Friday
Oct022009

1966 Plymouth Fury III

By Vern Parker


For 17 long years Joseph Friedl's father drove a 1937 Plymouth. While reliable it was showing signs of aging in the post-war years. It was at that period of his life that young Friedl swore off Chrysler products forever.


But that was then and this is now. After attending the 50th reunion of his high school class in Athens, W.Va., he began thinking about getting an antique car.


He was interested in finding a car large enough to haul five grandchildren around in, he says. Additionally, he wanted a car that was ready to drive. “I was not looking for a big project,” he says.

 

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Thursday
Sep032009

1974 Lamborghini Espada

By Vern Parker

Marc Trahan was only 14 years old when his parents took him on a trip to Canada. There was no shortage of things to do and sights to see when visiting Montreal but he discovered something not listed in the guide books for tourists.

On the floor of an indoor automobile showroom was a red Lamborghini. He could not take his eyes off the sleek Italian car. “It left a strong impression,” he now recalls four decades later.

Over the years Lamborghini has manufactured various models. For ten years the Espada model was produced. From 1968 to 1978 a total of 1,217 Espadas were built.

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Thursday
Sep032009

Virginia Man sets World Land Speed Record

By Bill Lightfoot, Lightfoot Associates
Photographs by Robert Parker

Wendover, Utah - On Sunday, August 16, 2009 a 71-year-old  Vienna, Va., man set a new automobile world land speed record in the under two liter modified sports class (G/BFMS) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

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Thursday
Sep032009

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

By Nick Yost, Examiner.com

Until a few weeks ago, the last time I was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro was sometime around the turn of the century.

As I recall, the coupe was a rather garish orange with white stripes on the outside, complemented by black-and-white checkered upholstery inside. More importantly it had a 5.7-liter, Corvette-derived V-8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission.

My wife and I took it across the Mojave Desert en route from Phoenix to Malibu and back again. It was a magnificent traveling companion; its 310-horsepower burbling contentedly and never breaking a sweat as we zipped along lightly traveled U.S. Route 10 at about 15 miles per hour above the posted 75-mph speed limit.

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Tuesday
Aug252009

1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra ES

By Vern Parker

In 1984 the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors built a total of 1,179,655 vehicles. Of those, 102,677 were Cierra Brougham models, the ones with a small strip of chrome including emblems of the flags of 15 nations on the front fenders.

The base price was $9,904 for a Cierra Brougham equipped with a 110-horsepower, 181-cubic-inch V-6 engine, automatic transmission with overdrive and power brakes.

Extra cost options included:
Power seats.
Cruise control.
Power windows.
Air conditioning.
Glass panel sunroof.

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