Vintage drag racing is sort of like a Civil War reenactment with pellet guns — you take something that was once hugely dangerous and kind of insane, and do it in an ever-so-slightly safer manner.
Despite having a timeless Richard Teague design, TransAm racing cred, and being the car that would break AMC out of its George Romney-era economy-car mold, the AMC Javelin's hi-po AMX version always appeared uncomfortable in its own skin. But will a total, pro-touring makeover solve its issues?
The 1955 Thunderbird was Ford's answer to the Corvette. It had less European influence, and didn't quite obtain the same racing pedigree (and the Battlebird was pretty sweet.) It also outsold the Corvette of the era, though keeps a lower profile these days.
For all the love they get from fans, movie cars usually aren't that interesting. One exception is "Eleanor," the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 replica from the 2000 reboot of Gone in 60 Seconds, whose fan base is so rabid, they'll tattoo its likeness on their forearms.
I don't know about you, but I'd be okay with never seeing another '57 Chevy hot rod if I live to be 1,000 years old. But a Dodge business coupe? Why, yes.
That's the question Trenton New Jersey's Sean Rich asked, as he set upon his 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle. He was already half-way there; the early '70s marked Detroit's most sinister-looking half-decade, with the Chevelle sharing its ominous styling with dead-mobster rides like the Lincoln Continental MkIV, Buick…
If you thought New Yorkers hated muscle cars, you've obviously never looked behind some of those rickety garages in the outer boroughs like Queens, NY. If you did, you'd find more than a few automotive "projects" on the DL.
Imagine owing a rare, numbers-matching, high-spec, 440-six-pack 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. Then imagine you got it from your cousin when you were 17 years old, and it's now 34 years later? That's the situation with John Cross and his 'Cuda.
At face value, it might seem in bad taste to honor Carroll Shelby with a knockoff of the car that made him a household name in the mid-1960s. But what is it Charles Caleb Colton once said about imitation and flattery?
You've seen sleepers before. Cars that look like something grandma might drive, but perform like something Grandma "Grumpy" Jenkins might drive. This 1972 Nova looks like a 40-something economy coupe, and a crap one at that. But look closer. In particular, under the hood.