-7's slightly off-center intercooler scoop:
    <img src="http://barotary.com/069D16AD-1B9E-429E-9800-D516A469A0AF_files/CIMG0193a.jpg"&gt;
    The cowl induction scoop on SS Chevys: <img src="http://image.chevyhiperformance.com/f/9607570/0702ch_16_z+1970_chevrolet_el_camino_ss+.jpg"&gt;
    and the small Ferrari-style scoop on the Shelby Cobra: <img src="http://www.limit4000.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/shelby_cobra_427_1967.jpg"&gt;

  33. Tanshanomi October 5, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I vaguely recall some some little crappy '80s econocar that had a sort of GT or Rally version that added a little square intake slot on the right side of the hood. I remember thinking that the car was a total pretender but the little offset slot scoop was cool. I can picture the hood perfectly, but can't for the life of me remember the car.
    Any ideas?

  34. tonyola October 5, 2011 at 10:05 am - Reply

    The Packard Caribbean had a tidy scoop and it was functional, too.
    <img src="http://packard-cars.com/1954-packard-01-2.jpg&quot; width=400>

  35. tenbeers October 5, 2011 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Also, I know this sort of straddles the line between "scoop" and "grille", but who doesn't love the Sport Quattro? Who, I ask!
    <img src="http://bin3aiah.net/cars/makes/a/audi/sport/Audi-Sport-Quattro_1984.jpg"&gt;

  36. ZomBee Racer October 5, 2011 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Scoops for EVERYONE!!
    Bulldog me!
    <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/0_rightfront.jpg"&gt;

  37. pdb October 5, 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

    <img src="http://sfaroc.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/_DSC4662s.jpg"&gt;
    I find your lack of Callaway GTV-6 disturbing.

  38. tenbeers October 5, 2011 at 10:23 am - Reply
    • faberferrum October 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Yes, oh yes! Love that car

  39. chrystlubitshi October 5, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    [youtube yMIc0Xg3Y_Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMIc0Xg3Y_Q youtube]

  40. Tomsk October 5, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I quite like the early Gen 2 Firebird Formula's setup.
    <img src="http://www.classycars.org/Pontiac/pontiac.1970.Firebird.jpg&quot; width="500">
    They're like a pair of eyebrows…that make MOAR POWER!

    • jack September 4, 2012 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Yes! 70 to 73 Firebird was one of the most beautiful of all american sporty cars ever and what a preposterous cartoon the T/A had morph'd into as of the late '90's.

  41. HycoSpeed October 5, 2011 at 10:49 am - Reply

    The whole Lada scoop.
    <img src="http://blu.stb.s-msn.com/i/44/DAC1C2A2B6F8BEAD9B368AFF610E3.jpg&quot; width="600">
    The little tiny baby scoop.
    <img src="http://2leep.com/img/22341-rect-220.jpg&quot; width="600">
    The Larch.
    <img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_fr6qrhVRFCI/TIkjEfEejII/AAAAAAAAAnk/9L69iT1DRek/s1600/hood+scoop.jpg&quot; width="600">
    And to attempt to make up for all that with something a little more classy, the Nash-Healey.
    <img src="http://www.forgottenfiberglass.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/american-fiberglass-cars-and-the-first-hood-scoop/geoffrey-hacker/nash-healey_51.jpg&quot; width="600">

  42. OA5599 October 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    [youtube gk8geGj7kmI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk8geGj7kmI youtube]

  43. MadKaw October 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Something like 11 hours since the post and no Thunderbolt yet? Tsk Tsk.
    <img src="http://www.dragracingonline.com/pmachine/images/uploads/Featherston_final.jpg"&gt;
    Not a great pic of the scoop itself, but if you're here, you know exactly what it looks like anyway.

  44. suju89 October 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    If it is on a Falcon GT than it is usually ok by me
    Ford Falcon XY GTHO – "The Shaker"
    <img src="http://www.aussies-online.com/Allan-Moffat/Webshot/GTHO7102.jpg&quot; width="500">
    Ford Falcon XB GT
    <img src="http://www.aussiecoupes.com/images/xb_falcon7.jpg&quot; width="500">
    Ford Falcon EB GT
    <img src="http://www.aus-ford-uk.co.uk/assets/images/EB_GT_Cobolt_Blue-4.jpg&quot; width="500">

  45. faberferrum October 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    My Austin 1800's! Completely functional! Albeit for the heater, but still…
    <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6wpo2g2jLC8/TSt9KrTR_AI/AAAAAAAAAE0/xSEAU7Lwjfs/s640/Landcrab%252520001.JPG"width=500&gt;

  46. toebitus October 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Zagato,pick your favorite something from the sixty's or maybe 2010

  47. salguod October 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    The first 12 years of Thunderbirds (and the last few) had hood scoops, but I'm partial to this one:
    <img src="http://www.salguod.net/gallery/1960_thunderbird_convertible/P1110646-photo.jpg"&gt;

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