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  Muscle cars are a product of the American car maker between late 60's and the oil crisis in the 70's. Those car featured enormous gas hungry engines producing over 500 horse power. Handling was poor but price was cheap and design was agressive. Those cars are now worth over million dollar and they are the symbol of the bold American cars forever. To name a few iconic muscle cars: Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, Pontiac GTO, Chrysler Hemi Cuda...

Chevrolet will unveil four customized Camaros at SEMA

If this special edition Camaro looks eerily familiar to you, it’s because this car has been around for a number of years now. It’s called the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro GS Racecar Concept and it was built by Riley Technologies and General Motors’ High Performance Vehicle Operations as one of four customized Camaros at SEMA 2008 .

Four years after wowing the crowd in Las Vegas, the Camaro GS Racecar Concept returns to the headlines because it will be up for sale at the Mecum Auctions next month as part of the Monterey Car Week.

The car draws inspiration from a particular racer from the past, specifically the 1969 Camaro Trans-Am racecar driven by Mark Donohue. The Camaro GS Racecar Concept was even painted in the same deep-blue paint scheme that comes with accented yellow graphics, a yellow-painted interior and yellow racing wheels.

In addition, the prototype also had its seams welded to go along with carbon-fiber fenders, doors, hood and trunk. A 3-inch exhaust system with aftermarket mufflers took the place of the stock equipment, while the car’s standard LS3 V-8 engine was fitted into solid engine mounts and mated to a close-ration six-speed manual transmission.

Organizers at Mecum Auctions don’t have a specific price for the one-off prototype, but they do estimate the hammer falling in the low-to-mid six digits.

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Shelby American announced that the 2013 model year will be the end of the line for the Mustang GT350 . The company will continue to accept orders for new GT350 models through December 31st, 2013, so you had better get to ordering while you still can.

Shelby launched the GT350 program in 1965 and painted each and every one of the debut models Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker-panel stripes, and just over a quarter of these models features Le Mans (racing) stripes. These models came with a 289-cubic-inch V-8 powerhouse that Shelby Shelby tuned to 306 horsepower — stock output was 271 horsepower. Other updates included heavy-duty rear axles from the Ford Galaxy, larger rear drum brakes and upgraded Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes. The engine hooked up to a T-10 four-speed manual gearbox and the car held the road via over-rider traction bars, revise A-arms and 130 mph-rated Goodyear rubber.

1966 brought about four new colors: blue, red, green and black. It also gained brake cooling ducts, an optional three-speed automatic transmission and an optional Paxton supercharger. The latter option ran $670 — a relative bargain by today’s standard — and bumped the engine to 440 horsepower.

Also new for 1966 was the Hertz "Rent-a-Racer," which were later refurbished by Ford and sold to the public as the GT350-H. The "Rent-a-Racer" program netted plenty of issues, as many of these cars were rented for use in SCCA events, which ended up with customers temporarily welding in roll cages. Additionally, many of the performance parts were missing by time Hertz returned the models to Ford for refurbishing.

In 1968, Ford added in the GT350-KR model — "KR" meaning "King of the Road" — which included a 428-cubic-inch V-8 powerplant with 335 horses and 440 pound-feet of torque. Also changed up was the addition of the "Cobra" tag to the name in 1968, making it the "Shelby Cobra GT350."the Otherwise, the GT350 remained the same in 1967 and 1968.

In 1969, which was the GT 350’s final year, the "Cobra" tag disappeared and a 351-cubic-inch V-8 found its way under its hood.

In 2011 Shelby reintroduced the GT350 and produced only coupe models painted in Competition white with Guardsmen blue stripes. In 2012 , it also offered a convertible version, plus three more colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold celebrating 50 years of Shelby American).

As of January 1st, 2014, Shelby will continue to offer models like Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

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Typically, Chevrolet sends its most powerful cars to pace the most important racing events and this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup will be no exception. Chevy and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that a Camaro ZL1 will pace this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup field set to the start the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The ZL1 will be driven by ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate, Sage Steele

The ZL1 Pace Car is painted in a nice combination of blue and gray with the official logos and badges. There are also lots of sirens and LED lights that will help it be more visible on the racetrack.

Chevrolet has paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and this is the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.

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Ford Evos Concept

Salon Privé is not the biggest nor is it the baddest car show in the world. In fact, it is likely on the other end of the spectrum, as it is less than a decade old and is really more of a custom and antique show than a new-car show. However, it has debuted a handful of cars and it very well may be the European primer show for the next-gen Ford Mustang ’s launch.

The reason we say this is because Ford has chosen to resurrect the 2011 Evos Concept car for display at Salon Privé, which takes place on September 4th through 6th in London. This announcement aligns perfectly with the fact that the new Mustang will be based heavily on the Evos and that the new Mustang will be the model’s first crack at the European market, leading us to wonder if the new Mustang ’s auto show tour will follow directly behind the Evo’s arrival at Salon Privé.

With the Evos fresh on the minds of Europeans, it would only make sense for the new `Stang to make its global debut shortly after. Additionally, if the rumors of a 2014 1/2 model year for the new Mustang are true, it has to hit the auto-show scene soon; possibly as early as the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12th.

Yeah, the thought of the Mustang making its global debut overseas seems a little odd, but given its anticipated European styling, it wouldn’t be shocking to see it start there.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Ford Mustang

If you dig deep into the Mustang ’s history and pull up the first generation, you will find that it was actually a mid-model-year addition to Ford ’s lineup, which makes it a 1964 1/2 model year. Back then, half-model-year vehicles were not a too rare, like they are today, but it looks as if we are set to see one really soon in the next-gen Mustang .

According to an insider that spoke to the folks over at Mustangs Daily, there will be a limited run of next-generation Mustang’s bearing the 2014 1/2 model year. The insider claims that this is a way for Ford to celebrate the true 50th anniversary of the famed pony car.

According to the report, only 1,000 examples if the 2014 1/2 Mustangs will see production and they will each feature a special VIN and build number to separate them from the 2015 models. With only 1,000 units hitting showrooms at what we assume will be a rather inflated price, this special run of next-gen Mustangs will be an instant collector’s item.

The report also indicates that, despite an anticipated price hike, the 2014 1/2 model will not feature any power upgrades.

If this report proves to be true, then we are likely getting rather close to seeing Ford drop the camo from the Mustang in time to squeeze in for 2014. Stay tuned for more details!

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The first Ford Mustang was unveiled on April 17, 1964 and 2014 will mark the model’s 50th anniversary. It was to be expected for the Mustang to offer the greatest features for this model year. Ford is offering new packages for both the interior and the exterior, new paint colors and for the interior new cleaner, easier-to-read instrument cluster graphics.

The crazy thing about the Mustang is that its first concept, the T-5 Prototype, was a two-seat roadster with a mid-mounted V-4 engine; imagine that... Things evolved during its development and the Mustang eventually morphed into the pony car we know with the choice of either a V-8 or six-cylinder engine. This tradition carried on through the years, with exception of a handful of years through the 1970s and 1980s when four-cylinder engines eventually made their way into the `Stang.

Since 1994, however, the Mustang regained its original offering of a six-cylinder — albeit a V-6 as opposed to an I-6 — and a V-8 engine. To sweeten the Mustang pot last year, the the 2013 Shelby GT500 became the most powerful Mustang ever built, thanks to its 662-horsepower V-8 engine.

Through its long life, the Mustang has been one of the best-selling models in America, but it has the new Chevrolet Camaro and the retro-styled Challenger beating down its door for muscle car supremacy.

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Ford may no longer offer its Boss 302 package for the Mustang, but Ford Racing Parts has announced it will continue to offer the Mustang Boss 302S for the 2014 model year. Customers interested can now place their orders.

The model will be limited to only 50 units and it will be the last year the 302S will be offered before the next generation arrives on the market. The model is ready for track days and road racing in a number of SCCA and NASA classes, with minor modifications required by each series.

The Mustang Boss 302S was originally produced between 1969 and 1970 and then reintroduced in 2011. Since its reintroduction, the model won numerous championships and in 2011, it tied the record set in 1970 for race wins by the same Mustang driver in a professional production based series at 5 wins.

For the 2014 model year, the 302S will be offered in either Performance White or Grabber Blue, with Satin Black being offered as an option.

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When news broke that rental car agency Hertz was introducing a "Dream Car Program" program to give customers a chance to rent a supercar, we didn’t know that the company was also giving its famous fleet of airport rental cars another a pretty bad-ass ride to its Adrenaline Series of rental muscle and sports cars.

Together with Penske Racing, Hertz is introducing the special-edition Ford Mustang GT , appropriately dubbed as the Hertz Penske Mustang GT. Instantly recognizable, the special edition muscle car carries the familiar black and gold paint scheme while also featuring a slew of new components and even a performance upgrade to give customers a chance to experience the exhilaration of driving a hopped-up Mustang GT.

On top of the sexy two-tone color scheme of the body, the exterior of the muscle car also received a new front splitter from the Boss 302 and a rear valence from the Shelby GT500.

Inside, the cabin is what you’d come to expect from Penske Racing: Recaro racing seats, custom floor mats, special door sill plates and even the gauge pod from the Laguna Seca Mustang. Additionally, this rental racer also features all the goodies that came from Ford, including the touchscreen infotainment system, a GPS and a back-up camera.

Under the hood, the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine received the full performance treatment with an optimized ECU, a new air intake and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. The engine is backed up by a set of 3.55 gears to help improve acceleration. No performance numbers were released, but we won’t be surprised if this Mustang packs close to 600 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, with an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of 4 seconds and a top speed of about 185 mph.

Keeping the modded Stang on the road is an upgraded suspension system — no details were given on what was upgraded — and a Brembo braking system.

All that is well and good but the best part about this special edition Mustang is that it will become part of Hertz’s newly established Adrenaline Collection and will be available to rent at "select U.S. airport locations."

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Though we’re pretty confident that the "Need for Speed" movie will hit theaters on schedule next March, in the event that it doesn’t, we can all take comfort in knowing that director Scott Waugh is taking the video game treatment to the cinema screens pretty seriously.

We already saw a "making-of" trailer of the movie a month ago, and now, more behind-the-scenes footage is propping up for our enjoyment.

This particular scene was apparently filmed in the streets of Detroit with the one-off Shelby GT500 Need For Speed Edition taking to the streets to put in some serious drift work ala those "Need for Speed" video games.

We already know that the Shelby GT500 also plays the role of the movie’s "hero car," which means that we expect it to last for the duration of the movie. The same can’t be said for some of the supercars that were used and abused in the "making-of" trailer.

As for this footage, it doesn’t last long, taking up only half-a-minute of your time. Yet in that short time frame, we’re treated to a pretty sick shot of the GT500 doing its business right in its hometown.

Needless to say, we can’t wait to see this movie come out.

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Ford developed yet another great one-off edition that will be auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on Thursday, August 1st. The special edition is based on a 2014 Ford Mustang GT and was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds - the fastest, multi-jet flight demonstration team in the world.

This special Mustang GT Thunderbirds Edition features a custom brilliant white paint with red and blue accents, plus numerous logos and markings inspired by the Thunderbirds F-16 Falcon aircraft. Next to the special paint, this unique Mustang GT features handcrafted front and rear body elements, a unique belly pan and a set of custom 22-inch wheels.

For the interior, the model adds a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and drops the rear seats. Both the driver and front passenger enjoy Recaro seats with embroidered Thunderbird elements. Additionally, the Thunderbird model also features unique sill plates and puddle lamps that project the aircraft silhouette when the doors open.

Next to the exterior and interior updates, Ford Racing also added a supercharger, suspension handling pack and Brembo brakes. Though Ford didn’t release the specifications on this special edition, Ford Racing’s website lists a series of superchargers that boost the 5.0-liter engine to between 525 and624 horsepower.

Updated 08/05/2013: The new Mustang GT Thunderbirds Edition was auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction for an impressive $398,000. All the proceeds will go to the EAA Young Eagles program.

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