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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...

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Dodge is preparing to celebrate its centenary with the unveiling of two special editions based on two of the most popular models in its lineup: the Challenger and Charger . The two models are offered exactly 100 years after John and Horace Dodge developed America’s first mass-produced, all-steel-bodied cars in 1914.

According to Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO: "The Dodge Charger and Challenger are the perfect foundation to celebrate 100 years of Dodge style and performance... They represent the Dodge brand’s heart and soul."

The 2014 Charger 100th Anniversary Edition will get interior and exterior updates, including a specially developed High Octane Red Pearl Coat and a three-spoke, flat-bottom, performance steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters. It is based on either the SXT Plus or R/T Plus trims, giving customers a choice of either a V-6 or V-8 engine. The best part is that it costs only $2,200 over the base price of the SXT Plus and R/T Plus models.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition.

An auto show as big as SEMA is bound to have some cars that fall through our cracks. But hey, better late than never, right?

At its core, this is a 2014 Ford Mustang , but once you add in all the layers, including the work put in by Mustang tuner extraordinaire Roush Performance, this Mustang is turned into a pretty ridiculous racecar that’s been dubbed the 2014 Roush Performance Mustang RS3 for Road Racing World Challenge.

Beginning next year, this fantastic racer will be part of the grid at the Pirelli World Challenge series’ GTS class and Roush Performance really went to town to ensure that it has the performance credentials to be a serious contender in the racing series.

The most noticeable upgrade is definitely the aesthetic work, which includes a new livery that was created as an homage to Jack Roush Jr.’s personal track car. A slew of aerodynamic enhancements were also given to the Mustang, highlighted by the massive rear wing and a colorful set of wheels that really add to the explosive color of the muscular racer.

But the real highlight of this Mustang racecar is the extensive engine upgrade Roush Performance put into it. Using its Stage 3 Mustang package, which includes an R2300 supercharger with Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) technology and Roush’s High-Efficiency Intercooler, and an OE-level PCM Calibration, the tuner was able to increase the car’s output to an impressive 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.

Add a Ford Racing "Aluminator" Engine and a Phase 2 program and the output increases to 625 horsepower. A similar addition, but this time with a Phase 3 program and you’re looking at an output of 675 horsepower, more than enough, we reckon, to be a serious competitor.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Mustang Roush Performance Pirelli World Challenge Racecar

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Three-time platinum-selling blues musician and muscle car aficionado, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, had his 1972 Dodge Charger stolen. It disappeared from a Los Angeles Warehouse where it was stored among a fleet of other vehicles from the film industry.

The 1972 custom-built Dodge Charger was about to leave the Picture Car Warehouse in San Fernando Valley for an early morning shoot when it was stolen. According to reports, the carjackers also managed to steal four other cars from the warehouse, one of which was owned by a staff member. A 2005 Mini Cooper , Ford Econoline E-350 van and a BMW M3 were among the others stolen.

Police were able to trace three of the cars but sadly, the Charger is yet to be found. If you have any information about the car, you contact Los Angeles Police Dept. West Valley Division at 818-374-7611.

Click past the jump for more Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s amazing car collection

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One of the cool things that happens at the SEMA Auto Show is that you get to see a bunch of the cars in attendance head to various auctions. During last week’s show, a pair of custom Chevrolet Camaros were revealed, and they are are now heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale this coming January.

The two Camaros, called the Linda Vaughn LV-1 Editions, were inspired by the woman many consider the "First Lady of Motorsports." Jack ’Doc’ Watson also designed the two Camaros to pay homage to the friendship between the two individuals — a bond that has lasted for over 50 years.

Both Camaros come with color combinations that also harkens back to Watson’s old black/gold and white/gold color schemes for Hurst and Oldsmobile models of yesteryear. The gold, in particular, was also added to serve as inspiration to Linda Vaughn’s "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" nickname.

Both cars are considered one-offs (or two-offs, if you want to group both together) with each coming with a host of identifiable badging, fancy sets of wheels, and complete warranty and service policies. No performance modifications were added, but for cars that will be as sought after as these two, you don’t need that added horsepower to make it any more special.

Like we said, the two Linda Vaughn LV-1 Camaros will be auctioned off this January by Barrett-Jackson with the proceeds from both cars going to The International Kids Alliance Network — a charity dedicated to exciting teaching tools for kids and eliminating illiteracy.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan Concept

With performance sedans, like the Ford Taurus SHO and the Dodge Charger R/T , having some success in the U.S., General Motors had little choice than to call upon its Australian division — Holden — for a car that could tap into this market and succeed. That’s exactly how the Chevrolet SS became a reality

Both the Taurus SHO and the Charger R/T have plenty of options, and the Charger even has a slew of new performance options, like the upcoming Scat Packages . All this while, GM has started shipping Chevrolet SS units into the U.S. from Down Under, resulting in only a few basic options and no real driveline options to speak of.

In Australia, the Holden Commodore — the model that the SS is based on — has 455- and 580-horsepower variants available from Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) . This raised some red flags with performance nuts.

Automotive Magazine brought this to the attention of Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager, John Fitzpatrick, and he provided some positive feedback. When asked about future plans for the Chevrolet Chevrolet SS, he revealed that a more powerful version of the Chevrolet SS could possibly makes its way to the U.S., including a manual transmission.

Fitzpatrick said that GM is planning on selling 2,000 to 3,000 SS models per year, and if these numbers are met, GM will start further exploring importing the aforementioned HSV variants. He made it clear that the limited options and lack of higher-performance models is purely to keep the model profitable, while GM gauges customer demand in the SS.

Needless to say, this is pretty promising to hear, and may relieve the concerns among Chevy fans.

Click past the jump for more on the Chevrolet SS

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We never condone driving like an asshat on public roadways, but this video is pretty awesome, despite breaking our cardinal rule.

For all the muscle cars fans out there, the Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Camaro ZL1 are like a dream come true. They offer all of the power and masculinity of a 1960s muscle cars with modern-day niceties that make them bearable for daily driving.

The battle for supremacy between the two muscle cars has been ongoing since the Camaro ZL1 hit showrooms, with no clearcut winner. Well, the fellas over at Bad Bowtie Productions put together a testosterone-filled video that puts the two muscle cars head to head in an attempt to see which one does better.

The GT500 is bone stock, but the ZL1 has a series of updates, including new camshaft, long-tube headers, a ported blower and drag radials. Both models are powered by a V-8 engine, so you may think that they are well-matched from the start, but there is a slight weight difference: the GT500 tips the scales at 3,850 pounds, while the base ZL1 weighs 4,120 pounds.

Check out the video to see which of the two cars is the faster.

May the comment war between Camaro and Mustang enthusiasts begin! Let’s try to keep it clean, fellas...

The SEMA show has only just begun, yet the awards are already flowing. Officials for the Specialty Equipment Market Association show walked the floor before the crowds gathered and literally counted the number of new 2013 and 2014 vehicle makes and models present. The Ford Mustang and F-Series were the two top finishers, beating out the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado , Camaro , and other popular platforms chosen by aftermarket companies to show off their products.

We’ve already seen a ton of custom F-Series trucks, which includes the F-150 through F-550s and the iconic Mustang pony car in various forms. The award confirms our suspicions that the two breadwinners for Ford are quite a popular place to start a custom-vehicle project.

“Ford was the first automaker to share detailed vehicle specs with SEMA members,” said John Felice, Ford’s VP of U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Thirty years later, we’re proud that more aftermarket accessories and parts are created for Ford vehicles than for any other automaker.”

According to SEMA, the specialty parts market has grown into a $31 billion industry and employs more than 1 million U.S. workers.

Click past the jump for examples of Ford’s dominance at the 2013 SEMA show

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Dodge used the "Shaker" name for the first time in 1970s when it unveiled a special hood for the Challenger . This special Shaker hood featured large air intakes that protruded from an opening in the center of the sheet metal and shook right along with the with the nasty 426 HEMI engine.

Now, the Shaker name returns for the 2014 model year on a limited-run Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, which is just one of the many models that Dodge and Mopar are showing off at the 2013 SEMA Show .

In the true spirit of the model launched in the 1970s, the new Challenger Shaker features the famed "Shaker" hood with a set of nostrils popping out of the center. It also gains an updated exterior look and the ability to increase the engine’s output with the new "Scat Packages."

The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker will rumble their way into showrooms in the first-quarter of 2014 at a a reasonable $36,995. The bad news is that Dodge will only pony up 1,000 units, so get to ordering.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

The Chevrolet Camaro Performance Garage Concept may be based on the Camaro SS , but it’s also a track-oriented muscle car that carries a host of performance components from the SS’ big brothers: the Z/28 and ZL1 .

Safe to say, this is the ultimate Camaro mash-up, something that a lot of enthusiasts will be looking into if Chevrolet decides to drop the ’concept’ label and send this car into production, even on a limited basis.

Not taking any shortcuts on giving the Garage Camaro Concept the modifications it deserves, Chevrolet Accessories added a host of new aero components on the muscle car. These components are highlighted by RS headlamps and taillights, a new rear spoiler and grille, blacked-out mirrors, a new rear diffuser, and, of course, a set of satin-black, 10-spoke Track Pack wheels.

There are also a number of "Chevrolet Performance" graphics on the muscle car, particularly on the windshield header and rockers, ensuring that the concept’s characteristics are remembered by those who see it.

In addition to the aesthetic and aero upgrades, Chevy also spent a lot of time tweaking the Camaro Garage Concept’s performance credentials, using components sourced from the ZL1 and the Z/28 parts pins. The short-throw shifter and the brake system were taken from the former. The latter’s parts are well-represented too, including: “Shorty” exhaust headers, a 2.75-inch exhaust system, front ride/handling links, rear upper control arms, stabilizer bars, a Helical differential with an internal cooling system, brake ducts and racing-derived DSSV (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) dampers.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL

In what has become somewhat of a tradition for Chevrolet at SEMA , the Bowtie-bearing brand is preparing to introduce a new version of its drag-racing mastodon, the COPO Camaro.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show, the COPO program returns with all the design tweaks and modifications given to the 2014 Camaro. This time, the factory-built dragster will immediately hit production with the same 69-unit allocation, making it another must-have Camaro for enthusiasts and drag racers alike.

The 2014 COPO Camaro will also come with a pair of new racing engines, including a revised take on the naturally aspirated 427 engine, as well as a supercharged version of the 350-cubic-inch engine that we first saw tucked comfortably under the hood of the 2013 COPO Camaro. The latter will also receive a 2.9-liter Whipple, screw-type compressor, as if all the mechanical workings done on the engine aren’t enough on their own.

Naturally aspirated 350- and 396-cubic-inch engines are also set to be offered for the 2014 COPO Camaro, giving buyers plenty of options to choose from as far as their preferred engine choice is going to be for their Camaro drag racer.

All 2014 COPO Camaros come standard with an NHRA-approved roll cage and suspension, and feature an exclusive live rear axle.

In somewhat of another similar move, or possibly to drive up the car’s PR-worthiness — as if it needed any — Chevrolet will send the first production COPO Camaro to Barret-Jackson this coming January for the Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. The proceeds from the auction will be sent directly to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

There’s plenty to love about the 2014 COPO Camaro. We’re sure that a lot of people share our sentiments, which is to say that those interested in scooping one up better get their finances in order before all 69 models are accounted for.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chevrolet COPO Camaro


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