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May
28
2017-18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Camaro ZL1

2017-2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Chevrolet celebrated the Camaro’s 50th anniversary in 2017. There was a commemorative model with special trim, but here we’re more interested in the latest high-performance ZL1 as a possible future collectible.

May
24
1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

.In the late Eighties, Japanese automakers introduced four-wheel steering to the U.S. market. The first car Americans could buy with such a system was the 1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS. Mindful of the old adage that nobody remembers who was second, let us suggest the 1988 Mazda 626 Turbo 4WS as cheap wheels.

May
23
1960 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe

1960 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe

by Jack Stewart

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Nineteen sixty didn’t turn out the way that Virgil Exner envisioned.

May
08
2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The second-generation Ford Fusion made its debut as a 2013 model, and the midsize sedan received some significant updates for 2017. Most Fusion models cater to a practical and mainstream market, while the Hybrid and Energi plug-in models target efficiency seekers. Now, though, Ford has added something for those looking for more speed and a bit more excitement than run-of-the-mill sedans offer: the Fusion Sport.

Apr
24
Dodge Omni 024 De Tomaso

Dodge Omni 024 De Tomaso

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The 1978 Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon hatchback sedans were Chrysler’s well-received answer to the Volkswagen Rabbit. Racy Omni 024 and Horizon TC3 two-doors followed for the 1979 model year as the American company’s response to the Rabbit-based Scirocco.

Apr
18
1910 Buick 60 Special “Bug” Racecar

1910 Buick 60 Special “Bug” Racecar

by Jack Stewart

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Don’t cross Buick. The manufacturer was eager to win some races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 1910, but its Model 30 racecars were disqualified the morning of the race. Buick management was mad and resolved to get even. In a time before “the Brickyard” had settled on a yearly 500-mile race, Buick planned to come back for the track’s next meet on July 1 with revolutionary cars to extract its revenge.

Jan
17

Class 8 Pickups, Big Rig Pickups

By Frank Peiler

The full-size pickup truck market could hardly be hotter these days. Roughly 2.5 million such vehicles were retailed in the United States in 2017, making big pickups the largest single vehicle segment.

Jan
02
2016 BMW M2

2016 BMW M2

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

In 2014 BMW replaced the 1-Series as its premium subcompact in America.  The new holder of that job was the 2-Series. The basic idea here was a coupe or convertible with four seats and rear drive. There were two subseries, the 228i with a turbocharged four and the M235i with a 320-bhp turbocharged inline six.

Dec
29
2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LSE

2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LSE

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Mercury, and the Grand Marquis, left the automotive scene in January 2011. That final Grand Marquis was a direct evolution of the 1979 Marquis built on the “Panther” platform that was Ford Motor Company’s response to General Motors’s downsized 1977 large cars. Consider for a moment that Panther’s run of 33 model years remarkably covered nearly half the history of Mercury itself. Over time exterior styling evolved but this body-on-frame Merc’s basic specifications remained amazingly consistent.

Dec
28
2017 Dodge Viper

2017 Dodge Viper

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When the production version of the original Dodge Viper RT/10 was introduced for the 1992 model year, it really was like nothing else. Sure, Carroll Shelby’s legendary Sixties-era Ford-powered Cobras provided inspiration, but Viper’s in-your-face, all-American design and 400-hp V-10 engine captured the public’s imagination.

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