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MSN Autos: Top 10 Stories of the Week

4/24/2015

MSN Autos: Top 10 Stories of the Week

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Mecum Auctions© Provided by MotorTrend 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Mecum Auctions

While buzz from the bold new cars showcased in Shanghai continued this week, a variety of content drew the attention of car enthusiasts this week. Click through for the most-read stories of the week on MSN Autos.

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10. A Retired Missouri Rock Quarry Hides Barn-Find Gems

015 Barn Find Quarry Finds© Provided by Hotrod 015 Barn Find Quarry Finds

Hot Rod's "Rare Finds" series has taken readers to the dingy corners of many rural barns, but this former rock quarry might be a first. Take a look at some hidden gems discovered in a former quarry turned junkyard. 

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9. Wash Your Car Like a Pro

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As winter melts into spring, it's that time of year again. What's the best way to restore your car's luster after a hard few months -- or any time? Follow some common-sense tips and expert advice to give your ride a showroom shine.

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8. Chevrolet Malibu: A Brief History

2nd Generation: 1968 Chevrolet MalibuThe Malibu was redesigned for 1968 with a new fastback style that included a sharp rake to the front end, a longer hood and a shorter rear deck. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout continued but the 2- and 4-door versions used different wheelbases. Coupe, convertible, sedan and wagon versions were all offered.© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive. 2nd Generation: 1968 Chevrolet Malibu
The Malibu was redesigned for 1968 with a new fastback style that included a sharp rake to the front end, a longer hood and a shorter rear deck. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout continued but the 2- and 4-door versions used different wheelbases. Coupe, convertible, sedan and wagon versions were all offered.

This gallery takes a look at the history the Chevrolet Malibu, an American classic that began as a top-line Chevelle and now has a future as a full-hybrid model. During its 35 years of production, the Malibu has sold more than 8.5 million units.

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7. The Golden Age of Drag Racing: Part 2

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This gallery is the second part in a series that looks back at the golden age of drag racing. See some gorgeous vintage photos that date back to 1962, the year Howard Johansen was advertising the first aftermarket aluminum heads for Chevrolets.

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6. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda With Just 81 Original Miles Heading to Auction

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Mecum Auctions© Provided by MotorTrend 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Mecum Auctions

This car is believed to be the lowest-mileage example in existence and it will hit the auction block next month. Take a look at photos of this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, then dream of how much wear your bank account could take to make it yours.

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5. Ward's Auto Ranks Its 10 Best Interiors for 2015

2015 Mercedes Benz C400 4Matic: Ever since it handed the entry-level position to the CLA-Class, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has evolved into a compact-sized S-Class, featuring an opulent interior that's well-built and a class above the competition. Features from the S-Class that found their way to the C-Class include the Burmester premium sound system, cabin perfumer, and the knurled knob controls for the COMAND infotainment system. A touchpad above the COMAND wheel adds redundant controls, pinch-to-zoom functionality for navigation maps, and enables quicker entry of Chinese characters.© Provided by MotorTrend Ever since it handed the entry-level position to the CLA-Class, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has evolved into a compact-sized S-Class, featuring an opulent interior that's well-built and a class above the competition. Features from the S-Class that found their way to the C-Class include the Burmester premium sound system, cabin perfumer, and the knurled knob controls for the COMAND infotainment system. A touchpad above the COMAND wheel adds redundant controls, pinch-to-zoom functionality for navigation maps, and enables quicker entry of Chinese characters.

Take a look at Ward's Auto's picks for the 10 best car interiors of the year. You may be surprised to find that only two are from luxury manufacturers and the rest are mainstream brands, proving that non-luxury brands are making strides in interior build quality.

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4. Consumer Reports names the best cars by brand

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Who makes the best car? Consumer Reports says the question isn't quite that simple. In reality, every brand offers models that perform across a broad spectrum. Consumer Reports dug through their test results and compiled a list of the best models across every brand. Keep an eye out for their "worst" list in the weeks ahead.

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3. Rare Find: 1967 Ford Mustang GT 350

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This unaltered 1967 Ford Mustang GT 350 had been in hiding for 40 years. Hot Rod discovered the rare Shelby as part of its "Rare Finds" series. Read the story behind it and the state it was in when it was found.

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2. The 10 Most Affordable Classic Muscle Cars

3. 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360© Provided by Popular Mechanics 3. 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360

With models now auctioned off for well into the millions, it's probably fair to say you can't afford the classic muscle car of your dreams. But that doesn't mean you couldn't own something interesting. Expand your horizons and take a look at 10 solid, drivable cars that qualify as "muscle" but won't destroy your life's savings.

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1. 10 Cars Americans Don't Way to Buy

2015 Nissan GT R© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Nissan GT R

As the auto industry continues to recover post-recession, more than 1.5 million cars were sold last month. Which models were left behind on the lots? Take a look at the cars that have the longest turnover periods.

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