1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car Convertible

Authentic, “no excuses” cars hold their value even in a down market, and this result bore that out, with fierce bidding from the outset


This rare 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS NASCAR Pace Car finished in Dover White with Deluxe Blue Comfort Weave interior features its original matching-numbers 396-ci big-block backed by a Muncie 4-speed. It is nicely loaded with options, including power disc brakes, power steering, factory air conditioning, Read More

Restoration 101

I’ve seen $2,500 air filters, a $35,000 exhaust, $5,000 plug wires, $10,000 batteries, and $50,000 original tires


It’s a common misconception that domestic cars are cheap and easy to restore. Unfortunately, many people have found out too late that this is not true.

Let’s face facts: Most restorations are financial suicide. Unless you have an extremely rare and valuable car whose value will increase far more than the Read More

Back to the Future-and Step on It

The Challenger is a surprisingly solid car, far better than the class-leading Mustang. And yes, it will do a smokey burnout


Chrysler’s latest entrant into the “retro-muscle” wars, the new Dodge Challenger, has been burning up Internet car chat forums and magazine covers since its introduction. It’s a car I’ve wanted to beat the tar out of, but I hadn’t found a willing owner until the last week of Read More

Triumphs of the Will

As Triumph TR prices lag behind Austin-Healeys, determined, well-advised collectors can find bargains


The big news in British cars over the past ten years has been the rapid rise in prices for Austin-Healeys-from $25,000 to $75,000 for very nice cars, with a few magnificent ones bringing $100,000 plus.

By contrast, Triumphs-which offer much the same highway performance and creature comforts-couldn’t break out of the $7,500 to $15,000 range. Read More

America’s Difference-Makers

If somebody out there has a GT40 and a Daytona Coupe in the same garage, please, let me live there. I promise to take good care of your cars


To celebrate SCM’s 20th birthday, I hereby offer my take on a Top 20 list. The criteria were simple: I didn’t focus on a particular era or type of car. I just picked cars I would like to see in Read More

The Dandy Griffith

Unlike the environmentally conscious, fuel-sipping, ultra-low emissions, and utterly boring “hybrid” cars of today, a whole different group deserved that name in the 1960s.
They consisted of European sports cars that fell into the hands of cottage industry “manufacturers,” which took Italian and British sports car sophistication (or lack thereof) and shoehorned in American V8 lumps.

The period is the 1960s, so we are skipping cars built by men like Cunningham and Allard, though all these creations used American Read More

Fangs for the Memories

The Shelby influence is very much evident on the Viper, and he is considered one of the car’s “four fathers”


The discontinuation of several Chrysler models to help stop the corporation’s financial bleeding is no secret. Rumors abound about Dodge’s Viper being on this list, and numerous Dodge “insiders” claim the Viper will be discontinued after 2009.

Has the Viper been a resounding success, merely in danger of Read More

Trans Am: The Beat Goes On

These homologation specials are among the most enjoyable muscle cars- they can actually dance, rather than just run fast


From humble beginnings, by the late 1960s, the Trans-American Sedan Championship Series grew into one of the most popular events in SCCA history. Conceived as a sedan racing class for production-based cars with a minimum of four seats and engine displacement of between 2 liters and 5 liters, everything from Read More

The Lost Generation

Pontiac Firebird SD, Buick Grand National GNX, Mustang 5.0­-highlights of the muscle flexed in ’70s and ’80s Detroit


The American collectible car contingent has long argued over when the “real” cars stopped rolling out of Detroit. Collectible prices indicate Detroit’s muscle atrophied with astonishing speed after 1971. What followed was a period of wheezy darkness that included 165-hp Corvettes, and it didn’t fully recover until the horsepower wars of Read More

Scottsdale Muscle Still Buffed

I fully expected Scottsdale to result in a dismal showing for muscle car prices. I couldn’t have been more wrong

Last year’s Arizona auctions proved that we were indeed due for a well deserved and most predictable “adjustment” in many segments of the muscle car market. As such, 2007 brought us more headlines about the muscle car market “crash” than those of Britney Spears’s need for psychiatric care.

The last Read More

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