Muscle Cars

  • Portland Cars & Coffee Mustang Day

    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 doesn’t,” I explain. It’s a Michigan manufacturer’s license plate with a special code. “It says DTE and then some numbers.” I burrow back into email next to the Snickers. He calls out again, and this time he wants to know what’s really going on with the blood-red...

  • 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
    Ford Mustang iconology: Pony car's ups and downs

    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...

  • 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.

    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 fall to the ground. Beers empty, and bottles of vodka and wine make their way around the fire through the crowd blowing off steam between tours of duty. One has already left, not long after 10 p.m. Things don’t go well when Marines and booze mix, he says. Colton Whiteside slips into the driver...

  • 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...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
    2019 Dodge Challenger preview

    The Dodge Challenger has been with us since 2008, but like a fine wine it just gets better with age. The vehicle has entered the 2019 model year, and while the 840-horsepower SRT Demon is no longer at the party, the drag strip hero's influence can be felt in several models in the lineup, none more...

  • Aviar R67
    Russian firm wants to build high-tech EV styled like a classic Mustang

    Classic cars fitted with electric powertrains is starting to become a thing, but there's a Russian company by the name of Aviar taking a very different route to achieve a similar result. The startup company is working on a car that features an electric powertrain, a modern interior, and advanced...

  • Al Oppenheiser
    Camaro chief engineer reassigned to work on electric cars

    The man behind the modern Chevrolet Camaro has a new job at General Motors. Al Oppenheiser, lead Camaro engineer for the fifth- and sixth-generation cars, will now lead GM's newly created electric-vehicle group, Car and Driver reported Friday. GM spokesman Michael Albano told the publication that...

  • Teaser for 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 due in 2019

    As the cost to 3D print components drops, we're beginning to see more vehicle incorporate the breakthrough technology. Numerous automakers plan to include more 3D-printed components in future vehicles, and on deck is the upcoming 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Ford said on Tuesday that its new Shelby GT500 will have two 3D-printed brake components. The larger announcement dealt with the ongoing progress at the automaker's new $45 million Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan. Inside the facility, 3D printers are busy churning out the brake components for the 2020 Shelby GT500...

  • The only 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake ever produced
    Shelby's one-off original Mustang GT500 Super Snake heads to auction

    The only 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake has been consigned to the docket for Mecum Auction’s Kissimmee, Florida, auction scheduled for February 3-13. As Mecum Auctions tells the car’s story, it was commissioned from Shelby American by tire maker Goodyear, which wanted to use...

  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 teased ahead of 2019 Detroit auto show debut
    2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500's engine teased, sales start fall 2019

    Behold the slippery snake that will sit atop the nuclear warhead posing as an engine in Ford's next Mustang Shelby GT500. After confirming on Wednesday the debut of the new GT500 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January, Ford on Thursday released a new teaser photo...

  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 teaser
    Ford saves 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 for 2019 Detroit auto show

    Muscle car fans hoping for a surprise reveal of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at this week's 2018 Los Angeles auto show are in for disappointment as Ford is saving the debut for January's 2019 Detroit auto show, a company spokesman confirmed to Motor Authority on Tuesday. Instead, the Blue...

  • Ford Mustang Bullitt at Isle of Man
    Ford Mustang Bullitt takes on Isle of Man

    The Isle of Man hosts the most famous and most dangerous motorcycle race in the world. But two wheels aren't required to enjoy the Isle of Man. Case in point, Ford of Europe sent the Mustang Bullitt to the island to drive the 37.7-mile course that is legendary with so many motorcycle racing...

  • 1965 Ford Mustang bearing VIN 5F07U100002
    The first Mustang coupe Ford built heads to auction

    An original Ford Mustang billed as the first hard-top example is coming up for auction. It will go under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson's annual sale in Scottsdale, Arizona running January 12-20, 2019. This is a 1965 Mustang coupe bearing a VIN ending in 00002, meaning it comes after the 1965...

  • Charge Ford Mustang with electric powertrain conversion

    Is the future of classic cars one where electric powertrains triumph? A British firm by the name of Charge thinks so, and it's revealed a classic Ford Mustang with an electric powertrain swap. The company revealed the car in October, but it's more than just a quick internal-combustion engine to battery pack redo. The Mustang, based on a 1960s body shell reproduction, is fitted with an adaptable all-wheel-drive system that can also send power exclusively to the rear wheels. The powertrain comes from Arrival, which devised a setup to produce 402 horsepower and a whopping 885 pound-feet of...

  • HPE1000 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye
    Hennessey has 1,035-hp package for Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

    It was only a matter of time before Hennessey Performance Engineering got its hands on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. On Friday we learned the tuning company has given the slightly more demonic Hellcat 1,035 horsepower, up from 797. HPE equips the car with the HPE1000 package to create the...

  • 1966 Ford Shelby GT350H barn find
    1966 Ford Shelby GT350H is a barn find gem

    Just when it appears the world has run dry of barn finds, the internet doesn't disappoint. The latest discovery is none other than a 1966 Ford Shelby GT350H, and the car has sat parked in a garage for three decades. BarnFinds.com reported on the special Shelby on Wednesday, and it was reportedly...

  • Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt
    What’s next for the original ‘Bullitt’ Mustang?

    Amid all the glitz and glam at the annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center sat the original Ford Mustang used in the Bullitt film. The appearance, along with that of owner Sean Kiernan, was part of an international tour that won’t be coming to an end anytime soon...

  • 1969 Classic Recreations Ford Mustang Boss 429
    Classic Recreations' first Mustang Boss 429 makes debut, packs 815 horsepower from stroked V-8

    Classic Recreations recently secured a license from Ford to bring back some of the automaker's most cherished Mustangs. We're talking the 1960s-era Boss 302 and 429, as well as the Mach 1. The Yukon, Oklahoma-based company has since unveiled the first of the modern recreations, stunning audiences...

  • 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
    50th anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet rips into SEMA show

    The very first Ford Mustang Cobra Jet was built in 1968. Now, 50 years later, Ford has a special anniversary version and this one packs serious heat under its hood. First shown in August, Ford on Tuesday brought the 50th anniversary Cobra Jet to the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Ever since that...

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