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Like any marketplace, the classic car market is constantly moving, and collectors are out there looking for cars that may be currently undervalued. Many hope to find that car that delivers not only the experience of owning a dream car, but also one that will perform as an investment.
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Today Ford announced a big strategic expansion into electric and electrified vehicles, announcing 7 coming “electrified” vehicle models with 6 more to be announced in the near future. Among the announced vehicles are a hybrid Mustang and F-150, a hybrid autonomous rideshare vehicle, a plug-in hybrid Transit, and a fully electric SUV.
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Mecum holds lots of full-scale collector car auctions every year – 14 of them at last count – but the Kissimmee, Florida, sale is by far the biggest. According to the auction company, this year the 10-day auction will have around 3,000 vehicles crossing the block from January 6 through 15 at Osceola Heritage Park.
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The sales numbers are in from all of the automakers which offer a performance oriented rear wheel drive vehicle and with 160,500 examples of the Challenger, Charger and Viper sold during 2016 – Dodge is officially the leading purveyor of rear wheel drive, performance oriented vehicles in the USA.
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Some say these cars are never finished, and that holds true especially when a modified car changes hands. In this case, our customer purchased this killer 1969 Chevrolet Camaro as a freshly completed Pro-Touring machine complete with a slick silver paint job and a very cool red leather interior, but the 700+ HP 540-cube Shafiroff big block Chevy and 6-speed T-56 Magnum transmission are a bit much for the otherwise stock suspension. The huge torque easily overpowers the rear tires, and the handling isn’t up to the expectations of the owner. So, the car was sent to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop so our crew could take the suspension, rear axle, wheels, tires, brakes, and a few other areas of the car to the next level. The big challenge - installing a complete Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear suspension and front subframe, wheel tubs, Currie Enterprises rear axle, Forgeline wheels, Toyo Tires, Holley EFI, and more without damaging the beautiful silver paint or messing up the body panel fit. After all, something that looks this good should have the moves to match!
It’s no secret that automatic transmissions are faster in drag racing, which is probably why we are seeing less and less manual cars racing nowadays - so its ALWAYS a pleasure to see somebody rocking an original 6-speed! In this case, we have a beautiful Turbo 5.3L z/28 Camaro with ear-piercing 2-step and WILD squirrelly launches - it definitely made for some entertaining racing!
The Mustang 289 and the 390 were not as competitive as Ford would like, by '68 along-side the models biggest rival; Chevrolet Co. and its Camaro. The Ford Motor Company raises the bar a few notches with two new "Boss" V8 power plants-a 429 cobra jet and the 302. The engines are introduced in the middle of the 1968 model year in a successful effort to improve the Mustangs results on the track and its image to prospective owners. The 429 cobra jet would leave the Chevy big blocks in its dust, while the Boss 302 engine option for the Mustang, in 1969/70 meets all the criteria required to compete in the Trans-Am series for those years, as well, it is formidable competition for the Chevy small block series.
Semon (Bunkie) Knudson is the new President of Ford, he was formerly with G.M. and he brought designer Larry Shinoda with him. Larry is the man responsible for the ‘69/70 Mustang which was an undercover project. When asked by fellow employees what he was working on Larry would reply the “boss’s car”. When he referred to his project he would call it the “boss” and this moniker stuck. The 302 is a combination of the Cleveland engine heads and the tunnel port Windsor block. The redesigned body lacks the non-functional rear fender scoops of earlier Mustangs and now features a front spoiler and a wing on the rear deck. Another added touch is the reflective “C” stripe while a blacked-out hood and a black louvered rear window shade are both options.
The 1970 Mustang has some minor revisions with the “hockey stick” stripes on top of the hood, the four headlights are replaced by a two light configuration mounted inside the grill which now has a vent on each side of it. The engine has smaller intake valves topped with chrome valve covers rather than the aluminium ones. Standard fare in the ’70 Mustang is the Hurst shifter, redesigned dual exhaust, riding on a finer tuned competition suspension. Front disk brakes, heavy duty spindles, thicker sway bars, beefed up shock towers are standard on the Boss 302, with the car riding a little closer to the ground for the 1970 model. The 302’s free breathing Cleveland style heads have solid lifters to motivate the large valves. This “G code” engine can be bolted to a four speed transmission which according to Ford specs will deliver 290 hp (216 kW) but this is an under rated figure with modern dyno tests showing up to and in excess of 380 hp (283 kW). The Boss 302 can do 0-60 in 6.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.6 seconds achieving 98 mph (158 km/h) in the process. The Ford Mustang with a standard interior carried a suggested sticker price of $3,720.00 with 7,013 units sold in 1970. The deluxe interior could have been optioned which would have upped the above price should it have been chosen. Two fully restored Boss Mustangs sold in 2007 for $530,000 U.S. for the pair however many clones are around which are created from a regular fastback unit.
The option most coveted by collectors of the Mustang is the “drag Pack” and was most often included if you chose the 4.30:1 rear axle gear ratio. This very rare package can be recognized by the vertically mounted oil cooler sitting in front of the radiator when you open the hood.
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Chevrolet engineer Ed Cole is credited for being the lead hand in the development of the 265 cid V8 the first in a long line of subsequent engines with a large number of displacements using the same cast iron block mold. From its inception until 1974 the G1 engine was marketed as the Turbo-Fire V8. The first generation (G1) engine line up is unique from the G2, G3, G4 LS, and the G5 (LT/EcoTec3) versions. The 265 was followed in ’57 by a 283 version-this one with either a carburetor or mechanical fuel injection, then a 327, followed by a high performance 350 in ‘67, which was a GM corporate standard engine for many years for all divisions but Saturn even though they all produced their own V8. Then, subsequently, the 350 became both a high performance and a lower output version. By 1970 this original Chevy small block had reach 400 cid The engine was originally known around the tracks as the Mighty mouse motor; later shortened to mouse, the mouse that roared, when the big blocks (the rat motor) came on the scene in 1958. By the time the V8 versions were discontinued in the 1990’s there had been ninety million of this small block produced in the U.S. The V8 engine is still being made in Mexico and sold in a crate form however some of the later generation engines owing their roots to the G1 are still in production for select vehicles and a shortened version is also in American production as a 90 degree V6 as of 2014. This small block engine was rated one of the ten best engines of the twentieth century according to Wards AutoWorld. All the V8 engines produced by Chevrolet up to and including 2014 can trace their roots back to the 265.
The 265’s were first in the 1955 Corvette and Bel Air while at the same time; this “Mighty mouse” engine very quickly became a top choice on the race circuits. The Rochester mechanical fuel injection became an option in 1957 on the slightly bored version, the 283, making it one of the first power plants to produce one horse power for each cubic inch of displacement. This 283 subsequently became the base V8 for all Chevy models. The 327 cu n (5.4 L) is the next step for the G1 block giving this high performance version 1.15 hp per cu in displacement. However the best known and most popular of the small block G1 is the 350 cu in (5.7 L) displacement version. This engine is oversquare with a bore of 4,00 inches and a 3.48 inch stroke (102 mm X 88 mm) which is almost identical to the LS3 engine producing 436 hp (325 kW) today. Most of the LS3 components have changed but this engine is used in every type of passenger vehicle used from sports cars to commercial trucks as well as boats with a highly modified version used in aviation as well. The engine has not been produced in the U.S.A. since 2003 but it remains the most versatile small block engine ever produce. This original 350 is still available as a crate engine from Mexico as either the Mr. Goodwrench brand and for marine or industrial use as the “Vortec”.