The Garage: Classic Car Talk - Tips and Information insight, assistance, ravings and rants from a (car) fanatic to other (car) fanatics en-us Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:43:00 -0800 Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 no 10 Rules for Buying a Classic Car <p><img alt='10 rules for buying a classic car' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/c_car.jpg' style='float:left; margin:10px; width:60%' title='10 rules for buying a classic car' />once you make the decision to buy a classic car, it's important to know ten important rules before finalizing the purchase. by following these rules, you'll ensure that you've covered all your bases, right down to the <a href=''>classic car insurance</a> and the upkeep of the vehicle.</p> <p>but before you get started, you should consider your reasons for buying a classic car in the first place: is it because you're planning to make a hobby out of car collecting? or are you looking to make an investment?</p> <p>during the classic car buying process, it's important to remember that while car collecting <em>can</em> be an investment, it's better if enjoyed as a hobby, too.</p> <p>now, read on to learn more about the ten important rules buyers should follow when making the decision to purchase a classic car.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>1. seek the counsel of a professional inspector</span></strong></p> <p>thanks to the internet and special interest auto forums, many buyers are eschewing help from professionals. that can lead to expensive mistakes. it is highly recommended that classic car buyers seek the counsel of a professional inspector before purchasing a classic vehicle.</p> <p>while you may feel confident with your research skills and purchasing decisions, it never hurts to have an inspector look at the automobile firsthand to see if there's something you may have missed. a trusted inspector can help you to estimate the costs of renovating the vehicle, and they can evaluate the condition of the vehicle.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>2. consider the costs of insuring the vehicle</span></strong></p> <p>generally, collector car insurance is affordable car insurance with low annual premiums. however, there are three different bases that an insurance company can use to value classic car:</p> <ul> <li>actual cash value – the vehicle's worth in cash, per an insurance adjuster</li> <li>agreed value – the car's worth, as mutually agreed, between the insured and the insurer</li> <li>stated value – a policy that allows you to pay less than the car is worth, in exchange for lower premiums</li> </ul> <p>to ensure that you get a fair value for your car, in the event of a loss, insist on an agreed value policy. get a quote for your antique car insurance <a href=''>here</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>3. avoid rusty vehicles</span></strong></p> <p><img alt='10 rules for buying a classic car' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/c_car2.jpg' style='float:right; height:334px; margin:10px; width:251px' title='10 rules for buying a classic car' /></p> <p>as a rule, stay away from vehicles with major rust on the frame. a little body rust is one thing to consider, but major body or frame corrosion on classic vehicles will make it difficult to have the automobile restored. the most common areas affected by rust will usually be the underside. look inside the fenders, under doors and rocker panels. when rust becomes visible on these areas, it is best to be extra cautious, as one risks falling into a money pit.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>4. consider upkeep costs</span></strong></p> <p>a classic car isn't just a used car--it's also an old car. even though your restored classic vehicle may look and shine like new, it's important to remember that upkeep costs will rise over time.</p> <p>before finalizing the purchase of your classic car, factor in the costs of future repairs and maintenance. classic cars are rarer vehicles, and spare parts may be pricier and difficult to find. mechanics with the skill set to work on classic cars may command a premium.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>5. always check the mileage</span></strong></p> <p>when it comes to investment grade cars, low mileage is a plus. a low mileage classic is a rare find. to make sure you are not the victim of a mileage scam and the odometer wasn't altered in some way, look for significant wear and damage and other telltale signs. the gearshift knob and headliner are areas that will sometimes indicate that a car has been used more than the declared mileage.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>6. decide whether you'll drive the vehicle or not</span></strong></p> <p>deciding whether you'll drive the classic car or not comes down to your overall reasons for purchasing a collector in the first place. do you plan to drive the vehicle regularly, or would you prefer to keep it stored away in the garage? it's important to remember why you're collecting a car in the first place--and make sure that you get the most enjoyment out of the purchase.</p> <p>whether you get the most enjoyment out of driving it daily, occasionally, or if you prefer to admire it at home--the choice is yours.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>7. check the vehicle's history</span></strong></p> <p>whether you hope to make money on your collector car or not, it's wise to run some numbers and do your homework before purchasing a classic car. as part of your research, take the time to check the rear axle, transmission, and engine numbers to see if they all match the car's vehicle identification number (vin). numbers matching cars are preferred among serious collectors.</p> <p>generally, engines are stamped with the last six digits of the vehicle identification number. the rear axle and transmission should both be stamped with a specific date code, which should correspond to the vehicle identification number's date.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>8. look for a specialized mechanic</span></strong></p> <p>not all mechanics know classic cars, and unless you plan to do all the mechanical work on your own--it's wise to search for a collector car-savvy mechanic <strong>before</strong> making the decision to purchase an old vehicle. seek counsel in special interest forums and social media--and speak to other car collectors in the area to get recommendations from them.</p> <p>if you take the time to find a mechanic in your area, before the need arises, you'll save yourself a major headache and a perhaps a rather large repair bill down the road.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>9. consider a muscle car</span></strong></p> <p>muscle cars are hot collectibles right now. if you enjoy corvettes, camaros, mustangs, or chevelles, now is the ideal time to collect them. according to <a href=''>usa today</a>, muscle cars from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s are showing the most amount of growth--especially limited edition vehicles.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>10. make car collecting fun</span></strong></p> <p>since classic cars are often more of a hobby than an investment, it's important to rely on your passion for cars as you search for the right vehicle to purchase. if you're not collecting just for the money, you'll find happiness throughout the process. attending car shows and making new friends are enjoyable byproducts of antique & vintage car collecting.</p> <p>the bottom line? don't purchase a vehicle you're not crazy about. if you're not anxious to take the car for a spin, then it's probably not the vehicle for you. if you're hesitant to show it off at your favorite car shows or car collector events, then it's probably not the best decision. car collecting is the most fun when buying vehicles that one is passionate about, rather than buying acar just because it seems like a good investment.</p> <p>by following these ten rules for buying a classic car--you'll be in a good position for making the best possible buying decision.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href=''>bernswaelz</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a><br /> in post image: <a href=''>memorycatcher</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> Tips and Information Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Corvair Tips and Information <p>the chevrolet corvair was one of the company’s best-known compact cars between 1960 and 1969. while its legacy was tarnished by a number of issues surrounding its handling, the corvair became quite popular, and today, many collectors and classic car aficionados still love the chevy corvair. the history behind this car unveils why it is so popular and why its lifespan was cut short.</p> <p><strong>history of the corvair</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt='corvair-classic-car-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/corvair_classic_car_insurance.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='corvair-classic-car-insurance' />when the major u.s. automakers were introducing scaled down versions of some of their conventional cars in 1959 and 1960, edward “ed” cole had a different plan. originally, the chevrolet motor division’s chief engineer, cole rose through the ranks to become chevy’s general manger and one of general motors’ vice presidents. under his leadership, he designed and pushed for the corvair to be one of chevy’s flagship models in the battle for dominance in the compact car market that had begun following the introduction of the nash rambler and other small cars imported from europe.</p> <p>unlike many of the other small cars hitting the market, the corvair was built from the ground up and featured many innovative ideas. with its different frame, rear-mounted engine, and tires with a low-profile design, the corvair was elegant and very different. it was so visually striking and new that <em>motor trend</em> named it the car of the year for 1960.</p> <p>with so much excitement surrounding the corvair, it is no surprise that it sold more than 200,000 units during its first year and each of the following five years. the first model of the corvair was sold from 1960 to 1964 before the second was introduced. with a few key differences, the second corvair was just as popular at first. however, with more competition coming from ford’s mustang, and with chevy’s camaro gaining more popularity, the corvair’s third generation was put on hold, and production ended in 1969.</p> <p><img alt='corvair-classic-auto-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/corvair_classic_auto_insurance.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='corvair-classic-auto-insurance' />the numerous handling and safety issues that had plagued the corvair for its entire life didn’t help any. the first version of the corvair had issues with oversteering due to its rear axle design, leading to a number of changes in the car’s suspension to correct the issue. following the introduction of the second generation, this became a non-issue to the complete resident of the car’s rear suspension.</p> <p>the damage was already done, however. ralph nader, who at the time had published consumer safety articles in the <em>harvard law record</em> and would later go on to become a known independent presidential candidate, published his book <em>unsafe at any speed</em> in 1965. the first chapter of his book focused on the corvair, calling it “the one-car accident.” at the time, general motors had over 100 lawsuits pending in relation to accidents involving the corvair, and car insurance companies were understandably nervous about the vehicle. the sales of the car stood at 220,000 in 1965 but dropped by 110,000 in 1966. by 1969, chevy produced only 6,000 corvairs before ending the line.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=''>the history of the corvair</a> – a look at the car’s history from</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=''>the corvair’s rise and fall</a> – how this car changed the automotive industry.</p> <p><a href=''>the chevrolet corvair</a> – the model’s entry at wikicars.</p> <p><a href=''>the corvair at wikipedia</a> – contains a good amount of information on the development of the corvair.</p> <p><a href=''>the life and death of the corvair</a> – a look at this controversial car.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>features of the corvair</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>as one of the most innovative vehicles of the time, the corvair had a number of unique features that were not available on any other car and granted gm/chevy a number of patents.</p> <p>the first generation of the corvair was especially unique:</p> <ul> <li>fisher body built their first unibody frame for the 1960 corvair.</li> <li>the engine was mounted in the rear instead of the front, like most vehicles. it powered the rear wheels via a compact transaxle.</li> <li>the rear suspension was a swing axle, which led to a number of steering issues. this axle did make the ride more comfortable, however.</li> <li>there was no chrome grille or tailfins.</li> <li>the 80 hpengine, an air-cooled horizontal six-cylinder, was made almost completely from aluminum.</li> </ul> <p>during the second generation, the swing axle rear suspension was completely replaced by an independent suspension. each wheel had its own coil springs. the second generation also boosted more powerful engine options, better brakes, and a better heating system.</p> <p><a href=''>25 things you didn’t know about the corvair</a> – some fun trivia from the chicago tribune.</p> <p><a href=''>the 1966 chevy corvair monza</a> – a look at one of the rarer versions of the corvair.</p> <p><a href=''>the 1965 corvair</a> – the features of the second generation.</p> <p><a href=''>how the corvair started a design revolution</a> – its features impacted more than just chevy.</p> <p><a href=''>one-upping ralph nader</a> – how the corvair overcame its safety issues.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>different models of the corvair and its evolution over the years</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt='corvair-auto-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/classic_car_corvair.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='classic-car-corvair' />the first generation of the corvair was released in 1960 and built through 1964. during this time, chevy produced a variety of different corvairs: 2-door coupes and convertibles, 4-door sedans and station wagons, 6-door and 8-door vans, and even a 2-door truck. the first corvairs were considered to be thrift cars with very few amenities. they were priced under $2,000. however, it later became clear that rather than being a winner in the economy market, consumers saw the corvair as a specialty vehicle. the design was modified slightly in 1962 to better fit that niche.</p> <p>in 1964, chevy did something of an overhaul on the line and introduced the second generation of the corvair in 1965. they removed a number of options, releasing only four body styles: the 2-door hardtop and convertible, the 4-door hardtop (up until 1967) and the 6-door van (only sold in 1965). chevy had initially planned on ending production of the corvair in 1966 but continued producing limited numbers until 1969.</p> <p>with the more powerful engine introduced in the 1964 model plus a number of other features and changes, the new design did win support from critics, at first, but the publication of nader’s book plus the numerous safety lawsuits spelled doom for the corvair. despite addressing the safety concerns, the popularity of the model waned, and the third generation was canceled.</p> <p><a href=''>in defense of the corvair</a> – why the corvair didn’t deserve its bad reputation.</p> <p><a href=',28804,1658545_1658498_1657833,00.html'>the 50 worst cars of all time: the corvair</a> – time magazine lists the car as one of the worst.</p> <p><a href=''>the corvair</a> – a look at the model and its evolution.</p> <p><a href=''>the advanced technology of the corvair</a> – how this car was one of the most advanced.</p> <p><a href=''>evolution of the corvair</a> – information about the different models of the corvair.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>popularity of the corvair</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt='corvair-collector-car-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/corvair_collector car_insurance.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='corvair-collector-car-insurance' />the first generation of the corvair influenced the design of vehicles around the world, and traces of it can be seen in the designs of cars such as the bwm 1602 and the fiat 1300. but it is the fact that this car was so revolutionary that many still seek it out. innovation is inherently a part of the american dream, as is risk-taking. the corvair is certainly both innovative and risky, and while it is true that the first generation had safety problems, those problems were also addressed and removed.</p> <p>while some classic cars didn’t seem to be appreciated until they were gone, the corvair was famous during its run. there were a number of corvair clubs created while it was in production, and the corvair society of america was formed shortly after the vehicle went out of production. today, many still want to get their hands on a corvair because of its uniqueness.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=''>the corvair museum</a> – the official museum for the corvair.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=''>the ypsilanti automotive heritage museum</a> – the corvair museum is located here.</p> <p><a href=''>the corvair preservation foundation</a> – a foundation dedicated to preserving as many corvairs as possible.</p> <p><a href=''>the collectability of the corvair</a> – a look at why this vintage car is so popular.</p> <p><a href=''>collectible classics: the corvair</a> – automobile magazine points out some more reasons why the corvair is so popular.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tips and Information Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:37:00 -0800 Chevrolet Camaro Tips and Information <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href=''68_chevrolet_camaro_rs_(rebel_ridez_'13).jpg' title='by bull-doser (own work.) [public domain], via wikimedia commons'><img alt=''68 chevrolet camaro rs (rebel ridez '13)' src='' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>one of the most popular chevrolet cars is the chevy camaro. this muscle car first hit the market on september 29, 1966. chevy launched the camaro to directly compete with the ford mustang. development began in 1965 and was presented to the public in june of 1966. the name continued the tradition of naming all chevy's with a name that started with c. according to rumors, the name was found in a french/english dictionary, where "camaro" translates to "friend." however, it's not a french word, and the story is most likely not true.</p> <p>the first camaro heavily borrowed from the chevy ii nova. both the camaro and the 1968 nova used the same subframe design, but the camaro came in three different main models: the rs, the ss, and the z/28. the base sport coupe costs just under $2,500. however, buyers could upgrade the engine, the transmission, and more. the z/28 model was the race-oriented camaro and had even more horsepower. chevy designed it to serve as their entry in the scca trans-am race series. in addition to the coupe design, the first generation of camaros also included a convertible.</p> <p> </p> <p>almost 100,000 camaros were produced in 1967, a shocking number. since then, chevy has produced six distinct generations of this muscle car, although only the first three are currently considered classic cars. each generation has updated the basic design and added more power to the car.</p> <ul> <li><a href=''>cheverolet camaro history</a> the history of the car from edmunds</li> <li><a href=''>wikipedia for the camaro</a> includes a detailed look at each generation</li> <li><a href=''>models of the camaro</a> includes a list of total numbers of cars produced</li> <li><a href=''>the camaro: a history of horsepower</a> this article looks at the horsepower of the camaro throughout the years</li> <li><a href=''>the camaro research group</a> a group that focuses on first-generation camaros</li> <li><a href=''>the first camaro</a> a look at the car that started it all</li> <li><a href=''>camaro performers magazine</a> an online magazine focused on the camaro</li> <li><a href=''>the</a> a resource for all camaro owners that includes forums, registry, and more</li> <li><a href=''>the american camaro association</a> website for one of the largest camaro clubs</li> <li><a href=''>generations of gm history: the camaro</a> a story by a camaro owner</li> </ul> <p><strong>best known features</strong></p> <p> </p> <p style='text-align:center'> </p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by bull-doser (own work.) [public domain], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='chev camaro coupe (orange julep)' src='' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p> </p> <p>the camaro has a number of interesting features. the first camaro used a basic unibody design to make it look lean and mean. the hidden headlights, long hood, and many different interior options were fan-favorites, as was the signature paint stripe on the front of the 1968 ss model. the changes made in 1969, including the new round headlights, skinny taillights, and the pointier front were also big hits and propelled the camaro to new heights--chevy sold over 240,000 units that year! many of these features have either stayed with the camaro or have been optional.</p> <ul><br /> <li><a href=''>features of the 1969 camaro</a> a general overview of the most popular model</li> <li><a href=''>camaro engines throughout the years</a> the camaro has had many different engines across the generations</li> <li><a href=''>the intro of the 1967 camaro</a> this vintage ad shows the car's distinctive grill</li> <li><a href=''>the 1967 camaro z28 features</a> a look at what made this model special</li> <li><a href=''>the firebird verses the camaro</a> which had the better features?</li> <li><a href=''>chevy camaro performance specs over the years</a> compares some of the older camaros</li> <li><a href=''>classic camaro facts & history</a> some quick and easy facts about this vintage car</li> <li><a href=''>cars that defined cool</a> includes the camaro and why it's cool</li> <li><a href=''>buyer's guide for classic camaros</a> what to look for when buying a vintage car</li> <li><a href=''>cool collection of classic camaros</a> one of the best collections assembled</li> </ul> <p><br /> <strong>brief evolution of the camaro</strong></p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href=''68_chevrolet_camaro_ss_(auto_classique_vacm_terrebonne_'13).jpg' title='by bull-doser (own work.) [public domain], via wikimedia commons'><img alt=''68 chevrolet camaro ss (auto classique vacm terrebonne '13)' src='' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>as with any model of car, the camaro has gone through some evolutions over the years. while the 1969 model is perhaps the best known, it was still a basic generation one camaro. it was the next year's version that saw a total redesign of the camaro. this second generation camaro looked and felt more like a european car and was compared to vehicles like the berlinetta lusso by ferrari. the hood wasn't as flat, and the headlights were now placed within the front panel.<br /> the second generation of camaros ran through 1981. during this time, newly implemented federal regulations forced chevy to make more body changes, including a new bumper and engine. the car lost some of that european flare, but gained more of a smooth look to it.</p> <p> </p> <p>1982 once again saw the camaro get a major overhaul, beginning the third generation. this new car looked boxy and beefed up. the headlights went from round to square, while the front of the car became more angular. new suspensions and rear coil springs were added to this model. this look would continue through the rest of the third generation, ending with the final iroc-z car in 1990. chevy lost the rights to use the name to dodge when the company became the official iroc sponsor.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <ul> <li><a href=''>the complete history of the chevrolet camaro</a> a list of each year in the car's life</li> <li><a href=''>camaro models</a> a quick look at the different models</li> <li><a href=''>the history of the camaro</a> a visual history with many pictures</li> <li><a href=''>makes and models of the camaro</a> a list of resources from dmoz</li> <li><a href=''>camaro statistical and reference information</a> covers only the classic cars up through the final iroc-z</li> <li><a href=''>building a 1967 camaro</a> a team took up the challenge to build a camaro in 3 days</li> <li><a href=''>model history of the camaro</a> a look at how the car evolved</li> <li><a href=''>rare camaros</a> not all camaro models were widely available</li> <li><a href='!28'>camaro classic car price guide</a> how much is yours worth?</li> <li><a href=''>evolution of the camaro</a> how did it get to where it is today?</li> </ul> <p>  <p>  <p> </p> </p> </p> Tips and Information Tue, 5 May 2015 13:13:00 -0800 Dodge Charger Tips and Information <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='charger photo6' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>the dodge charger was one of the most popular cars during the muscle car era, but after its fifth generation, the car vanished. between 1987 and 2006, charger fans were left with nothing but the occasional rumor of a new concept car or talk of a revival. in 2006, however, the new dodge charger was unveiled, and once again, the car has become very popular. <strong> history of the charger</strong> the first dodge charger appears in 1964 at a car show. heavily based on the dodge coronet, this car would later go on to become one of the most popular and famous muscle cars in the dodge catalog. the charger underwent a number of different changes over the years, moving from sports car to larger vehicle. however, while the second generation was easily the most popular, the chargers developed and sold during the early 1980s proved to be unpopular thanks to the many different changes the model underwent. by 1987, dodge had decided to retire the charger brand, a move that many applauded due to the issues the fifth generation was having. dodge considered bringing the charger back in 1999. a concept car for a rear wheel drive was under development. this vehicle incorporated many different things from the second generation of the charger, although it was a four-door instead of a two-door. however, the concept was abandoned, and dodge wouldn't launch another charger until the brand returned in 2006.</p> <ul> <li><a href=''>the history of the charger</a> wiki's look at this model</li> <li><a href=''>the legendary charger</a> more information about the beginnings of the charger</li> <li><a href=''>the six generations of the charger</a> an in-depth look at each generation</li> <li><a href=''>birth and death of the charger</a> what went right and what went wrong</li> <li><a href=''>official charger forum</a> user forums on the site</li> </ul> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by sicnag (1968 dodge charger) [cc by 2.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='1968 dodge charger (15942903475)' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p><strong>popularity</strong> the charger was at its most popular during its second generation. in 1968, dodge expected to sell around 20,000 chargers, but by the end of the year, more than 96,000 chargers had rolled off the assembly line, and many people believe dodge could have sold even more. however, the popularity of the car would decline over the next two decades due to major redesigns. while some of the following chargers were faster, more powerful, or larger, none could recapture the popularity of those made in the late 1960s.</p> <ul> <li><a href=''>the dodge charger club directory</a> find a charger club in your area</li> <li><a href=''>classic muscle cars</a> includes the dodge charger</li> <li><a href=''>values of the 1969 charger</a> a look at different chargers and their current average value</li> <li><a href=''>famous dodge chargers</a> chargers in the movies and on tv shows</li> <li><a href=''>the general lee</a> the famous dukes of hazzard car was based on the dodge charger</li> </ul> <p><strong>features</strong> the charger had a number of different features, some of which were incredibly noticeable. the taillights, for example, were longer than normal, and on some models actually went almost completely across the back of the car. the headlights were recessed and almost hidden from sight during the day, while the dashboard was somewhat unusual in that all of the instruments were located in four small circles. new grilles were added over the years, giving each model a slightly different look. the charger was redesigned multiple times over the years, and each change brought with it different features. for example, the 1971 charger had a smaller wheelbase, and some models had hideaway headlights.</p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='charger photo2' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <ul> <li><a href=''>mopar</a> the company that provides parts and services for dodge vehicles</li> <li><a href=''>features of the 1969 charger</a> a look at what made this car special</li> <li><a href=''>more features of the charger</a> additional information about the early charger models</li> <li><a href=''>history of the charger models</a> what made these different models so popular</li> <li><a href=''>classic car parts</a> a great resource for those looking for charger parts</li> </ul> <p><strong>evolution of the charger from inception to the muscle car era</strong> the first generation of the dodge charger hit the market in 1966. the idea behind the car was to produce something that would appeal to younger audiences. to meet that goal, the designers took the dodge coronet and refined it into a faster sports car model. in fact, there were few differences between the two--the charger had some different trim and a two-door fastback roof. that was it. there really wasn't anything special about that first model of the charger. as expected, since it was so similar to the coronet, the charger wasn't a huge success right away. however, as one of the very first premium muscle cars, it did provide a unique option. the second generation of chargers, built between 1968 and 1970, somewhat broke away from the coronet to become its own car, and it's the charger that became a huge hit. this charger looked very different from the previous one. in fact, it looked different from anything else chrysler had ever made, but the car was actually still more or less a coronet under the new finish. still, the new look was a huge hit, and it cemented the charger's popularity.</p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by jeremyg3030 (1971 dodge charger super bee) [cc by 2.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='1971 dodge charger super bee (16368030743)' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>the third generation of chargers was built between 1971 and 1974. a few changes were made, several of which were done in order to comply with safety and emission regulations. this generation features six different models ranging from the basic charger to the luxurious 500 se and the charger r/t hardtop. with the elimination of the two-door coronet, the charger became the only dodge midsized two-door on the market. the fourth generation (1975-1977) was considered a failure. in fact, you won't find many of them around. nothing about these cars resembled the sports cars that drivers had loved. the lines were different and outright awkward in some places, and in 1978, the charger was actually replaced by the magnum for a year. while some consider the muscle car era to include the fifth generation of chargers, the fact that these cars were so different and eventually led to the retirement of the name for almost 20 years has resulted in most charger fans discounting those models.</p> <ul> <li><a href=''>the 1966 dodge charger</a> a general overview of the first charger</li> <li><a href=''>the 1968 charger</a> the first charger with a hemi</li> <li><a href=''>the classic dodge charger</a> a tumblr devoted to links and images of the classic charger</li> <li><a href=''>the 1969 charger</a> a look at how this car became so popular</li> <li><a href=''>the dodge charger rt</a> this model was produced between 1968 and 1978</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tips and Information Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:21:00 -0800 MG Tips and Information <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='mg td (1953) , dutch licence registration dl-03-98 pic3' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p> </p> <p>mg, which stands for morris garages, is a british sports car brand that has been manufactured since 1924. a division of morris motors, the mg brand was initially created as a dealer for morris motors vehicles in oxford. however, they soon began designing and selling modified versions of these vehicles.</p> <p><br /> <strong>history of the mg</strong> the first mg cars featured morris chassis and coaches built by carbodies from coventry. these early models proved to be fairly popular, so mg moved to a larger facility and increased their production. in 1928, mg spilt from morris motors completely, becoming mg car company limited. their first original car, the 18/80, rolled off the assembly line that same year. in 1935, morris motors purchased mg, and the first mg racing car was built. later, in 1952, the british motor company absorbed mg, and they closed down the mg factory in order to save money. both workers and customers protested this move, but it did no good. ten years later, the mgb hit the market. it was a more modern car than the older mgs, but it was also more comfortable and had more features. it was followed by the mgc, but this larger car didn't handle as well, and it was only produced between 1967 and 1969, while the mgb was available up through 1980. in 1986, the british motor company came under the control of the rover group, and two years after the purchase, mg was given to british aerospace. in 1994, the company was again sold, this time to bmw. however, six years later, rover repurchased mg, creating mg rover group. a number of different models were designed during the 2000s, including several new sports cars. mg car company limited was sold to the nanjing automobile group in 2006 and officially became mg motor.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li><a href=''>mg cars</a> the official wiki for the mg car company</li> <li><a href=''>mg brand history</a> an overview of the company's history</li> <li><a href=''>the history of mg</a> a timeline of the brand</li> <li><a href=''>birth of a british icon</a> a look at mg over the years</li> <li><a href=''>about mg</a> the official history found on the mg website</li> </ul> <p><strong>popularity in america</strong> while mg certainly made a name for itself in europe, it also became a popular brand in the united states. while few mg vehicles were seen in north america before 1946, the car became the vehicle to drive between 1950 and 1980. the mg sports car was a major status symbol, and it could be found everywhere from new york to los angeles. the cars were fun, responsive, and totally different from the american-made vehicles, which is what drew the social elite to them. the most popular model was the mg tc, a small car that had no space for luggage and didn't come with heat or many other features. that didn't matter to fans, though. while the popularity of the mg didn't last, and few vehicles were imported after 1980, the company hasn't left the u.s. the mg xpower sv, a limited model two-door coupe sports car, was sold between 2006 and 2008 to buyers around the world, including some in the u.s. the company had plans to manufacture the mg tf brand in a new factory in ardmore, oklahoma, but plans for the factory were later shelved.</p> <ul> <li><a href=''>the future of mg in the us</a> an early article discussing mgs plans for the oklahoma factory</li> <li><a href=''>the introduction of the sports car to the u.s.</a> a look at how mg became popular in america</li> <li><a href=''>mg cars for sale</a> find a mg in the u.s. for sale</li> <li><a href=''>classic car events in the u.s.</a> includes shows where you can find mgs</li> <li><a href=''>vintage car calendar</a> another listing of shows in north america</li> </ul> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by karlehorn (own work) [cc by-sa 3.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='mg b mkii cockpit' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a> <strong>features of the mg</strong> mg was known for a few different features, but it was also known for its lack of features. as mentioned above, the popular mg tc car had very little extras--it didn't even have much room for more than a couple of people, nor did it even have real windows. the unique combination of the car bodies of coventry and morris chasses made the early mgs different from anything else on the market, and mg worked to keep their unique look over the years. the chrome bumpers found on the mgb were very popular and gave the car great lines, but these bumpers were replaced with rubber ones in 1974 to comply with u.s. regulations, a move that many felt ruined this classic car's look.</p> <ul> <li><a href=''>the mg car club</a> a club in oxfordshire</li> <li><a href=''>classic car events around the world</a> mg fans can find places to show their cars</li> <li><a href=''>sports car craftsmen</a> learn about restoring old mg cars</li> <li><a href=''>mg clubs and more</a> a great resource for mg owners</li> <li><a href=''>reviews of mg cars</a> includes a review done by talk show host jay leno</li> </ul> <p><strong>different models of the mg</strong> there have been a number of different models of the mg over the years. the mg 14/28 was the first car to be built under the mg banner, but it was a modified morris car. the first true mg car was the mg 18/80, built in 1928. it was followed by the first midget mg in 1929. this was followed by a number of different sports car series, including the t-series, the m-types, and much more. the larger mg vehicles were just as popular. in fact, the mgb was a runaway hit, much to the surprise of everyone. it was produced for more than 20 years, outlasting a number of models that came after it. larger designs, like the mgc, were not as popular.</p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='pavel ´┐Żevela [cc by-sa 3.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='classic show brno 2011 (129)' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a> mg has produced the most sports cars, especially midget cars. between 1924 and 1980, a total of 22 different mg sports car models were made. in comparison, the company produced only three compact cars, nine midsized cars, and two full-sized cars during that time. while owned by morris motors in the 30s, mg experimented with racing cars, but they only built three different models.</p> <ul> <li><a href=''>mg restoration services</a> a restoration site focused on mgs</li> <li><a href=''>inside the new chinese-owned mg</a> learn about some of the changes in mind for the new company</li> <li><a href=''>top gear mg reviews</a> the popular tv show looks at several mg models</li> <li><a href=''>the mg owners' club</a> a great group for mg owners</li> <li><a href=''>mg owners take an extreme road trip</a> a great example of how much mg owners love their cars</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tips and Information Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:53:00 -0800