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Category Archive: BangShift APEX, Car Features, OTHER

Random Car Review: 1966-1981 IKA-Renault Torino: The American Abroad

For 1964, Rambler gave the compact American the only clean-sheet from the ground up redesign, something that was sorely needed. The prior generation had been introduced in 1950 as the Nash Rambler...

Would You Rather, The Second Gen Sweetheart Edition: 1974 Phase III Camaro Replica Or 1980 Fire-Am?

The second-gen GM F-car held a performance torch through some of the darkest times in gearhead history. When they debuted for the 1970 model year, the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird started...

Money No Object: The “Sudden Death” 1975 Ford Mustang II Is Going Up For Auction!

(Images: Mecum Auctions) For every person that has ever said that a Mustang II could never, ever be cool or worthy, ask them one question: have they ever heard of the one simply known as...

Rough Start: A 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue That Is Streetable And Clean…No Wire Hubcaps! Nice!

The Chrysler M-body platform was always and will always be a budget-concious machine. The Dodge Diplomat and Plymouth Gran Fury were fleet sales fodder, the Fifth Avenue was the budget luxury car,...

The Vent Helps: Would You Have Ever Expected A Fox LTD To Move Like This?

The Fox-body Ford LTD was a stop-gap deal: It was an improvement over the Fairmont sedan that it replaced, but it only existed to pull a few more dollars out of the Fox tooling before the Ford Tempo...

Miss The Look Of The Two-Tone Square-Body Chevy Truck? A Dealership In Minnesota Is Now Taking Orders To Two-Tone Your New Chevy!

Square-body Chevrolet trucks had already been in production for ten years the day I was born, so suffice it to say, I’m pretty versed to seeing them around and about. Older or newer, truck or...

More Of The Same Fight: Ford And Ram Keep Ramping Up The Heavy-Duty War

Ford and Ram are playing cutthroat in the heavy-duty pickup truck market, and both sides are watching the other like a hawk. They’ve been on a serious ramp-up for years, because both sides want...

Time Traveler: A 1977 Buick Regal That Hasn’t Aged A Day, It Seems

How in the world did a forty-year-old Buick Regal transcend time and space and arrive in virtually untouched condition? We aren’t talking restored, or even a nice survivor. We are talking about...

Rough Start: This 1976 Chevrolet Laguna S-3 Is Period Correct: Louvers, Mag Wheels, Rust…

They were drying up in the late 1980s, were endangered by the time I was ready to start looking for my own car, and are all but gone: the period-correct, as they were vehicles from the 1970s. Mag...

Random Car Review: 1972 FMC XR311 – G.I. Joe’s Military Grade Hot Rod?

If you look at the XR311 and immediately think HMMWV, you aren’t too far off. The FMC XR311 was meant to be a replacement for the M151 “Mutt”, the Ford-built replacement for the...

Random Car Review: Have You Ever Heard The Story Of The 19 Factory-Scrapped 1977 Camaro Z28s?

When it comes to the Chevrolet Camaro, there is a ton of legend and folklore that surrounds the first generation and the first “era” of the second gen, a.k.a the Split-bumper cars. A lot...

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Rough Start: Atoning For Our Sins With A Budget F-Body

I killed a fourth-gen Camaro. It wasn’t a pretty process, it wasn’t a quick and painless death. I ragged the living hell out of the car as if it was an Avis rental under somebody...

Ever Wonder How The Designers See A Car As It Goes From Sketch To Sales Floor? Check Out This Take On The 1991 Chevrolet Caprice’s Gestation!

Automotive design intrigues me. Creating a car that is supposed to sell in volumes that justify the expense of creation that contain enough emotional elements to attract buyers is a very strange...

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Your Morning Wake-Up Call: This 1969 Shelby GT500’s 427 Side-Oiler Punishes The Dyno

Chrysler had the Street Hemi, Chevrolet had the Mark IV big-block series, and Ford has their FE 427s. All of these motors appeared as race-only pieces, but by the end of the muscle car era, would be...