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The Very First Pony Car: 1964½ Ford Mustang Convertible VIN #5F08F100001

In early April 1964, two weeks before the official introduction of the all-new Ford Mustang on April 17, Captain Stanley Tucker, a pilot for the Canadian Eastern Provincial Airlines, was out for a drive when he spotted the new Mustang convertible, finished in Wimbledon White, at the George Parsons Ford dealership in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Captain ...

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GM Bought Cadillac for $4.5 Million in July 29, 1909

A little over 111 years ago, on July 29th, 1909, General Motors (GM) bought the Cadillac Automobile Company for $4.5 million. Unknown to many, Cadillac was formed from the remains of the Henry Ford Company. Because of a dispute with investors, Henry Ford left the his own company in March 1902 and eventually launched another car company, the Ford Motor ...

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1965 Buick Riviera: And Audrey Was Her Name

(The author, Barry Hunter, is based in Georgia, USA. He is married to Hidee Balan, the sister of Power Wheels Magazine VP for Sales and Marketing, Shawie Balan Dizon.) When I was younger, my dad and I were driving around and we saw a Buick Riviera. After discussing its great body lines, the smooth power of the 401 cubic-inch (6.5-liter) ...

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1964 Pontiac GTO: The First American Muscle Car

It’s still subject to debate but most car enthusiasts consider the 1964 Pontiac GTO as the first American muscle car. But it cannot be doubted that Pontiac unwittingly created the formula for the muscle car genre with the GTO – an intermediate body American car with a large displacement V8 engine and a penchant for high performance, especially in drag ...

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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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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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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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1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Yenko sYc Tribute: Mean Green Machine

The 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle was billed as “America’s most popular mid-size car” and rightly so. General Motors (GM) produced 439,611 1969 Chevy Chevelles in two-door hardtop, two-door sedan, 4-door hardtop, 4-door sedan and 5-door wagon guises, equipping 47,905 Chevelles with inline 6-cylinder engines and 391,706 with V8 engines. Of these 391, 706 V8 Chevelles, a record 86,307 buyers opted for ...

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1968 Buick Skylark Custom: Dreaming About A Doctor’s Car

In 2009, when I was having my 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS rehabilitated by V8 maestro Ben Lim at his old workshop in Cainta, Rizal, I chanced upon a blue 1968 Buick Skylark Custom that was parked beside my Camaro. Ben saw me gazing at the intermediate American two-door hardtop and told me that he acquired it from a Filipina doctor ...

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