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Code Name “Panther”

Code Name “Panther”

1967 Chevy Camaro

The Ford Mustang had an extraordinary impact on the automotive industry after its release in April of 1964.

As you might expect, the other major automobile manufacturers immediately got to work on their versions of a pony car so that they could garner their share of this burgeoning new market.

1967 Chevrolet CamaroIn 1965 rumors began to circulate about the Chevrolet division of General Motors developing a competitor under the code name “Panther”.

The Longest-Running Classic and Collectible Cars

The Longest-Running Classic and Collectible Cars

'72 BeetleNew cars today just don’t seem to last. Production runs and product lifecycles aren’t what they used to be, with a few exceptions. Some collectible and classic cars have been around for decades and these are the brands and names that collectors love. A legacy is important to brand recognition, loyalty, and collectability.

'69 Ford Mustang

From Old to New: The Mustang and The Camaro

From Old to New: The Mustang and The Camaro

Photo Courtesy of Motor Trend

How many things can you name that have the ability to go from young to old?  That would seem to be a dream come true as we fight age, wrinkles, weight-gain and hair loss.  This dream has become a reality for two major car companies for the 2012 production year:  Ford and Chevrolet.

1964 Thunderbolt

1964 Thunderbolt

1964 Thunderbolt In the mid ‘60s Ford was struggling to keep up with the muscle cars and drag racers coming from Dodge, Plymouth, and Pontiac. To get back in the game, Ford created a limited edition, experimental, drag racing only version of the Fairlane. This was the 1964 Thunderbolt. The big engine that Ford put in the Galaxie at the time did not give that big, heavy car enough power to get up and go race with the other muscle cars, so they crammed it into the smaller Fairlane.

Carroll Shelby’s “Other Car” – The Sunbeam Tiger

Some people dream of getting their hands on one of the brilliantly designed cars by Carroll Shelby, but their dreams fall short when they look at the price tag of his famous Cobras or Mustangs.  There is good news for them; Mr. Shelby designed the Rootes Group Sunbeam Tiger, as well! In 1964, the Rootes Group was looking for a way to revamp the Sunbeam Alpine’s image from a “touring” car to a “sports car/roadster”.  They wanted the car to be modeled after the recently successful Shelby Cobra.  After some research and the decision to use the Ford’s 164hp 4.3L Windsor V8 engine, who was better to ask to design their car than the man himself, Carroll Shelby?  Shelby agreed to design the car for $10,000.  His prototype, along with the prototype built by racer and previous employee of Shelby America, Ken Miles, were sent to England for production.

The Boss 429

Ford MustangWhen looking back at the history of muscle cars, one model stands out in American car-making: the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. Though originally intended to compete with the Corvette, the Boss didn’t quite live up to Ford’s high hopes, and was discontinued relatively quickly after production continued from 1969 to 1970.

Each vehicle was hand assembled at the Kar Kraft facility in Brighton, Michigan. Production numbers were low, making each of the only 859 units just a little more special. In fact, some say that the Boss 429 may be the most valuable muscle car built in the 1960s because of its rarity.

Driving In A Winter Wonderland

The first snows have fallen across the country, parents everywhere have dragged out the kids’ snow gear, and people have been heard far and wide grumbling about the frost so stubbornly clinging to the windshield. Though this time of year can be filled with extra cheer, beautiful views, and plenty of old family memories, we’re sad to say it also means it’s time to “winterize” all the great classic, sporty cars and store them safely in Grandma’s garage, nestled safely away from the bustling cities…over the river, and through the woods, of course!

The Best.Show.Ever

The Best.Show.Ever

81 DeLorean DMC-12In the midst of the 639 episodes of The Simpsons that have been aired, there was also The Simpsons Movie. While many Simpson-heads look forward to watching an epic marathon of these, let’s take a look back at some of the iconic vehicles that were so lovingly drawn into the legend that is The Simpsons.

DeLorean DMC-12: If you thought the DeLorean DMC-12 was only in Back to the Future, then you missed the 19th episode in the 7th season. Troy McClure, voiced by legendary funnyman Phil Hartman, drove a DeLorean DMC-12. The car injured Police Chief Wiggums and it was used when McClure married Selma.

So, What’s the Deal with Louvers?

So, What’s the Deal with Louvers?

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In the 1970s and 1980s, louvers were all the rage. Cars like the Datsun 260Z, Ford Mustang, and Honda Civic SI were popular choices to have louvers added to the rear windows. While matte black louvers added a tough look, they also served a functional purpose. They did not add to the aerodynamics of the car, but they did help keep the hatchbacks cooler in the sun.

Hot Sports Cars with Louvers

Buy an Armored Lincoln Town Car

Buy an Armored Lincoln Town Car

Lincoln Town Car

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With the continual need to protect important people, it was only a matter of time before automakers began making armored cars for the general public. Just a few short years about the attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. in 2001, Ford decided to create a special Lincoln Town Car, they dubbed the BPS or Ballistic Protection Series.

Special Editions for Protection and Luxury