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Manual Transmissions: Tomorrow’s 8-Tracks?

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There are two things pushing the manual transmission off the stage - or at least, off to the sidelines: First, there is government pressure - lots of it - that's got the...

How They Used to Make ‘Em

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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...

Re-Fixing It . . .

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I sometimes wish I'd gotten the V6 engine that was optional when my 2002 Nissan Frontier pick-up was built, because then I could use my truck to pull a small (4,000)...

Retro Interview with Bill Porter

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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...

The Old Trans-Am vs. The New Camaro

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I've owned my '76 Trans-Am for more than 20 years. It used to be an incandescent gas hog relative to the new cars. It's not anymore. I have driven several during the...

Economic Obsolescence

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Several of the most successful car (and engine) designs were successful because they were around for a long time. The original VW Beetle is an example and so is the small...

Great Pumpkin Test Drive

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In the Halloween Spirit, here's a look at The Great Pumpkin, plus a test drive! It is very patriarchical as well as heterosexual and profoundly unsafe. No air bags. Not even...

Good Names… Bad Cars

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The good thing about a bad car name is you've got no expectations. Not much to live up to - and so, little to disappoint you. Achieva, for instance. But wasting a good...

Plug n’ Play

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One of the great things about old cars is you can selectively update them with modern technology without them turning into modern cars. An overdrive transmission - but not air bags. Better...

Ode to the Air Cooled

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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...
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