Just about every gearhead out there looks back fondly at their high school ride. Wile some of you may still have your first car, most everyone (myself included) sold their teenage chariot long ago. For me, it’s complicated: I had no less than four cars between my junior and senior years of high school. The first was a 1985 Honda Civic “Wagon/Van” thing that so bad it never made it to the road, and the second was a rusty 1964 Buick Skylark that was powered (and I use the term loosely) by a 225 “Fireball” V6 whose prime was left in 1967 or so. Numbers three and four were nearly identical 1987 Mercury Cougar XR-7’s. The story of their acquisition is a funny one: I had family who worked at a local dealership that had those “PUSH IT! PULL IT! TOW IT FOR GUARANTEED TRADE!!!!” promotions all the time, and their small wholesale lot overflowed with project fodder. They let employees snag cars prior to shipping them to the auction, and for some … [Read more...] about Rare Fox: This 1986 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Turbo Is A Nearly Extinct 80’s Performance Car You Probably Forgot Existed!
The 2018 Mustang GT has the whole nine: a redesigned 5.0-liter V8, quicker response times for the 10-speed SelectShift transmission, and even custom-designed Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires in the Performance Pack. The new 5.0 registers 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque, and hits 60 in less than four seconds in Drag Strip mode. If there ever was an American performance car, this is it. And modern technology has taken nicely to the great pony car. However, the glory days stand tall, thanks to the work of author Donald Farr, who penned this recently-released wonderful gem we are featuring this weekend. The new Mustang might be hot but these old Fords sure could stoke the fire. Total Performance The Complete Book of Classic Ford and Mercury Muscle Cars spans the Blue Oval’s catalog of classic machines from the early 1960s to 1973. Farr takes us through this prolific time, from the Fairlanes and Galaxies with their 390 bigblock V8s to the iconic Shelby … [Read more...] about Automoblog Book Garage: The Complete Book of Classic Ford & Mercury Muscle Cars
Your mother has probably driven some rad cars in her life. Maybe they weren’t particularly rad at the time, but in retrospect have gained a following. Growing up, we had a handful of sporty-ish coupes in the driveway. I don’t really think any of them were particularly ‘cool’ on their own, but I was raised in the back seat of a scad of two-doors, which seems kind of cool in retrospect. She didn’t need a mega-sized SUV to haul a little kiddo around, just a mid-sized coupe with a decent trunk. She bought a late 1970s Chevy Monza from my aunt and uncle. The first car I remember riding in was a 6th-gen Mercury Cougar XR-7 when I was a very small boy. In 1991 she leased a Pontiac Grand Prix SE coupe that lived through several hundred thousand miles and later became my first car—which I crashed exactly one year after taking ownership. We had a Chevy S10 Blazer that lived way longer than it should have. Were any of these really cool? Honestly, … [Read more...] about Show Us The Coolest Car Your Mother Owned
BUENA PARK, California – In the era of social media, it’s easy to promise to meet up with people and then never follow through. People get busy, traveling can be expensive, and sometimes it’s simply easier to make promises than to admit that it’s a long shot that you’ll see each other soon.Fabulous Fords Forever offered me the opportunity to make good on the promise that I’d meet up with a friend I hadn’t seen since high school, and given that writing about cars and posting about them on social media is my job—I vowed to make it down to Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County and meet up with them after years of bandying the idea about.1969 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Not only did we spot this drop-top pony car, we drove it away from the show. My buddy from high school, Armon Ebrahimian daily drives his 1969 Mustang GT convertible. Getting it to this point took years of labor, and the … [Read more...] about Five Fab Fords from the 54th Fabulous Fords Forever
Like a lot of kids, I grew up loving cars. With me it was always classics, and when I was about 12 I bought a picture from a local poster shop of one of my favorites, a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. My funds only stretched to a 6 by 8 inch print in a clip-frame, but the image was so beautifully painted I just had to have it - almost photo-real, but somehow better than anything a camera could do. I displayed it on my wall and stared at it longingly, as if hoping it would somehow become real and roar to life but, being 12, I never gave a thought to who the artist was. Fast forward four decades, and in 2015 I moved to live and work in Los Angeles. On my morning dog-walks around Venice Beach I struck up a friendship with an older neighbour, a fellow British ex-pat named Harold. As I got to know him he told me he liked to paint cars, and showed me a book which showcased some of his pieces. Entitled An Artfull Life, the foreword was written by the visionary futurist and Blade Runner concept artist … [Read more...] about Classic car art that’s more compelling than photography
Por Yeudis Silva A mediados de la década de los 80’, se comienza a pensar en el medio ambiente, donde las cantidades de gases nocivos emitidos por los automóviles se comienzan a regular y empieza el uso generalizados de los catalizadores de tres vías. Así como en la moda, los mejores autos de los 80 fueron extravagantes, llamativos y extraños. Pero también existieron algunos autos que solo fueron un gran desastre. Esa época de los 80 fue marcada, entre otras cosas, por la interesante lucha de algunos fabricantes como Porsche, Lamborghini y Ferrari por conseguir el mejor súper deportivo de la década.Pero en este lado del atlántico, y en esos años, se produjeron algunos de los peores deportivos o llamémosle “muscle cars”, de la historia. Su marcada deficiencia en rendimiento, velocidad y diseño fue un tema preocupante para los fabricantes que tuvieron que batallar con muchos problemas. A continuación … [Read more...] about Cuales deportivos fueron marcados como los peores de la época de los 80′.
Our own Sajeev Mehta pointed out this grey brougham box the other day. He always keeps his ear to the pulse of the Internets for any old Ford, Ghia, or Ford Ghia vehicles which come up for sale. It’s luxury and elegance on a Grand level! Come have a look. Mercury was no stranger to using the Monarch name on cars; it first appeared in Canada in the 1940s. Ford rebadged higher-end Mercury vehicles and sold them over the border as Monarchs. Lower-level Mercury cars became Meteors (once Monarch disappeared; Ford provided the bodies earlier on). Canadians must hate the word “mercury.” But why? In the United States, the Monarch nameplate was a short-lived one. On offer at Mercury dealerships between 1975 and 1980, the good people at Ford used the Granada as a starting place for an upmarket Mercury version. Mercury customers received a different grille and light arrangements front and rear, as well as luxurious trim. Trim is an important consideration for our Rare Ride … [Read more...] about Rare Rides: The Mercury Monarch Which is Grand and Ghia and 1976
Like most human beings on this big blue marble, we loath change. From our daily routine to our favorite TV shows to the most anticipated Mustang and Ford events of the year. Change brings out the fear in all of us. I have to get up earlier now to get to work on time? My favorite show is moving to Thursday nights and conflicts with another show I watch? My “kick off” Mustang event is not returning next year and this is the last one? Yep, we hate change! So when we heard shortly after 2017’s Silver Springs Ford & Mustang Roundup that the event would be holding a final show in 2018 we knew we had to be there, even if it meant a knot in our stomach as we said goodbye to all of the attendees we’ve met over the years that kept coming back year after year.Since its inception by local Mustang clubs we’ve attended every single event. Early on it was as an attendee in our Fox Mustang, for a few years we even tag-teamed it with the wife, bringing her Explorer … [Read more...] about The 24th and Final Silver Springs Ford & Mustang Roundup
Steve Magnante digs deep into Denver’s Colorado Auto & Parts and pulls up some serious muscle cars on episode four of Junkyard Gold. He finds a 1965 Mustang 2+2, four-speed car, a 1968 390 monster, and a worse for wear four-speed Mercury Cougar. He also spots a 1968 Pontiac GTO Convertible as well as a 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst Convertible mystery car. You’ll also get to ask Steve questions as you watch the episode. That’s right! If you use the new commenting feature on MTOD, Steve will be answering any and all of your questions! Head over to Motor Trend on Demand right now and check it out. … [Read more...] about Chat with Steve Magnante on Episode 4 of Junkyard Gold!
“Motor racing has been very kind to me,” wrote Dan Gurney for the New York Times sports pages in 1975. “It has exposed me and those around me to a wide spectrum of experiences, from utter tragedy to intoxicating joy and happiness. Tears at both ends—and a very worldly and interesting in‐between.” In an era when anything seemed possible, Daniel Sexton Gurney did everything. His wife, Evi, has confirmed that Gurney died just before noon on January 14, 2018, at age 86, leaving behind one of the most singularly impressive biographies of any sort in American history. Pretty much all the legends about him—from his brilliant driving to his winning cars and fearless innovations—are true. Gurney was born April 13, 1931, in Port Jefferson on Long Island, New York, into an athletic and artistic family that was an unlikely incubator of racing talent. Gurney’s parents met at Ohio’s Oberlin College, where they … [Read more...] about Daniel Sexton Gurney, 1931–2018