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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Muscle cars and trucks. View the entire archive.

Not Exactly Jay Leno’s Garage

I've got posters of Lamborghini Murias; I once got to drive a Pantera GTS - the 351 Cleveland howling inches behind my right ear. I've spent the past 20-plus years driving...

The Old Trans-Am vs. The New Camaro

I've owned my '76 Trans-Am for more than 20 years. It used to be an incandescent gas hog relative to the new cars. It's not anymore. I have driven several during the...

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: 1983-1984 Hurst Olds and 1985–1988 442

Oldsmobile had a long and distinguished history—and suffered a slow, painful death. The process of mortification began in the early 1980s, when General Motors gutted the formerly independent engineering departments of each...

Embarrass a Classic V8 Muscle Car… With a New Four Cylinder Performance Car!

The new Chevy Camaro has 335 hp and does zero to 60 in about five seconds flat. That's with the V6. Which is the one to buy. Because it is affordable - $27,195 -...

“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...

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...

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...

1986-1993 Cadillac Allante: They Got it Right … Too Late

It began with high hopes - and an audacious plan. Unfortunately, it belly-flopped badly... . By the mid-1980s, Cadillac was still the "standard of the world" - if by "the world" one meant...

Classic Car Pros… and Cons

It's fun to own a "classic" (read, pre-modern) car. It can also be a hassle. Before you dive in, it's a good idea to know what you're in for, both good...
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