Ford has a history of producing not only popular and economical road cars but also rugged and capable everyday utility vehicles. Their trucks and light-commercial range have been options since the company’s early days, and the small business owner or manager could choose from a myriad of body styles to suit the need at hand.
The F-100 series was introduced in the spring of 1953, totally updating its predecessor, the F-1. The F-100 utility had a more modern, Read More
Introduced in the spring of 1964 as an early 1965 model, Ford’s Mustang created the pony car category. Its popularity was so overwhelming that after only 2½ years of production, a new body was introduced in 1967, giving Ford greater flexibility in equipment, particularly powertrains. This greater flexibility helped Ford counter increasing competition from Chrysler’s established Dodge Charger and Plymouth Barracuda, as well as from GM’s new-for-’67 Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. While the first-generation Mustangs were derived from Read More
In 1966 Chevrolet offered a full range of 396 cubic inch ‘Porcupine Head’ engines in the mid-size Chevelle line. With up to 375 bhp, the SS 396 put real power into the line that has come to epitomize Chevy’s muscle car heritage. Dubbed ‘Porcupine Head’ because of its different stem angles for intake and exhaust valves, the 396 breathed well and was Chevrolet’s response to the effectiveness of Chrysler’s more complicated Hemi head engines. This engine series had been Read More
The “official” Muscle Car era began in 1961, when Chevrolet introduced the 409. It lasted ten years until the early ’70s when the market was gutted by insurance premiums and the cars began to be strangled by emissions limits. Of course, the Muscle Car didn’t emerge fully formed like a butterfly from a chrysalis. It evolved, quickly, more like Stephen King dragonflies.
In the early Fifties, Cadillac, Lincoln and Chrysler all launched large displacement overhead valve V8s. GM Read More
The car pictured sold at Dana Mecum’s Arlington Premier Auction in Arlington, Illinois on November 7, 1998 at no reserve, bringing $23,625, including buyer’s commission.
Estimated at $30k–$35k, a value that even at this level is probably less than half what’s invested in it, this is typical of the re-sale performance of hot rods. The money spent on building one is about the only thing “going down in flames” today.
Desirable to collectors, this Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica Camaro is, like the original, an RS/SS convertible. As is usually the custom with Indy 500 pace cars, 100 examples were built for use by press and dignitaries during 500 Month at the Speedway. A further 3,674 Camaros equipped with the Pace Car were later marketed to the general public. This car is one of those 3,674.
The 1969 Camaro was the last year of the original Camaro package Read More
Erret Leban Cord began building his empire in the mid 1920s when he became president and primary stockholder of Auburn. In 1929 Cord introduced a car bearing his name, the front-wheel-drive Cord L-29. There were unfortunately many technological problems with the L-29 that kept it from becoming the great car for which people had hoped. However, the L-29’s purpose was well served, as it laid the groundwork for the famed Cord 810 and 812 models.
Like the L-29, Read More
Chevrolet enlisted the help of Lotus Engineering to create a new engine for the Corvette. Together they developed a design with an aluminum block, dual overhead camshafts, and 4 valves per cylinder. In 1990, it emerged as the 375-horsepower LT5 engine. But there was more than an engine. The Corvette ZR1 package cost $27,000 more than the base coupe, which sold for $31,900. In the package were a ZF 6-speed transmission, ride control, power seats, Delco-Bose stereo system and Read More
When Thunderbird designer Frank Hershey set out to design a sports car with “banker appeal,” he unknowingly created a legendary automobile that was so popular in its first year, it outsold the Chevrolet Corvette four to one. When Hershey left Ford for General Motors in 1960, the Thunderbird had sold over 90,000 units in the same year. The car had not only survived, but become an overwhelming success in the eyes of the American public.
Unfortunately, the ‘58-’60 models Read More
In 1956, Ford was building the two-seat Thunderbird, and outselling Corvette four to one. After two disastrous sales years, the Corvette had to change or die. And change it did. First, it received a new body to replace the classic roadster style body of the previous three years. Still in fiberglass, it now had external door handles, wind-up windows and a stylish “cove” or indent in the side, outlined with a polished, stainless-steel strip. Corvette also began to get Read More