Category Archives: Collectible Cars

The First Generation Dodge Challenger

Dodge ChallengerThe original Dodge Challenger, produced from 1970-1974, was Dodge’s attempt at entering the popular pony car market, epitomized by the Ford Mustang. The Challenger shared its Chrysler E-body platform with the Plymouth Barracuda, although it was slightly larger. Chrysler-Dodge intended the Challenger to compete with the more luxurious pony cars of the time. Unfortunately for the company, by the time the Challenger’s design was complete, it was a bit late and the pony car wave was already beginning to fade. For this reason, it did not have nearly the success that the Chrysler brain trust had hoped for.

All-American Muscle: The Pontiac GTO

Pontiac GTOOne of the jobs of automotive designers is to look into the crystal ball and try to see into the future. What will attract the public as times change and a new generation of drivers are ready to hit the roadways? The history of the automobile manufacturing industry is filled with hits and misses as the “swamis” of automotive engineering placed their bets on educated guesses that became the next wave of motor vehicles offered by their respective companies.

1969 Motor Trend Car of the Year: The Plymouth Road Runner

The peak of the the muscle car era is generally considered to have taken place between 1964 and 1972, and the reason for the decline of these cars wasn’t that they were no longer popular. The introduction of unleaded gasoline led to reduction in engine size and performance, and cars were engineered for better fuel efficiency and emissions reduction rather than speed and power. 1969 was one of the last years for the true muscle car, and it was the second year of production for the Plymouth Road Runner.

Alfa Romeo Giulia to the Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia to the Alfa Romeo Giulia

Old-School Alfa Romeo Giulia

From 1962 to 1978, the Alfa Romeo Giulia was a top selling sedan in Europe. Like most Alfa Romeo models, the Giulia was given a powerful engine with a dual overhead cam four-cylinder. Buyers could choose from a 1.3 L or a 1.6 L engine and the cars had 80 horsepower or 110 horsepower depending in the engine. They all had 5-speed manual transmissions.

The 1960s Alfa Romeo Giulia models were quite square and boxy, even though it has a low drag coefficient for cars of the day. It was comparable to the drag coefficient for the 1960s Porsche 911.

V for Veloce

V for Veloce

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The Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV was designed to be fast. In fact, the “V” in the GTV name is for the word “veloce” which is the Italian word for fast. If you are relatively new to the vintage car market, the Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV is a wonderful project car. If you are on the fence about this classic 1960s model is ideal for your garage, there are some useful websites that can help you make up your mind if this Italian beauty is right for you.

Fastest American Production Cars

Fastest American Production Cars

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When most people think of the fastest cars, they usually look to European sports cars. The Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche sports cars have continually impressed car enthusiasts who look for as much speed as possible. American fast-car enthusiasts are not limited to the automakers in Italy, Germany, and the UK, because there are several extremely fast cars that are manufactured in the United States. These are some of the fastest:

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Duffy’s Classic Cars

Duffy’s Classic Cars

Duffy's GTODuffy’s Classic Cars is a full-service business offering customers the chance to buy, sell, and service their classic, vintage, and antique cars. A long history going back to the 1970s means that Duffy’s has the experience and knowledge to help any classic car collector or enthusiast find exactly what they want and make a great purchase or sale. 

911

911

1975 Porsche 911Of all the legendary cars made by Porsche over the years, perhaps the most iconic is the 911. During the 1950s, the German automaker’s only real model was the 356, and it was the model upon which the company began to build its reputation. Replacing it posed risks, but the fledgling line of sports cars needed something new, bigger, and more powerful. The result was the Porsche 911. Today the 911 is a true legend in the automotive world, but it was a risk when the first one sold in 1964 as a 1965 model.

Datsun Differences to Know and Recognize

Datsun Differences to Know and Recognize

The Datsun 240Z is regularly included on the lists of highly collectible cars. New collectors turn to the Datsun 240Z because the cars bring back great memories, are easy to work on, and are affordable – despite the collectibility. When you begin shopping for your first Datsun 240Z, there are a few things to look for so you do not end up with a lemon that requires more money and time to restore than the car is worth.

Welcome to the World 240Z

Boxster

Boxster

'98 Porsche BoxsterThe Porsche Boxster is a popular model from the German automaker that has been around since 1996. The two-seater roadster includes mid-engine placement and rear-wheel drive and was the first car the company designed to be a roadster since the introduction of the 550 Spyder in the 1950s. Porsche brought out the Boxster at a time when the company had hit a rough patch. The model was just what they needed, as it proved to be a hit with both buyers and critics. The Boxster was the first completely new design in decades and it was available at a reasonable price. Both factors contributed greatly to its popularity.