Certainly not in keeping with Buick’s traditional image, the ’70 BUICK STAGE I GS-455 – FIRST ADULT SUPERCAR catapulted the Flint automaker into the heat of the battle for Supercar supremacy. The Skylark GS-455, in 360 horsepower Stage I trim, was the industry’s first “adult” Supercar. It was a powerful, high-quality, well-balanced midsize coupe (or convertible) with superb ride and handling qualities. Yet it was almost invisible compared with competitive offerings like the SS Chevelle,...Read More
’73 BUICK: STAGE 1 455 GRAN SPORT
Scott Oldham does a deep dive on Phil Roitman’s rare - and extremely well done – ’73 BUICK: STAGE 1 455 GRAN SPORT, one of the quickest, fastest and most forgotten Musclecars of the 1970s! Buick’s public relations department was asleep at the wheel in 1973. Although the brand’s Gran Sport Stage 1 was among the stoutest of the remaining midsize muscle cars offered that year, it was largely ignored by most of the major contemporary car magazines. Car and Driver, Road & Track, Hot Rod,...Read More
HICKORY CORNERS: GILMORE CAR MUSEUM
Collin Morgan takes us on the first of a two-part tour of North America’s largest car museum. Located midway between Detroit and Chicago, it’s home to almost 400 cars on a 90-acre campus! If you ever get the chance to drive through southwest Michigan - just northeast of Kalamazoo - you’re bound to overlook numerous small lakes, rolling hills, and old farmsteads. Traffic jams aren’t caused by angry commuters bottling up the roads, but rather by farm equipment hogging up a lane, or a lone cow lazi...Read More
COUGAR ELIMINATOR: RARE 428 SUPER COBRA JET!
Rare ’70 Cougar Eliminator has all the right stuff: Top performance 428 SCJ engine with dealer-installed upgrades and special order black paint. Back in 1983, when Jay Williams was cruising to college in a swaggering ‘69 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, die-hard car guys joined clubs to meet up with like-minded gearheads. Club publications were where they got their news and leads on potential purchases. It’s also how Jay Williams first came upon this hyper-rare ebony ‘70 Mercury Cougar Eliminator wit...Read More
HOT ROD HEAVEN: 54th ANNUAL LA ROADSTER SHOW!
Hundreds of hot rods, customs and classics will be on display alongside the event’s historic swap meet on June 15 & 16. The LA Roadster Show produced by the LA Roadsters car club, America’s premier showcase for pre-1936 hot rods and customs, car, returns to the Fairplex in Pomona, CA on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-16, 2018. One of the longest-running roadster exhibitions in the world, the event will feature the world’s largest gathering of pre-1936 hot rods as well as its historic swap me...Read More
COUGAR: THE BEST BUY IN MUSCLECARS!
Stephen Cox blogs about affordable musclecars that have slipped under the radar. A sharp 1970 Chevelle LS6 can set you back $75,000 or more. It’s the same for a Boss 302 Mustang. A 1969 Plymouth GTX four-speed can run over $40,000, which is still not affordable for many car enthusiasts. You don't even want to know what freshly restored Dodge Daytona would cost. The plain fact is that most fast, sporty cars from the peak of the musclecar era remain beyond the reach of the average working man. Bu...Read More
MUSCLECARS 101: BACK IN THE DAY!
Musclecar was barely part of enthusiast vernacular when iconic GTOs, Hemis and Camaros and Mustangs were new and prowled the streets. Today, it’s the only word used to define those ground-pounding Supercars and Ponycars. When Pontiac built the GTO in 1964 they jump-started Detroit’s performance car revolution; the Supercar was born. That same year, Ford gave us the Mustang. It became the quintessential Ponycar. It was Supercars and Ponycars, period. Musclecar was the catchall descriptor used ...Read More
2017 NY AUTO SHOW: MUSCLE IN MANHATTAN!
Not all the “horsepower” was on the main floor of the recent NY Auto Show. Hiding in plain sight were some examples of modern influence on standard bearers from the golden era of kick-ass performance. There was plenty of Musclecar and Supercar activity on the main floor of the New York International Auto Show at Javits Center, but I sent roving reporter Joel Wasserman on a mission to find some good old fashioned vintage Chevys and Corvettes. Mission accomplished! Quentin Carbone's Benchmark ...Read More