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 think it’s safe to say that Top Gear is a respected and trusted source of automotive news and opinion. When the television hosts or blog writers give an opinion, the world tends to listen.
When I saw the headline that the British blokes had driven the upcoming 2015 Mustang, I prepared myself to read about Ford’s still-inferior performance, interior, steering, yada, yada, yada.
Instead what I read was an absolutely glowing take on the pony car that has taken 50 years to finally arrive on UK shores. That’s great for them, but what will it mean to Mustang purists here in the United States?
If there are deities in the car world, the Ford Mustang and Ferrari Enzo might be candidates for the top job. Both have reached legendary status, have legions of fans and have spawned many years of devotional writings and devout followers.
Both the Mustang and the Enzo are about to undergo changes and reveal all-new versions, and both have been spotted in cloaked disguises on the streets of their respective countries.
Like hidden sentinels, these gods of all things automotive will surely redefine their categories… as soon as the cloaks come off.
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.
The Ford Mustang will soon turn 50 years old.
In planning for the 2015 edition of the beloved and classic muscle car, Ford has some options.
Option 1: Let the car finish out its natural life then fade into history, proud of the contribution it has made to American culture.
Option 2: Carry on as usual, with a slight nip and tuck but no drastic changes, because Americans will keep buying it.
Option 3: Completely redesign the car, throw out everything the Mustang has ever been and relaunch it to a worldwide audience.
The Ford of the past would be perfectly content with option 2. Plenty of folks throughout the country surely believe the Mustang has run its course and deserves the dignity of option 1.
Option 3, though, could be what’s in store.
As December rolls on, it’s inevitable that the “Best of 2011” lists will begin making the rounds. For auto aficionados like us, those are fun lists to look forward to (and create!).
Today we bring you news of the highly anticipated 10 Best Engines list, put together every year around this time by Ward’s Auto. Some of this year’s choices are surprising, but what’s even more surprising is what *didn’t* make the list.
Only one hybrid mill entered the top 10—no electric-drive engines and, even more interesting, no oil burners. So what’s the engine flavor of 2011? Turbocharged!
It’s funny how modest a kids’ dream car can be.
As a young teenager, my car obsession was a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible. I’d drool when spotting one on the street and flip through the local classifieds checking prices and wondering how I could save for one before my 16th birthday.
For a variety of reasons, I never made the leap to buy a classic Mustang. Maybe it’s because my car tastes evolved toward the exotic in the 20 or so years since then. I did own a 1994 Mustang for a few years, thinking that maybe it would sate my Mustang desire, but I learned pretty quickly that a ’94 hardly replaces the ’64 1/2 to ’66 variety.
I often find myself looking through classifieds just like I did so many years ago, hoping that I’ll find a restorable car at a great price. As time ticks on, though, it’s getting harder and harder to find a body in decent shape. Fifty years can wreak havoc on old steel.
Well, Ford may have a solution for guys like me in the form of a brand-new ’64 1/2 Mustang…with a bit of a catch.