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Category Archive: Monday Shopper, Unhinged

Unhinged: The Honda Prelude, The Car I Learned To Not Hate

Growing up, I knew that I loved loud, brash V8-powered things. I loved pickup trucks with glasspacks that sounded mighty. I loved musclecars and 1970s poser cruisers that were loud enough to get my...

Money No Object: 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge” With An LS3/5-Speed Swap

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In went off the air in 1973. So, to be quite fair, you will have to get a history lesson together for anybody under the age of 40 if you really want to explain the...

Money No Object: 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina – If You’re Going To Go Full Supercar, Do It Right!

It was the great dividing battle among budding young car geeks in the early 1990s: were you a Ferrari or Lamborghini kid? They were easy to tell apart: one bought the poster of the red Miami Vice-era...

Money No Object: This Dodge Li’l Red Express Will Haul Ass In Full Disco Style!

In the grand scheme of things, Chrysler Corporation in 1979 was more dysfunctional than an alcohol-fueled Thanksgiving Day family fist fight that was coming to an end. Lee Iacocca had been sniped...

Money No Object: 1959 Chevrolet Impala – The Blower Always Wins!

Not one word about how nitrous or turbochargers are better. You know damn well what I mean when I say the blower always wins. It’s not a matter of performance. It’s a matter of looks, of...

Best of 2020: 1954 Dual Ghia Firebomb Concept Car

At the start of the 1950s, Chrysler wasn’t really setting anybody’s pants on fire. Still spooked by the flop of the Airflow, the company had decided to just play it safe and subtle, not...

Best of 2020: 1966 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 Car Hauler

It’s easy to take a jab or two at Brian Lohnes’ love of big trucks, but his kryptonite, without a doubt, are Mercedes-Benz Unimogs. At least his rationale behind the obsession is...

Money No Object: 1971 Plymouth GTX Hemi, Triple Black

There was a running joke regarding my father’s sense of fashion: black or white shirt, blue jeans. Robert was colorblind, and he knew that for 90% of the time, that’s all he needed to...

Money No Object: 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta…Shelby?!

The DeTomaso Mangusta is a car whose backstory is about as clear as mud. Few things are solid: there was some deal between Alejandro DeTomaso and Carroll Shelby that went south (hence the name, which...

Money No Object: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS L78

It’s a second-generation Camaro. That means that I was already done for, even before I started looking at the details. It’s blue, it’s beyond insanity how clean it is, and it has...

Would You Rather, Pro Commuter Style: Shelby Charger GLHS Or Toyota Supra GT

It’s been a minute since we’ve pinned you into a corner and forced you to pick sides, hasn’t it? Well, no better time than the present to force you to pick one of two particular...

Money No Object: 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30

Do you have a perfect layout for a certain model of car? For example: how many of you think that every 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am must be wearing the Y82 black paint with gold trim and, of...

Copart Cadaver: This 1971 Plymouth GTX Got The Wrong End Of Somebody’s Bad Day

For the most part, roaming through Copart for classics leaves little to the imagination on what might have happened that brought the car to the place where dead vehicles dwell. A 1970 Pontiac GTO...

That’s The Spirit: 1979 American Motors Spirit GT That’s Ready To Rip

So what that it’s a gussied up AMC Gremlin with a tail that’s a bit more palatable than the original. V8, four-speed, and it sounds like it wants to fight. So it came from the wrong end...