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1997-2004 Chevrolet Corvette Buyer’s Guide

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Purchasing a 1997-2004 Chevrolet Corvette can be nerve-racking if you don’t do some advance research before you spend your hard-earned cash. Let’s face it, sports cars are expensive and sometimes subject to hard driving by their previous owners. While the car may look bright and shiny on the outside, many problem areas could be lurking underneath. Don’t fret because we’ve done much of the research to help you find the fifth generation Corvette that’s right for you and your budget. Read the rest of this entry

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17 Dollars a Day and 17 Cents a Mile: The Story of the Shelby GT350-H and GT-H

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In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll look back at the 40 year history of the Shelby GT350H and GT-H. When the Shelby GT350 burst on the scene in the mid-1960s, it was the hottest pony car you could buy. So what better way to get the GT350 in the hands of enthusiasts and prospective buyers than to offer it for rent? Thus, the GT350-H was born. For 17 dollars a day and 17 cents a mile, you could rent one of the hottest cars around. Let’s take a look at what makes the Shelby GT350-H and its sucessors some of the most highly sought after muscle cars ever created. Read the rest of this entry

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition

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In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll take a look at the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition. For many of us, this car defined the muscle car in the late 1970s. When other manufacturers had reduced their muscle car lineup or quit building them altogether, Pontiac kept the Trans Am alive with several special editions in the late 1970s. The 1977 Trans Am Special Edition was the most popular of all the special editions because of the movie Smokey and the Bandit. Burt Reynolds’ name may have been on the marquis, but the Trans Am Special Edition was the star of the show. Let’s turn back the clock 40 years and see why the 1977 Firebird Trans Am Special Edition is one of the most sought after muscle cars from the 1970s. Read the rest of this entry

Fifty Years of the Chevrolet Camaro

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Fifty years ago, Chevrolet introduced a car that would become one of the most revered vehicles in its sports car lineup. Code named XP-836, the Camaro was Chevrolet’s contender in what would become one of the hottest segments in the automotive industry. The Camaro was Chevrolet’s entry into the pony car market that was wildly popular in the 1960s. It’s been said the word Camaro is derived from the French language meaning friend or comrade. That’s a pretty fitting way to describe a car that’s been a companion with many of us for half a century. Let’s turn back the clock and look back at 50 years of classic Camaros. Read the rest of this entry

Smokey and the Bandit 40th Anniversary Festival

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Tommy’s Car Blog was on hand during the Smokey and the Bandit 40th Anniversary Festival in Jonesboro, Georgia this past June. The city of Jonesboro teamed up with the Burt Reynolds Institute, Restore a Muscle Car, The Bandit Run, and the Snowman’s Run to host this year’s event. Jonesboro was one of the main filming locations of the movie and a great place to hold the event. There was plenty to see and do including a Burt Reynolds look-a-like contest and a recreation of the bridge jump held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Read the rest of this entry

1966-1967 Dodge Charger

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The 1966-1967 Dodge Charger is the star car in this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase. This sleek coupe was born from the 1965 Charger II concept car and released the following year as a production model. The first generation Dodge Charger shares the concept’s distinctive fastback styling, long hood, and short rear deck. Its look is totally unmistakable. And yet, it was fairly practical. Part luxury car, part muscle car, the Dodge Charger was the kind of car for the family man as well as those geared for performance. Let’s see what makes this often overlooked Charger worthy of a second look. Read the rest of this entry

The Mystique of the Pontiac GTO – Part 1

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The Pontiac GTO is considered by many to be the car that started the muscle car revolution in the early 1960s. The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac madmen John DeLorean, Russ Gee, and Bill Collins. Their premise was simple — create a budget-friendly muscle car that would appeal to the younger, performance-oriented enthusiast. Their gamble paid off better than they ever imagined. The Pontiac GTO created a firestorm that set the standard for what a muscle car can and should be. During its initial 11-year run, few cars had the mystique, street credibility, and appeal as the Pontiac GTO. Read the rest of this entry