Muscle car memories

I GUESS MY OZONE depleting and carbon footprinting starts with the first car I ever had – a 1965 Ford Mustang fastback purchased for $300 (roughly $850 in today’s money) from my father circa 1976.


With a nice paint job, Keystone Klassic rims, Mickey Thompson tires and a 200 inline six-cylinder, this car set the benchmark for the expression “all show and no go!”

Then in 1978 I bought a red 1974 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400.

Around 1980, I purchased what was probably my “nicest” car: my silver 1975 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with a 400 V-8, 4-barrel, powering a four-speed transmission.

Believe it or not, that was the last car I ever owned with a car payment.

Then in July 1989, I bought a car I still own. Now repainted silver and black is my faux SS 1971 Chevrolet El Camino.

My partner in automotive crime, Jim Muraski, and I pulled the original 350 V-8 and replaced it with a newly rebuilt 350 with goodies like a 4 barrel Edelbrock carburetor, a Weiand aluminum intake, and a Mallory Unilite distributor.

In 1995, I bought the best car for the money I ever owned, a 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with an original 400 V-8 purchased for $175 (ha!) Yeah, it was little rough, but it always ran.

I sold that car in October for $1,500 so, if you ever get to Millen, Ga., and see a brown ’Monte Carlo with the vinyl roof “peeled back,” say “hey” to it, will you?

Four stories about the most memorable cars I’ve owned and I don’t have time for the other 30 or so!

– Jeff Miller, Martinez


MY FIRST CAR WAS a 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS. I bought this mildly powered, 283-cubic-inch/Powerglide, Nassau Blue beauty four months before I even got my driver’s license.

Driving this sweet little ride through high school got my car addiction going, because I’ve owned more than 75 vehicles in the 38-plus years since.

These have included everything from 1938 Dodge coupes, ’57 Chevy Nomads to Volkswagen Super Beetles and Corvettes and everything in between up to my current ride, a ’87 Chevy Silverado short bed.

– Jim Muraski, Martinez


We would like for you to share memories of a hot car from your past. It doesn’t have to be a muscle car – it might have been your first car, one that holds special memories or one you customized yourself.

The Augusta Chronicle will publish your memories as space allows. We might edit them for length and content.

Send your story to Please write “Muscle Car” in the subject line of your e-mail. Thank you.

– Glynn Moore, staff writer