20 March 2014.
These days when a car manufacturer builds a ‘performance’ version it usually involves tweaking the electronics, changing the fuelling map, fitting bigger wheels and writing ‘sport’ on the boot. Back in 1965 Ford had a little more ambition, building its K-Code Mustangs with a race-tuned motor under the hood (and a warranty of just 90 days). It plainly never expected them to last so driving Geoff Langston’s beautiful example some 49 years later was a real treat.
21 February 2014.
Winter can be a period of hibernation for those of us with classic American cars; not so much for those of us with modern American cars or daily drivers. Either way, it’s a time when most of us bunker down for a few months, lock ourselves away and get busy with projects for the dark months.
16 January 2014.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of the owner of this year’s Car of the Year winner. Despite being very seriously ill, it was David Carr’s wish that his 1950 Buick Super still take part in this year’s Footman James Car of the Year finals, despite the fact he was too ill to attend.
19 December 2013.
Welcome to our Mustang Special. You might think we’re jumping the gun a bit as the Mustang wasn’t launched until April 1964; however, we figured we’d get a head start, and that since this is our first issue dated 2014, now is as good a time as any to celebrate what is quite simply the most famous American car ever!
21 November 2013.
This month’s cover car is a pretty rare beast. Sometime Classic American contributor Alex Gunn had one way back (20 years ago?) which he drove across Europe and we followed him in the magazine. Even in North America these first generation Monte Carlos are rare beasts too, falling into the ‘big, Seventies smogboat’ category that was so decimated in the Eighties and Nineties by demolition derbies and sheer disinterest. Then you wake up one day and they’re all gone... or almost.
17 October 2013.
The summer car show season may be over, but there’s still plenty going on in the run up to Christmas, with cruises and events like the Prescott Hill Climb, Rhythm Riot and of course the Classic Motor Show at the NEC. Classic American will have a stand at the NEC and be holding the grand finals of the Footman James Car of the Year competition – you could even win a pair of tickets to the show, so why not enter the draw on page 6? You can also enter online if you prefer.
20 September 2013.
Many would argue it’s V8 power, body-on-chassis construction and rear wheel drive that makes a car truly American... and for that reason the Corvair is probably overlooked, possibly even rejected by some enthusiasts, boasting as it did a flat-six, air-cooled motor out back, unibody construction and compact size. It was, of course, GM’s answer to the phenomenally (and disturbingly so for the Big Three) successful Volkswagen Beetle.
14 August 2013.
The months of June and July are always the busiest ones here at Classic American, with car shows just about every weekend. This year has seen the usual ups and downs with the weather, although for the first time in what seems like years the UK was gripped by a heatwave in July that lasted for weeks – it’s what many of us had been praying for, literally for years: real, honest-to-God feelgood weather! My neighbours say they can tell what the forecast is going to be depending on whether or not I leave my Olds parked outside the house on the street overnight; it was out there for almost a fortnight, that’s how good it’s been!
Current Issue: May 2014
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♦ Chasing the Kaiser Dragon
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