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1949 Willys Jeepster

There's something about a Jeep, and anyone who owns one, whether it's a classic car or not, would definitely agree. There's nothing like driving down the road and spo...
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Ford MustangWith the Ford Mustang, Mustang created a new class of cars, the pony car. Less performance-oriented and a little easier on the wallet than a muscle car, the pony car represents the best of both worlds. With the production of the Mustang, and subsequent competitors such as the Chevy Camaro

Mustang, Mustang

Mustang, Mustang With the Ford Mustang, Mustang created a new class of cars, the pony car. Less performance-oriented and a little easier on the wallet than a muscle ca...
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Among the most popular muscle cars in American automotive history is the Ford Gran Torino. Featured in movies and other forms of popular culture, it represents a unique time in automobile history because of its ability to compete with other muscle cars which were just as exciting then as they are now. The Gran Torino was produced from 1968 until 1976

1972 Ford Gran Torino

Among the most popular muscle cars in American automotive history is the Ford Gran Torino. Featured in movies and other forms of popular culture, it represents a unique t...
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1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III

1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III

1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III As muscle cars were just making their way onto the American auto scene, Pontiac threw its hat into the ring with the GTO. To create this...
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1957 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Ford Thunderbird Among classic car restorers, the "good ol' days" of the 1950s provide some of the best classic cars to work on. One such vehicle is the 1957 Ford...
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The Charger was Dodge’s entry into the muscle car segment and it was made on Chrysler’s B platform, based on the Chrysler Cordoba and the Dodge Coronet. In 1966, the first Charger rolled off the line and came with many engine options. One was the powerful 426-cubic inch Hemi V8. The new muscle car from Dodge was the perfect vessel

1969 Charger Hemi 426

1969 Charger Hemi 426 The Charger was Dodge’s entry into the muscle car segment and it was made on Chrysler’s B platform, based on the Chrysler Cordoba and the Dodge...
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1970 Cuda

1970 Cuda 1970 Cuda: Plymouth introduced its entry into the pony car market with the Barracuda. It began life as an A-body, fastback coupe that was based on the Val...
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Lamborghini GallardoIn the aftermath of a horrible break-up, Richard Jordan of Texas sold everything he owned and bought a Lamborghini Gallardo

Saving Your Soul with a Lamborghini

Saving Your Soul with a Lamborghini In the aftermath of a horrible break-up, Richard Jordan of Texas sold everything he owned and bought a Lamborghini Gallardo. He did...
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Lamborghini GallardoIn the aftermath of a horrible break-up, Richard Jordan of Texas sold everything he owned and bought a Lamborghini Gallardo

Cars in The Godfather

Cars in The Godfather There are a few movies that continue have a cult following: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Godfather. Since this is a blog about cars, you can ...
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'63 Ford FalconWhen you want to impress the ladies with a little Las Vegas swagger, there is nothing like the look from the 1960s. The casual elegance that defined the Rat Pack of the 1960s has been modernized by the gents in the film Oceans 11. Once you get the look, the car, and the music, you can cruise any strip is comfort and style.

Get that Las Vegas Swagger

Get that Las Vegas Swagger When you want to impress the ladies with a little Las Vegas swagger, there is nothing like the look from the 1960s. The casual elegance that d...
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1969 Barracuda

1969 Barracuda

1969 Barracuda The 1969 Barracuda came at the end of the second generation of Plymouth’s pony car which lasted from just 1967 to 1969. Chrysler introduced the Barracuda in 1964 as sporty performance cars were really gaining popularity in the U.S. 1974 was the last year for the model. In the early ‘70s, performance cars went downhill thanks to stricter safety and emission regulations. The Barracuda was one of many casualties.

Based on the Valiant A-body, the 1969 Barracuda and the other members of the second generation came in fastback, notchback, and convertible body styles. They also received significant restyling as compared to the previous generation of models from 1964 to 1966.

One Year Winners

One Year Winners

59 Dodge Challenger Silver

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In the world of automobiles, setting up an assembly line, creating tools and dies, and producing a new model takes a significant amount of work. This is one of the reasons why so many cars are made for several production years before major changes are made. Despite the work that goes into producing a car model, automakers have been known to occasionally create one-hit wonders – cars that were produced for only one year. Many times the cars were big losers on the lots, but in some cases the single year production cars were big winners. Here is a short list:

Nearly Forgotten: Plymouth Superbird

70 Plymouth SuperbirdWhen Plymouth unveiled the Road Runner in 1968, the response was overwhelmingly positive and it still remains among the most popular of muscle cars. Because of its success, it was only natural that Plymouth attempted to up the ante shortly following its release. The Plymouth Superbird came along in 1970 and it served as a modified version of the ever-popular Road Runner. It was built with the intent to appear in the NASCAR circuit, and as a part of the NASCAR rules, there had to be street-legal versions of this beauty.

United Auto Exchange

United Auto Exchange

United Auto Exchange, or UAX, is a used car dealership in Addison, Illinois and serving the entire Chicagoland area. In the business of buying, selling, and trading cars for 20 years, UAX can help you find a classic car, a used car, a foreign car, or a specialty vehicle. They can also guide your sale of a car, financing, and any trades. 

While UAX has been in business in Addison for just 20 years, the staff together offers more than 100 years of experience working with cars and car lovers. The UAX showroom draws people in from all over Chicago and it suburbs, while the online inventory brings in buyers from across the country. 

A Look Inside Jay Leno’s Garage

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Jay Leno is not only one of the most successful talk show hosts in the history of network television; he is also an avid car collector. He maintains a garage in Southern California housing over 200 fine collector cars and motorcycles. Leno has a passion for automobiles and does not simply house them as museum pieces; you can catch him tooling around the So Cal area in a different car, every day of the week.

The First Personal Luxury Car: Ford’s Thunderbird

The First Personal Luxury Car: Ford’s Thunderbird

1955 Ford ThunderbirdThe ultimate American personal luxury car of the heyday of the Big Three had to be the Cadillac Eldorado, but the very first of the breed was the Ford Thunderbird. The car went into development in 1953 as competition for the new Chevy Corvette as a sporty two-seat convertible, and by 1954 the first prototype was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show, in February; by September of ’54 the T-Bird went into production. The first 1955 Ford Thunderbird models were offered to the public by the end of October that same year.

The Durable Dodge Dart

The Durable Dodge Dart

1966 Dodge Dart If you were a young driver looking for an inexpensive used car in the late 1970s, your elders were invariably going to recommend that you try to find yourself an old Dodge Dart. Now these sixties-vintage Darts were not going to turn many heads or have any cheerleaders asking you for a ride home, but they were reliable, durable, economical, and easy to repair.

1965 Pontiac Catalina

As an elongated low-riding model, the 1965 Pontiac Catalina offered many options from color and performance to engine upgrades. The full size two-door hardtop and convertible versions of the Catalina had the ability to use Pontiac’s 421 cid engine, despite the infamous General Motors ban on engines larger than 400 cid. The ban was in effect for intermediate vehicles, allowing the Catalina to skirt the rule because of its status as a full-size vehicle. This fastback further impressed with the addition of the “2+2” package option, which included the bigger engine among a handful of other upgrades. This option was phased out only 2 years later, in 1967, because it simply didn’t achieve the overwhelming successes of the GTO.

3 of the Most Unique American-Built Cars

3 of the Most Unique American-built Cars

54 1954 pontiac bonneville special

There have been many unique cars built that each has their own interesting characteristics.  Three of these cars are classics built in America during the 1940’s and 50’s; we’d like to take the time to showcase them today.

The Nash Rambler: The Big 3′s Competitor

The Nash Rambler: The Big 3′s Competitor

 Nash RamblerThe President of the Nash-Kelvinator Company, George Mason, saw that his company needed to design a car to compete with the “Big 3”, and it had to be something that those companies did not have. He decided to concentrate on a compact car that was small, yet still would fit 5 passengers comfortably.  Finally, he wanted a car that would save Nash on materials but still get great fuel economy and that would compete with companies that were dominating the lower price segment of the market (i.e. Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth).  His outcome, the first successful modern American compact car, the Nash Rambler.