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  • "Jurassic Park" Jeep Wranglers at Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, Colorado

    Film buffs painstakingly re-create “Jurassic Park” legends from Jeep Wrangler YJs to remarkable detail.

  • The D-Day Jeeps of Normandy, France
    What Jeep means: How an icon changed the world

    Motor Authority looks at what makes Jeep's iconic sport utility vehicle a lasting hero across the world

  • 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Golden Eagle
    Best of the Jeep Wrangler and CJ special editions

    Go to any Jeep Jamboree, and you’ll see hundreds of modified Wranglers and CJ’s. Jeep owners revel in outfitting their Jeeps for even more extreme off-road duty or simply changing the aesthetics to make them their own. It’s a natural extension of the car guy experience, and...

  • BAIC BJ40
    75 years of imitation: The original Jeep has been copied in form and function the world over

    The original military jeep and its CJ and Wrangler predecessors have inspired imitators across the globe.

  • 1991 Ford Explorer
    1991 Ford Explorer: 100 Cars That Matter

    The Ford Explorer changed the face of the auto industry and defined what a Sport Utility Vehicle is.

  • 2019 Jeep Wrangler
    What makes a Jeep a Jeep?

    Is it the round headlights, the go-anywhere attitude, the convertible-SUV body? It’s all of that, and more.

  • 1944 Willys MB jeep

    The Jeep Wrangler can trace its family history back more than 75 years, to when it wasn’t even a “jeep.” Here’s a look at the DNA that drives the most famous vehicle America ever built.

  • The D-Day Jeeps of Normandy, France
    Role call: In Normandy, D-Day Jeeps left for dead brought France back to life

    A D-Day commemoration recalls how left-behind Jeeps found a second life, from the peace table to the farm.

  • 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
    1964 1/2 Ford Mustang: 100 Cars That Matter

    Also-rans and wannabes would come and go, and some remain today, including the Chevrolet Camaro. But the Ford Mustang is the original pony car—a car that would define an entire segment in the years to come. The story began with Lee Iacocca, who championed a new kind of personal-luxury car...

  • Marty's 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata: 100 Cars That Matter

    Small roadsters were a dying breed in the 1980s. A decade earlier, tiny British and Italian sports cars darted across Europe and America, but by 1989, most were history. It was up to the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata to rekindle their spirit. Mazda took a decades-old concept and smartly updated it with the...

  • Shelby Cobra 427 is up for sale
    Shelby AC Cobra: 100 Cars That Matter

    Carroll Shelby raised a family and chickens, and nursed a leaky heart valve in Texas in the 1950s. He also raced cars and his body bore all the signs, scarred skin and busted bones. From those humble beginnings 36-year-old Shelby was already well on his way to becoming a globally known automotive...

  • 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster
    1992 Dodge Viper: 100 Cars That Matter

    In the late 1980s, post-K-car Chrysler was desperate for attention. The good fortune of the decade had begun to dwindle and the automaker knew it needed something big to turn the limelight back on its aging products. Enter the Dodge Viper. Chrysler made more than a splash in 1989 when the Viper...

  • 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    They called it “King of the Hill”—and when it emerged in 1990, the Chevy Corvette ZR-1 would forever reformat what drivers thought about GM’s ever-evolving sports car. In the 1950s, the Chevy Corvette staked out a new performance frontier for General Motors. In the 1960s, the Corvette hit its thrilling peak of style and substance with the Sting Ray. But by the 1970s, emission regulations and gas crises neutered the potent ‘Vette. Through most of the 1980s, it licked its wounds while engineers gradually brought it back up to speed. That’s despite the...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT in Terlingua, Texas
    What does the Ford Mustang mean to America?

    A pencil-straight imaginary line connects Portland, Oregon, to Terlingua, Texas, about 1,800 miles, unbending and uninteresting between two disparate towns at near-opposite poles of the U.S. We found their connection in a 2018 Ford Mustang GT, and in the story of how the Ford Mustang became...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT (Matt Dayka/For Motor Authority)
    Bullitt's Broadway Revisited: The two worlds for the iconic Ford Mustang and San Francisco

    Across the Nob Hill and Russian Hill neighborhoods of movie history, Frank Bullitt’s battered green Mustang Fastback bounds over hills and through narrow streets. It chases an unyielding and seemingly indestructible Dodge Charger for more than 10 minutes on film. Through North Beach and...

  • Portland Cars & Coffee Mustang Day
    At Portland’s Cars & Coffee, the Ford Mustang still means America

    At a gas stop at a Chevron in Lakehead, California, I stop in the middle of the candy aisle to read email. “Hey! Why does your license plate say DIE?” The voice from the front of the store asks. He says it again, then again, before I realize he’s talking to me. “It...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT in Terlingua, Texas
    Terlingua, Texas: Where Carroll Shelby’s rat pack let their Mustangs run wild

    TERLINGUA, Texas—On a scalding May afternoon, it’s not easy to see how Carroll Shelby saw dollar signs between the stubby cacti nestled among the yellow rocks. Summer arrives earlier in West Texas than anywhere else in the U.S. The sun beats down on my bright red Ford Mustang GT’s...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT and 2018 Ford GT
    Ford GT and Ford Mustang GT: A celebration of performance

    One’s a race car that wears almost no disguise. The other is an American icon. They’re both Fords, and they’re both GTs. But as you might guess, there’s just a little bit of a difference between the Ford GT supercar and the Ford Mustang GT. We traveled to California to take...

  • 1968 Ford Mustang from Bullitt and 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt

    The Ford Mustang might be the ultimate automotive success story. Born from humble beginnings, the Ford Mustang is an enduring icon that has had its share of ups and downs. Today’s Mustang channels its heritage like never before, with retro-inspired trim packages that hark back through the model’s milestones. The Mustang’s story officially began April 17, 1964, when Ford took the wraps off of its original Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, but the pony car’s tale started decades prior. MORE: Next Ford Mustang said to be coming in 2021, and with available AWD At...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2
    History of the Ford Mustang GT

    With its 460-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT offers ready-made power for the masses. It’s not the top performer in the lineup, but it is Ford’s symbol for obtainable Mustang performance and it’s better than ever. The GT badge has held various meanings throughout...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT
    We built our own 2018 Ford Mustang GT this way; here’s why

    Building a 2018 Ford Mustang is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. With so many options and trim levels, it’s unlikely your Mustang will ever meet an exact twin in its lifetime—that’s even before considering aftermarket parts. When Ford asked us to custom-order our long-term...

  • Colton Whiteside, Justin Balderama, and Curtis Gabriel train horses in Florence, Ariz.
    Wild horses, part three: The land of second chances

    Cinders from a campfire pop and explode like fireworks somewhere in the desert outside Yuma. They trace arcs toward an infinite number of stars in the ink-black sky above, each its own possible world, an infinite number of futures spinning out of reach in dizzy orbit. The sparks turn to ash, then...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT at Palomino Valley’s National Wild Horse and Burro Center
    Wild horses, part two: Horses with no names

    Nobody needs a mustang, but the United States of America owns thousands of them. Some roam the dun-colored hills outside the indistinct suburbia that shrouds Reno, Nevada, out past the legion Banks of America and Starbucks and Home Depots, past the dreary model homes at Shadow Ridge. Misty gray sky...

  • Wild mustangs (Denver Public Library, Western History/Genealogy collection)
    Wild horses, part one: The misfits

    Mrs. Velma Johnston typed letters, filed carbon copies, and answered the phone at the insurance office where she worked as a secretary. She dressed conservatively, smiled often, and spoke kindly. She sat with good posture, as good as she was able, as long as she could. Her husband Charlie drove her...

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