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Author Archive: Rob Sass

Rob has been involved in the classic car hobby since restoring a Triumph TR4 in his parents' garage at the age of 16. He has written for Car and Driver, AutoWeek, The New York Times and FoxNews.com. Rob is the author of the book Ran When Parked: Advice and Adventures from the Affordable Underbelly of Car Collecting. He currently owns a Porsche 911SC, a Jensen Interceptor and a Triumph TR250.

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Five of the oddest cars from Ford Motor Company

Five of the oddest cars from Ford Motor Company

Multi-national Ford Motor Company has — regardless of market — charted a fairly conservative path through the years. Unlike dedicated eccentrics SAAB, Citroën and even American Motors, it has produced few cars that could be fairly characterized as weird, but here are five from Ford (and its Lincoln and Mercury divisions) that still have us […]

By June 1, 2014 Read More →
Five of the coolest nearly extinct cars from the ’70s and ’80s

Five of the coolest nearly extinct cars from the ’70s and ’80s

The attrition rate of cars from the mid-disco to late Reagan-era is huge. And while we’d love to see someone somewhere driving any one of the cars on this list, in truth, we can’t remember the last time we saw any of them.  Here are five of our favorite nearly extinct cars:

Forgotten 90s greats

Forgotten 90s greats

The 1990s had a fair amount going for it, in terms of both pop culture and automobiles. And while you can argue the merits of Nirvana and Green Day over Duran Duran and White Snake all day, nearly every car on this list is a vast improvement over its 1980s counterpart. Here are five of […]

By May 27, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
U-S-A! U-S-A! The most American classics of all time

U-S-A! U-S-A! The most American classics of all time

Automotive designers have cribbing from each other since the dawn of the automotive era. Often it’s less obvious to borrow from far away than from your own backyard. Witness the countless European-inspired American cars we’ve seen over the years (like the 1989-97 Ford Thunderbird, a virtual copy of the 1977 BMW 630 CSi).  Europe has been […]

By May 25, 2014 Read More →
Five classic Mustangs you can still afford

Five classic Mustangs you can still afford

With the big 50th anniversary of the Mustang, prices of the classic first version of the Mustang, the 1964½ (technically a 1965 model) through 1966, have been moving up. The best convertibles and fastbacks with the highest horsepower engines can bring well over $65,000 and there has been renewed interest in vintage Mustangs of all years.  […]

By May 22, 2014 Read More →
11 automotive tragedies from the big screen

11 automotive tragedies from the big screen

Bad things often happen to good cars in the movies. Here’s a list of 11 scenes that still make car guys cringe with every viewing: 1970 Dodge Challenger (“Vanishing Point”): The ’70 Dodge Challenger (one of about five used for the film) meets a fiery end when the protagonist of the film (played by Barry Newman) drives […]

Five of the coolest station wagons ever

Five of the coolest station wagons ever

Station wagons are officially endangered in the U.S., and other than the Dodge Magnum and Cadillac CTS wagon, Richard Nixon was president when the last really cool one was built in America. But a quick look at the cars on this list might make you re-think any preconceived notions that wagons were all “Mom Mobiles” for the […]

By May 18, 2014 Read More →
Pontiac GTO: One of the 5 cars Boomers miss most

Pontiac GTO: One of the 5 cars Boomers miss most

Baby boomers are in full nostalgia mode as they contemplate their lost youth. And as the last generation that really bought into America’s love affair with the automobile, it’s natural that some of that nostalgia is of the four-wheeled variety. Here are five of the cars that baby boomers miss the most:

Cars that wouldn’t die: 6 cases of auto longevity

Cars that wouldn’t die: 6 cases of auto longevity

In this age of ultra-short product lifecycles where a three-model-year run unchanged is an eternity, it’s tough to imagine the same basic design being produced for three separate decades or more. Here are six cars well known to most Americans that all had tortoise-like life spans:  

Biggest automotive disappointments of all time

Biggest automotive disappointments of all time

Some new cars sneak into the world under the radar with little baggage in the form of expectations (realistic or otherwise).  Others are so heavily touted or anticipated that even the best can sink under the weight of unrealistic pressures. Here are some that, in addition to being under the microscope when introduced, suffered from […]

By May 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →