The Old Car Experience

The Old Car Experience

If you’ve never driven an old car as opposed to a used car, you have probably never experienced certain things that were once part of the experience of driving a car. Like turning on the AC—assuming the car had AC. Many did not before AC became a given thing in the ’90s. You could feel the engine stagger under the load. It was […]

The Teenaged Car

The Teenaged Car

Cars aren’t just in short supply; they are getting older all the time. IHS Markit, which keeps track of such things, reported that the average age of a currently in-service car is 12.1 years. Almost a teenager! This trend has been ongoing for some time and has nothing to do with the COVID-19 crisis and the […]

The 2021 Ram TRX vs. the ’76 Trans-Am

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The 2021 Ram TRX vs. the ’76 Trans-Am

The ’21 Ram TRX I test-drove recently has more than three times as much horsepower (702) as the 455 V8 in my ’76 Trans-Am made when it was new (200). It also weighs nearly twice as much, 6,396 pounds vs. about 3,800 pounds, and still runs the quarter-mile three full seconds faster than my Trans Am did […]

The Cars We Could Have Bought

The Cars We Could Have Bought

The cars you’re allowed to buy today are the cars that the government allows to be manufactured. But what kinds of cars might we be able to buy if the government got out of the car business and left the designing of cars to the automakers and the buying of cars to customers? What if we could […]

Doomed: Li’l Red Express, 1978-1979

Doomed: Li’l Red Express, 1978-1979

Editor’s Note: This post is an excerpt from Eric’s forthcoming book called, Doomed. High-performance trucks are back, but they aren’t new. One of the first of the breeds dates back to the height of the Disco era, 1978, when high-performance cars had all-but-ceased-to-exist because of the then-new government regulations applied to them in the manner of a chokehold […]

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