OVERVIEW
Muscle Car Review was a re-titling of Popular & Performance Car Review. It was published by Dobbs Publishing in Lakeland, Florida. Dobbs was an upstart, independent publisher which started with Mustang Monthly in 1978. Dobbs was building a strong portfolio of other muscle and performance titles.

Muscle Car Review had its roots in Classic Sixties and Car Exchange. Dobbs purchased Car Exchange from Krause Publishing and merged it to create Popular & Performance Car Review.

Donald Farr was the first editor, but in February 1986 Paul Zazarine took the helm when Mr. Farr moved to Super Ford. Paul had been writing GTO articles for Dobbs, so he was the perfect candidate to assume the editor role. His timing matched the growing interest in muscle car restoration, and he led with many how-to tips and a series called, "How to Restore Your Muscle Car" in July 1988. Zazarine also noted the growing popularity of the 5.0 Mustang, and Muscle Car Review offered many bolt-on tips.

In 1989, Tom Shaw became the editor. After he was established, car values were declining along with advertising dollars. Management decided to move away from the restoration focus and include more modified cars. Mr. Shaw left his role in September 1991 because he felt it was the wrong direction. But the change didn't pan out, and Mr. Shaw returned to the editor role in May 1994. He re-focused on restoration and original cars. This was a growth period for Dobbs, and Muscle Car Review was the company's largest circulation title.

In June, 1995, CSK Publishing's Muscle Cars magazine was folded into MCR. The exact nature of the arrangement isn't clear, but Muscle Cars subscribers received MCR magazine to fulfill their original subscriptions. Subscribers to both had their subscriptions extended until both were fulfilled. With MCR the only remaining muscle car magazine at that point, this gesture was good for readers, the hobby and the Dobbs brand.

Dobbs Publishing sold the company to Petersen Publishing in April 1998, and the magazine was published until January, 2002 when it was discontinued.

In 2003, it returned as an annual publication and progressed to a biannual, a quarterly and finally a monthly publication. It continued until 2019 when it went to a digital only format.

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Note: The magazine did not use typical volume and series numbering from 1986 through May 1989. Then the use of this numbering scheme was erratic until June, 1990.

PUBLICATION DATA:
Publication data sent to Gale Research was sporadic. Average monthly net paid circulation was: 11,833 in 1990; 12,913 in 1992; and, 9,092 in 1994.

CONTENT COMPLETENESS:
A total of 129 issues were printed from December, 1986 to January, 2002. All images and table of content pages are complete.

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Jan 1989
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June 1989
June 1989 Vol 6 No 2
July 1989
July 1989 Vol 6 No 3
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Aug 1989 Vol 6 No 4
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Sept 1989 Vol 6 No 5
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Nov 1989
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Dec 1989
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Jan 1990
Jan 1990 Vol 6 No 10
Feb 1990
Feb 1990 Vol 6 No 11
Mar 1990
Mar 1990 Vol 6 No 12
Apr 1990
Apr 1990
May 1990
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June 1990
June 1990 Vol 6 No 15
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July 1990
July 1990 Vol 7 No 4
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Aug 1990
Aug 1990 Vol 7 No 5
Sept 1990
Sept 1990 Vol 7 No 6
Oct 1990
Oct 1990 Vol 7 No 7
Nov 1990
Nov 1990 Vol 7 No 8
Dec 1990
Dec 1990 Vol 7 No 9
Jan 1991
Jan 1991 Vol 7 No 10
Feb 1991
Feb 1991 Vol 7 No 11
Mar 1991
Mar 1991 Vol 7 No 12
Apr 1991
Apr 1991 Vol 8 No 1
May 1991
May 1991 Vol 8 No 2
June 1991
June 1991 Vol 8 No 3
July 1991
July 1991 Vol 8 No 4
Aug 1991
Aug 1991 Vol 8 No 5
Sept 1991
Sept 1991 Vol 8 No 6
Oct 1991
Oct 1991 Vol 8 No 7
Nov 1991
Nov 1991 Vol 8 No 8
Dec 1991
Dec 1991 Vol 8 No 9
Jan 1992
Jan 1992 Vol 8 No 10
Feb 1992
Feb 1992 Vol 8 No 11
Mar 1992
Mar 1992 Vol 8 No 12
Apr 1992
Apr 1992 Vol 9 No 1
May 1992
May 1992 Vol 9 No 2
June 1992
June 1992 Vol 9 No 3
July 1992
July 1992 Vol 9 No 4
Aug 1992
Aug 1992 Vol 9 No 5
Sept 1992
Sept 1992 Vol 9 No 6
Oct 1992
Oct 1992 Vol 9 No 7
Nov 1992
Nov 1992 Vol 9 No 8
Dec 1992
Dec 1992 Vol 9 No 9
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