We’re wrapping up this week with a trip back to the ‘80s, GM style. This decade was packed with performance vehicles and things only went up from there. We’re talking Regal GN, Monte Carlo SS and the list goes on. MotorWeek’s retro flashback pays homage to three long-lost GM performance icons and it’s just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy.
The Buick Y-Job was was created under the direction of Harley Earl. The car debuted in 1938 and even though it was way before its time in terms of styling and technology, the concept made a huge impact on that market, showing the public what the car could be. Even though the car was so advanced (much of it was aircraft-inspired), it was surprisingly practical for everyday driving. In fact, Harley Earl drove it himself for some time.
In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Earl’s successor and GM’s current design boss, Michael Simcoe road shotgun when Leno took it for a spin. Seems like Leno and Simcoe didn’t venture onto public roads, but this ride is an absolute classic, and we love it. Enjoy.
For our favorite car guy Mike Musto, most rides don’t come as a surprise – until this roadster came along. This is the 1,500HP 1932 Roadster and it just may throw you for a loop. Join Musto and the guys at THE DRIVE as they introduce us to this unique hot-rod equipped with a 4-digit power number. Enjoy.
Long before the days of the Chrysler 300, the marque played a role in helping the Allies defeat Hitler during World War II. From engineering expertise to the women who made strides in the effort, this is major automaking history. Today we become a part of that history through the retelling. Chrysler’s documentary is called Automakers and the Arsenal of Democracy and it’s worth the watch. Check it out, right here:
Dodge just announced a new package option for Challenger customers. Inspired by the 1971 Challenger Shakedown Dodge, this piece of American muscle can now get even more old school. The Shakedown package is an exterior stripe kit with some interior content. A new Alpine audio system, white instrument gauges, and the asymmetrical black stripe are all included.
The package will cost $995 and is available on the following models:
-5.7-liter V8 R/T Shaker and R/T Plus Shaker
-392 HEMI Scat Pack Challengers with a 6.4-liter V8
Also available will be the iconic B5 Blue and Plum Crazy purple paint options for all Challenger T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392 models. We hope you are loving the ’60s and ’70s vibes Dodge is giving off right now. We know we do. Enjoy.