The styling and performance of American cars have always historically reflected the feelings of the times that they were designed and sold in. The art deco streamliners of the 1930s represented beacons of optimism during the Great Depression. The land yachts of the 1950s with their elevated tail fins were a symbol of post-WWII prosperity, and the powerful muscle cars of the 1960s illustrated the fascination America was developing with pure performance. Courtesy of Westbury Toyota, we survey some examples of perfectly represented the feeling of the times.
A new breed of automobiles called Muscle Cars emerged from Detroit in the 1960s. This was during an era when drag racing was highly publicized and winning race cars sold briskly at car dealerships. In general, muscle cars were simple to build. They had large-displacement engines and drivetrains optimized for maximum acceleration. Back in the day, genuine factory-built muscle cars were relatively affordable but today command considerable prices in the collector car marketplace. Here are ten models that command some major money when they are offered to the public via auction or private sale.
The DeLorean DMC-12 was made famous by the 1985 Bob Zemeckis movie: Back to the Future. In the movie, the car is turned into a time machine by one of the main film characters, Dr. Emmett Brown, and it plays a central role in the film. Besides the starring role in Back to the Future, few know that there is a fascinating history behind the Delorean DMC-12 and, as you might imagine, it revolves around its creator: John Z. DeLorean. Here’s the story:
Ask anyone to name a racing circuit in Britain, and in just about every case, Silverstone will be the first one that comes to mind. It’s incredibly famous, even amongst people who aren’t even racing or car enthusiasts. It is of course home to the Silverstone Classic, a huge event which is known to be the largest classic racing festival anywhere in the world. If you’re interested in watching classic hurtle round a track, then this is undoubtedly the place to be.
The 2014 Chicago Auto Show was opened to the press today, and on Saturday will be open to the public at the impressive McCormick Place in frigid Chicago. There are tons of great new cars worth seeing, but this vintage Ford Mustang caught our attention right away. It’s billed as the first Ford Mustang Convertible ever sold. You’ll see the all-new 2015 Mustang right next to it as well.