Wow. Have never seen an article about "muscle" cars in Hagerty before. Hagerty usually wastes space covering novel automotive history from the past 120 years, interesting prewar road and grand touring cars from both sides of the Atlantic and Channel.
So much more interesting to read about egregious mid-sized slam, bam, thank you, ma'am Motown tin of the 1960s with station wagon engines, teenaged suspensions, dopey decals and racing stripes, esp. with automatic transmissions, power steering, power brakes, you know, "muscle" machines your great grandmother could drive. Such cars reek charm.
We'd love to read more about "numbers matching" disposable junk from the '60s, especially the "rare" ones (no one really wanted to be caught dead in such moronic fare) fetching hundreds of thousands of dollars, because, you know, like, um, who could possibly afford a Pierce Arrow, Auburn 12, prewar Packard, Stutz SV16/DV32, Delahaye, Railton 8, Bristol, big Healey, Aston Martin, prewar Alfa, Lagonda LG6, 1938-39 Overdrive Bentley, 1938-42 Buick Century/Roadmaster, '37-'40 Cad/LaSalle, 1940-41 Chrysler New Yorker/Saratoga, Riley; any of that boring crap, right?
Yeah, more "Super Bees." Because let's face it, who here reads anything beyond car mags and the junk net? There's nothing more riveting than thrice-told tales, limited scope, one trick ponies good for jerking off at stop lights, impressing kids with no grasp of a century-plus automobilia.
Especially when driven by a fat 50- something.
We thought the '33 Terraplane 8 the first "muscle" car?
What's next, a look at must-have comic books, pop bottles, Davy Crockett coonskin caps, Duncan yo-yos?
I've gotta agree. Never really been a Mopar guy, but I love the shape of the GTX/Road Runner - did when they came out and still do. But would I pay "affordable" money for these examples? Doubt it.
How does that go? You can please all some of the people some of the time. You can please some of the people all of the time. You can even please all of the people some of the time. But it's impossible to please all of the people all of the time. Something like that, I think. It must be the Golden Motto of Hagerty Staff Writers! 😋
I have a great friend who hails from about 30miles outside Bismark. Longtime family farmers - dad, brothers, cousins, etc. He did leave the farm, and went into law enforcement (as did one brother). A few years ago, when back home for the annual pheasant hunt, he and that brother dragged two T-coupes (one a '27 that we know for sure, not sure about the other). Neglected? You bet. Rusted. Bullet holes. Missing pieces. One of them had a tree growing through it. Borrowed my trailer to haul them home. Today, one of 'em looks like this:
The guy is retired law enforcement. He built this in his garage. I went over a helped a few times and gave some advice and lent some tools. But basically, this fellow, who never had any mechanical training and is a self-taught welder, built this thing from the cement floor up. It can be done (even by a Dakotan!). 😊
I see you’ve met my Grandparents. Good folks, just line the old ones up by the barn. Or in it. Old Trucks too.
The best is displacing the family of animals living in the discarded car because the one your parents had disappeared.
oh we can’t call the police, we’ll just go get one of the LeSabres.
the battery works in this one.
such fine decision making skills. The 3 on the tree one was sweet. No radio tho.
My sister split her lip smashing face first into the dash. Hold on kiddo…
OTSS. Germans and Norwegians.