Question: how is a 1965 Mustang like an iPhone? Answer: whether you like it or not, there’s no denying that it raised the bar and scared the crap out of its competition. GM execs were well aware of this in early 1965, when they saw the public’s response to Ford’s new pony car. They set about crafting an answer to the challenge, and would play a giant role in automotive history.
The challenge set before the design team seemed impossible. The goal, was to create a motor vehicle that would set Ford apart from its rivals as the leader in the emerging sportscar class. It had to look a little European– but not too much. It had to be equally appealing to men and women. It needed to seat four people, weigh less than 2,500 pounds, and be less than 180 inches long. Oh, and it had to sell for less than $2,500. The time to complete the project: 18 months.
Drive by a high school parking lot today and it’s full of SUVs and Camrys. Back in the 1980s, though, high school and college parking lots were jam-packed full of cool cars, driven by kids who weren’t satisfied with driving their mom’s Satellite sedan. See, in the 1980s, kids had these things called “part time jobs” in order “pay for their own stuff.” For a couple of grand, you could drive something interesting. And nowhere did more of those cars come out than Daytona Beach, Florida during Spring Break. Both the Sun-Sentinel and a photographer named W. Keith McManus documented Spring Break in the 1980s with photo essays.
There hasn’t been much big news to report on from Chrysler’s Dodge brand since the Dart hit the scene for 2013, but that’s about to change with the introduction of the restyled 2015 Dodge Charger and the updated 2015 Dodge Challenger. Both big muscle cars officially debuted today at the New York Auto Show, and Chrysler has already told us all we need to know.
This year’s 2014 New York Auto Show has quickly become land of the high-powered convertibles. The Corvette Z06 is obviously the big kahuna, and the Porsche Boxster GTS is packing some handsome power — but the bavarians brought along something sexy of their own.
The word ‘supermodel’ gets thrown around a lot. But not everyone, or every car, can lay claim to such a
shallow prestigious title. The Mercedes S63 AMG coupe though — it’s about as ‘supermodel’ as it gets, and it’s taking to the runway in New York, no less.
If you love things that are topless, and you love the new Corvette Z06, then you may have a heart attack when you see this thing. It’s the new Corvette Z06 Convertible, and yes, it already made its web debut earlier this week, but now it’s here in the
flesh sheet metal in New York.
As Spyker’s global rebuilding and rebranding strategy continues, the automaker is introducing its new B6 Venator only next year. But not without a few other surprises along the way. How does an updated C8 Aileron and SUV tickle your fancy?
Last year, Spyker threw its name into the hat of high-performance sports coupes, à la Jaguar F-Type and Alfa Romeo 4C. Of course, the B6 Venator concept had the looks, and allegedly the performance — but many couldn’t picture the often-struggling Dutch auto marque producing a world-class competitor.
Anyone in the market for a new Charger or Challenger — you might want to jump on this deal. If you head over to your local Dodge dealership and sign on to a one-year lease for a 2014 Charger or Challenger, Dodge will offer you the 2015 model year at no extra cost.
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