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Hemmings Muscle Machines November 2018

Each issue is packed with photos & coverage of American Muscle Cars from the 60's through today.

United States
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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
out with the old?

“By 1977, I realized that they were never going to build cars like this again.” That statement, by the original owner of a 1967 GTO, could sum up the impetus for the muscle car collector movement that first began to gain steam in the early 1980s. If you were around during the ’80s, and you had any interest in cars, you didn’t need anyone to explain what made the cars of the original muscle era appealing. Brand-new cars circa 1980, at least from American manufacturers, were mostly terrible. Consumers of the day seemed to recognize that these vehicles were the result of multiple layers of compromise, and the various issues being faced during the ’70s (energy crises, crash standards, inflation…) had worn those buyers down, conditioning many to accept what was…

3 min

AACA MUSEUM TO PRESENT MUSTANG DESIGNER GALE HALDERMAN WITH ITS AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE AWARD He called it the Cougar. Gale Halderman missed on the name of Ford’s sporty pony car, but his design for what would become the Mustang was a winner, securing his legacy among Ford fans, a legacy that the AACA Museum will celebrate by presenting him with its Automotive Heritage Award. Assigned to the Lincoln-Mercury studio in ’55, Halderman never spent a day there as a designer. Instead, he was transferred to Alex Tremulis’ advanced studio, where he worked on the ’57 Fords, including the Mystere concept. Within a few years, he’d collaborate on the Falcon and the ’61 Thunderbird. Returning to the corporate advanced studio—now under Elwood Engel—he added to the design of the Levacar, the Gyron, the Unitron,…

3 min
production line

CAMARO’S NEW FACE Having a hard time telling your V-6 Camaros from your V-8s? It was easy with the early fifth-gen cars: that little ersatz air vent above the grille meant it was a V-8. Later, with bigger wheel options proliferating through the Camaro’s lower ranks, you had to look at badging and pipes to tell what was what. Stealthy? Sneaky? Sure. But who buys a Camaro to be stealthy these days? And so, for the 2019 Camaro’s facelift, the base models and the V-8 cars get completely different front fasciae. The front bumper remains body color on the RS, and the sportier versions get a black grille break with a silver-outlined bowtie smack in the middle. TEN MILLION MUSTANGS On August 8, 2018, the 10-millionth Mustang rolled out of Flat Rock, Michigan. The…

1 min
letter of the month: long-term x

“As a follow-up to the 1970 AMX article in your September issue ( HMM #181), perhaps you would like to see a similar car. It is also a 1970 AMX, same color, however it is an unrestored survivor with 16,231 original miles. It is still sitting on the original tires that were installed at the factory and about half the air in the tires is from Kenosha. The only thing that has been changed is the battery (even the spark plugs are original). I bought the car new, late in 1971. It had been used as a demonstrator and the dealer was considering keeping the car. It is quite loaded with options: 390 ram-air engine with four-speed, Twin-Grip limited-slip rear, leather interior, and 15-inch Machine wheels are just a few.…

5 min

GETTING ALONG First off, a big salute to Ed Nowakowski and his beautiful SCJ Torino Cobra (“The UnassumingSupercarSlayer,” HMM #181). It takes guts to exercise a frighteningly rare Super Cobra Jet motor spinning 4.30s on any regular basis, much less flog it on the track. My 2003 Azure Blue four-speed (auto) Mach 1 with 4.10s and overdrive sounds busy to me at 60 mph! Which brings me to my point. His car is not for everyone. Neither is my School Bus Yellow 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca. And, both of my ponies are garage queens. There, I’ve said it. I choose to enjoy my cars sparingly and I must confess that I do not understand the negative comments I hear and read about people who enjoy this passion (immensely!) a little at…

8 min
copycat camaro

WHEN DALE KNUTSON bought this ’68 Camaro in 2010, he didn’t immediately envision building it into the killer Baldwin Motion clone that it is today. Dale had known of the original 327/Powerglide-powered Rally Sport since the late 1980s, when a friend had bought it, disassembled it for restoration, and promptly ignored it in the corner of his shop for a couple of decades. Dale saw that the lifelong Seattle car was structurally solid, and finally pried it loose from his buddy without a clear plan for what lay ahead. What he did know was that, after years of working on other people’s dream machines, it wouldn’t be long until he could semi-retire and start to build a few cars for himself. Whatever direction the Camaro would take didn’t really matter…