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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Muscle cars and trucks. View the entire archive.

It Could be Bad . . . But Sometimes Isn’t!

A good friend of mine called me a couple of weeks ago, worried about her '92 Toyota truck. The transmission was acting up. She couldn't shift it into - or out...

Retro Interview with Bill Porter

About 20 years ago, I sat down with former Pontiac Chief Designer William “Bill” Porter in New York City. Over breakfast, he discussed his role at Pontiac during the early and...

How They Used to Make ‘Em

They don’t make ‘em like they used to - and in many cases, not at all. Have you ever wondered what happened to them? And why? Station wagons - You can still buy...

Ode to the Air Cooled

No new cars - and just a dwindling handful of new motorcycles -  have engines that rely on the air to cool them. Technically, it's airflow - which washes over the exterior...

Things You Can’t Do in a New Car

New cars can do all kinds of things - even drive themselves. But there were all kinds of things you could do in the cars of the past that you can’t...

Reader Question: Can We Build The Perfect Car?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I want to build a car from a good set of bones. I want an American muscle car that does everything...

Reader Question: ’78 Z28 is Worth How Much?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I have a '78 Z28 that I bought new on April 7, 1978. I have the original wheels, tires, window sticker,...

Reader Question: Modded Muscle Cars?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! George asks: You've written about problems finding tires for your muscle car because of the limited availability of performance tires for the original...

The Rear Wheel Drive Resurgence

Two things once defined American cars. They were almost always rear-wheel-drive - even the economy cars - and they sometimes could be had with V8 engines. Or at least they fit. The  Pontiac Tempest...

Leaving Well Enough Alone

I could improve the reliability, traction, handling and braking of my antique muscle car - update the thing - but that would miss the point. One could also replace a battleship’s...
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