Well, the sales figures are in for 2018, and to no ones surprise, the Ford Mustang comes out on top. The runner up is the Dodge Challenger, and behind the Challenger is the Camaro. Ford sold a total of 75,842 Mustangs in 2018. Technically, this represents a 7.4% decrease in sales from the previous year, but the blue oval still came out first in the muscle car wars.
The Dodge Challenger claims second place, and the brand has a reason to celebrate as they are the only company that saw an increase in muscle car sales in 2018. Challenger sales increased by 3% with a total of 66,716 cars sold. And finally, the last place spot goes to the Chevrolet Camaro. 50,693 cars were sold last year, which is a 25% decrease from the previous year. Oof. Despite its chassis and 3 different engine options, the Camaro falls behind in the ever lasting muscle car race. Only time will tell how (and if,) the numbers will shift in 2019. We shall see…
We have some exciting news for Transformers fans today. All four Bumblebee Camaros from every Transformer film will head to the Barrett-Jackson auction this month in Scottsdale, Arizona. Back in the mid-2000s Chevy was gearing up to bring the Camaro back to the forefront of its lineup. But before it was officially revealed, the fifth-generation model landed a role in the first Transformer movie as the Autobot Bumblebee. Other iterations made the subsequent films, including the 2010 and 2013 Camaros.
The four cars will be sold together as a package and all proceeds will be donated to Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization with a mission to “build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.” We’ll be sure to update you when the cars are officially up for grabs on January 19th but until then, enjoy.
There’s been quite a bit of buzz about the Ford Mustang Bullitt since it debuted over a year ago at the Detroit Auto Show. The 2019 model is a nod to the original Mustang that starred alongside Steve McQueen in the 1968 film “Bullitt.” The resurgence of the iconic muscle car celebrated the film’s 50th anniversary and debut alongside the two original ‘Stangs used in the film.
Sean Kiernan, (the owner of the original Bullitt) has absolutely no plans to sell the car (we can’t blame him). But if he did he could probably rake in a cool $4 million if we had to guess. Now most of us probably wouldn’t be able to swing that (let’s be honest here,) but you might be able to own a very small piece of the Bullitt Mustang for just $25.
An extremely small piece of paint from the unrestored Bullitt will be incorporated into a one-of-a-kind watch. The watch containing a little piece of automotive and cinematic history will be raffled off to benefit Drive Toward a Cure, a charity that has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit Parkinson’s disease research.
The deets about the watch:
Includes a paint chip from the original Mustang Bullitt (oh, did we mention that already?)
Aluminum 46-millimeter case
Features sapphire crystal on the front and back
Artwork by Nicolas Hunziker with the Mustang on the face
Custom storage box
Valued at $35,000
Raffle sales started back in October, and will be capped at 1,968 tickets. The winner will be announced at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California on January 27th. Interested? You’ll need to act fast, as ticket sales are wrapping up this month. Check it out, right here.
Ford announced earlier this year that a slew of its models would be discontinued. Specifically, the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, and the Focus RS. But not to worry, the blue oval is wasting no time and recently confirmed a bunch of new cars for this year. We already know that the Mustang Shelby GT500 and the 2020 Explorer will go to market. Both models are set to debut this month at Detroit. And thanks to Mike Levin, Ford North American product communications chief, we now know about even more models we’ll see in 2019. Levin confirmed on Twitter saying, “So many new Ford vehicles coming in 2019, including Explorer, Escape, Mustang GT500, F-Series Super Duty and Transit.
Unfortunately, no details have been released about the Escape, F-Series Super Duty, or the Transit. But we can’t imagine we’ll have to wait too long. Until then, stay tuned.
Hennessey Performance Engineering has a long standing reputation of taking insane cars and somehow making them even crazier. And that holds true with the work they did on the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The company created the HPE1000 package, which helps the Demon produce a staggering 880 horsepower at the rear wheels and 1,035-hp at the crank.
You’ve probably already seen the HPE1000 Demon fly down the drag strip, so that’s not what this video today is about. The video we have for your viewing pleasure is more focused on how the car does under more civil driving. Just to review, the biggest upgrades included in the package are the 4.5-liter supercharger, a new throttle body, headers, fuel injectors, and an HPE calibration to make sure everything works harmoniously. Click the video below to see it for yourself. Enjoy.