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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

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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...

Third Tier Classics (Get ‘Em While You Still Can)

Some of you may have caught my recent article about the almost muscle cars of the mid-late 1970s (see here, if not). Cars like the Chevy Monza (and its Buick/Pontiac/Oldsmobile-badged twins),...

Retro-review: 1966-74 Dodge Charger

Pontiac's Tempest-based GTO had been on the market for two years when Dodge finally fired back in mid-1966 with an intermediate-sized, big-engined intimidator of its own - the Charger. Though it wasn't...

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...

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...

Old School vs. New-ish

My friend Jeff just got his 2002 Trans-Am back - after much engine work -  and is somewhat disappointed. The car sounds tough. Slightly choppy idle and booming voice under way,...

Retro Review: 1998-2004 Nissan Frontier

It’s not yet a “classic,” but the ’98-2004 Nissan Frontier (and other same-era compact trucks like the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger/Mazda B series) looks pretty good in the rearview. And in...

Muscle Cars: The Just For Men Hobby?

Perhaps you've noticed. In the pages of muscle car enthusiast magazines and at car shows where muscle cars are the main attraction, the over-40 crowd is the largest demographic. Twenty years ago, if...

Economic Obsolescence

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...

Race Cars are Doomed… Because Uncle

Uncle does not want you to modify your car. Even if it never gets driven on the street. This is new. But first, some background. Uncle - as manifested by the Environmental Protection Agency -...
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