So in case you wonder why I focus on European cars: I grew up with them, so they’re my comfort zone and I just stayed there.
But, I LOVE US cars too! My favorite was a Plymouth Barracuda. It was red with standard wheels but it was the same shape as the yellow one in this picture:
Mine didn’t have the V8 engine but it had the 225 slant-six … souped up, including a massive side-draught Weber carburetor with an all-in-one custom manifold that looked like a Jewish candlestick. It was fast — including around corners.
I’ve also owned and liked other Chrysler products, and GM cars, and Fords.
I drive a Ford Econoline E150 van sometimes, with the Mustang EFI 5.0 liter V8 engine and the AOD transmission. Yes, I know everyone hates that transmission — everyone but me. I kinda like it. My first Ford has the classic 3.0 liter Essex V6 in it … fast, and I love how it sounded. That was the first and last car that taught me not to open the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Oweee.
For many years, I have also owned a 1984 AMC Jeep Grand Wagonneer with the 5.9 liter engine. What it lacks in paint, it makes up for in character.