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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Muscle cars and trucks. View the entire archive.

Memorable muscle car engines

Classic-era muscle cars were known as much for their engines as their names. A big part of the attraction was popping the hood to reveal the rock star powerplant beneath -...

Old School Economy: Chevy Chevette (1976-1987)

In some ways, the Chevy Chevette had a lot in common with a new Mercedes - or similar high-end luxury car. It wasn’t, for openers, front-wheel-drive. Like the Benz, the 'Vette was...

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...

A Trans-Am Retrospective

People often think of the Pontiac Trans-Am as a commonplace car. But in 1969, the very first year, only 697 were built - just eight of them convertibles. All were white...

Stu Monster and the summer of ’86

It was the summer of 1986 - and muscle was cheap. My friend since elementary school, Stuart - whom we all called Stu Monster in tribute to his exploits with beer...

Slow drivers… is it getting worse?

At least back in '66, the bluehair (or whomever) up ahead would have pulled off onto the shoulder to let you by.

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...

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...

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...

To Update Or Not to Update?

As modern cars pass the event horizon of cost and complexity (and so, hassle) it's tempting to go retro and buy an older car - one without computers, black boxes, touchscreen inputs...
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