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The Story of 20th-Century Midas: Carroll Shelby

Author Elise  |  18th January 2021

By Charlotte Iggulden Carroll Hall Shelby was a man of rare racing talent and vision, the like of which had not been seen before or since in the automotive industry. He had the self-belief to approach Ford Motor Company with the idea of building a race car that would beat the seemingly unstoppable Corvette. Carroll Shelby cars, like the AC Cobra and Shelby Mustang, were a winning ...


Classic Ford Maverick Review—Classic Muscle Car Review 2020

Author Elise  |  15th January 2021

By Charlotte Iggulden Maverick definition: An unorthodox/independent person who acts free from constraints and organisational guidelines.  The Ford nameplate refers to an unbranded form of cattle. Maverick also applies to the free-roaming mustang and Ford’s pony car, a symbol of the pioneering spirit of the American west. Ford’s compact car, Maverick (Americas, 1969-1977), was an instant success that would unexpectedly rival the Ford Mustang. Not to be confused ...


Pontiac Firebird – Classic Muscle Car Review 2020

Author Elise  |  6th January 2021

By Charlotte Iggulden The mythical Firebird appears in cultures around the world. Slavic folklore tells of a prophetic glowing bird from a distant land; beautiful and dangerous, it is simultaneously a blessing and harbinger of doom to its captor.  Meanwhile, Ancient Greek mythology records a Phoenix, an immortal bird that regenerates from fiery ashes and has come to symbolise renewal. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am’s decal is arguably ...


A Short History of Hot Rods and Drag Racing in the UK

Author Elise  |  4th January 2021

By Niamh Smith What are Hot Rods and What is Drag Racing? What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘hot rod’? Do you think of a Model A Ford with a custom flame paint job, a ‘55 Chevy with a tri-power, or a factory-ready hot rod, perhaps a 429ci Cobra Jet Mustang. The hot rod ideal is different for everyone. Put simply, hot rods are ...


How Much For a 1967 Eleanor Mustang?

Author Elise  |  16th December 2020

By Niamh Smith Reasons Behind The Madness There are not many movie cars as coveted and sought after as an Eleanor Ford Mustang, especially a 1967 Mustang fastback. It is one of the most famous and recognisable cars in cinematic history to muscle car fans all over the globe, and because of this cult fame, you can even now buy licensed replicas for a high price tag ...


A Short History of Automotive Design

Author Elise  |  14th December 2020

By Charlotte Iggulden How Culture Has Shaped Car Design Like most things in life, automobiles do not exist in a vacuum. Their design and engineering respond to the zeitgeist: the spirit of the times. Throughout history, car designers and visual futurists have been profoundly influenced by technological and scientific advancements, politics, artistic movements, cultural trends and philosophy, whether optimistic or pessimistic.  Where industrial design is broad, automotive design ...


Chevrolet Super Sport – Classic Muscle Car Review

Author Elise  |  9th December 2020

By Charlotte Iggulden Super: Latin (preposition and v. prefix) meaning above, beyond, or in addition to an especially high degree; akin to Greek hyper. Before Louis-Joseph Chevrolet (1878-1941) co-founded the eponymous car manufacturing company, he was a mechanic, car designer and race car driver. You would not be wrong in saying performance runs in a Chevy muscle car’s veins.    This is our classic Chevrolet SS review on the ...


Chevrolet Corvette Review – Classic Muscle Car Review 2020

Author Elise  |  30th November 2020

By Niamh Smith America’s Sports Car: Chevrolet Corvette Review The Chevrolet Corvette is a piece of Americana. It is so easily recognisable, even people who aren’t particularly into cars can recognise an early Corvette when it rumbles down the street past them. As GM’s crowning jewel, the ‘Vette has had more than 60 years of production and 8 generations and has been, in the most part, incredibly ...


Oldsmobile 442 – Classic Muscle Car Review 2020

Author Elise  |  25th November 2020

By Jamie Wills As there was Beyoncé Knowles, so there was Solange. As there was Michael Jackson, so there was Jermaine. And as there was Gary Lineker, so there was Wayne. The sibling fame bandwagon may have mixed results, but it has always been an irresistible lure. So it was in 1964 when Oldsmobile saw General Motors stablemate Pontiac GTO being released and hit pay dirt ...


Ford Mercury Cougar – Muscle Car Review 2020

Author Elise  |  20th November 2020

By Chris Williams Selecting the name ‘Cougar’ for the badge of your car was always going to be a double-edged sword. Frankly, it would not have mattered so much if the Mercury Cougar had been a harmless hatchback; the name ‘Cougar’ would have given it some feisty spice.  Instead, the Mercury Cougar was designed as a grown-up muscle car and therefore completely analogous of its target market: ...


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