More refined and upscale than its Dearborn platform-mate, these ‘67-’68 gen 1 Cougars were positioned as Mustangs that had gone off to European finishing school. Aside from the fact that the two cars shared no exterior body panels, Cougar customers also got more luxurious appointments and standard V8 power. We were stopped dead in our tracks by the gaping full-width grille that is often likened to that of an electric shaver.
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With all the commotion about retro-inspired muscle from Detroit, it’s nice to gaze upon the inspiration now and again. Sporting arrest-me red paint, this gen 1 (1967-1969) Camaro looks ready to pounce on a drag strip near you. As any owner will tell you, the honkin V8s available in ’67 (350 cu in or 396 cu in) do not disappoint when it comes to smoky burnouts and general adolescent behavior.
Not the best year for Ford’s perennial muscle car (Gen II: 1974 – 1978). In fact, there wasn’t a whole lot of muscle to speak of thanks to tougher pollution laws and the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s. Believe it or not, this so called street rod was based on a Ford Pinto subcompact in an effort to better compete against imports that shined during the energy crisis. But Mustang has stood the test of time – unlike Pony car comrades Camaro and Challenger, Mustang is the only Pony car that never ceased production since its inception.
It’s been 4 years since Chevy pulled the wraps off the Camaro concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A new president is in office, the Yankees moved stadiums and Britney Spears seems to be popular again. But it might have been worth the wait thanks in no small part to a design that alludes to the past without using it as a crutch. The 304 HP, Direct Injection V6 and starting price under $23,000 doesn’t hurt either.
What are the chances that a 2008 Challenger pulls up alongside the circa 1970 model responsible for its creation? We guess they are pretty good because that’s what happened at this wine vineyard parking lot in South Hampton. The 2008 model (Orange) pays homage to the original (yellow) with instantly recognizable design cues like ventilating double hood scoops, black eggcrate grille, round dual headlights, chrome gas cap, and rear spoiler.