MAY 2013 1959 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL D-500-THE ANTIDOTE TO BORING
There's an excellent path to take if you're sick of the bland and chronically boring pattern in today's traffic--buy a Mopar fin car.
The Mopar fin cars from 1956-1961 were some of the most stylish and innovative cars ever built and lately the gavel has come down on some stratospheric prices for these classics.
Terry Romanchuk had the fin car bug long before it became fashionable.
MAY 2013 1970 HEMICUDA-MOPAR NOSTAGLIA-21ST CENTURY STYLE
Most car guys have a dream ride and one of the top vote getters is the '70 Hemi Cuda.
That particular car will remain a dream for most guys because cutting a check for a quarter of a million dollars is simply out of the question for the average guy.
There's another route to the Hemi Cuda and it's one that is catching on with Mopar guys...the 3rd Gen Hemi.
A WORLD WITH BLUE MAVERICKS STILL EXISTS IN OUR TOWN
The Ford Maverick was hardly the stuff of car guy dreams when it hit the Blue Oval lineup in 1970. It was a compact car that was specifically designed for a car owner on a budget and it lived up to its humble reputation as a low-priced practical form of transportation.
We saw many of them on the streets in the 70s but few of us mourned the passing of the brand in 1977. The Maverick was simply a forgettable car from a time when Detroit was about to re-think its philosophy toward passenger cars.
A Maverick was a primary example of a shift toward low-end automobiles that were not meant to dazzle us with their looks or their performance in the 70s.
DO YOU HAVE ROOM FOR YOUR "STUFF" IN AN OLD RIDE?
One of the biggest problems with driving old iron any distance is summed up in one word.
Where do you put your stuff when the cab area in your chopped deuce coupe is just big enough for you and your 3 month old Cocker Spaniel?
There are two ways to handle this problem. The least preferable way is to buy a giant truck with a flat deck, load the rest of your stuff into the truck and haul your pride and joy to a car show hundreds of miles away.
That's overkill because the real solution to the space issue is a small, yet roomy trailer that weighs next to nothing and pulls effortlessly behind your old classic.
THE BIG, BAD AND BEAUTIFUL: DETROIT'S 400 CLUB OF MONSTERS
One of the driving forces behind the street wars of the 60s was a full-on big block bloodbath between the Big Three.
The boys from Detroit took it to the streets and there was only one rule: We do not take prisoners.
The baddest of the bad from the Big Three belonged to the 400 club and they were all bloodthirsty killers.
Ford and Chevy both showed up on the street with 427 cubic inches of brute force while Chrysler brought a 426 Elephant to the dance.
This was a war zone where only the strong survived and anything less than a big block was like bringing a knife to a gunfight, to borrow a famous Sean Connery line from 'The Untouchables'.
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