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1969 Buick GS 400: The Gentleman’s Hot Rod

Buick, the “gentleman’s car” division of General Motors, was an unlikely source of some of America’s finest muscle cars. In 1965, they joined the muscle car fray by shoehorning a 400-cubic-inch V8 into their mid-sized Skylark model and called it the “Grand Sport”. In 1968, with the introduction of the new GM A-Body line-up, they shortened the name of their ...

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Archives: 1st Independence Day Classic and Muscle Car Show (June 12, 2010)

Traditionally, June 12th is celebrated nationwide as the day that the Philippines claimed independence from foreign rule. But June 12, 2010 showed that many Filipinos are NOT really free from foreign control, specifically from their passion towards American classic and muscle cars. Dubbed as the “1st Independence Day Classic and Muscle Car Show” and held at the old parking grounds ...

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Post War Bubble Car: 1959 BMW Isetta Moto Coupe DeLuxe 300

Cheap and affordable short-distance transportation became a necessity after the Second World War. A micro-car was seen as a better alternative because it offered weather protection than motorcycles and scooters. Italian carmaker Iso came out with the Isetta, and it became so successful and influential as a city car that it was built in other countries, including Spain, Belgium, France, ...

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Quintessential Movie Spy Car: 1964 Aston Martin DB5

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is perhaps the most famous and most recognized automobile of the famous movie spy franchise, James Bond. The DB5 first appeared in Goldfinger (1964), and then in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). Powered by a 282-horsepower all-aluminum 4.0-liter DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine with three ...

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Very Rare 356: 1957-62 Beutler-Porsche Specials

While working on our stories about model cars for our Miniature Wheels section under The Rack, we were reading about Porsche road and racing cars from the mid-1970s when we chanced upon a small box ad placed in the “Market Place” classified ads section of the January 1976 issue of Road & Track magazine. The box ad was about a ...

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1970-73 Datsun 240Z: Datsun Rises in the West

In October 1969, Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan introduced the first-generation Datsun 240Z to the American market as a 1970 model. Internally designated as the Nissan S30, the 240Z was designed by a team led by Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan’s Sports Car Styling Studio. The Japanese sports car’s introduction in the American market was spearheaded by Yutaka Katayama, ...

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2-Wheeled Movie Star: “Captain America” Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper from “Easy Rider”

In the opening credits of the 1969 movie “Easy Rider”, actor Peter Fonda, who  played Wyatt, the lead character, rides off on his custom motorcycle that he named “Captain America” to the tune of Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild”.  Along with his pal Billy (played by Dennis Hopper), the duo ride their motorcycles across America in this ground-breaking film that ...

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The Quarter-Million-Dollar Firebird Trans Am

The desire for classic muscle cars constantly evolves and changes. More so, the desire for muscle cars of automotive brands that no longer exists. This pristine 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air IV two-door hardtop coupe is an example of a highly-desirable American muscle car. With only 73,704 miles on the odometer, this Pontiac was recently listed for sale ...

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Archives: All-Chevy Father’s Day Weekend at Nuvali 2010

As we continued to clean the hard drive of our computer, we found more stories and photos of events that may prove interesting to car enthusiasts. In one file, we found a cool Father’s Day event organized by The Covenant Car Company, Incorporated (TCCCI), the Philippine distributor of Chevrolet automobiles. On June 19 to 20, 2010, TCCCI came out with an ...

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1970 Oldsmobile Rallye 350: Junior Muscle Car

American muscle cars had reached the summit of horsepower ratings in 1970. General Motors (GM) boasted of a mighty line-up that included the 450-horsepower Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, the 370-hp Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV, the 370-hp Oldsmobile 442 W-30 and the 370-hp Buick Skylark GS-X Stage 1. However, insurance companies had also wised up to these race-ready ...

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