It’s widely assumed that American muscle cars are all about horsepower. But that overlooks the race for aerodynamics that characterized the 1969 and 1970 Nascar Grand National seasons, known as the “Aero Wars.” The fierce competition between Ford and Chrysler reached epic proportions, when Ford built the 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra, a sleek and wicked vehicle well-suited to its name. It never made into production, but there’s one on sale now on eBay.
As most consumers know, Volvo has worked to establish safety as the carmaker’s main brand identify. That’s not changing, but company executives are now working on new areas of focus, from design to performance, to make owners not only feel safe—but inspired.
One of the easiest automotive upgrades you can do is to upgrade your headlights with brighter and more modern light bulbs. Over the years, lighting technology has been steadily improving, starting with brighter halogen bulbs, and then HID Xenon bulbs. These bulbs were brighter but had drawbacks from poor color temperature, poor beam pattern, or a need to do significant rewiring of the headlight enclosure. Today the hot ticket is LED, which is better and easier.
Old Town San Diego is a great place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. So that’s where I headed for last month’s festivities. And it turned out to also be a great place to hold a small car show at the same time. While you might expect to see some Impalas and Monte Carlos at a lowrider event, who would plan on seeing a 1949 Hudson?
A Subaru wagon is held in high regard in certain parts of the country where all-wheel drive is supremely important—like the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Northern Michigan. Unfortunately, many Americans in other regions might not fully appreciate the wonders of a wagon, even one as capable as the Subaru Outback. If you fit into that category, here’s what you’re missing.
In 1994, six vintage automobiles were acquired, restored, and painted white. Then, the artist Hiro Yamagata and about 20 assistants painted fanciful natural designs, based on photographs of nature. It was a mashup of Daimler and Gauguin. The series called “Earthly Paradise,” grew to about 20 cars, including the 1952 Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet 220A, currently bid to $225,900 on eBay.