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Fine Lines: 1970 Chevelle
Fine Lines March 26, 2018

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Fine Lines: 1970 Chevelle</br>Fine Lines March 26, 2018

Ask anyone to name the best muscle car of all time and the answers will largely be rooted in brand loyalty. For Chevrolet fans, it’s the Chevelle, a car that might actually be the best muscle car of all time, bar done. The vast majority of the Chevelles sold were affordable four-door family sedans or wagons, since the car was roomy and economical. Two-door models were rarer, but the rarest of the rare — the “big-block” Chevelles with their 396- and 454-cubic-inch engines — are what everyone remembers.

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Fine Lines: Ford Cortina
Fine Lines March 12, 2018

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Fine Lines: Ford Cortina</br>Fine Lines March 12, 2018

The Mark I Cortina, named after a town in Italy, was launched in June of 1962 as a replacement for Ford of England’s aging Consul model. To keep development costs down, the car made use of existing hardware, including the 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine and rudimentary suspension. However, the body style (two and four doors) was a completely fresh undertaking and was considered extremely roomy for sedans in its class.

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Fine Lines: The first Sting Ray
Fine Lines February 5, 2018

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Fine Lines: The first Sting Ray</br>Fine Lines February 5, 2018

The fastest, toughest, meanest Corvette Sting Ray on the block arrived in 1966. The optional ($437.10) 427-cubic-inch powerplant was available in 390- and 425-horsepower versions. That latter’s three two-barrel-carb setup turned the $6,000 Corvette into a heart-stopping monster that could reel off zero-to-60-mph runs in less than 5.5 seconds. But the 427 saga didn’t end there.

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Fine Lines: Porsche 993 Turbo
Fine Lines January 8, 2018

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Fine Lines: Porsche 993 Turbo</br>Fine Lines January 8, 2018

The 993 series Porsche 911 Turbo has the reputation of being one of the best production Porsches to ever hit the streets: all-wheel drive; twin turbochargers; 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque; and a six-speed manual transmission. Other 911 Turbos have gone faster, but few stir the soul like the 993.

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Fine Lines: 1955-’56 Ford
Fine Lines December 18, 2017

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Fine Lines: 1955-’56 Ford</br>Fine Lines December 18, 2017

To the untrained eye, it might seem as though all cars from the 1950s looked the same, but buyers in those days were keenly aware of their subtle differences. Or in the case of the 1955-’56 full-size Ford cars, the not-so-subtle differences.
For the North American automobile industry, the mid-1950s proved to be the decade’s most prosperous period, especially for Ford.

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Fine Lines: Chrysler Turbine
Fine Lines November 13, 2017

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Fine Lines: Chrysler Turbine</br>Fine Lines November 13, 2017

Jet aircraft were the epitome of speed and beauty in the 1960s, so it probably seemed like a good idea at the time to build . . . a jet-powered car. And Chrysler set about to create a shrieking show machine like no other.  Fraught with all sorts of practicality problems that ultimately doomed it, however, this fleet of 55 exotic test vehicles nonetheless propelled the company’s reputation as a leader in automotive engineering and design.

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Fine Lines: The original Jeep
Fine Lines October 8, 2017

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Fine Lines: The original Jeep</br>Fine Lines October 8, 2017

Most people know there’s something special about the Jeep Wrangler, a vehicle with the door hinges in plain sight on the outside of the vehicle.  They likely know that the original Jeep was certainly not designed as a status vehicle for the high school or college set, nor was it geared for recreational or sporting use by millions of outdoors types or anyone else with an urge to venture off the main roads for some fun and frolic. But do they really know the whole story?

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Fine Lines: Ferrari F40
Fine Lines September 11, 2017

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Fine Lines: Ferrari F40</br>Fine Lines September 11, 2017

Few cars, if any, have ever come close to providing the sheer visceral awe of the Ferrari F40. Perhaps that’s the way Enzo would have wanted it. The F40 was personally conceived by founder Enzo Ferrari as a dual-purpose car. One that could be driven at the race track and then legally on the street, just like most of his earlier creations dating back to the late 1940s.

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Fine Lines: Maserati Birdcage
Fine Lines August 14, 2017

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Fine Lines: Maserati Birdcage</br>Fine Lines August 14, 2017

One look at its intricate construction and sensuous bodywork and it’s easy to see why the Birdcage is perhaps the best-known and most desirable of all the competition Maseratis ever built.  It could also be because only 22 were ever built. Although the company, founded by the six Maserati brothers in the early part of the 20th century was frequently in financial difficulties, it has managed to produce a number of significant low-volume, high-priced classics.

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Fine Lines: The first Batmobile
Fine Lines July 3, 2017

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Fine Lines: The first Batmobile</br>Fine Lines July 3, 2017

In January of 1966, millions of TV viewers caught their first glimpse of the Batmobile.
It was a black two-seater with red trim that whisked the Dynamic Duo (Batman and Robin) from the Bat Cave to do battle with The Riddler, The Joker, Penguin and many other of Gotham’s evil-doers.  During the mid-1960s, Batman was the hottest (and campiest) shows on TV.

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