Raising Hell

In our last episode of “Horsepower,” I warbled along to this essential point: New cars just don’t really do it for me.

Editor Pickering, my Instigator in Chief, responded with, “That was great! And now I have a new car coming for ya!” I think he likes to watch me squirm. Having already piloted a Hellcat-powered Charger down the West Coast and back on one of his trips to Pebble Beach, I think he figured some seat time in a Read More

In With the Old

The 1993 introduction of the fourth-gen Camaro rocked me right to the depths of my puny pre-teen core.

Really, it was just that one commercial — the one with the red Z/28 drifting sideways across wet asphalt in slow motion — that did it for me. Long, low, and packing 275 horsepower, the car came with a 6-speed manual transmission and a cup holder big enough to hold a Slurpee. The hook was deeply set.

The idea that Chevrolet was Read More

1942 Willys Americar Gasser

Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
  • Ford 427 SOHC side-oiler engine #G5AE6059B
  • Engine purchased through Jim Aikey Ford in Des Plaines, IL, by Richard Wolter for $3,200 in 1968
  • Engine invoice specifies the 427 Cammer was intended for a drag-racing Willys
  • Accompanied with a very rare 427 SOHC engine service manual that demonstrates how to properly tune the engine for competition
  • Steel body with fiberglass tilt front end
  • Straight front axle with shock absorbers
  • Roll cage, safety harness
  • Two 4-barrel carburetors
  • Floor-shifted automatic transmission
  • Black Read More