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Ethanol Assault

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Remember those ’80s-era PSAs that warned, “this is your brain on drugs” – cue video of an egg frying in a pan? Well, here’s your old car’s engine on ethanol. I don’t have a video – just these pictures – which show what ethanol-blend fuel did to a plastic component inside the carburetor that feeds…

Retro Review: 1980-’81 Z28 Camaro

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Arguably, the best second-generation Z28s were the first – and the last. While the Z’s sister car – Pontiac’s Trans-Am – rose to the occasion several times during the lowest points of the middle-late 1970s (examples include the ’73-74 SD-455, the most powerful Trans-Am ever made – and made at a moment when power –…

Steam Locomotives and Cars

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There is a museum in my town devoted to the photography of O. Winston Link (see here). He was fascinated by steam locomotives and spent years – the declining years of the steam locomotive – taking pictures of them, recording the waning days of these mighty, almost living concatenations of steel, iron and fire. It…

Not Exactly Jay Leno’s Garage

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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 other people’s new cars. But how about my own cars? Here’s what happens when you’ve got a car journalist’s income to work with: *…

Pepe le Pew . . . On Wheels

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Other than the captive nations of the former Soviet boc, no one built consistently awful – or downright bizarre – automobiles better than France’s Big Three: Citroen, Renault and Peugot. Thankfully, we’ve had better success ejecting their unwanted wares from our shores than the French have had warding off the relentless juggernaut of Disney, McDonald’s…

An Old VW For Everyday Use?

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My friend (and web ninja master of EPautos) Dom asked me the other night what I thought about getting an old VW to replace his modern car as his everyday driver. He hasn’t owned an old Beetle before. I have owned two – and drove one of them (a ’73 Super Beetle) in DC traffic…

Retro Review: Plymouth GTX, 1967-1974

People who argue that it wasn’t GM – well, Pontiac – that created the first muscle car (the 1964 GTO) arguably have history on their side. Because there were muscular cars well before 1964 – including Rocket 88 Oldsmobiles and the letter series Chryslers of the mid-late 1950s. And one thing’s for sure: Chrysler more…

Retro Review: AMC Marlin Fastback Coupe, 1965–1967

Pontiac’s GTO, which appeared in 1964, had every other American automaker rushing to cash in on the emerging youth market for big-biceped intermediate muscle coupes— including AMC. AMC, however, decided on a unique twist. Instead of me-tooing the Big Three’s muscle cars, it went with the personal luxury coupe concept – anticipating cars like the…

Chevy’s Better Beetle

The Chevy Corvair has something of a bad reputation – among those who don’t know much about it, anyhow. Arguably GM’s most daring (and technologically advanced) car of the 1960s, it fell victim to a combination of bad press – and bad timing. As a six-cylinder car in an era of big V-8s, it got…