Few modern car designs manage to convey their heritage as well as the Dodge Challenger. Granted, from “Vanishing Point” to “Archer,” not many cars are endowed with the Challenger’s legacy. Even still, the Toyota Corolla might be turning 50 this year, but I doubt many of us would recognize the similarities between one today and a 1968 original. Continue reading >>>
I’m going out on a limb here and risking the complete revocation of my man card. I’m also risking the wrath of millions of Mustang and Camaro fanatics everywhere.
I’m sick of muscle cars.
The Mustang came out 50 years ago and captured the hearts of Americans. As a teenager in the 1990s, a ’65 Mustang was my dream car. I wanted a red convertible with the 289-cubic-inch V8 engine so badly that I worked two part-time jobs to save for one. I had dreams about that car and would have done anything to get one. Instead I met a girl and spent all the saved money on her, then settled for a black 1994 V6 Mustang.
Not the same, I know.
Congratulations to the Ravens and Baltimore fans everywhere!
While the game was electrifying, I thought the advertisements overall were severely lacking in energy this year. It’s like the power went out on all of them even before the Superdome went dark. My favorite car ad was the Audi prom spot. The Chrysler/Ram Paul Harvey spot almost made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. The others were just mediocre.
With that out of the way, let’s get back to cars rather than the outlandish, extravagant attempts to sell them. Yes, we need vehicles to serve the mundane and much-needed transportation services of daily life, and I find irony in the fact that we often buy them based on some perceived emotion or extreme experience marketing people promise they will provide.
True car enthusiasts can look past overly produced TV commercials and buy based on other, more meaningful, factors.
One of those factors might be the car’s future collector value. Make it affordable and fun to drive as well, and the deal closes itself! What 2013 cars could be future collectibles?
The modern-day retro muscle-car craze may be on the downward side of its spiral of popularity. The Mustang will evolve into a sleek sports car within a couple model years, which surely means the Camaro will follow suit shortly thereafter (because, honestly, the Camaro is always a step behind the ‘Stang, right?)
For 2013, though, Chevrolet will offer the Camaro SS 1LE, which is a tarted-up track version made with bits from the Camaro ZL1. The ZL1, in convertible form, starts at just over $60,000, while the SS 1LE will begin at just under $40,000. Yes, the prices have gotten outrageous, which is why it might be best to buy a real retro muscle car and have some fun customizing it yourself.
There’s not much more admirable than being in business for one hundred years. Today, Chevrolet reaches that milestone, and we tip our hats in humble respect to the legendary car brand founded in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet, a Swiss-born American race car driver of French descent.
In its first 100 years of existence, Chevy has built enduring classics, barbaric muscle cars and Herculean trucks. The brand has ingrained itself into pop culture by being featured in TV shows, movies and music. (In fact, I highly recommend assembling a playlist consisting of these songs while reading the rest of this post.)
While there’s been a few stinkers thrown into Chevy’s mix along with a bankruptcy and lots of controversy surrounding everything from its leadership to its quality, no one can deny that Chevy is primed for the future after a highly successful, and influential, past.