Nearly everyone loves to see well-maintained "elderly" vehicles at Classic Car shows, in parades or when their owners take them out for a fun, Sunday drive. Throwbacks are classic cars that are still in production. They have most certainly undergone many changes throughout the decades. But throwbacks come with a sense of history that has been firmly established by previous generations. Here are the answers to some of your questions about the best classic car throwbacks.
Is the Ford Mustang a classic car throwback?
The Ford Mustang is at the top of the list of classic car throwbacks. It has been continuously manufactured since 1964. In the beginning, this high-performance sports car was powered by a 101-hp six-cylinder engine, a 164-hp V8, a 210-hp V8 or a 271-hp V8. Throughout the decades, it has been dialed up, dialed down and dialed back up again.
Ford is getting even more nostalgic with the limited-edition 2019 resurrection of the Bullitt Mustang. The old Bullitt was a 1968 GT390 Fastback Mustang. The new Bullitt will be a Mustang GT350 that you can get in the original Highland Green color or Shadow Black. It will have other features that are true to the original, including a cue-ball shifter knob. This exciting throwback will come with a 475-hp, V8 engine that can propel the high-powered pony up to 163 mph.
When did Dodge begin making the Challenger?
The Dodge Challenger is also right at the top of the list of best classic car throwbacks. Challengers go all the way back to 1959 when Dodge produced the Silver Challenger. This Challenger was a special edition Coronet 2-door coupe. You could only get it in silver. The "Challenger" name was then assigned to a base Studebaker Lark model in 1964.
Challengers of today originated with the 1970 Dodge Barracuda. It was available in either convertible or coupe models which came with a V8 or inline-six under the hood. The Challenger R/T was a more powerful version. R/T stands for Road and Track. It came equipped with a 335-hp V8. The Challenger SE trim was the top of the line.
The Challenger underwent some changes, was assigned to a 2-door coupe that was basically a Mitsubishi Galant Lambda in 1978 and was sidelined altogether in 1983. It came roaring back in 2006 and has continued its reign as one of the most powerful muscle cars on the streets. This classic car throwback is the least changed in terms of looks. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the latest new Challenger model. It is the second fastest production car on the road, going from 0 to 60 mph in just over 2 seconds and completing the quarter mile in under 10.
What are the best Chevrolet throwbacks?
The best Chevy classic car throwbacks are the Camaro and Corvette. They have been around for decades.
The original Camaro was produced in 1966, a rushed effort to compete with the Ford Mustang. It has attempted to be a burr under the Mustang's saddle ever since. The standard engine in the 1967 Camaro was a 140-hp straight six. Optional engines were a 155-hp straight six, 210-hp small-block V8, a 275-hp V8, a 325-hp V8 or a 375-hp V8.
Camaros underwent many changes over the years. The 2018 Camaros are very different cars from those produced in the 1960's. The most powerful new model Camaro is the ZL1. It comes with a 650-hp, Supercharged 6.2-L V8.
The Chevrolet Corvette made its debut back in 1953. They only made 300 of them the first year, and all of them came in the classic Polo White/Sportsman Red combination. A 150-hp inline-six engine powered Corvettes. If you paid a little extra, you could get the 1953 Corvette with an AM radio and a heater. In 1954, you could also get the Corvette in black, Pennant Blue or Sportsman Red exterior colors with a beige interior.
The Corvette has undergone many changes over the years, although it has always been a two-seater sports car. 2018 Z06 Corvettes come with a 650-hp, 6.2-L Supercharged V8. The new Stingray and Grand Sport Corvettes have a 460-hp, 6.2-L V8.
What's the best throwback SUV?
The Jeep Wrangler is probably the most iconic classic throwback SUV. It has been around since 1987. Sure, the Willys MB started it all back in 1941, but the Wrangler is the best classic SUV throwback. It has retained the classic Jeep look and toughness.
The Jeep CJ (Civilian Jeep), a precursor to the 2004 Wrangler Unlimited, was first produced in 1955. The Jeep Wrangler YJ was manufactured from 1987 to 1995. It had square headlights and leaf springs instead of coil springs. Jeep had to get permission to use the name Wrangler from Goodyear Tire because they produced a Wrangler tire. They forgot to get permission from Wrangler jeans, though, which resulted in a rather lengthy lawsuit that was eventually dropped.
The first Jeep Wrangler came with a 117-hp 2.5-L, fuel-injected four-cylinder engine or 114-hp 4.2-L inline-six engine. 2018 Jeep Wranglers are available with a 285-hp, 3.6-L V6, a 270-hp 2.0-L turbo-four or a 260-hp 3.0-L V6 turbodiesel engine.