Cribs, Caves, and Cars: The American muscle car collection

Cribs, Caves, and Cars: The American muscle car collection

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by CHRIS CLARK / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 6:57 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You can find rattlesnakes, copperheads and even cotton mouths in the Carolina woods, but if you are looking for a cobra you are going to need Mike Rogers.

“This is iconic American muscle.  This is a CSX 4959,” smiled Rogers. “It’s powered by an all aluminum Rousch 427, about 550 horsepower.  It is blistering fast and will go from zero to 100 and back to zero in 10 seconds.”

Right beside it is the Shelby series 1.  It’s the car Carroll Shelby set out to design for himself from the ground up. It almost did him in as well for getting the car federalized almost bankrupted the company. It’s one of only 249 ever produced.

“I take it to shows and cruise around and all the people say ‘I have never seen one of these.’  People stick their head out and ask ‘What is that?’”

Moving right down the line is 40th anniversary Shelby convertible, and it can flat out run.

“This car is 632 horsepower at the rear wheels that 750 at the crank,” he added.

By the way, Dale Earnhardt Junior’s car has 850 horsepower.

“Shelby put the stripes over the top, all the suspension is beefed up  I’ve had it here in the collection and it's a great car.  They all ask me is this one faster?  I don’t really know and don’t want to find out.”

So far this has been a love affair with American muscle, so how does a 1978 Datsun 280 Z fit in here? The answer is a love affair.

“My dad had an old shop and restored cars and he had an orange 1978 280 Z Datsun and I wanted it but didn't have any money,” Rogers noted.  “I talked my wife into borrowing the money, went to Florida in it, traded it for a boat and regretted it ever since. On the morning of our 23rd wedding anniversary, pulled up a sale online and the second car to sell was an orange 1978 280 Datsun.”

He bought the car and relives the memories with his wife whenever he wants.

“People buy old cars because they remind them of their youth. As you grow older in life and gain wealth you can buy houses you can buy anything you want but you can’t buy one thing,” Rogers said.  “You can’t buy youth.”
 

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