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

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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 Datsun 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

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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 the 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 twelve Read More

Is Your Snake a Replicant?

Unless you are building an S/C or Comp car replica, just say “no” to scoops, roll bars, sidepipes, stripes, and other incorrect items

Okay, I’ll freely admit I am a Cobra snob. I’m not as bad as one I witnessed at a Cobra gathering, running toward a replica yelling “I’m going to kick the lid off the Tupperware.” Or another who wears a T-shirt that says, “Oh, you have a Cobra too? Read More

Shelby Sacks SAAC

After 32 years, Carroll Shelby no longer officially recognizes SAAC

In my May 2007 column (p. 60), I wrote about the 32-year relationship between automotive icon Carroll Shelby and the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC).

I said then that SAAC is the best friend that Shelby ever had; it has steadfastly preserved the legacy of Shelby American and made Ol’ Shel a celebrity in the process.

To recap the history of Read More

Got the Hemi Pneumonia and the Big Block Flu

Figure a slide of 10%-20% from late 2006 prices across the board and you’re not far off; the better the car, the less the correction

The drag chutes are out for the Mopar Hemi muscle car market. Unquestionably the most visible and talked-about phenomenon in the last five years of stratospheric price increases, the Hemi ‘Cuda and its corporate cousins gained value at an incredible rate.

Almost overnight, anything with a Read More

Winging It

Around noon, the thunder heading my way was the Detroit kind, as 20 Superbirds and Daytonas filled my parking lot

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To quote John Lennon: Imagine. if there was a club for valuable cars, whose long-term owners didn’t care about what the cars are worth. Cars worth perhaps 5,000% more than they paid for them, and for whom selling is the furthest thing from their minds. Is it possible? Is there a group of Read More

Muscle in Monterey

The consensus among buyers is that they want the best, and “almost” cars are having a tough time finding homes

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Gloom and doom predictions can end up as self-fulfilling prophecies if the panic spreads. A case in point is the highly publicized muscle car market “crash” going on now. As this is the Monterey auctions recap issue, let’s take a look at what happened there, and see how it relates Read More

When The Fire System Fails

I could see the paint bubbling on the hood, the Lexan windshield melting, and the paint burning off the transmission tunnel

Although SCM isn’t a racing publication, a large number of SCMers are vintage racers, including yours truly. A recent racing “close call” has made me rethink a few things in my racing endeavors. I want to share what I discovered so others can learn from my mistakes. The worst that can Read More

Fuelies-The Story Behind the Story

So is it worth paying a 15%-20% premium for a car with a notoriously
troublesome FI system? The market seems to say it is

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In the early years of the horsepower wars, in the mid-1950s, Detroit was looking for ways to get a jump on the competition. The new frontier was fuel injection, with Mercedes-Benz introducing mechanical fuel injection on the 300SL in 1954.

Racers were also using fuel Read More

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