Classic Cars

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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...

Ode to the Carburetor

Once upon a time, there was a simple mechanical device that fed fuel to your car's engine. It had no electrical hook-ups, was not dependent on sensors nor controlled by a...

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...

Why Muscle Cars – The Original Ones – Still Rule

A new V-6 Mustang or Camaro gives you about 100 more hp than the V-8 in my Trans-Am put out when it left the Norwood, Ohio line back in the spring...

Some Things To Know About Muscle Cars… Before You Buy One

Owning an old muscle car can be a lot of fun. But it's not all fun - and you ought to know what you're getting yourself into before you get yourself into...

Manual Transmissions: Tomorrow’s 8-Tracks?

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...

Inflation Plus….

Inflated car prices are a great way to gauge how much we've being gouged by the private banks that control (and relentlessly devalue) the currency of the United States. But we're...

Great Engines of Yesterday

Modern car engines are hard to fault... objectively. They start immediately - even when it's 15 degrees out. They rarely stall out - leaving you dead in the water in the...

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...

Retro-review: 1974 Pontiac GTO

The original muscle car era lasted about a decade, from 1964 to 1974 - just before the industry-wide adoption of catalytic converters. After '74, power plummeted for a decade and even...
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