When you own a pickup, you’re everybody’s best friend. Somebody’s always got a couch to move or a motorcycle to haul, and a full-size SUV just doesn’t cut it. But for the other 300 days a year when you’re not shlepping pallets of sod around, most trucks are kind of a bore to drive. Throughout pickup truck history, different manufacturers have built performance variants of their pickups, making them just as useful on the dragstrip as they are at the Home Depot.
Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” The answer is, “plenty,” especially when it comes to automobiles. A long-lasting moniker suggests pride, heritage, and timeless appeal. As proof, we offer the following seven vehicle lines, all of which have proudly carried the same name for decades.
The late 1970s and early 1980s were the zenith of a particular phenomenon: You looked at a car in the showroom and it had all the earmarks of great performance, but when it came right down to it, it was a tape stripe and sticker package. BoldRide presents a selection of cars that should’ve moved you, but moved you along instead:
Do you remember the toy cars you had growing up? There was the awesome Big Wheel, and then there was the “Little Tikes” car. Do you ever wish you could relive some of those moments, wheeling around the back yard? Well a company in the UK has built that opportunity for you.
The Camaro: GM’s “Mustang Killer”
In the mid-1960s, GM executives were shaking in their patent leather wingtips. The cause of their fear wasn’t the Vietnam War or the growing youth movement — it was a vehicle introduced by their arch-rival Ford. Called the Mustang, it captured both the imaginations and the bank accounts of millions of Americans, who fell in love with its all-American good looks, sporty handling, and its $2,368 base sticker price.
It has been quite a long time since the Chevrolet Corvette has had anything but a small block V8 underneath its hood. While the very first Corvette was available with a straight-six, this yellow C3 Corvette features an all-electric powertrain. Safe to say this was never an available engine code.
Created by Keith Stegath, we learned of this incredible project via Corvette Forums. Stegath has been hard at work on electrifying a third-generation ‘Vette for nearly two years, and features a 300-volt battery pack, weighing in about 1,200 pounds.
What cars, out on the market now, are ideal to receive a bump in power? Perhaps a little or a lot. Some of the suggestions here may be regarded as automotive blasphemy, but if you can stomach a racing powertrain in a Toyota Yaris (as in the perplexing Yaris Hybrid-R Concept), well you can take just about anything.
You’ve seen the supercars, and you’ve seen the cast. Now, it’s time for some classic muscle to really get your engines revving for the upcoming Need For Speed flick. In this exclusive new video, star Aaron Paul and company get behind the wheel of some of the most pristine muscle, and classic cars around.
After countless hours of waiting, loads of impatient race fans got to witness Dale Earnhardt Jr. take home his second Daytona 500 victory. That is, if they stuck around for the 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay. Aka, the longest rain delay in Daytona 500 history.
I wrote a post last week about Dean Jeffries and the Black Beauty from the show The Green Hornet. It got all of us thinking about superhero vehicles. Batman had a car. Mr. Incredible from 2004′s The Incredibles had a car. Even Spiderman had some ridiculous dunebuggy thing. But come on, superheroes. Why limit yourself to just cars? Check out these superhero vehicles that make four wheels look positively lame:
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