What separates an old car from a classic? In many cases, not a lot. Beautiful sheet metal, a legendary powertrain or world-class performance could make a world of difference, and so can attention to detail.

We're suckers for a well-stamped curve, an intricate chrome grille or even an elegant hood ornament. And then there are the engines. You won't find many plastic covers in these beautiful bays, but you will find plenty of interesting details and, in some cases, a boat-load of chrome.

We strolled the streets of Woodward with cameras in hand to capture some of the best and brightest details from the 2011 Dream Cruise. Click on the image gallery above to browse everything from the grille of a Rolls-Royce to the engine bay of a Mustang signed by Jack Roush.


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      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Companys will never build cars like this ever again. The 50's and 60's were the best 20 years when it comes to the history of the automobile. Grandma and Grandpa were so lucky.
      Tyler
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the details/interior of that custom Imperial (beige with orange wheels), great craftsmanship! (:
      thealzabo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are there any more pictures of that custom '59 Imperial you have about 5 detail shots of? I saw one small picture of the car in a magazine once and I'd love to see more.
      crzyrunner12
      • 3 Years Ago
      This set is my favorite of this year's cruise. I love the intimate details!
      ReTired
      • 3 Years Ago
      Photo #8 is NOT a Hemi...426 Stage III Wedge (narrow valve covers).
      Scott A. Bowers
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's a group on Deviant Art dedicated to all those little automotive details that really make a car special. Lots of great photos there. http://http://just-the-details.deviantart.com/
      ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol i drag it! that was priceless
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tough to beat Detroit's muscle years '65-'71 for shear spectacle. I'd imagine its like going to the La Brea Tar Pits to see the old fossils...both done in by hydocarbons and rare to see outside of a museum.