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This Is What Everyone Forgot About The 1966 Le Mans – Arun Singh Pundir @HotCars

This Is What Everyone Forgot About The 1966 Le Mans – Arun Singh Pundir @HotCars


The Matt Damon, Christian Bale 2019 hit, Ford v Ferrari (also titled Le Mans ’66 in some countries), made one thing very clear and memorable. The year 1966 marked an important change in racing history when a hitherto mass-passenger-carmaker managed to produce a racecar that beat the competition and emerged the winner.

The car was the GT40, the main people behind its success were Henry Ford II, Lee Iacocca, Leo Beebe, the indubitable Carroll Shelby, and of course, the lanky Brit racer, Ken Miles. Not only did the Ford GT40 win the Le Mans in 1966, but also did a 1-2-3 photo finish, the three cars that came in at number one, two and three, were all Ford GT40s.

24 Hours of Daytona, so this was the ultimate triumph for Ford, and the ultimate salt rub into Ferrari’s wounds.

So sure, the movie did dramatize some stuff, delete some other boring details and overall turn the Ford GT40 and its makers into heroes. A lot of it was true, some of it was fudged. So here’s what the world forgot about the 1966 Le Mans, and all that went down it…

The First Win For US Amidst Ferrari Drama

The 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans came to be the 34th Grand Prix of Endurance and was the seventh round of the 1966 World Sportscar Championship season. This was the first win for an American constructor overall, and the first win for the Ford GT40 as well.

The rules changed for this season with certain kinds of cars being deemed ineligible, so to let a certain amount of competition in, more cars were added into the rules.

The one thing that worked in Ford’s favor was that they copied Ferrari’s strategy of introducing copious amounts of cars in the same race, and this swayed the statistics on the whole. Ferrari on the other hand, had less time of preparation for 1966, because of a worker strike in Italy – although they too had the new Ferrari 330 P3, as well as NART P2 in the contending. That said; Ferrari did not even show up for the test weekend in April.

Another drama that unfolded in the Ferrari camp was the storming out of lead driver John Surtees, Ferrari’s 1964 F1 champion. While he was recovering from a bad 1965 crash, it was decided that he would break the Fords, and in case he needed backup, he would let Ludivico Scarfiotti takes the lead. But FIAT’s new chairman, Gianni Agnelli, who was Scarfiotti’s uncle, put Scarfiotti in the lead. Surtees tried to sway Enzo Ferrari but when he was overruled, he quit the Ferrari team.

Ford Was No Fairer To Ken Miles

Ford’s Leo Beebe was no fan of Ken Miles and Miles was not known for his political correctness. Miles had already won the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona for Shelby American – and he was now aiming for the 24 Hours Of Le Mans as well, something no driver had ever been able to achieve.

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9 Classic Ford Cars That’ll Soon Be Worth A Fortune – Peter Akpejeluh @HotCars


Ford has been in the business of large-scale automotive manufacturing since the early 1900s and churned out some of the most iconic American cars over the decades. Fords like the 1965 Shelby GT350R, 1966 GT40 Mk II, 1967 Shelby GT500, and 1970 Boss Mustang 429 are very valuable, commanding 6–7 figures if you can manage to find them.

For enthusiasts and collectors who don’t have millions of dollars to spend, there are many other Ford classic cars with big engines that don’t cost an arm and a leg. But with the increasing demand for these Ford classic vehicles, the best time to get one of the Blue Oval classics is yesterday, and the next best time is now.


1940 Ford Standard Fordor Sedan

The Standard and Deluxe are some of the most iconic models produced by the Ford Motor Company. The cleaner one-piece grille on the Standard is the most striking difference between both models. With about 151,000 units of the 1940 Ford Standard Fordor Sedan built, you can still find many around today for about $21,500.

Powering the Standard Fordor is a 221-cubic-inch flathead V8 with a rating of 85 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a three-speed manual.


1951 Ford Deluxe

Upon its introduction in 1949, the Ford Deluxe was the first car to be built from scratch since World War II. Everything about the Deluxe was new, save the powertrain and wheelbase. This first-generation “Shoebox” Ford outsold the Chevrolet and Plymouth, making it a popular choice for first-time or budget-conscious collectors today.

The 1951 Ford Deluxe Business Coupe is up 6.% with a current value of $13,900. Power comes from two engines: the 226-cubic inch 95-hp straight-six or the 239-cubic inch 100-hp Flathead V8.


1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner

The Ford Crestline is an affordable way to get a view of the mainstream 1950s American automotive landscape. The 1954 Crestline is available as a Fordor Sedan and Skyliner, with the latter being rarer. The Crestline Skyliner is a two-door hardtop featuring a tinted Plexiglas panel over the front end of the roof.

With only about 13,144 examples of the 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner available, the value has seen a steady rise recently, with a current valuation of $15,900. The 239-cubic inch V8 in the 1954 Crestline Skyliner generates 130 hp.


1958 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon

While Ford discontinued its premium Parklane just after only a year in production, it still wanted to stay in the two-door sport wagon market pioneered by the Chevrolet Nomad and Pontiac Safari. This led to the introduction of the Del Rio in 1957. Based on the two-door Ranch Wagon, the Del Rio was quite inexpensive, unlike the Nomad.

The Del Rio features a two-piece tailgate, which is better than GM’s steeply raked rear gate with a self-storing window, which is plagued with water leaks. With only 12,687 examples of the 1958 Del Rio available, the sport wagon has seen a 35% spike in price, pegging the current value at $21,600.


1959 Ford Country Sedan

The Ford Country Sedan is a full-size station wagon that ran from 1952 until 1974. Unlike the range-topping Country Squire, the Country Sedan was distinguished by its plain body sides. The passenger capacity of the full-size station wagon is nine. You will find items of both the Ranch Wagon and Fairlane on the Country Sedan, including two sun visors, armrests, and a horn ring rather than a horn button.

Sales-wise, 1959 was the best year for the Country, selling 123,412 units. It seems collectors are starting to see the true beauty of the 1959 Country Sedan, as the value is up by 35.2%, with a current valuation of $19,200.

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These Are The 9 Greatest Woodies Ever Made – Joshua Irvine @HotCars

The real reason people still buy Woodies is not necessarily because of their charm or appeal, but because some are highly collectible and can fetch a small fortune. Woodies are also a fascinating piece of automotive history, deserving a second look. It could be argued that the wooden panels in the early era of the Woodies were a reflection of the old-style horse-and-cart. But later, the faux-wood panels took on their own aesthetic. In the ’60s, surfers proudly flaunted their “woodies,” packed with surfboards, bringing a certain coolness to the sub-culture.
The evolution of these “Woodies” has brought us some awesome models. You just need to check out these stunning modified Woody cars. Let’s check out some of the greatest, perhaps even most iconic, Woodies that once hit our roads, including some of those with fake wooden trim

Ford V8

The 1932 Ford V8 Woody is certainly a reflection of its time. Introduced in the early ’30s, the Flathead V8 engine powered this wagon. Baker-Raulang was responsible for the wooden exterior.

Jacob Rauch and Charles E. J. Lang were working together at the beginning of the twentieth century, producing electric-powered vehicles from their base in Cleveland, Ohio. They later merged with Baker electric, becoming Baker Raulang. After the war, their creations were known as Raulangs. The wooden bodies they created soon attracted the attention of other companies. The 1931 Model A Traveller’s Unit, an early camper, was also one of their builds. They were later involved in the production of industrial trucks in World War 2.

Chrysler Town & Country

The Chrysler Town & Country station wagons were distinctive because of their wooden paneling. It all started in the early forties. The roof was steel. The straight-six engine powered these early wagons.

When the war ended, the Town & Country “woody” returned. The Town & Country two-door hardtop, produced in 1950, was the last in this line of Woodies. The Town & Country brand continued, and it became one of the most important cars in Chrysler’s history.

Ford Country Squire

The Ford Country Squire has a long history, producing eight generations. The woodgrain trim distinguished them. But then consider how much a Ford Country Squire is worth today, with a 1978 model selling for $45,000 at auction.

The first generation of Ford Country Squires is considered a true “Woodie.” The Ford Iron Mountain Plant manufactured the wood panels for these cars. But we can’t go past the later models with their wood-like aesthetic.

Buick Roadmaster Wagon

Go back to the early ’90s. The nostalgic memories of the Buick Roadmaster Wagon, with its 5.7-liter LT1 V8 engine, and its practicality. It is what makes the Buick Roadmaster Wagon a classic. Of course, we cannot forget its fake wood panelling.

The ’90s are not the first time we have seen the wood paneling in the Roadmaster. The wood-grain side transports us back to the spacious Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagons of the early ’50s.

Jeep Wagoneer

The Jeep Wagoneer had a long run. Starting in the early ’60s, the Jeep Wagoneer continued the tradition of the Willys Jeep Station Wagon. It continued until the early ’90s. But now we are seeing the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer living up to the brand’s legacy.

The Jeep Wagoneer had a distinctive look: Rugged, robust, and ready to hit the open road. When reminiscing about the Jeep Wagoneer of bygone years, one thing that sticks in most people’s minds is the side paneling, with its wood-like look.

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10 Worst Engines Ever Used In American Cars – Luke Zietsman @HotCars


Over the years, American automakers have made some of the most innovative engines. These include the famous flathead Ford V8, which changed the way people think about engines in the early part of the 20th century, and the small block Chevy, which you can still buy as a crate engine today.

It certainly isn’t all about the V8, either, with some of the most reliable inline-6 engines and some of the most advanced turbocharged engines also in the mix. Unfortunately, between all of these engineering marvels are a fair few duds too. Each of the big three have been guilty of this, forcing some underpowered, unreliable scrap onto the buying public from time to time.

10 Buick 3800 V6

Renowned for making large, lazy cars, this is a large lazy engine. It doesn’t match some others for displacement, but this is a transverse mounted engine.

So it adds a heap of weight to the front of whatever land yacht it gets planted in, then proceeds to underwhelm everyone. With just shy of 200 horsepower, this 3.8 liter engine is making around 50 horsepower per liter, not bad if this was from the 70s, but Buick were using this engine right up until the late 00s.

Ford 2.5-Liter HSC

Initially, this was developed during the 80s to be a more economical option as a 2.3-liter, but naturally Ford repurposed it and continued to shove it into the Taurus way into the 90s

It was already outdated technology in the 80s, having a cast iron head in a time where other manufacturers were already experimenting with aluminum alloy blocks. It is therefore exceptionally heavy for a transverse mounted engine (doing nothing for handling) and runs out of puff at around 5000 rpm, thanks to the fact that they designed the thing to be as durable as possible.


This did duty in a host of European cars and in all fairness to it, it did a respectable job for the most part, but the one and only American (ish) car it was put in, got ruined by it.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was supposed to be the most futuristic sports car back in the 80s, it was supposed to be what the Tesla Model S became today. Unfortunately, the rotary engine that was supposed to be mounted mid-ship never made it into production, so they scrambled to find a replacement, and this was it. Making only 130 horsepower, and mounted in the rear, it ruined both the performance and handling of the DMC-12 in one fell swoop.

Iron Duke

With an iron head and block, this was a durable engine, it was also incredibly underpowered, hopelessly inefficient and did we mention it was all made of iron, so yes, extremely heavy for an inline-4.

Then, GM had the cheek to put it into a Camaro, one of the most ridiculous things any manufacturer has done in decades. Today, it makes for a useful boat anchor.

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5 Greatest And 5 Worst Engines Ever Put In American Muscle Cars – Ramya Shah @HotCars


The heart and powerhouse of the automobile, which allows a car to breathe, have gone through many phases, growing with time. Bells and whistles are a thing of the past. What matters most in a muscle automobile is what’s under the hood, and the bigger and harder the better. We’re talking a lot of horsepowers and they’re not particularly fuel-efficient, but that’s what makes them classic muscle cars in the first place.

The American muscle car scene enjoyed a golden era in the 1960s and 1970s, and it has since become a popular American activity for individuals who appreciate learning about different automobile features and a hobby for collectors who can afford it. In its heyday, we saw some of the world’s rarest and most legendary muscle cars and eventually, some of the worst. Most of them are equipped with massive torque-rich V-8 engines.

There may be too many components on a car that can go wrong, from transmissions locking up to engines exploding. But, of all the problems you could face, a broken motor is probably the worst. Whether you have two or twelve cylinders, one of them will ultimately detonate, leaving you stranded. While most cars have 100,000 miles or more on the odometer before problems arise, certain engines have birth defects from the start. So let us look at the hearts where they got softened and where they shined the most.

10 409 Chevy Big Block

The Chevrolet 409 V8 is a dead end in the Chevrolet high-performance tale, but it’s a fascinating one that deserves a closer examination. The 409 V8 is a so-called “missing link” in Chevrolet’s horsepower history. From 1961 through 1965, they produced the Chevrolet 409. This first-generation big block was dubbed the W series by General Motors

In 1963, they rated the engine at 425 horsepower which could push Big automobiles like the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS to speeds fast enough to inspire the Beach Boys to create a song about it.


Few racing engines from the Motor City could compete with Ford’s 427 CID SOHC V8 engine, the “90-day wonder,” or “Cammer,” is still a popular nickname for it, during the muscle car era. This famous powerhouse produced a staggering 657 horsepower when fitted with dual four-barrel carburetors.

It was planned to be Ford’s two-valve, single-overhead-cam, the high-rpm answer to Chrysler’s 426 Hemi for NASCAR in 1964, but because NASCAR refused to allow it, only a few street vehicles received this motor.

Dodge 426 Hemi

Throughout the ’60s muscle car era, the Hemi could be one of the most well-known engines ever installed in a muscle car, which Hemi has left an unmistakable mark on the history of the automobile.

The engine’s reputation has long transcended its actuality, earning it the nickname “Elephant” because of its immense size, weight, and output figures. However, the Hemi name continues to be in the current V8 range, including the Hellcat 717-hp and the Super Stock 807-hp Challenger.

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Here’s What Everyone Forgot About The 1969 ZL1 Camaro – Dennis Kariuki @HotCars


Chevrolet brought back the Camaro  ZL1 in 2012, there’s even a 2021 model, but these new Camaro ZL1 cars are not the most popular and sought-after Chevy Camaro ZL1’s. The highly unsafe, powerful, and untamed 1969 ZL1 Camaro takes that crown. Most Europeans were surprised when the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE got banned on the continent for safety reasons, but if the 1969 Camaro ZL1 was made today, it would be banned worldwide. It was raw, with no safety features, and under the hood was a big block engine that G.M had made illegal for Chevrolet to include in production cars.

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5 Classic Pickups That Saw Their Prices Skyrocket (5 Modern Trucks That Depreciated Like Crazy) – Maxnence Veron @HotCars


Trends are never static. That is a fact. A little over 10 years ago, Kanye West’s shutter shades were all the rage. Thankfully, the fad disappeared, as most fads do. In the automotive industry, a specific type of vehicle became very popular: the pickup truck.

RELATED: It Should Be A Criminal Offense To Modify These Classic Trucks

While pickup trucks can be seen everywhere nowadays, they were meant to be used as work vehicles back in the ’50s all the way to the early ’70s. As they became popular in the most recent years, several carmakers had a go at producing pickup trucks. Some pickup trucks have failed miserably in America. On the used car market, certain classic trucks are now worth a fortune, while some modern trucks have depreciated like crazy

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10 Sickest Mercury Cars Ever Made – Martin Peter @HotCars


In the 1930s, Ford was getting slaughtered in the mid-priced market by the likes of Dodge and Oldsmobile. To save the company, Edsel Ford – the legendary Henry Ford’s son – established the Mercury brand in 1939, serving as a bridge between Ford and its Lincoln luxury division. The idea worked like a charm, as Mercury produced some of the most iconic American classic cars from the 50s to 70s era.

101969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

Most people don’t include the Mercury Cougar in their list of the greatest classic muscle cars, but it fully deserves to be included. Introduced in 1967, the Cougar had everything muscle car fans love – a Mustang-based design, a mighty V8 under the hood, and fantastic driving dynamics. The Cougar was so good that it received the 1967 Motor Trend Car of the Year award.

Following the successful launch of the Cougar, Mercury introduced several trims, with the highest-performing one being the 1969 Eliminator. This car came with a 4.9-liter V8 – the same engine in the Mustang Boss 302 – producing 290 horsepower, making it a joy to drive.

9 1950 Mercury Coupe

The Mercury Eight is one of the first cars Mercury built in the early 40s. However, it wasn’t until 1950 that Mercury gave it the redesign that earned it a spot on this list. The 1950 Eight was based on the 1949 Ford, but had a distinctive design and a bigger Flathead V8 than the Ford.

Available as a sedan, coupe, convertible, or two-door station wagon, the Eight quickly became popular in hot rod circles and even had songs written about it. It’s also one of the most popular movie cars featured in James Dean’s 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause.

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This Classic 1949 Mercury Custom Is The Perfect Dose Of Nostalgia – Zeeshan Sayed


We all love a bit of nostalgia, don’t we? Especially if it is a classic from the yesteryears. And every automobile lover has their own favorite classic car. Some adore the likes of Ferrari P4/5 for its rarity while others are admirers of the likes of GTO 250 purely because of the moolah they generate in today’s times.

Almost every big automobile company boasts a super-rich legacy in terms of classic cars. And so is the case with Ford. The American multinational automaker produced a bunch of timeless classics back in the day. And one of its classics was the Mercury Eight – a part of Ford’s Mercury brand that was established to bridge the price gap between Ford and Lincoln models. While the Mercury Eight enjoyed a successful 13-year reign, it is the 1949 Mercury Custom that gets us nostalgic.

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5 Best Woodie Wagons Sold At Worldwide Auctioneers’ 2021 Scottsdale Event (5 Best Woodie Wagons Ever) – Nzilili Sam @HotCars


Though they have, for long, been extinct in production facilities, woodie wagons are still counted among the most important cars in America’s automotive history. For several decades, woodie wagons were equivalent to the modern day’s high-end SUV. Buyers loved their spacious cabins, and the quality of artistry it took to turn a pile of wood into stylish and durable car parts.

Though genuine woodie wagons fell out of favor with manufacturers and mainstream buyers due to their increasing production cost and a lack of durability, many pre-loved examples were given a second life by classic car lovers and collectors. Some well-kept examples are even exchanging hands for hundreds of thousands, entering the history books of the most expensive cars sold at auctions. Dive in as we look at five of the greatest woodie wagons of all time, versus the five best woodie wagons sold at the recently held Scottsdale sale.

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