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Cuda VS. Plymouth - 'Rear View

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Old VS. New

In 1992, the CC staff was seemingly on a bent to convince the readership that old cars just weren't that good, doing so with a frenzy of old-versus-new comparos: 5.0 Mustang vs. Boss 302, Viper vs. Shelby Cobra, '70 W31 vs. '92 Olds Achieva W4, '64 GTO vs. '92 ZR1 Corvette, and, as seen here, '70 AAR Cuda vs. '92 Plymouth Laser. The AAR did not fare too impressively, running 15.06 in the quarter to the Laser's 15.03. Of course, this was the same era of CC that ridiculed Camaros while featuring the likes of Toyota MR2 buildups. Fortunately we've recovered. And ask Barrett-Jackson how those '92 Plymouths are selling these days-you might be able to guess which car gets the last laugh.

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127 comments
Leonard Hannah
Leonard Hannah

I guess it depends on whether you want to be cocooned in comfort with leather and aircon or wrestling with a cantankerous beast that will throw you around and where you feel every sensation of power and speed !

Jack Camp
Jack Camp

ryan your crazy those latest gt's and ss cost 30k plus and my 68 ls1 powered chevelle will smoke them both and is a daily driver with a/c pw and cruise for 15k and looks way better then they ever will

Jack Camp
Jack Camp

old cars with new motors is the best

Jack Camp
Jack Camp

and your the biggest fool of them all

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

The difference of the two are that i could do anything to 69 model with a set of hand tools,a timing light and a dwell meter,to properly work on a 2023 it takes about a zillion dollars worth of computerized diagnostic equipment.That being said ,a 56 Corvette got eight MPG,the 2013 gets almost three time that.

Callum Yocius-Van Meeteren
Callum Yocius-Van Meeteren

I agree. I would love nothing more then to have a couple pieces of classic iron around, but when reality set in, I bought myself my current toy, my first muscle car, a 1995 Camaro Z28, supercharged lt1, 4.10 rear gears, shift kit in the tranny, custom pace car inspired paint job, all for $4000.... wouldn't even buy me a shell of an old school muscle machine.

Aaron Robinson
Aaron Robinson

Hell no oldies were built to last newbies are built to break down

Christopher Carlson
Christopher Carlson

Apple's and oranges. My 69 Mustang is raw, and loud and seminal and a deathtrap. My 13 Mustang is refined and fast and safe and loud. Both are equally fun to drive but in different ways.

Keith Webber
Keith Webber

Everything about new muscle cars is better interior handling braking cornering mileage, etc..... But an original muscle car is all about muscle no creature comforts just balls out fast!

Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

i have the same toy Cuda blue n black

Mark Smith
Mark Smith

Back in the 80's and up until around '90 the old stuff was more bang for the buck. Now all the collectors have driven up the prices and a five yr old new muscle ride is so much better of a starting point.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith

I like the style of the old stuff and the ease of home mechanic work. No question that the new stuff works 10 times better as a "car" than the old stuff though. I own both. New for daily use and old for street/strip use. Old stuff is best as "art" and nostalgia. And now the old stuff is overpriced for how poorly it works on the road. Thanks collectors.

Justin Patch
Justin Patch

Lots of us have both and it makes no sense to compare. Both were at the top of their game in their time and fortunately technology has marched forward and will continue to do so. My wife builds the new Z28s and to compare it to my daughters 68 camero is silly but there is joy in driving either one. I run a fairly crude but stout Dart Swinger and I often laugh when I run out of gear on the Hwy and some newbe says hay shift old man or you'll blow it up, then I'll run it up to 4500 in 4th and scare the crap out of them. But when you're in the new Camero and you pop it into 6th I can't hardly believe how the whole world goes so quiet yet so fast. Both have their place in my stable.

William Ellis
William Ellis

Nothing like American Muscle . As a wise man once said .

Seth Rogers
Seth Rogers

Ian Big-e Hoffman completely agree with you bro

Ian Big-e Hoffman
Ian Big-e Hoffman

But with today's parts and iginuity any old car can handle just as good if not better then the newer ones. And can be just as safe if not safer. I will always own old cars. Muscle is where its at.

Chris Roath
Chris Roath

The newer car are all around better cars... BUT it's the look, feel and sound of them old cars that turns me on

G. Andrew Epperly
G. Andrew Epperly

New cars are awesome, fast and do everything better then the old stuff. But they also incredibly expensive. Old cars are easier to work on, harder to drive well, but more rewarding, and just as cool.

Kenny Cargill
Kenny Cargill

You can go to the aftermarket for a few basic mods for both... then ask yourself this question... what would you rather show up in?

Pedro Perez
Pedro Perez

Ryan Schu yeah I agree with you but only because I don't care about the new one if it gets door dings, and my diesel car gets like 50mpg on Highway but when I want instant go and playtime at the track I love my oldie even if just a short cruise nothing like it. If you're not REALLY into classic machines you will probably never get it. I enjoy putting my skills to work some failures some wins yes but must of all it's not a common car seen every day everywhere on Walmart parking lots. Nothing wrong with new corvettes, cameros, challingers chargers or mustangs I like them and appreciate the engineering in them. Also I'm not rich so having my oldie is my personal exotic ride, lol not the everyday car.

Ramiro Nomiddlename Garcia
Ramiro Nomiddlename Garcia

I still have this issue! Also loved the "25 Year War" comparison of the Fox body Mustang vs 3rd gen Camaro.

Ryan Schu
Ryan Schu

Drive each one for a week and I guarantee you would pick the new one.

Francois Vaillancourt
Francois Vaillancourt

Of course they are better. But to me, nothing compare with the feeling of driving a classic pony car or muscle car.

Joshua Pugh
Joshua Pugh

Well if they had the tech of today the classics I mean 4 speed VS. 6 and in an auto 3 speed VS. 6. suspension has vastly improved as well as tires, it has all changed by what they learned from those cars. But you can't point to any one thing, One part doesn't make the car it's all of them. Must say though the classics look WAYYYY better. I'll keep the golden oldies and big blocks are welcome in my inventory.

Luis Matías
Luis Matías

Put any of the new cars next to a 71 Hemi Cúda and the pantys will drop by themselves.

Pedro Perez
Pedro Perez

Oh I got my oldie for 1,500 no rust and a driver, I work on my own but it's something I enjoy.

Pedro Perez
Pedro Perez

Ryan J. Williams its been done and can be done but to get over 20mpg that will depend on vehicle weight and the most expensive piece will be the transmission. That's if you know how to work on it yourself, I do agree with you if you have somebody else do it it will be expensive. Just enjoy what ever you drive in the future you might be saying the same thing us oldie guys say, specially with those self driving cars they're working on lol

Ryan J. Williams
Ryan J. Williams

Really, David Mercer? I drive a Corvette, so I'm no import guy, but tell me what car from the 60s you can run 12s with for five grand (including the cost of the car) like you could do with a cheap DSM? Also, the latest Mustang GTs and Camaro SSs run 12s at the strip stone stock, get over 20mpg, and can handle/brake well enough to hold their own at the track as well... You'd be $20k into suspension and brakes alone on a classic to get to their level. I'm not saying I don't like the classics, because I do, but making the argument that a 60s muscle car gives more bang for the buck is beyond absurd.

David McGlasson
David McGlasson

While I would drive any modern pony over a classic pony (I'd really miss modern driveability) I don't know about a '92 Achieva. Probably would be worth craking windows, chocking carburetors and wiping rear windows to not have to suffer that little Olds.

David Mercer
David Mercer

Add today's tech to a "plain" oldie and you have the best of both.

Andrew Morse
Andrew Morse

You can't compare the two..... Pony and muscle cars from the 60's and 70's were stripped down street racers..... Today we have "Performance" cars with all the creature comforts so honestly if you wanna compare them.... Get a 2014 camaro take the AC out....radio delete that bad boy put some poly tires on it with 15 inch rims, lose the independent suspension ad go back to leaf springs and struts..... Then we'll take comparison

David Mercer
David Mercer

Put the same money in a muscle car as an import and the muscle car is still twice as fast. Period. Why do we have that or the dumb 14 vs 70 arguments? The 08-present cars are awesome but the Challenger is the only cool one. The mustang was(05-09) but the new one is bad, the 15 is horrible. There were more cool muscle cars and plain versions than we can count. Not now.

Pedro Perez
Pedro Perez

I like the new stuff it has cup holders and it's comfy but I love my oldie, it's not a car you see every day and if I want I can build it to out handle almost anything but not my goal. The rawness of it takes me away from todays stuff that makes men grow ovaries but technology is great just it feels restrained on the new it's geared for cushioness

Michael Mungo
Michael Mungo

Not in Quarter mile times 60's and 70's cars were quicker. And their engines were underrated due to government and insurance issues so they were producing more HPS then the companies stated. And like Tim D. stated the AAR were set up for road racing which they did pretty good in.

Tim Davis
Tim Davis

They ridiculed it for running .03 seconds slower and it's a car that was 22 at the time? Not to mention the AAR was built for homologation purposes so MoPar could go road racing? (I.e. The AAR's and T/A Challenger's were geared towards road-racing.)

Pedro Perez
Pedro Perez

I like the new it's a cushy ride and it has cupholders, but I love my classic. I like having something not seen every second of the day. Having got mine cheap back then I still can upgrade on performance parts at my leisure and pretty much spank the high $ new, but not my goal just simply driving and feeling it's rawness wakes me up. I work on my own so that saves money and relaxes me too, that's weird. Something about a classic, just my personal get away from computers, soft touch screens, drama and stuff that makes a man grow ovaries.

Danny Jones
Danny Jones

Classics are the best maybe not as reliable but a hell of a lot easier to fix.

Slava Zuef
Slava Zuef

OMG give me that plymoth hemi cuda i prefer that car on aventador ))

Wayne Brewer
Wayne Brewer

There will never be nothing as good as the classics screw this new plastic bs

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