When Color Names Were Plum Crazy – A Look Back at High Impact Colors


 

There’s a theory out there that the variety of car colors offered at any given time is a direct reflection on how well the economy is doing at that time. If the economy is slow, the available color palette for that model year would be mainly black, gray, silver and white. While pocketbooks are stretched, customers want to retain retail value, opting for “safer” colors. The opposite also holds true when the economy is booming, colors get more outlandish and vibrant. Well, if the theory is correct, 1969 must have been…

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When Color Names Were Plum Crazy – A Look Back at High Impact Colors

From Elephant to Hellcat: The evolution of the HEMI® engine range from 426 to 707

Few badges inspire as much lore as “HEMI®” V8. From its days stuffed inside a Dodge Coronet cruising Main Street in the glory days of the muscle car, the HEMI engine has thrilled generations with its power, torque and signature orange paint. But even though a HEMI engine of some form has been in production since the early ‘50s, its popularity didn’t really take off until 1964, when the 426 was unveiled. 
 

1968 426 HEMI V8 Cutaway 

The 426 HEMI V8 was not borne from the boulevard, it was a product of the…

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From Elephant to Hellcat: The evolution of the HEMI® engine range from 426 to 707

Shake, Rattle and Roll – The history of the IQECAG (a.k.a. the Shaker hood)

If you’ll harken back to your middle school science class with me for a second, you’ll remember that in order to make fire, you need three ingredients: fuel, ignition and air – or, more specifically, oxygen. You’ll also remember that cold air is denser than hot air, putting more oxygen in the same amount of volume. While the modern internal combustion engine does a fine job of delivering fuel and ignition, that cold air part becomes tricky as you try to route fresh air from outside through a hot engine compartment. 
 

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Shake, Rattle and Roll – The history of the IQECAG (a.k.a. the Shaker hood)