The phone chirps. It’s a text message from a footballist, who’s been offered a Mustang GT500E Super Snake for two hundred and eleventy billion dollars. And wants to know if it’s a good buy. No, obviously. It’d be a terrible buy. Mustangs are like those blondes with hair and breast extensions who hang around in clubs hoping to snare some poor chap who’s just been evicted from Celebrity Who Wants to Get Thrown out of the Brother. He knows he shouldn’t. He knows she has the News of the World’s number on speed dial and that he’ll be reading about how he performed before he’s actually finished performing. But she’s so cute. And she wants to bring her friend along. The dilemma. I have toyed with the idea of a Mustang ever since I was old enough not to need reins while out shopping. I like the way they look, and the way they sound. I like Steve McQueen’s car in Bullitt especially. But every time I drive one, … [Read more...] about Clarkson on American muscle cars
American muscle car restorations
For some, muscle car restoration is a labor of love, a way to re-create that first car from high school or act as caretakers of Dad’s/Grandpa’s/Uncle Bill’s pride-and-joy. In these cases, sentimental value outweighs any intrinsic value the car might have. For others, intrinsic value is the primary motivate for buying, restoring, collecting, or selling muscle cars. These folks need to know that they’ve made a good financial decision to spend big money on a restoration before turning a single wrench on a project car. Intrinsic value doesn’t necessarily refer to a car’s condition. Instead, we’re talking provenance, a car’s origin story: How many of this particular model were built, how it was equipped when it came off the assembly line, and what (if anything) has been done to it since then. If you are considering a muscle car purchase and provenance matters to you, it is essential that you determine that the car is what it claims to be. A … [Read more...] about Authenticating Your Muscle Car
Send Stuff To Car Craft:E-mail: [email protected]: CarCraft.commail: 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048fax: 323/782-2011send: Attach stuff to your chocolate lab and tell him that Car Craft has a cookie KEEP IT SIMPLEWho: Norm HodgkinsonWhat: ’65 Dodge CoronetWhere: Chico, CAWhy: This Coronet has run a best of 11.46 at 118 mph with a 440-inch big-block, proving you don’t need nitrous or a monster motor to run a respectable time. Edelbrock Performer RPM heads are a key ingredient to power, but what is more surprising is what is not done. The rear suspension is unmodified, and it uses a stone-stock points distributor and old-school Mopar solid cam with 0.590 lift to help the 3,500-pound Coronet scoot down the track. The only track-oriented parts are a 4.56:1-geared 831/44 rear and a 727 TorqueFlite with a manual valvebody.He Says: “I towed the car away 10 years ago for $200 with no motor and have maybe $8,000 in it since then, including the … [Read more...] about American Muscle Cars – ‘Readers’ Pages
Were it not for the storm clouds gathering over the muscle car segment of the Big Four automakers, 1971 would have been considered another banner year of progress, innovation, and excitement. Collectively speaking, styling changes for 1971 were bold and aggressive. The restyling of the 1971 Javelin AMX had been clearly influenced by Trans-Am racing, and looked stunning. The 1971 ‘Cuda brazenly introduced billboards, fender gills, and a revamped four-headlight front as part of an aggressive grille redesign. It seemed ready to attack. In terms of pure horsepower, engine offerings in 1971 indicated that GM, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC had the potential to create ever higher levels of raw performance. However, the Clean Air Act of 1970 empowered the Environmental Protection Agency to begin imposing emissions regulations on the automakers. The EPA called for a 90 percent reduction in certain emissions by 1975. Cars would soon be required to run on unleaded fuel, necessitating drastic … [Read more...] about Four of the Hottest Muscle Cars of 1971: Preview the Amazing Displays You’ll Find at the 2016 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in Chicago
The annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals held each November showcases truly amazing cars. MCACN event co-owner and manager Bob Ashton gathers machines from around North America, with each year seeming to surpass the prior occurrence. Filling up most of the first level of the sprawling Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, the show is only moments from O’Hare Airport and surrounded by hotels and restaurants, making it into a must-attend weekend for many of the collecting hobby’s movers and shakers from around the world. Open for two days to the general public on Saturday and Sunday, it is always an amazing array of perhaps the best vehicles in existence for various groups. This year included invitational displays of the Class of 1966, the Class of 1971, Factory Sunroof Cars, and Day 2 Modifieds as well regular favorites like Barn Finds and Vintage Certification. While the event is for mixed makes, there are always more than enough unique Mopars to make … [Read more...] about 22 Crazy Mopars From The Muscle Car Nats In Chicago!
Over the last decade especially, the high-profile Barrett-Jackson auction held each January in Scottsdale, Arizona, evolved into one of the best-attended spectator events on the classic car calendar. It is the 800-pound gorilla of all the Scottsdale auctions. But Scottsdale is not just Barrett-Jackson. Another half-dozen auctions compete for attention and the business of buyers and sellers. Looking to make a bigger mark in the muscle car category is Russo and Steele, whose event had a new venue this year. Russo and Steele’s innovative auction-in-the-round brings buyers and sellers closer together than competing auctions do. Three top-tier auction houses primarily specializing in high-end exotics share the Scottsdale stage: RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Company, and Bonham’s. Each occasionally serves up tempting muscle cars. Longtime participant Silver Auctions tends to cater to the more accessible (read: affordable), part of the market. And Scottsdale newcomer Worldwide … [Read more...] about Scottsdale 2017: What’s Trending in the Muscle Car Market?
Meet California natives Roxy Starr and Ilona, her mother. Roxy has always wanted to be like her mom. Ilona is a longtime muscle car enthusiast. Over the years her cars worth mentioning include a 1969 Firebird convertible and a 1969 GTO. She often touted the joys of Pontiac performance car ownership to her young daughter with the hope that their family could enjoy the hobby together. Enter John Marble from Monterey, a family friend. He was well acquainted with publishing magnate Otis Chandler, who over the years amassed a legendary car collection. Marble graciously offered to take Ilona and Roxy (then 10 years old) to visit Chandler’s muscle car museum. “My mom had always told me that the Firebirds and GTOs were the answer to muscle car happiness,” says Roxy, “but on that day at Otis Chandler’s museum I walked in and saw a 1970 Panther Pink [actually FM3 Moulin Rouge—ed.] ’Cuda. I sat next to the ’Cuda, and I said, ‘One day I am … [Read more...] about Oldsmobile’s Ultimate Muscle Car: 1970 4-4-2 W-30 Packs 455 Inches of Rocket Power
The stories are all too common and, therefore, all too disturbing. A beloved muscle car project disappears into a paint shop for months, maybe even years, far beyond the promised turnaround time. What’s worse, the painter keeps asking for more money without being able to show evidence of progress. Or maybe the painter goes dark, refusing to pick up the phone or answer email. When a car is stuck in painting purgatory, the best one can hope for is to get it out of the shop just like it was dropped off, none the worse for the unintended hiatus. A refund on your deposit? Fat chance. But often these tales end with insult added to injury, where owners discover cars that are torn apart, parts lost, gas tanks drained. Or if some work has been done, you later discover Hershey-bar-thick body filler under poorly sprayed primer, or what looks to be an oil slick bubbling up through the fresh paint. To help MCR readers from falling into this trap, we interviewed three painters/restorers in … [Read more...] about How to Hire a Muscle Car Painter & Avoid Losing Your Car to Paint Purgatory
On the final approach of Chicago’s massive O’Hare Airport sits the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The massive building is host to what many consider the gathering place for the biggest and coolest indoor shows dedicated to the American muscle car. And while the sounds of GE, Rolls Royce, and Pratt & Whitney jet engines blast overhead as they lift Boeings and Airbuses effortlessly into the heavens, the walls inside the convention hall probably contain enough horsepower to blast it off the foundation and into the flight path of some airliner. The annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, common known as MCACN among its participants and diehard attendees, is the brainchild of Bob and Vicki Ashton. These two, with high-octane leaded fuel pumping through their veins, got the idea years ago to create the ultimate indoor show just for muscle cars, but also the lifestyle promotional marketing items from back in the day. There was a time when … [Read more...] about Highlights from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals!
Peter Fink is a devout car guy. After all, he’s made a living working on them as owner and CEO of Certified Transmission in Omaha, Nebraska. “I love all ’67-72 American muscle cars,” he says. “I began collecting around 20 years ago and set a goal of owning 100 cars.” At last count he’s up to 86, and that includes some of the most desirable performance vehicles to ever come from Detroit. When purchasing vintage muscle cars, Peter has a very discerning eye. “I collect only big-blocks with the exception of the early Z28 and AAR ‘Cuda. I want bucket seats only and like a center console, too. All the vehicles are documented originals with number-matching drivetrains. All are in their born-with colors and I won’t buy one that has been undercoated. All have been restored to a very high level and while they’re all trailer queens and mostly for show, I do drive them occasionally. Everything about them works as it should, and I am … [Read more...] about Inside Peter Fink’s American Muscle Car Museum