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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Muscle cars and trucks. View the entire archive.

Cars That Broke Bad (Or just Broke)

Automotive good ideas gone bad range far and wide - whether it's a classic  fail like the exploding Pintos of the early '70s - or a late-model train wreck like the Pontiac Aztek. Here...

Muscle Memory

It was forty years ago that America turned 200 - and Pontiac, 50. 1976 was a special year for both. And for the Trans-Am, which by 1976 had become Pontiac's signature muscle car. The...

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,...

They’re Heavy… But Fragile

New cars  are very good at meeting Uncle’s crash test requirements - but even minor impacts can and do cause a lot of very expensive damage. Despite the fact that most new...

The Uncle-ized Car

What’s the cost of Uncle when it comes to our cars? How much have his various fatwas added to the MSRP? One way to add it all up is to compare a...

The New vs. The Old

I got into a debate the other day with a reader about the future of the car hobby; about whether today’s cars are fundamentally disposable appliances that work great for a...

Maybe You Remember…

Have you ever set (or paid to have someone else set) point gap? The answer dates you. If the answer is yes, then - probably - you’re old enough to buy beer. Back in the ‘80s. Otherwise, you...

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 -...

“Gas Hogs”?

It's taken as gospel that pre-modern cars, especially those made in America, and particularly those with big V8s, were "gas hogs." But were they, really? And are new cars as fuel-efficient as advertised? The answer...

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...
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