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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Muscle cars and trucks. View the entire archive.

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...

The Syclone That Came… And Went

How many appealing vehicles can you name that were only sold for one year? Even the Edsel lasted three. Here's one that came - and went - as fast as it went: the...

Latent Power

How good do we have it? If the measure of that is the power and performance delivered by the average new car, the answer has to be: Pretty damned good. Four cylinder-powered family-haulers...

Gearing Matters

Weight - and gearing - have a yuge effect on fuel economy. Even to the extent of almost eliminating 40 years of “advanced” technology, including computer-controlled electronic fuel injection. To make the...

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...

Did you know the Japanese built a GTO?

It didn't have had three deuces and a four-speed - or a 389. Instead, it had state-of-art technology, including an available twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC V-6, viscous-coupled all-wheel-drive system, four-wheel-steering and...

Memorable muscle car engines

Classic-era muscle cars were known as much for their engines as their names. A big part of the attraction was popping the hood to reveal the rock star powerplant beneath -...

Retro Review: Plymouth GTX, 1967-1974

People who argue that it wasn't GM - well, Pontiac - that created the first muscle car (the 1964 GTO) arguably have history on their side. Because there were muscular cars...

The Anti-Corona

It’s hard to sustain a state of panic, a sense of imminent doom, when the sun is shining, the breeze is warm - and you’re getting your classic car ready for...

Retro Review: 1983-1984 Hurst Olds and 1985–1988 442

Oldsmobile had a long and distinguished history—and suffered a slow, painful death. The process of mortification began in the early 1980s, when General Motors gutted the formerly independent engineering departments of each...
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