Yesterday, I got the July issue of Motor Trend in the mail. As I look at the cover, a topic pops into my head…
Did they run out of ideas for new muscle cars and have to re-make the muscle cars of years past? Is it a nostalgia thing, or are they just not coming up with new styles that the gearheads will like? It seems like every couple issues, they test the same models.
Chevy made a new version of the late 60s Camaro. I like that it looks quite a bit like (what I consider their best body style) the ’68 Camaro. What I don’t like is that it looks a little ‘small’. It doesn’t seem as beefy as the old Camaros. I did not care for the Camaro after the late ’60s. The new ones are the first I kind of like since then.
Ford did the same thing with the Mustang. After the movie Gone in 60 Seconds, the love affair with the old ’67 Shelby GT500 was re-ignited. Ford jumped on it and tried to make a modern day version of a breathtakingly beautiful car. In my opinion, they failed horribly. I was never a Mustang fan before I saw the movie, and I still am not. I do, however, really like the ’67 Shelby GT500. There are a lot of kit cars running around now replicating “Eleanor“. The new Mustangs just don’t have a good look like the old ones did.
Another car that has been reincarnated is the Dodge Challenger. I like the look of this car quite a bit. I think Dodge did a great job at replicating the car and keeping it proportionate to it’s predecessor. I wish they had done the same thing with the Charger. I am a huge “Dukes of Hazzard” fan and love that orange car with the 01 on the side of it. What did they come out with? Some big, ugly, four door tank. Fail.
Everyone has a favorite muscle car, like the Chevelle, Charger or the GTO. Does that mean that we can expect to see these cars again in the future? Are they going to bring back the Gremlin, or the Pacer? Why can’t they come up with new cars that appeal to the gearheads? Or is the Prowler a sign of what happens when they try that? What car would you like to see redone?