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Posts by: Jim Pickering

Chevrolet’s Chevelle was one of the hottest muscle cars ever built, with the SS 396s and SS 454s of the late 1960s and early 1970s serving as halo cars for a generation. But GM built a lot more Malibus than SS cars. And over the years, a large number of those grocery getter Malibus gained stripes and big block engines...

Absolutley positively need to get where you’re going? Floods, snow drifts, windstorms, blackouts, or a Zombie apocolypse won’t stop this monster of a Power Wagon, with its Mad Max-style modifications. It’s just the thing you need to plow yourself across town or cross country regardless of the situation at hand. This is...

Dodge entered the Trans Am racing world in 1970 with the Challenger T/A, with a total of 2,399 units built that year. Alongside the AAR Cuda, the T/A helped bring the Trans Am fight to Ford’s Mustang Boss 302 and Chevrolet’s Camaro Z/28, both on the street and the track. Racing versions of the T/A ran high-revving...

It’s hard to go wrong with GM’s 1967-1972 trucks, especially if you’re in the market for a classic pickup that has both vintage looks and modern usability. Options on the range included power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, AM/FM radio, sliding rear windows, bucket seats, coil spring suspension, and more...

Imports from Japan already had a foothold in the U.S. by the mid-1970s, but it wasn’t until the gas crunch of the late ’70s that they really exploded in popularity. People parked their gas-guzzling V8 land yachts in favor of fuel sipping compacts from Datsun, Toyota, and Honda and didn’t look back. Today, surviving...

Nothing screams American muscle more than a huge Roots-style blower on top of a big-block engine. This Camaro has been given the full quarter-mile treatment, with all the right parts for either show cruising or high-level weekend drag races. If you want to go fast, this is your car. The seller spells out all the...

Amphicars are a great choice if you want to travel up on the surface of a river or lake (unless they’re really rusty, in which case you’re headed for some involuntary swimming). Yesterday’s post got everyone over on eBay Motor’s Facebook page thinking about other ways to travel on both land and sea, and the way I see it,...

A lot of people think the muscle car era ended in 1972. And for the most part, they’re right. But if you knew where to look, you could still get a fire-breathing tire killer in 1973 – and that place was at your local Pontiac dealership. Pontiac guys will tell you that the Super Duty 455, offered starting in 1973, was...

It’s pretty rare to find a Ford Falcon restored to a high level. Especially one that retains its original engine, transmission, and brake configuration. But that’s just what this car is – a 1962 Falcon that’s been completely disassembled and painstakingly restored, with only a few minor custom touches to set it apart from...

Square Broncos have a huge following, as they’re simple, rugged, and had a long production run. But most Broncos for sale today have had some sort of modification from stock – either a lift or cut fenders to fit larger tires, or bigger engines for more torque while out on the trail. So original-looking Broncos like this...

When the Plymouth Road Runner hit the streets in 1968, Pontiac was caught off-guard. Their GTO had started the muscle car movement, but here was Mopar, taking up a large part of the market with a low-priced low-option entry that was a real performer. Pontiac needed something with a lot of flash that resonated with...

Want a classic truck that’ll absolutely positively get you anywhere you need to go? I’ve got one word for you: Unimog. Originally designed at the close of World War II as a an agricultural instrument, the Unimog offered exceptional four-wheel drive abilities as well as a PTO for operating a variety of implements. They...

There’s a lot to be said for classic cars fitted with modern performance parts. They offer the best of both worlds – hot rods that actually turn, stop, and can handle being driven anywhere in modern traffic, all while maintaining that cool vintage look. This Bel Air Bubble Top has been completely redone inside and out,...

The ’67 SS 396 was the high point of first-gen Chevelles. Their styling was arguably some of the cleanest of the era, with coke bottle lines throughout, and the 396 offered plenty of grunt in several different configurations. It was just the thing to take on Mopars, Mustangs, and GTOs on the street and strip – all...

This Hemi Road Runner wasn’t an original 426 car, but originality doesn’t win drag races. It looks ready for some serious street fighting, thanks to a rebuilt Hemi, 4-speed manual, Dana rear with 4.56 gears and ladder bars, and massive 29×12.5 Mickey Sportsmans. The seller says the car has new front shocks, new Road...

There’s something very cool about an original-looking period shop truck. Especially when it’s a ’67-’72 Chevy or GMC, both of which have huge collector interest and are simple and cheap to maintain. But Chevy C10s from the late ’60s and early ’70s are easy to find these days, so if you’re in the market for one,...

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday was the mantra of the big three throughout the 1960s. And never was it more true than for Mopar’s NASCAR winged warriors – the Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. These cars can trace their roots back to the 1966 Charger, which was said to be unstable at speed. NASCAR allowed Dodge to fit...

A chopped ’50 Merc is the iconic American Custom. These cars were the blank slate used by a number of big-name customizers like Barris, Ayala, and Winfield in the 1950s and 1960s. Although they weren’t the first customs built, they were undoubtedly some of the most attractive, and their appearance in movies like...

Flat black paint, five percent window tint, and a slammed stance give this ’63 Galaxie a sinister look. But it isn’t a pieced-together ratty driver like a lot of other frame-laying customs – this car started out as a complete running and driving rust-free four-door from Coral Gables, Florida. The seller than shaved all...

This little Colt isn’t what it appears to be. Under the hood lives a 2.6-liter turbocharged engine from a 1989 Mitsubishi Starion, which the seller says has been fitted with a larger turbo and a few other performance goodies. The result? A quick little cruiser that can surprise more modern imports, all while looking...

It seems like we’ve seen and heard Jackie Stewart’s television commentary on car racing for, well, forever, but it’s still kind of a shock to realize that he will be 73 years old today, June 11. Today Stewart delivers his race analysis with the same speed, accuracy and Scottish flair that he displayed while winning...