“You only ride like a Pacer if you’re wide like a Pacer”
If you’re among the many who laugh at AMC Pacers, let us introduce you to “Weird” Harrel Lamkin of Ruston, LA. He drag-raced a 550-hp Pacer from 1987 to 1996, turning 10-second quarter miles at 124 mph. As he said, “I wanted to build a Pacer no one would dare laugh at. I think I succeeded.”
And lest you think Read More
The 190SL’s designers had a challenge on their hands-to echo the 300SL’s styling, but not copy it
Close your eyes and picture your local main drag on a Saturday afternoon. Parked outside the neighborhood coffee shop, what do you see? Likely one or two Mercedes SLs, 280s. 560s. 450s. 380s. They’re a breeze to own and drive, good-looking cars that have always been popular, comfortable, and tasteful. On the used market, they’re Read More
Above 3,000 rpm driving a Sonett II is like hanging onto an out-of-control chainsaw
The words “Swedish” and “sports car” seem entirely uncomfortable bedfellows. But back in the 1950s, before Saab and Volvo had acquired the safe-and-sane reputations that still accompany their current American parents, both companies set off to create their version of a driver’s car. They took different directions, with similarly disastrous results, at least at first.Volvo’s P1900 of 1956-1957 Read More
The most controversial car of the 20th century
Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: Ralph Nader didn’t kill the Corvair. Blame can be more squarely placed on the Camaro, the pony car that rendered Chevrolet’s weird, rear-engine small car irrelevant to its product planners. Indeed, when the Camaro was introduced in 1967, the top-of-the-line Corvair Corsa series was put out to pasture-and if not for Nader’s Read More
A used 328 can be affordable because the depreciation over a year or two may be small to non-existent for a moderate amount of driving
Every man should have one before he dies.” When I sold used Ferraris, this is what I used to say to close the deal. “You owe it to yourself to buy it, drive it and decide if it fits your lifestyle.” Some people loved the experience so Read More
Even when compared to cars of today, 3.0 CS coupes are capable enough in both performance and handling, and drive like a BMW should, with good steering feel and solid roadhandling
In 1968, $8,178 would buy you a finely engineered German luxury coupe, the new six-cylinder BMW 2800 CS. Or, you could save yourself $300 and slide into the front seat of a Lincoln Continental Mark III.
Unsurprisingly, Americans did not choose Read More
The second-generation Pontiac Trans Am was in production for twelve years, from 1970 to 1981, and effectively captured a generation of car enthusiasts in an era when Motor City muscle was in decline.
Admittedly, the Trans Am of the mid-1970s was a pale imitation of earlier models, an underpowered, portly beast that nearly fell victim to the same tightening government regulations that had killed the GTO and ‘Cuda, and reduced the Ford Mustang to a gussied-up Pinto. But the film Read More
Any Beetle of yore is more closely related to a lawn tractor than it is to the modern auto with which it shares a name and silhouette
It hardly seems believable that by 1971 the Volkswagen Beetle-the success story of the 1960s-was losing favor with the public. In earlier years the Beetle’s quaint simplicity had been a plus, but those same qualities were beginning to seem as hopelessly outdated as the car’s underpinnings and Read More
Though not rare, you’re far less likely to see a Golden Hawk on the road than a Thunderbird or Corvette, making the Studebaker a good choice for those collectors who aspire to be both unique and on a budget
Studebaker’s Golden Hawk was the product of an era when sports cars were unfamiliar to most Americans. Like its contemporaries, the Ford Thunderbird and Chevrolet Corvette, the Hawk began as an awkward attempt Read More
You can build a supercharged 500-hp ‘Stang in your backyard for about the price of a Ferrari brake job
For long-suffering Mustang fans, the all-new 1979 Mustang was a near-miraculous event after four years of the embarrassing Pinto-based Mustang II.
It got even better in 1982, when Dearborn proudly proclaimed that “the Boss is back” with the 5.0-liter engine and the reincarnation of the “GT” name. While the 5.0 could be ordered Read More