1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible

Pontiac’s 1970 Ram Air IV GTO Judge convertibles are so rare that, for any genuine Pontiac enthusiast, seeing one today is an event in itself. Only 17 were built, twelve are known to exist today, and only six were optioned with a 400 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission. The L76 Ram Air IV engine, which became available in the GTO as a result of GM lifting its corporate ban on 400-plus cubic inch powerplants, is central to the car’s pavement-ripping character. Rated Read More

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Convertible

Big changes at GM for 1970 included the end of the corporate edict forbidding engines larger than 400 cubic inches in its intermediate models. Chevrolet’s “big-block” V8 was enlarged to 454 ci and formed the basis of the LS6 option, intended to help Chevrolet wrest control of Super Stock drag racing from Chrysler.

The redesigned 1970 Chevelle SS was the perfect platform for the LS6 engine, which was underrated at 450 hp and 500 ft-lb of torque. It was backed Read More

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona vs. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird

In 2007, these cars would have cost nearly twice as much, but they are still priced above five years ago. Hemi magic still outweighs Daytona’s rarity

It’s a long time since any Dodge Daytona or Plymouth Superbird raced on the high banks in NASCAR competition, but they routinely fly across auction blocks these days. There’s no question the 1969-only Daytonas, with 503 produced, are more desirable than the 1970-only Superbird (with 1,935 Read More

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Street Roadster

3187 was a well-restored, correct car. Most 427 Cobras have been heavily modified or re-skinned after drivers ran out of talent

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Only 291 Shelby 427 Cobras were ever sold in America for street use, of which 31 were S/C (“Semi Competition”) cars. About one-fourth of all street cars were later converted for competition duty, and most of the less desirable 428-equipped Cobras were ultimately fitted with 427s. Original, unmolested Shelby Read More

1967 Chevrolet Stage III Nickey Camaro

To those not familiar with the documented, dealer-converted supercar market, $446,250 would appear to be a staggering amount for a lowly Camaro

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Nickey Chevrolet of Chicago was one of the largest Chevy dealers in America and had big plans for Chevrolet’s new pony car in 1967. Working with legendary Chevrolet engine builder Bill Thomas in California, Nickey developed a plan to install the potent 427-ci Corvette engines into the Camaro 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

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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 cost 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

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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 July 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

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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 my 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”

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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 corporate Read More

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