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Chevrolet Impala 1965-1970 Fourth Generation

The Impala broke the all-time industry yearly sales record in 1965 with more than one million units going out the showroom doors. The ‘65 sales record remains unbeaten to this day. The fourth generation is revised bottom to top featuring a full coil spring suspension to support the new full width perimeter chassis. The green house glass windshield has a sharper angle, no-draft windows reshaped, and the side windows are now frame-less in the hard top versions. Mid-year ’65 the newly introduced Caprice is in show rooms as an option package for the four door hard top. The Caprice “Halo” model has tufted upholstery, simulated wood grain vinyl accented interior, with unique hand pulls on the door. The Caprice exterior sports SS “spinner” wheel covers with the bow tie logo in place of the SS emblem and also borrows the SS black-out strip below the tail lights minus the SS emblem.

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The 1966 model year sees the Impala takes a back seat with the Chevrolet Caprice as the uptown full size luxury model. The inline six cylinder engine is still available but most opted for one of the V8 choices. There is finally a new three speed automatic back in ’66 after a four year hiatus, reinvented as a Turbo Hydra-Matic, and it is readily acquired by purchasing the new big block 396 cu in Mark IV V8 engine. The 396 replaces the deleted 409 early in the ’65 model year but a few 409 engines did make it out of the showroom. The two speed Power glide automatic is still available as well as a four speed and the three speed transmissions are there to be chosen but this year both synchro-meshed gears. The Impala line-up is flashing a lot of chrome on the exterior this year. With interiors looking good featuring pleated-tufted seating and door panels which is set off with an abundance of chrome trim strips. The Chevy Impala convertible had 38,000 happy new owners in ’66; it was second bestselling unit in North America and chosen by double the number of customers that purchased a Mustang rag top.

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The sheet metal is revised on the Impala in 1967; the front and rear fenders now have a bulge following the Corvettes example. Both this year and next the smooth lines are tending more towards the coke bottle shaped body. In order to comply  with federal safety regulations this year the complete GM lineup comes equipped with impact absorbing steering column, marker lights on either side, and have a shoulder harness.

The Impala models have a revised front fascia for 1968 and the triple tail light configuration is the shape of a horse-shoe and nestled in the bumper this year. The Custom coupe is new for ‘68 with the same conventional roof line as the Caprice Coupe.

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The 1969 Impala has shed the sinewy coke bottle look; radically revised the side panels are flat with up swept rear quarter windows give the car a more refined look. The automobile is still on the same wheelbase but the size is emphasized the designers are trying to make the car appear larger with the new wrap-around bumpers front and rear and it does look wider. The old style no draft worked well but added wind noise so for ’69 the vent windows are scrapped and all models of Impala have a basic flow through ventilation system with bringing fresh air into the cabin through dash mounted adjustable ports. This supplies lots of fresh air and save the company some cash as well with the ports also serving as the delivery system for the optional air conditioning units. All models have the ignition switch on the steering column which is now a locking design as is the shift lever. A notch back roof line is now featured on the hard top sport coupe. The 1970 Impala is the end of the 4th generation is altered minimally with the front bumper now under the grill and the rear tail lights are now vertically configured and mounted in the bumper. The Canadian customers have an added Sport Coupe model available in the body of the Bel-Air for the budget minded sport fans.


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Chevy Camaro 2011 to 2013


The Camaro for 2011is much the same as 2010 and has many things going for it-with all versions offering good performance in the six cylinder models but the V8’s range is from fast to amazing. For safety all models have four air bags in front with one curtain bag on each side extending into the rear seating compartment. The impact tests show favorable results while all units are equipped with anti-lock brakes to safely stop quickly from triple digit speeds, traction control, and dynamic stability control as standard features on all Camaro versions. Creature comforts available on all models include Onstar navigation, Bluetooth, as well as heads up display, iPod, and a USB plug is all offered optionally if you like.

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The car has an aggressive, in-your-face look-aerodynamic also- but that comes at a price-the Camaro does not offer good visibility; particularly through the windshield and the seating is fringing on cramped for anyone while a tall individual may have a problem with head room particularly if sitting in the driver’s seat. The rear seating is not very large even for children while the trunk has little available storage space. The driver has responsive, crisp steering while passengers do have a great ride on the tuned suspension and the interiors well sound proofed from exterior noise is an added bonus.

2010 Camaro

For the 2012 model year the car retains the retro look and offers the same drawbacks but it receives a five star safety rating by NHTSA now. The features inside remains the same although there is the added options of leather or suede upholstery which could be a nice touch and the rear view camera is also a great new feature

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But let’s face it this is a muscle car in every sense of the word with the entry level 3.6 Liter engine putting out 312 hp (229.5 kW) but still giving up to 18/29 mpg city/highway. The SS power option remains as a 6.2 liter and with the six speed automatic offers 400 hp but with the six speed standard version puts out 426 hp and will do 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The big news is the addition of the track capable ZL1option complete with a newly styled body and this power choice is equipped with the 6.2 L engine but in the ZL1 it develops 580 hp with 556 ft-lb of torque at 6,000 rpm,  with the standard transmission, it will take you from 0-60 mph in 4.1seconds-if you don’t blow any shifts and will do up to 180 mph without a problem.

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The Camaro is available in five trim levels for 2013 with the base V6 offering a few more horses at 323 now with slightly improved highway mileage as well for this year. Other than too low head room on all versions the SS model has a slight tendency to under steer while the 1LE version has a slight tendency to over steer. The supercharged 6.2 Liter engine putting out 580 hp is in the ZL1 which can take you from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 184 mph.


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Tesla Electric enter 2013 “S” Sedan muscle Roadster from 2006

Can an automobile powered by only electricity be a muscle car? The 2013 Tesla most powerful version puts out 416 hp and delivers 443 ft-lb of torque propelling you from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the 85 kWh battery pack while the lesser model with the same battery pack produces 362 hp with 325 ft-lb of torque will do 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Like internal combustion engines there are three power or battery pack variations as well. The entry level has a 40 kWh battery and will provide 160 mile range between charges with the 60 kWh model has a 230 mile range between recharging. The discontinued lighter weight Roadster was quicker, slightly longer range, and much more expensive but there will be new developments in the near future.

Tesla electric Roadster© VanderWolf Images | Dreamstime.com - Tesla Roadster Car Photo

The basic price for 2013 is $49,900.00 and the highest performance model can be had for $84,900.00 after the $7,500.00 tax rebate is received. That does sound a bit high end until you consider that the fuel costs are nil. The Tesla luxury sedan can seat up to seven passengers-five in the roomy cabin and the rear facing jump seat is suitable for two children or can also be used for storage. With the battery pack and electric motor stashed under the floor boards there is still more storage space under the hood where a conventional fossil fuel vehicle would have the engine.

The newest Tesla sedan is much different than the older roadster that has to alter the design to fit an existing chassis. The model “S” Fastback sedan is now on its own platform and it is designed with consumer styling needs in mind making the first of the new generation a practical family car. The car sports a flawless body design and then when you push the door button-it opens automatically revealing the spacious well laid out, luxuriously appointed interior.

Tesla Roadster 201`1© VanderWolf Images | Dreamstime.com - Tesla Roadster Sports Car Photo

Since you have read this far let’s start at the beginning. There was a by invitation only event held in behind closed doors in the Barker hanger at the Santa Monica Airport on July 19, 2006 with 350 invitations sent out The public was introduced to the Tesla Roadster at the San Francisco Auto Show from November 18-26, 2006 and since then were shown in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Frankfurt. Elon Musk is the architect and co-founder of the company and he took official delivery of the first unit in February 2008 with another 500 models produced and delivered up until June 2009. In July 2009 the second version for 2010 has been upgraded and at the same time the Roadster Sport production begins. Right hand drive vehicles were brought unto production in 2010 and from then until September 2012 a total of 2,418 units have been delivered to 31 nations worldwide.  The Sport will do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds compared to the original roadster’s 3.9 seconds. The Roadster, powered by the lithium-ion battery can normally travel 200 miles between charges but managed to set a world record of 311 miles (501 km) between charges travelling at an average speed of 25 mph in the Australian outback in 2010. Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally in 2010 the Tesla beat out 96 competitors to walk away with top honours for range, efficiency, and performance in the three day 1,000 km/h (620 mile) challenge.The EPA rates the Tesla roadster as being able to travel 244 miles (393 km/h) between charges averaging 88% efficiency. In the United States the roadster has a base price of $109,000.00, 86,000.00 British pounds, 84,000.00 Euro, and A$191,000.00 but does receive a number of tax/government incentives in most nations.


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    1. Mark-the writings on the wall
      This is the future-the electric motor is able to produce more horse power and can have higher torque than any of the internal combustion engines ever made-the fossil fuel engine is in its last days and will soon be a collectors item and a museum piece. Within the next ten years people will be salvaging electric motors and refitting them to their vintage bodies.

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Audi R8 – continued… One More for the Road

The Audi R8 V10 MTM 5-liter Biturbo was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, but by 2013, this model had come a long way. I’m talking about under the hood; the exterior and cabin changed very little. The Biturbo with the GT option for ’13 now developed 802hp (589.87 kW) with 892 Nm (657 lbs.-ft.) of torque between 2750-6280 rpm and did 0-100 km/h  in 3 seconds flat with a top speed of more than 358.9 km/h (223 mph).

Audi R8 rear© Ncn18 | Dreamstime.com New Audi R8 Quattro, Spyder, Sportscar

The Audi R8 V10 chassis now had a three-way adjustment feature, and the wheels were 9x20  inches in front and 12.6x20 inches for the rear and wore Michelin Sport Cup tires. The car’s stopping capabilities increased with dimpled rotors and eight-piston calipers. The model, as equipped from the showroom, had a sticker price at the time of around $600,000 US or 450,000 British pounds.

The Audi Coupe 4.2 FSI quarto, as with all Audi products, came with the signature AWD, which sent 30 percent of the power to the front wheels and 70 percent to the rear. The original all-aluminum block 32 valve, 4.2L V8 engine was reworked for 2010. This engine has a dry sump lubrication system, two chain-driven overhead cams, and had a variable timing system in place for both the intake and the exhaust valves. The choice in transmissions was either the six-speed manual by Lamborghini or the Audi R-tronic seven-speed semi-automatic, which could shift or drive in the auto-mode. There’s no clutch in the R-tronic, but an S-tronic version was scheduled for a 2010 release with a double clutch, direct shift.

Audi R8 gold© Garytnt | Dreamstime.com Audi R8 Limited Edition

The Audi R6 Spyder 4.2 FSI quarto for 2011 was available with the 4.2-liter engine delivering 428 bhp (319 kW; 434 PS), or the coupe version would put out 442 bhp.  The other engine for the Spyder was a V10 power plant that did 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 299 km/h (185 mph). Both engines have the Audi R-tronic transmission. The Spyder version had an electric folding cloth top as standard equipment.

Audi R8 blue© Garytnt | Dreamstime.com - Audi R8 Spyder Convertible Sportscar

The Audi R8 TDI LeMans was a road-legal V12 concept vehicle shown in 2008. The unit displayed was a bright red color with rhombus patterned coverings on the air inlets as well as the outlets. The roof had two large transparent inserts with the NACA duct-mounted between the two. The engine compartment had a carbon fiber liner, located behind the front seats, with a glazed compartment face. Other external features were the continuous spoiler lip made of aluminum and LED headlights.

The well-appointed interior had a three-spoke manganese steering wheel, leather seats, and an interior extensively trimmed with aluminum. The braking was with six-piston calipers, aluminum in front with fixed versions to the rear, stopping the vented carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide discs. Audi shelved this concept model due to the very high retail price.


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Pontiac Firebird 1977 Esprit in Buckskin Gold

We're looking at a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Esprit in Buckskin Gold Paint.
The car's Owner is Jim Suva Jr.. Jim shares him and his Father used to watch in the TV Show which originally aired in the 1970’s named “The Rockford Files” starring James Garner. Well he drove a car that looks exactly like this car. Also this car was featured in a show with James Garner in 2010 for the Pioneers of Television with a feature of “The Rockford Files”, and this car was part of that show.


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