Posts from ‘Muscle Cars’

Dec
12
Does a low-compression engine mean the end of GTO?

1971 Pontiac GTO ad

The tone of this GTO ad is somewhat analogous to how some restaurants currently brace customers for lousy service in advance of seating. You’ve probably seen such signs posted near the door of your favorite diner the last time you went out for lunch or dinner. Today, restaurants are contending with labor shortages. In 1971, Pontiac was dealing with low-lead gasoline.

Dec
01
Mopar Ugly Holiday Sweater

Mopar Ugly Holiday Sweater

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for decorations, carols, egg nog, and ugly sweaters. Stellantis’ Mopar parts and service division wants to get automotive enthusiasts into the spirit by offering its own line of ugly wearables.

Nov
02
Dodge Last Call Cars

Dodge Last Call Cars

The window on the modern muscle-car era continues to close as model-year 2023 will be the final one for the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Parent-company Stellantis recently announced that these vehicles will receive seven special-edition trims to be built over the next 14 months.

Jan
27
1968 Dodge Charger

1968 Dodge Charger

The 1968 Dodge Charger is an unassailable classic muscle car, and one of the most sinisterly beautiful cars ever made. The new-for-1968 Dodge and Plymouth intermediate cars had shed almost all the dowdiness of their earlier-1960s counterparts, introducing sleeker new shapes that seemed tailor-made for scoops and stripes… and the Dodge Charger’s transformation was the most dramatic of the bunch.

Jun
28
2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye in “Smoke Show” gray

Quick Spin, Consumer Guide Automotive

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

Class: Large Car

Miles Driven: 209

Fuel Used: 16.6 gallons

Apr
30
Dodge Dart GTS Convertible Coupe

Dodge Dart GTS Convertible Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2011 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

During the Sixties, the automobile market fractured into several different segments within the overall market. To be successful, most marques could no longer rely on a single one-size-fits-all strategy.

Apr
16
Creating Car Colors

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Mar
22
1970 Buick GSX

1970 Buick GSX

Per Wikipedia, “Muscle car is a term for high-performance American coupes, usually but not limited to rear-wheel drive and fitted with a large displacement V8 engine. General Motors introduced the first proper muscle car in 1949. The term originated for 1960s and early 1970s special editions of mass-production cars which were designed for drag racing.

Nov
05
2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody in “Hellraisin” purple

Quick Spin

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 223

Fuel Used: 14.2 gallons

Oct
22
1970 SuperBee

1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Hardtop Coupe

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

Collector cars can turn up in odd places. A 1925 Bugatti was found at the bottom of a Swiss lake. A 1957 Plymouth was buried in a time capsule in Oklahoma. The elements took their toll on both.