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In the Garage: 1957 Ford Thunderbird

The 1957 Ford Thunderbird owned by Joseph P.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS  1957 Ford Thunderbird owned by Joseph P. and Arlene Nolan

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING When the two-seat Thunderbird debuted in 1955, it outsold its direct competitor – the Chevrolet Corvette – by a ratio of 23 to 1 and continued to be a hit right through the ’57 model year. Yet while Chevrolet stuck with its dual-passenger sports car and turned it into a top-selling...

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Saratoga Automobile Museum worth a trip for Charles Lindbergh car

Roderick Wilde, of Wilde EVolutions, Inc., drives his

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ROAD TRIP Saratoga Automobile Museum currently featuring a collection of 14 vehicles that have been American favorites, from a 1929 Ford hot rod to a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup; an exhibit on auto racing in New York State (including Long Island’s Vanderbilt Cup), with a number of race cars on display; a collection of classic cars manufactured in New York, including Charles Lindbergh’s 1928 Franklin;...

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In the Garage: 1978 Ford Mustang II Cobra

The 1978 Ford Mustang II Cobra owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1978 Ford Mustang II Cobra owned by Peter Piciulo

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING A 1973 oil embargo and tighter federal emission standards put a dent in the American muscle car market, but Ford struggled to keep the spirit alive with a Mustang II sharply diminished in size, horsepower and enthusiast appeal. Still, these cars – built from 1974 to 1978 – were a hit with consumers...

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Bacon-wrapped Ford Fiesta pays homage to America's favorite snack

The full bacon wrap on the 2014 Ford

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No, the bacon craze didn't reach the apex of its absurdity with the establishment of Aug. 31 as International Bacon Day, or even with the inclusion of the salty swine snack in an ice cream sundae at Burger King. Rather, the obsession may have climaxed earlier this week when Ford announced its newest automobile design option: bacon-wrapped 2014 Fiestas.

The automaker said it would offer the...

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Ford F-250 tops Cadillac Escalade for highest theft rate

A 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV on display at

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For the first time in a decade the Cadillac Escalade is not the vehicle with the highest theft rate in the U.S.

Known for its popularity among rappers and athletes, the Escalade had maintained a theft rate of about 11 claims per 1,000 insured vehicle years since first taking hold of the top spot in 2003.

But among 2010 through 2012 model-year vehicles, the Ford F-250 — a pickup truck...

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Diesel car owners save thousands in just three years

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, at the 2013

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Owners of diesel-powered cars save about $2,000 to $6,000 over three to five years compared to owners of corresponding gas models, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study released yesterday. While diesel-engined cars typically cost more to purchase, they save money over time through a combination of superior fuel economy and slower rate of depreciation.

The...

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In the Garage: 1969 Ford Maverick

The 1969 Ford Maverick is owned by John

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Ford Maverick owned by John Frohnhoefer

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING As Japanese car brands began to make inroads in the U.S. during the late ‘60s, American manufacturers were feeling the pressure. Ford responded in 1969 with the Maverick, an economical, sporty coupe that became the first car for many a Long Island baby boomer. These “compacts” were fairly spartan,...

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New York auto show: Ford Atlas hints at future of pickups

The Ford Atlas concept, which hints at the

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Light trucks are relegated to undercard status at the New York auto show. Yes, they’re given exhibit space, but it’s on the bottom floor, tucked beneath the luxury vehicles and best-sellers on the Javits Center’s main level and coupled with other so-called “specialty vehicles.”

But those brave enough to venture downstairs are greeted right at the entrance by one of the more exciting concept...

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In the Garage: 1978 Ford LTD

The 1978 Ford LTD four-door pillared hardtop is

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1978 Ford LTD four-door pillared hardtop owned by Gregg D. Merksamer

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING At almost 19 feet long and over 4,200 lbs., the 1978 LTD was Ford’s top-of-the-line luxury model and it marked the company’s 75th anniversary. Merksamer’s ride accentuates its length and heft with an unusual factory green color combination that would do itself proud at any St....

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In the Garage: 1940 Ford Deluxe

THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS 1940 Ford Deluxe

THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS 1940 Ford Deluxe opera coupe owned by Connie and John Delillo

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING While more than 20,000 of these fluid and stylish Ford coupes (also known as “business coupes”) hit the road in 1940, so many were hot-rodded or otherwise modified for stock car and dirt track racing that it’s rare to see one in its original form. Yet even in stock guise, these cars...

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