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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Muscle cars and trucks. View the entire archive.

Muscle Cars Were Slow… II

About two weeks ago, I got a new (2016) Mustang GT to test drive. 435 hp. This is a mass-produced, docile, AC-equipped street car with a dead-calm idle. Anything from back...

Doomed: Lincoln Blackwood (2002)

When something works once, it's reasonable to assume it might work again. Then again, maybe not. Back in the late '90s, Ford's Lincoln division managed to outsell crosstown rival Cadillac almost entirely on...

Doomed: Chevy SSR, 2003-2006

When muscle cars were legislated off the roads, muscle trucks became a kind of end-run alternative. A way to offer the same basic gear in a form that did not have...

Best Car Commercials Ever

If you can't get the tune out of your head, does that mean you'll end up buying the car? Rich, corinthian leather will only take you so far. Here are some of...

The Old Car Hobby… Literally

Old car shows are getting old. Not just the cars, either. I've been going to car shows since I was a teenager in the '80s and what's changed is that now there are...

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...

Numbers vs. Names

New cars lack a certain something. But what is that something? What's changed that's made them less emotionally involving - and more appliance-like? Herewith some thoughts along those lines: * Liters vs. cubic inches...

Maintenance 101: Old Car Oil Change

Everything changes - even oil changes. Not necessarily the procedure. But the oil you use. Or rather, ought to be using. If you happen to own an older vehicle. Specifically, a vehicle with an...

GM’s Cobblepot: The 1971-1977 Chevy Vega

In the popular TV series, Gotham (it's a prequel to the Batman story) there's an episode called "Everyone Has His Cobblepot" - a reference to something embarrassing in one's past. The Chevy...

To Update Or Not to Update?

As modern cars pass the event horizon of cost and complexity (and so, hassle) it's tempting to go retro and buy an older car - one without computers, black boxes, touchscreen inputs...
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