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1954 Explorer dream car is world’s rarest Plymouth

The Petersen Automotive Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, is home to some of the rarest classic and collector cars from all over the world. Every so often the museum gives us a close look at one of the cars it houses in the Vault, a space in the museum presented by Hagerty that holds over 250 iconic and rare cars.

In a recent video from Petersen, museum curator Leslie Kendall presents the world’s rarest Plymouth – a one-of-one 1954 Plymouth Explorer dream car.

In the 1950s, concept cars were coined as dream cars. Designers at the time were encouraged to dream and think out-of-the-box to create unique vehicles, and this Plymouth Explorer is a great example of a dream car.

“This car was about as out-of-the-box as you could get in the mid-1950s.,” Kendall says in the video. “It was a Plymouth, which is renowned for its

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1996 Corvette Grand Sport Is A Sports Dream Car

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If you love C4 Corvettes, this is the ultimate collectible dream car for your collection.

This 1996 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport is especially desirable due to its limited production. Only 1000 Chevy Corvette Grand Sports were made in 1996, and of those, only a total of 810 were coupes, making this a very low production number car. This particular car has less than 400 miles from new, and is a two-owner car – meaning, it’s basically brand new.

The LT4 5.7-liter V8 under the hood isn’t even out of the 500 mile break in recommendation period, and the 350 cubic inch V8 makes 330HP, and 340 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 30 horsepower over and 10 lb/ft over the standard LT1. It’s equipped with a ZF six speed manual transmission and a 3.45 rear axle ratio. Car and Driver tested

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The Dream Cars of the Car Designers

DETROIT — What do the men and women who design cars drive? What kind of machines do sheet-metal artists park in their garages? A recent Saturday morning at Pasteiner’s Auto Zone Hobbies on Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit provided some interesting answers.

Pasteiner’s is a meeting place for car lovers of all types, but automotive designers have a strong affinity for the smallish store and its parking lot. That’s true in large part because the owner, Steve Pasteiner Sr., created cars for 23 years in Buick and Chevrolet studios, achieving assistant chief designer status. After calling it quits, he opened the store, offering an abundance of automotive books, magazines, models and car-folk camaraderie.

“It was almost a selfish thing,” Mr. Pasteiner, 79, said. “I needed a place to go after retirement.”

So did his fellow automotive stylists — the people who doodled cars while the teacher thought they were busy

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1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396 Is A Muscle Car Dream

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Big block power moves this Chevelle.

In many ways, certain cars can perfectly define a generation. For the 1960’s it didn’t get more iconic than the Chevelle SS. A large displacement engine, simple but accommodating interior, and sporty style is what made the muscle car era and Chevy’s arguably most successful nameplate had everything you’d want to slide behind the wheel to experience.

Although the purist might disagree, one of the coolest features to come out of this part of automotive history was that the cars were highly customizable. This led to many examples being modified which, for the consumer, did two things. One, it skyrocketed the value of original examples and, two, it left the automotive world with some truly awesome custom examples.

Take this red and black 1969 Chevelle SS 396 for example. It goes further than even Chevy did

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