More than trucks, more than minivans and SUVs, I believe that there's no better vehicular representation of America than the muscle car. However, with muscle cars come deep seeded loyalties to and rivalries among the three manufacturers and their respective vehicles. Specifically, we're talking about Ford's Mustang, Dodge's Challenger, and Chevrolet's Camaro. In a recent episode of Car Tech Live, we three hosts were asked which modern muscle car we'd each have and came up with three very different answers. Rather than spend our Independence Day weekend arguing over which is best, we've decided to feature... well, we're not sure what to call it.
Over the course of four months, modeler Robert D. hacked up at least three model kits, taking what he considered to be the best parts of the three most modern American muscle cars, and combined them to form the Flashback, a sort of Frankenstein tribute to Detroit muscle. With the front fascia and hood of a Challenger mounted onto the body of of Chevrolet's Camaro, Robert then grafted the tail end of the Ford Mustang onto the beast. After skillfully sanding and painting, the Flashback was completed. The result is either a unique melding of three very different automotive worlds or a testament to how similar these three vehicles' aesthetics actually are.
An absolute stalwart in the Honda line-up, the Civic maintains its popularity as a practical and quality economy car even after almost 40 years on the market. But, as the latest 2010 Honda Civic shows, popularity comes at a price. Offensive to none, the Civic is a perfectly average little car to which only the most particular person would turn up their nose.The Civic received its last major update for the 2006 model year, acquiring smooth sides and hovercraft like overhangs. Honda did get a little radical with the instrument cluster, using a bilevel arrangement with the tachometer in the usual place, and a digital speedometer just below the windshield.