Tag archives for Classic Cars

Video: Tour the Garage of Mr. Hot Wheels

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Plenty of car enthusiasts want nothing more than to grow up to be car designers. On the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited we meet designer Larry Wood, a retired Hot Wheels designer, who tells us about his career at Mattel as well as what real cars he’s got in his garage Like many enthusiasts, Wood began his obsession with cars after picking up a magazine. Wood doodled hot rods all through high school, and afterward ...

Shelby Tribute Car Show Scheduled For May 11

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May 11 marks the first anniversary of Carroll Shelby’s passing – but rather than mourn his loss, you could spend the day celebrating the man’s legacy by spending a day at tribute car show in Gardena, California. “Carroll Shelby changed the course of history and touched millions of lives through his racing, his companies, and his charity,” Randy Richards, president of the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club chapter, said in a prepared release. “He challenged ...

Today In History: 1964 Ford Mustang Debuts

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Ford’s millionth Mustang built in Flat Rock announcement isn’t the only bit of Ford sports car history to fall on April 17. For instance, April 17 is when the Ford Mustang first made its public debut some 49 years ago. Ford vice president Lee Iacocca had been lobbying for a “poor man’s Thunderbird” since 1961, but the finished product – the Falcon-based Ford Mustang – didn’t become reality for another three years. After years of hinting ...

Hot Rod Ranchero: Alaska Or Bust, Part Two

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Last we left Hot Rod’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, the pair were shooting off fireworks in the still of a Canadian night – but weren’t able to restart their crusty but (occasionally) trusty 1968 Ford Ranchero, thanks to a flaky electrical system. But did the second attempt at a journey to Alaska come to an end right then and there? We won’t spoil the whole thing for you, but as you can see from the ...

Post Office Celebrates Muscle Cars With GT500, GTO, Charger Daytona Stamps

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Two nostalgic groups have finally banded together: The U.S. Postal Service and muscle cars. As NASCAR prepares to kick off another season down in Daytona, Fla., the post office used seven-time NASCAR champ Richard Petty to unveil the five muscle cars being honored. Small and big blocks were well represented in the collection of cars that includes the 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, and 1970 ...

Edsel Chief Designer Roy Brown Dies at 96

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Roy Brown, the chief designer of Ford’s infamous Edsel as well as the more successful Ford Cortina, passed away last Sunday, Hemmings reports. Born October 30, 1916 in Ontario, Canada, Brown was 96. Brown got his start in the auto industry in 1937 at the age of 20. A recent graduate of the Detroit Art Academy, he was hired by GM legend Bill Mitchell for the Cadillac design studio. Brown left Cadillac to lead Oldsmobile’s design ...

Legends Collide: The Custom Mustang-GT40 Ford Mach 40

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The original Ford Mustang and the GT40 are arguably the two most legendary cars the Blue Oval has ever built. But what would happen if the two legends collided? The result isn’t a spectacular (and expensive) crash; rather it’s the one-off Ford Mach 40, and our sister publication Hot Rod has the details on how it came to be. The Mach 40 was originally the brainchild of Terry Lipscomb, who wanted to know how a 1969 ...

Vintage Ads: 1964-1967 Ford Mustang – Pick Your Favorite

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There was a time when car advertisements touted cars as a way for men to get women, or for a young secretary to impress her co-workers. Nowadays car ads are all the same – they toss around buzz words like “40 mpg,” “innovation,” and “technology.” Simply put, they’re boring, and that’s a shame. With that in mind, we’re starting up a new semi-regular feature dubbed “Vintage Ads, and this week we’re featuring four selected 1964-1967 ...

Hot Rod Unlimited Episode 26 – Fun and Stupid ’32 Ford Roadster Road Trip

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We’ve come to expect the unorthodox or unadvisable from the Hot Rod Magazine editors, and although it might make for their discomfort or lack of sleep, it makes for some great storytelling and entertainment. In this episode of Hot Rod Unlimited, Hot Rod Magazine staff editor Thom Taylor goes back to Nashville, Tennessee in the dead of winter to drive out Bill Akin’s 1932 Ford roadster that graced the cover of the December 1979 edition ...

On the Money? Hagerty’s Top Future Collectibles List Includes VW GTI, Audi RS5

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Hagerty has released its annual “Hagerty Hot List” of the top 10 cars the insurance company believes will become collectible in 20 years. Hagerty’s list is comprised completely of 2013 model-year vehicles that the company thinks will still be desired by enthusiasts in 20 years. Unlike our own list of future collectibles, Hagerty’s rules are a bit less stringent. To qualify as a future collectible on the Hagerty list, the vehicle must be mass-produced, and available ...