No compromises, no waiting, no equal. The Viper’s 8.0 liter v-10 engine made 450 enthusiastic horsepower and great sound effects. Power characteristics were above reproach; the Rt/10 pulled like a rocket sled at full throttle, yet was supremely progressive and controllable.
With standard air conditioning and dual airbags, the RT/10′s interior seemed downright modern. It featured adjustable foot controls like the GTS coupes, and the leather steering wheel, shifter, and parking brake handles were color matched (either red or blue) to the car’s exterior hue.
Posted on 04. Dec, 2013 by BajaBusta.
The Malibu’s prettier G-car sister, Monte Carlo, featured a revised SS model with expanded color availability, standard bucket seats, console shifter, 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, new graphics, as well as larger front air dam, and rar spoiler. In addition to the NASCAR inspired, base, and CL version of the Monte Carlo continued […]
Posted on 03. Dec, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Oldsmobile’s exercise in suspended animation, the Ciera, was mercifully terminated. In its place was the vigorous new Cutlass, a clean-slate effort ‘exactly’ related to Chevy’s Malibu mid-size sedan for 1997. About all that was left from the old Ciera bloodline was Oldsmobile’s close attention to the bottom line. On the features per dollar score the […]
Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Movie-goers got a sneak peek at Mercedes’ innovative new Sport/Utility vehicle in “Jurassic Park: The Lost World”. Stripped of its special effects appendages, the M-Class was poised and ready to conquer your personal urban jungle. As the first entry in the Mercedes Benz mainstream Sport Utility line, the ML320 grafted a fresh, new strain into […]
Posted on 01. Dec, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Although blasphemy to off road purists, its indisputable that the SUV became the station wagon of the 90s. Had you looked around then, the view would be Ford Explorers and Chevy Tahoe’s standing above the automotive sea with startling frequency. This mega trend spawned a sub genre often referred to as sport/cutes, a legion of […]
Posted on 30. Nov, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Chevrolet Celebrity, offered in 2-door coupe, and 4- door sedan models for 1983. Base engine was the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder with a 2.8 liter gasoline and 4.3 liter diesel V-6s optional. Automatic 3-speed only transmission offering, to be superseded by THM 440c 4-speed automatic overdrive transaxle later in the 1983 model year. Electronic tuning radios […]
Posted on 29. Nov, 2013 by BajaBusta.
With Ford and Chevy fighting a tough battle with their respective pickup trucks for the title of top selling vehicle in America, Dodge marketers were taking a different tactic altogether. Instead, the goal was simply to be taken seriously and offer something the others didn’t have. The previous Ram pickup was the […]
Posted on 28. Nov, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Swoopy, sexy, and insanely popular at auto shows, shown as late as 2004, but never put into production. Why not? With an exterior designed under Tom Gale and an interior designed under Trevor Creed, the beautiful Dodge Charger concept was supposed to be powered by a 4.7 liter V8 fitted to run on compressed natural […]
Posted on 28. Nov, 2013 by BajaBusta.
The mini-minivan. the Expo line earned the title ‘Mini-minivan’ for blending compact van features in a subcompact wagon size. Two versions were offered, both with front or 4-wheel drive, both with transverse 4-cylinder engines mounted in their nose and both with a one piece lift gate hatch. The standard Expo came […]
Posted on 27. Nov, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Yes, it was a long wait, but the C5 (fifth generation) Corvette was finally in the showroom by the end of 1996. With a longer wheelbase, a radically more rigid chassis, and a new optional real-time variable damping system, handling was at a new high. Under the hood was a totally […]