This Colorado Parts Yard Collected Classic Cars for Decades

A bright orange Ford pickup sits wrapped around a tree. The truck dips in the center from the force of impact, its headlights shoved around either side of its arboreal lover. Surprise though! The tree embraced by 1978 chrome isn’t the one that did the damage. Automotive artists Gary and Alice Corns sat the crumpled Ford against the tree in their wrecking yard as a visual joke, and visitors to Colorado Auto and Parts enjoyed it so much it’s become a permanent installation. “We moved it once and people asked us where it was, so we had to put it back,” said company president Alice. It’s just one of the quirky presentations you’ll find in in the parts yard’s 38-acre recycling facility.

Alice Corns’s parents started the auto-recycling business in 1959. Now she runs it with her husband and sons, Eric and Adam. “Back then it was called a wrecking

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2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, 2021 Ford F-150, Mansory LeMansory: This Week’s Top Photos

Dodge unleashed a new version of its Challenger muscle car that packs a heady 807 horsepower. It features many of the mods from 2018’s Challenger SRT Demon, but unlike the drag special the new Super Stock isn’t a limited edition. It’s available for 2020 and will continue to be available for 2021.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Folks with families can also join in on the fun because Dodge has also added a new Durango SRT Hellcat for 2021. The fast family hauler packs the same engine as the Super Stock, the familiar Hellcat 6.2-lighter supercharged V-8, though it’s been tuned to deliver 710 hp in this particular application.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Dodge also gave its Charger a power boost. The muscle sedan in wide-body guise has a new SRT Hellcat Widebody Redeye edition complete with 797 hp.

2021 Ford F-150

2021 Ford F-150

Ford unveiled a new

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History of the Autobahn

The autobahn. Germany. Take a poll, and you’ll likely find that just about every gearhead dreams of driving on autobahns, Germany’s speed-limit-free, no-holds-barred highways—though driving them isn’t necessarily the experience you might expect. How did these famed road networks come to be, why are there no speed limits, and what’s it really like to drive at any speed you like? Cinch up that seat belt and let’s find out.

Early German Autobahn History

The world’s first limited-access highways—ones on which vehicles could only enter or exit at designated points—were built in New York in the early 1900s. In Germany, construction on the first controlled-access highway began in 1913, though World War I delayed its opening until 1921. The Automobil Verkehrs und Übungsstraße (Automobile Traffic and Training Road), built just outside of Berlin, doubled as a race and test track. It was basically two straightaways bracketed by banked turns, but

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2021 Audi Q5, 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS, 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: The Week In Reverse

Audi updated its Q5 for 2021, we slid behind the wheel of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS, and Dodge launched the new 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.

Audi’s popular Q5 crossover SUV was given an update. The exterior hasn’t changed much because this update is all about the interior, where buyers are treated with better materials and an up-to-date infotainment system.

Dodge has added a new Durango SRT Hellcat for 2021. The fast family hauler packs the familiar 6.2-lighter supercharged V-8 which has been tuned here to deliver 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque.

Dodge also added a new Challenger SRT Super Stock—a street-legal drag special for anyone who missed out on the Demon. Unlike the Demon, the 807-hp Super Stock isn’t a limited edition. It’s available for 2020 and will continue to be available for

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How Chrysler Decades Ago Invented the Sport Compact Car With Its Dart, Demon, and Duster 340

Big Engines for Small Cars

Pontiac’s 1964 GTO, based on the compact Tempest, had already proven young people would buy a small car with big power, something Chrysler must have had in mind when it sculpted the A-body’s new engine compartment. Originally sized for six-cylinder engines and the LA-series small-block V-8, the A-body now had just enough room to accommodate a big block. Plymouth had already stuffed the massive 383-cubic-inch (6.3-liter) V-8 in the Barracuda S, and late in 1967 Dodge followed suit with the big-block Dart GTS.

It’s understatement to say the Dart GTS was compromised. Squeezing the 383 into the Dart’s engine bay required a convoluted exhaust that cut the engine’s output from 325 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque in the bigger cars to 280 hp/400 lb-ft. There was no room for air conditioning or a power steering pump. Turning the heavy,

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Ford’s 7.3-liter V-8 now available as a crate engine

Ford’s 7.3-liter V-8 that debuted in the 2020 Super Duty is being offered as a crate engine by Ford Performance.

The monster engine, part number M-6007-73 on the Ford Performance website, costs $8,150 and is known to be capable of fitting in an F-150 or Mustang. However, before you starting dreaming up some wild engine swaps, note that the 7.3-liter V-8 is more suited to heavy hauling than high speeds.

For instance, it features a heavy cast iron block, and its peak numbers of 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque aren’t going to set any Internet forums alight.

You might be thinking the numbers are pretty low given the displacement, an impressive 445 cubic inches. It has to do with the engine being tuned to deliver more grunt lower in the rev range. The engine generates over 400 lb-ft from as early as 1,500 rpm, and this stays

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