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Andy checks out the vehicles on the AutoHunter docket

A pair of Detroit pony cars attract attention


One of my all-time favorite types of American cars are classic pony cars, so-called because the first of the breed was the Ford Mustang.

I especially like the way that Detroit’s pony car designers and engineers were able to fit muscle-car powertrains into these relatively compact sports coupes, giving us power but with much more dramatic styling.  

There are two wonderful examples of the genre up for auction on the AutoHunter website. One is an early example and the other was built near the end of the era. 

I’d like either of them in my garage — but I’d prefer to have both.

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

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The Mach 1 was the first car I ever steered all by myself. I say steered as the car was not running, but when I was around 6 years of age, I managed to back the car into a ditch. 

I will state that I guarantee that this specific car is not the one I drove. 

Finished in my favorite Ford color of Grabber Blue with a wonderfully contrasting white vinyl interior, this car looks to be amazing. Powered by Ford’s 351cid Windsor V8 and backed by an automatic transmission, the car also has the Magnum 500 wheels, which help to make it look even better. 

This car would be an excellent contender on vintage rallies and just something fun to go blasting around in on a Saturday afternoon. 

To me, the 1970 Mustang is the last of the true classic Mustang. I love the styling of these Mach 1 cars despite the fact that they offer near zero rearward visibility.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

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The first version of the first-generation Camaro got everything right. It has strong styling mixed with proper power. 

Specifically, I love the one-year-only vent windows, which I feel help the car look even better than the ’68 and ’69 models. Somehow, the 1967 looks like a lighter car that the later models and is elegant in its simplicity. 

This specific Camaro is powered by a 283cid V8 backed by a Muncie M21 4 -peed manual gearbox. Upgrades include a Summit Racing air cleaner, Edelbrock valve covers, carburetor, and intake, a mild performance cam, and Flowmaster exhaust. 

Having just received a recent repaint and with an interior that looks to be in excellent condition, this mildly modified car looks great and is likely to be fast enough to get you into trouble.

To see more cars available for bidding on AutoHunter, visit the auction website.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.



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