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In the Garage: 2010 Dodge Challenger

The 2010 Dodge Challenger ?Mr. Norm GSS? edition

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

2010 Dodge Challenger “Mr. Norm GSS” edition owned by Jimmy Psomias WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

With auto critics and enthusiasts now proclaiming a second golden age of muscle cars, owners of these newer vehicles are wondering just how many will become collectibles in the future. A prime candidate might be Psomias’ bright purple Challenger, of which only 400 were...

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Jeep dealership on Long Island illustrates corporate pressures

A red Jeep Grand Cherokee causes controversy at

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For all the automobile knowledge car enthusiasts possess – from engine types, to design elements and interior luxuries – there’s one aspect of a vehicle’s life that remains mysterious to most: how they get sold. But a report last week by National Public Radio’s '‘This American Life’' program sheds new light on the sales process by shadowing a Long Island Jeep dealership, and each of its salespeople,...

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In the Garage: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T is owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1969 Dodge Charger R/T owned by Jack McCloy WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

With their “Coke-bottle” rear fenders and serious power, these second-generation Chargers built from 1968 to 1970 are among the most attractive and coveted of vintage American muscle cars. The 1969 version would gain fame as the rubber-burning ride of the Duke boys in the “Dukes of Hazzard”...

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In the Garage: 1974 Dodge Charger

This 1974 Dodge Charger is owned by Andrew

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1974 Dodge Charger owned by Andrew N. Vourlos WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

The “fuselage” styling and superior engineering of these Chargers, built from 1971 to 1974, made them a hit on the racing circuit, with legendary driver Richard Petty racking up 25 NASCAR wins alone. Vourlos’ model has led a much quieter existence. “The Charger lived its entire life on Long...

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In the Garage: 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

Jim Mango is the owner of this 1969

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1969 Dodge Dart GTS convertible drag racer owned by Jim Mango WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

Chrysler first offered the Dart GTS in late 1967 as a limited-edition junior muscle car to compete with the Chevrolet Nova SS. In stock form, it would go on to win its share of stoplight drag races. Mango’s convertible kicks things up a few notches. “It has always been a drag...

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Families in focus during 2013 New York Auto Show

Visitors to the 2013 New York International Auto

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Don’t be alarmed as you notice SpongeBob SquarePants and built-in vehicle vacuums taking precedence over engine cylinders and transmissions at the New York Auto Show. It’s all part of car manufacturers’ renewed focus on the family car buyer. Toyota, Honda, BMW, Chrysler Group and General Motors all took the 2013 New York International Auto Show as a chance to appeal to family-oriented consumers...

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In the Garage: 1968 Dodge Super Bee

Frank Damiani has owned the 1968 Dodge Super

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1968 Dodge Super Bee coupe owned by Frank Damiani WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

While the Dodge and Plymouth divisions were both part of Chrysler Corp., they still became intense rivals in the muscle car wars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. “The 1968 Super Bee was introduced to compete against the popular Plymouth Road Runner with the same premise of high performance at an...

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In the Garage: 1966 Dodge Coronet 500

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1966 Dodge Coronet

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1966 Dodge Coronet 500 sedan owned by Andrew N. Vourlos WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

While sedans of the ‘60s have been gaining collector interest as prices rise for more preferred convertibles or coupes, there’s a whole lot more to the story behind Vourlos’ Coronet. It’s been part of his family for over 46 years. “It was our primary car, serving as a daily driver...

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