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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 race...

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Cost of car ownership rises 2 percent

Beau Boeckmann, vice president of Los Angeles-based Galpin

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Here's some solace for LIRR riders still upset over this year's fare hikes: the cost of car ownership also increased in 2013, by about 2 percent, according to AAA.

The motoring organization's annual "Your Driving Costs" survey, released April 16, calculates the costs of maintenance, fuel, tires, insurance and depreciation on a new vehicle that is driven over five years and 75,000...

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In the Garage: 1967 Pontiac GTO

This 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop is owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop owned by Christopher and Gary Werner

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The iconic Pontiac GTO, offered from 1964 to 1974 and again from 2004 to 2006, is considered by many to be the father of modern muscle cars. By 1967, it had already solidified its place at the top of the heap, with standard models sporting a 335-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch V-8 engine...

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Pit Stop: Upcoming Long Island car shows

Saturday, Apr. 13: 36th Annual LI Regional License Plate Sale & Show; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., admission $5; Elks Lodge, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa; info: 631-281-4559 . . .

Sunday, Apr. 14: St. Patrick’s School 8th Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., adults $5, children free; 280 E. Main St., Smithtown; info: . . .

Monday, Apr. 15: ‘Everything...

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Mercedes-Benz electric car premieres at 2013 New York auto show

Plug in for fuel. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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If you’re planning on heading to the New York International Auto Show (it runs through Sunday, April 7), you’d be well-served to visit the Mercedes-Benz’s display.

This past week, the German automaker took to its makeshift stage and premiered its first-ever fully electric vehicle to the world. It’s still there and you can’t miss it; the cute hatchback sticks out like a sore thumb among the...

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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: 1954 Packard Convertible

Wayne Hedlund owns this 1954 Packard Convertible.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1954 Packard Convertible owned by Wayne Hedlund

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING What better way to celebrate the first week of spring than to glide down Long Island’s roads in a topless powder-blue Packard? While the Packard would vanish from showrooms a few years later, it was still very much a luxury car in 1954. Putting yourself behind the wheel of a Convertible such as...

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In the Garage: 1977 Toyota Celica GT

The 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback owned by John Herman

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING “You’ll feel Celica excitement the very first time you drive one,” says the Toyota sales brochure for 1977. “And you’ll never get tired of it.” That could certainly apply to Herman, who has owned his Liftback since new and has kept it in immaculate condition. “The Toyota Celica name is derived...

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In the Garage: 1972 Plymouth Duster 340

The 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 coupe is owned

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 coupe owned by Bill Peysson

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The muscular Duster 340 offered sporty good looks and barrels of fun at a modest price, even though it was conceived as the federal government began to rein in horsepower due to more stringent emission controls. “A note of significance, though a somewhat sad note to the muscle car era, is that...

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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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