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Spotting Great Classic Cars on the Highway

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By Edited Jun 25, 2016 2 1

You Can See Some Great Cars Out There

There is nothing better than seeing a classic Corvette, Mercedes, muscle car, or other vehicle traveling on the highway. Cars were made to be used but today too many antique ones are relegated to garages. It is rare to see certain ones on the road at all. There are a variety of reasons for this fact, of course, but it makes seeing a nice classic on the highway a big treat for those of us who enjoy old classics.

Many antique models will not be driven if the weather is poor. This means that in some localities there may be five months in the year, or more, where classic vehicles will stay under cover. Even in the summer, if the weather is poor, owners may choose to leave their best ride at home in the garage.

The classic car is something of a rarity now. Those produced in the 1950's, 1960's, and even the 1970's, can qualify to be classics. While many are quite special models from past ages, even well preserved examples can now earn the term. Certainly any vehicle manufactured before 1990 is rarely seen on the road today. Older units are now more likely to be in fairly good shape because poor examples have been retired for various reasons.

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Chevrolet Classics

There are many fantastic classic cars that were made by Chevrolet. Many of these are the favorite car for many people. The sedans built in 1955, 56 and 57 are extremely popular. Convertible and two door models are especially desired. Prices for a great example can be quite high. These cars were shipped with many optional engine choices. Some were even delivered with Corvette engines with fuel injection systems.

Other classic Chevrolet models include the Impala, Camaro and Nova. It's great to see these old cruisers on the road these days. Many of them are 30, 40, 50, or more, years old. Depending on the installed engine, they can be some of the fastest and most powerful cars that you will see driving today. Few cars will out race a 1970 Chevrolet Nova if it has the 454SS engine installed.

Chevrolet produced a number of amazing vehicles between the early 1950's and the early 1970's. Besides the Corvette, enthusiasts were treated to the Camaro Z28, Nova 327SS, and Impala SS. Many of these were equipped with such legendary engines as the 327 "Fuelie", the 302, 427 tri-power, and the enormous 454. While these engines had their fans, many prefer such obscure engines as the 409 and the ubiquitous 396. Coupled with a four speed manual transmission, the driving impact was amazing.

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Chrysler Classics

The Chrysler corporation produced a great many classic vehicles, some of which are true legends. No other company seems to have shipped quite as many models with features that would be remembered for a lifetime.

The most familiar feature released by Chrysler has to be the "Hemi" engine. This "V-8" came in various sizes, most notably the 426 cubic inch units in the 1960's and early 1970's. The 426 Hemi shipped with two four barrel carburetors which, coupled with radical internals, essentially made the engine a racing unit. In fact, many owners raced their 426 Hemi exactly as it arrived from the factory, despite the company having marketed the engine as the "Street Hemi".

Even when manufactured, the 426 Hemi was an expensive option for models such as the Charger, Challenger, and GTX. Dodge and Plymouth models could be ordered with many different engine options, the vast majority of which being simply utilitarian. Some astute enthusiasts were able to take advantage of the complex ordering process. Armed with an article published in a period "hot rod" magazine, they were able to factory order a Chrysler car that was inexpensive and plain in every respect, except for the addition of the ordering code signifying that the car was to be equipped with a 426 Hemi engine.

Besides the Hemi engine, some Chrysler models shipped with triple two barrel carburetors, convertible tops, or racing body work. In some cases, cars were festooned with several such features. Some, like the "Super Bee" or the Charger Daytona, were actually full race models which were sold to the public in order to qualify for stock car status. Buyers knew what they were getting, and paid for the priviledge. These cars are quite valuable today.

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Other Great Classic Vehicles

When you see any of these cars on the roads today, you know that you have seen a great ride!

Chevrolet Corvette, most years, especially 1953 to 1967
From the original model, to the split window, to the 427 tri-power, Corvettes have fascinated owners and admirers alike.

Ford Mustang, especially between 1964 and about 1971
Made using many parts from other models, it sold well at first and was a commercial success. It continued to sell for decades, with changes added through the years to fit consumer needs. Despite a very misguided production run in the early 1980's, Ford was able to re-engineer the model and release more successful versions. They continue to be manufactured and are now modern classics.

Dodge Charger or Challenger from the mid 1960's to the early 1970's
Some of these were equipped in racing trim. Classic options included manual transmissions and the Challenger convertible.

Plymouth Barracuda from 1968 to 1972
Produced in two versions, the early units are equipped similarly to the Dodge Dart or Valiant. Later models were close cousins of the Dodge Challenger.

There are also great import cars driving around on nice days:

Porsche 356, 911 and 944 models
Other units are modern classics such as the Boxster.

Ferrari, any

Lamborghini, any

Alpha Romeo

Datsun 240z

Mazda RX7

Mini, cute old British style



Mar 29, 2014 1:34am
Dad has restored a few vehicles and it is a shame because some people love to damage them. You can never take one of these shopping and leave it unattended. Because when you come back you will more than likely find someone has scratched a mark right down the side.
When traveling they take photos of all the old ones they see. I reckon they were built better in the old days. Great article.
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