The car that you want to drive, the one that you’ve dreamed about more than once, had posters of in your room as a teenager or in your garage, is a car that brings you the joy and the responsibility to see it perform at its best. For many of us, the car we’ve always dreamed about is one that’s part of a bygone era and possibly even a rarity on the market today. When you do find your dream car, there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to what that car represents.
The news from GM is more than a bit exciting as the confirmation of the new Buick Regal TourX wagon is more than just confirmed. The CARB documents that confirm the approval of the powertrain offered for this new vehicle make it all but a realty. We’ll get a look at this new Regal in Michigan on April 4th, but until then there’s still something interesting going on with regards to the transmissions being used and the engine choices. While the main engine has been approved we’re not sure what else will be offered.
The fear of the Chinese taking over the US automotive market with vehicles that are built as shoddily as some of the toys and other products we’ve seen from China in the past is gone with the advent of the new Envision. The Buick Envision is the first vehicle built in China by a US company to be imported to the US and it certainly worthy of the badging, the name and the place it’s holding for Buick. Not only did GM make the Envision to be a great crossover SUV, they stuck it right in the most competitive part of the market and so far the Envision is everything you could hope for.
It’s not every vehicle that gains such an increase in value that it actually calls for a price that puts it in the rarified air of a collectible car, but the vehicle in question is one that was not built to be a collector car but as a farewell tour for a car that had not met sales goals for several years and was made to be the swan song. Even though many times with collectible items we look for the first offering of an item such as a baseball card or an early printing of a coin or stamp, but with vehicles, specific years are what can make them highly valuable. Read more
In the days of the American Muscle Cars (1960s-1970s) these cars were built with one goal in mind; win a drag race. This meant the typical muscle car of the time did not have sophisticated chassis adjustments or tooling to make them great on a race track, but when it came to straight line power and speed these cars could not be beat. The muscle cars of this era had a two door design in a strong and powerful body style that put fear into the hearts of lesser species of automobiles. During this era muscle cars were actually very affordable but now many of these will fetch a high price. It might be time to take a look in your garage or out in the barn to see if you have a veritable gold mine hiding in the dust and dirt. Read more
When you head to a car show you are certain to be amazed by the various nameplates you recognize that will show themselves in production later in the model year or after a couple years, but what can take you by surprise and bring your attention to a halt is an interesting looking concept car. Some concepts are so far-fetched there is no way they are ever going to make it to production, but in other cases you can certainly see the potential, especially if the car happens to address a need we as a society are facing.
Every manufacturer from Chrysler to Toyota puts millions of dollars into developing them and they rarely make it to your local new car dealership, but they’re still interesting to see at the shows. With that in mind, here are several great concept cars from a variety of years. Read more
With the heyday of the American Muscle Car behind us but also being reborn, it’s good to know a few facts about muscle cars that you may have never known or heard. The 1960s and 1970s offered us some of the most powerful torque-rich cars on the planet at the time that you could witness racing on a Friday night at an open road to show whose car was the one that would come out on top. This era ended with the stricter emissions regulations of the 1980s, these cars were a thing of the past until manufactures started pulling more from less in recent years. Here’s what you might not know about muscle cars.
It’s that time of year again where we come close to the end of a school year and many high school and college grads will get many great graduation gifts to celebrate their achievements and a transition to the next step of their lives. For those graduates some will receive vehicles as the graduation gift from parents or grandparents, but what are some of the top choices to give graduates in order for them to have a fantastic vehicle that won’t cost them an arm and a leg to either insure or operate. Read more