Category Archives: American Muscle Car

2019 Chevy Camaro RS and SS next to each other

2019 Chevy Camaro Gets New Look, Technology

Drivers looking for a bold and gorgeous muscle car have long opted for the Chevy Camaro. This bold vehicle has been capturing the imaginations of speed and design aficionados for decades, and the 2019 Camaro promises to continue the tradition. New 2019 Chevy Camaro grille designs offer both performance-enhancements and new good looks, while new technology and a Turbo 1LE option give fans of the Camaro even more to love. Read the rest of this entry >>

Iconic Muscle Cars

Four-Wheeled Legends: The Most Iconic Cars from Pop Culture

Ever since old Henry Ford made the automobile more affordable for the public, the car industry has become an integral part of the modern era. A sort of synthetic, symbiotic relationship has been forged between humans and cars.

It’s like a super armored suit that we can put on that allows us to go way faster than humans were ever meant to go. In return, we provide it with food in the form of high-compressed, decomposed fossil fuel and plant matter.

We name our cars like they are our children. We transport children in our cars. Some people even act like children when they are in cars.

The point is, everyone has had that car, the one that felt like part of the family—even if it had the disposition and appeal of a dull, disappointing cousin.

And, just like our real families, sometimes we wish we could trade our cars in for the perfectly dramatic versions we see on television and in movies.

So, here is a list of the most iconic cars from pop culture that you wish you could drive.

  1. 1968 Mustang GT—Quite possibly one of the coolest cars that Ford has ever made, this car instantly makes anyone driving it look more awesome than they really are, sort of like Aviator sunglasses.
  2. 1969 Dodge Charger— Getting its first real spotlight debut as the primary mode of transportation for the Dukes of Hazzard boys, the Charger has become a staple action-flick car. The ’69 Charger was also a main feature in the Quinton Tarantino’s tongue-in-cheek psycho-thriller, Deathproof, as Kurt Russell’s tooled-up, tormenting machine.
  3. 1958 Plymouth Fury—When you think of a car that epitomizes a ‘1950s automobile,’ this is the car that you are picturing. The Fury had those unmistakable shark-like fins over the taillights and the giant toothy grill with two sets of bug-eye headlights. It became the nightmare of many moviegoers when it appeared as the blood-thirsty monster in John Carpenter’s classic 1983 film
  4. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am—The popularity of the Trans Am is entirely due to Smokey and the Bandit. And, who could deny the panache of a mustachioed Burt Reynolds when he rumbles around in this beast? No wonder sales of the Trans Am doubled within two years of the film’s release.
  5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California—No list of iconic cars would be complete without mentioning Ferris Bueller’s object of subversion. This one of a kind car was hailed as the sexiest convertible to have ever been conceived. A recent auction saw this unmistakable gem go for nearly $16 million.

Dispatches from Detroit: The 2017 Ford GT First Look

2017 Ford GT First Look

Nearly fifty years ago, three teams entered Ford GT40 vehicles in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race. In the ensuing years, the result of this race has taken on a legendary quality: the top three spots were won by Ford’s legendary GT vehicle, in a race that was actually the first time that an American car had won the race. Now, Ford has brought back the GT with production slated to begin for the 2017 model year, and we received a first look at this awesome supercar at this week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. So, let’s take a quick look at the 2017 Ford GT, shall we? Read the rest of this entry >>

Special Sneak Peak: The 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28!

2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 Huntsville Chattanooga

The list of vehicles that truly get our blood running at Harbin Automotive is pretty short. However, when one is due for release, we are totally unable to keep it to ourselves. This is the case with the 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28, which is set to make its debut. So, what details are there that you need to know about what separates the Z/28 from the also-rans on the sports car market? Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry >>

2015 Ford Mustang Scottsboro Huntsville AL

Christmas Comes Early: The 2015 Ford Mustang is Here!

2015 Ford Mustang Released

We were beginning to think that this day would never come. We’d heard so much about the 2015 Ford Mustang, going back almost two whole years. Would the day ever get here, where we could quit waiting and just, you know, go for a drive? We’ve been good, written blogs and press releases, but it was beginning to feel like the day would never come.

Well, Alabama, it’s here. Finally. The 2015 Ford Mustang has arrived at Harbin Automotive. (Man, that felt good to say.) Read the rest of this entry >>

2015 Ford Mustang Scottsboro Huntsville AL

It’s Almost Here! Our Fave Features in the 2015 Ford Mustang!

50th Anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang Favorite Features

If you’ve been following along with the news coming out of Harbin Automotive, then you have undoubtedly noticed that we’re more than a little excited for the release of the 2015 Ford Mustang. We’ve already cleared space on the lot and in the showroom for the 50th Anniversary edition, which is sure to be one of the hottest vehicles to roll through these parts in some time. Now, with its release imminent, we’ve gotten an exclusive peak at what’s inside, and now we’re gonna share that with you, Alabama! Here are our five favorite features on the 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang! Read the rest of this entry >>

Vrrrroooooom! The 2015 Ford Mustang’s Power Numbers Revealed

2015 Ford Mustang Scottsboro AL

Three factory engine options greet drivers of the 2015 Ford Mustang.

2015 Ford Mustang Power Numbers

As we at Harbin Auto eagerly await the release of the 2015 Ford Mustang, most of the early details have been of the vague, “ooh-and-ahh” variety. We’ve seen just how awe-inspiringly beautiful the vehicle is, sure, but most of the details we’ve been given have been frustratingly broad. A customer asks, “What can you tell us about the ‘15 Mustang?” And we have to say, “Well, we know about as much as you do. It’s really sweet-looking. That’s about it.”

Until now. We’ve now received the power numbers for the 2015 Ford Mustang, and our level of excitement is suitably high. Read the rest of this entry >>

Jay Leno’s Top Ten Mustangs Ever!

Jay Leno Top Ten Mustangs

Steve McQueen's iconic Mustang from "Bullitt" is among Jay Leno's favorite models ever made.

Steve McQueen’s iconic Mustang from “Bullitt” is among Jay Leno’s favorite models ever made.

What do you know about Jay Leno? In all likelihood, you’re aware that he hosted “The Tonight Show” for about 27 years. You might also associate Leno with his outstanding chin, which is as much a part of his mystique as his equally prominent sense of humor. You might even be familiar with his extensive voice work in films, appearing in popular movies such as “Cars” and the “Ice Age” series.

However, many know Leno from his well-publicized obsession with cars, and from his collection containing nearly 900 vehicles. “Jay Leno’s Garage” has become an internet sensation, and is a fine example of what a gearhead with an unlimited budget can create. Now, with the upcoming release of the 2015 Ford Mustang, Leno has released his personal list of his top ten Mustang models ever, the video of which can be viewed below. Read the rest of this entry >>

“Let’s Take a Drive”: Happy Father’s Day from Harbin Auto!

Father’s Day Scottsboro AL

Chevy Scottsboro AL

Dad and me, with one of the many El Caminos that came and went.

If we’re being honest, most holidays only have the most tangential relationship to an auto dealership. “Happy Derby Day! Test drive the new Mustang to celebrate!” Or, “Celebrate National Coconut Cream Pie Day in a new Chevy Malibu!” It rings a little hollow.

However, Father’s Day is a little different. If there’s any holiday that shares a natural affiliation with cars, it’s Father’s Day, for reasons that are patently obvious. And, at Harbin Auto in Scottsboro, AL, we aren’t immune to a little nostalgia for Dear Ol’ Dad.

When I was growing up, my own father had what in hindsight can only be described as an unnatural obsession with Chevy El Caminos. For the duration of my childhood, there was never a time when my dad was not in the process of restoring an El Camino, enjoying his newly restored El Camino, or searching wrecking yards and auctions for a new candidate to occupy our spare garage stall. To my elementary-school friends, this was the cause for no small amount of ridicule; the half-car/half-truck nature of the Elky, as they always came to be called, didn’t stoke the embers of white-knuckled curiosity in ten year-old brats quite like it did in my old man, and explaining the finer points of a three-on-the-tree to my friends only cut into valuable booger-eating and wedgie-giving time. Read the rest of this entry >>

Ever Wonder How the Camaro Got its Name?

Camaro Huntsville AL

Now, “Camaro” just means American muscle. But it wasn’t always this way.

How the Camaro Got its Name

As we count down the days until the release of the 2015 Chevy Camaro at Harbin Auto, we got talking about the actual name, “Camaro.” For many cars of the era, the meaning of the model name was immediately obvious: “Corvette” was a warship, “Mustang” was a horse, and so on. But what on Earth was a “Camaro”? No one had any idea. So we did some digging, trying to find out the history of how the “Camaro” got its name. Read the rest of this entry >>