Yanks for the memories

Gutted at the news the sensational Dodge Challenger muscle car won’t come to Europe.

It’s the latest wild Yankee muscle car they’re going to keep for themselves – and I think it’s a crazy decision.

Many UK fans have taken the time and expense to import their own ‘new’ Mustang – and can even live with the steering wheel being on the wrong side.


The bottom line is it’s the first truly great ‘Stang in years, and petrolheads can’t get enough of them.

It’s a likely to be a similar story with Chevrolet‘s Camaro – that recently starred as Bumblebee in Transformers: The Movie.

The suits will say there isn’t a market, it’s too expensive to export here and tool up to meet UK regulations. And having a six-litre V8 is a political hot potato.

But they’re wrong – just look at the sadly departed Vauxhall Monaro. Bosses at Luton imported a small number of the standard 5.7-litre and hot 6-litre VXR muscle cars and they flew out of the showroom.

They’d originally thought most buyers would opt for the slightly more frugal 5.7 – but they were wrong; most wanted the 403bhp VXR.

There were a few good reasons for its success – it was cheap, fast and an absolute politically-incorrect hooligan.

And we’re all the better for knowing it.



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