The Ultimate Six-Pack: Unbelievable Muscle-Car Barn Finds

As the automotive world hurtles at light speed toward electrification and autonomy and whatever else is around the corner, and the old ways of the previous century’s enthusiasts are supplanted one by one by a newer generation eager to create its own traditions, it’s understandable some folks may feel a ping of nostalgia when catching a fleeting glimpse of an antique machine rolling down the highway. With every passing year, sightings of muscle cars and other classics get rarer. As I try to make sense of the barn find phenomenon, I keep coming back to the hope that perhaps not as many of these old cars were crushed or rusted into the earth as previously thought. They aren’t on the road, but they’ve got to be somewhere, right?

What Is a Barn Find?

Although you might rightfully think a classic car being discovered in a barn is all that qualifies

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Petersen Automotive Museum Archivist Laura Fisher Preserves Car History

LOS ANGELES—The late Robert E. Petersen, born in East Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1926, began his career in public relations as a messenger at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he promptly transitioned into a publicist role. Long before he founded the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A., Petersen throughout his adolescence worked on cars with the guidance of his father, who encouraged him to learn everything he could about working on them by cleaning parts. During his time at MGM, Petersen joined the Army Air Corps in World War II as a photographer, during which time he developed an affinity for automotive photography.

Upon returning from his military service, MGM fired Petersen and others. Having a principal role in forming the consulting firm Hollywood Publicity Associates with former MGM staffers, Petersen became heavily involved in hot-rodding. Envisioning something larger-than-life, he left his post at Hollywood Publicity Associates and launched Petersen

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Driving ICON’s 1949 Hudson Derelict: Mind. Blown.

CHATSWORTH, California—Don’t make the same mistake that I did—assuming that this 1949 Hudson Commodore, latest in ICON’s Derelict series of one-off builds, is just a beautiful old car with a massive modern motor.

I mean, the ICON Hudson is a beautiful old car with a massive modern motor—a supercharged LS9 Corvette engine, if you must know—and it does everything you’d expect, i.e. melt its own tires like they were made of butter, accelerate like a proper muscle car, and leave any and all comers in its V-8-bellowy wake. It’ll also stop and turn like a modern car. No, that’s not right—it doesn’t turn exactly like a modern car, and there’s a very good reason for that.

Why ICON’s 1949 Hudson Is Magic

The ICON Hudson’s steering has some on-center play, just as I imagine it had in 1949 when it was new. Its straight-line ride is a dignified

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Eight of the Greatest Sports Concept Cars of the 2010s

It’s easy to criticize, but far more difficult to create. We love the excitement that a stunning new concept car brings to the automotive world, but automakers take huge risks in bringing their visions of the automotive future to the public eye. Get a concept car right and it can bring optimism and renewed energy to a product line. Get a concept wrong and the negative perception can be difficult to live down. Here are eight of our favorite 2010s sports car concepts—cars that not only look incredible, but make us want to climb inside and go for a long drive.

2010 Jaguar C-X75

2011 Cadillac Ciel

Though Cadillac experienced something of a brand resurgence in the new millennium with its properly engaging CTS sports sedan and a new “Art and Science” design language, by 2011 it was still searching for

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Chevy Nomad Concept From the 2004 Detroit Show

Before the Great Recession threw a wrench in its plans, General Motors seemed intent on competing in the affordable sports car segment with its rear-drive Kappa platform beyond the short-lived Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky (as well as international variants of the latter from the likes of Opel and Daewoo). Thanks to the market crash, we’ll never really know what would have been. That said, we do know the company teased the possibility of a small two-door wagon for the Chevrolet brand at the 2004 Detroit auto show. Christened the Nomad, the rear-drive concept drew some inspiration from the Corvette-based concept car that donned the same name a half of a century earlier (and less from the Camaro-based 1999 Nomad concept).

Power for the reborn Nomad concept came courtesy of a 250-hp turbocharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, which routed its grunt to the drive wheels by

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The BMW 7 Series: History, Generations, Specifications

BMW 7 Series Essential History

1978-1987 First Generation (E23)

BMW launched the original 7 Series in 1977 as a replacement for the previous Bavaria large four-door sedan, the latter having shared its E3 platform with the sporty 3.0 CSI coupe. If the Bavaria was by then a relic of the 1960s, the 7 Series was a huge step forward, meant to compete directly with Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class and Jaguar’s XJ executive sedans. In the U.S., we got the 733i as a 1978 model year car and its fuel-injected, 3.2-liter straight-six produced 177 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque, solid numbers for the day. Later models used turbocharged inline sixes for even more power. The first 7 Series was equipped with a four-speed manual transmission as standard (an optional three-speed automatic cost $530). Technology was impressive for the day, with a then-advanced system for checking vital

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