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Lawyer Problem

My first word was car and much of my spare money growing up went into my MR2 to make it look nicer and go faster.  I was never much of a fan of ‘Murkan cars.  I was too young to have experienced the muscle cars of the 60′s and 70′s, I remember the K-Car and…

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 –…

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: *…

Classic Muscle Car Performance Tire Options

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It’s easy enough to find new tires for an old muscle car. Just not performance tires. Not for the stock wheels, that is. I own a ’76 Trans-Am. Like most cars of its era (mid-late ’60s through the early ’80s), it came from the factory with 15×7 wheels. And therein lies the rub. It’s been…

Neglected Maintenance 101

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Had it really been ten years? No, longer than that. I leafed through the maintenance log I keep for my ’76 Trans-Am (I have one for all my vehicles; it’s the only way to keep track of things short of having someone else keep track of them for you) and found the entry: April 7,…

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: De Tomaso Pantera, 1971-1993

Say Pantera – and many people think ’70s. Maybe ’80s. Not 1993. But that was in fact the final year you could buy a brand-new Pantera (the very limited-run Pantera SI; of which only about 40 examples ever saw the light of day). The car conceived by Argentinian race car driver turned exotic car maker…

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…