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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Muscle cars and trucks. View the entire archive.

Old School Fahrvergnugen!

Well, the '72 Beetle is almost road-ready. The mechanicals mostly are. The Yeti-abused intake manifold has been repaired; new, non-leaking boots - the correct Solex carburetor installed and adjusted. Some shady electrical connections remedied....

In the rearview mirror: 1980-’81 Turbo Trans Am

Let's dial back the clock a quarter century and return to the wee hours of the Reagan Era, when Pontiac made a desperate, last-ditch effort to keep the Trans-Am from becoming...

Muscle Cars Were Slow

I'm probably gonna get bagfuls of hate mail for this one - but the truth is that most of the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s were slow. At least,...

Blue Haze: Mazda RX8 (2001-2011)

Some of the greatest ideas never get fleshed out and remain... great ideas. Mazda's rotary engine, for instance. And the car that was built around it. The RX8. Well, it began with the RX-7...

Life is Short

Local guy - a guy I know - got killed last night (news story here) driving his rat rod VW Beetle. No one knows yet exactly what happened; only that he...

1948 Tucker Torpedo

Preston Tucker has been described as a hopelessly naive genius, a con man . . . or some combination of both. The evidence suggests he genuinely wanted to build cars - not filch people's...

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...

Doomed: AMC Eagle (1979-1988)

American Motors Corp had a rep for being, well, different. Broke, too. The lack of money tied into the different drummer-ness. Oddities like the Ambassador and Matador, the Hornet and Gremlin ... and of course,...

Automotive Icon: De Tomaso Pantera, 1971-1993

Say Pantera - and most people think '70s. Maybe '80s. Not 1993. But they made them all the way into the early Clinton years. Not many. But as late as '93, you could still buy...

Slow drivers… is it getting worse?

At least back in '66, the bluehair (or whomever) up ahead would have pulled off onto the shoulder to let you by.
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