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Sun, Jan 27th - 2:55PM

Classic Muscle Cars

Classic Muscle Cars are typically defined as American-made 1964 to 1975, 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving. The muscle car was designed for straight-line speed, and did not have the sophisticated chassis, engineering integrity, or lithe appearance of European high-performance cars.

Plymouth Road Runner
The Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation built the Road Runner between 1968 and 1980. They paid $50,000 to Warner Brothers to use the name and likeness of their Road Runner cartoon character (as well as a "beep, beep" horn), and on the Plymouth Belvedere they built a back-to-basics muscle car. Everything essential to performance and handling was beefed-up and improved; everything nonessential was left out.

Plymouth expected to sell about 20,000 units in 1968; actual sales numbered around 45,000.

The cars appearance was significantly changed in 1971. It changed again in 1976 when it was little more than a trim and graphics package on the Plymouth Volaré which it remained until the Road Runner was discontinued in 1980.

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Mon, Jan 21st - 5:03AM

Buick Grand National

The 1985-1987 Buick Regal Grand National is considered as one of the true muscle cars.

The Grand National started with a mid-size Buick: the 1978-vintage Regal coupe in turbo V-6 T-type form.

Initially it differed mostly in suspension tuning and full blackout exterior, but further development, including more precise sequential fuel injection, ultimately produced 245 horsepower and 0-60 times of under 5 seconds.

In 1986, Car and Driver showed that the Buick was faster from 0-60 mph (4.9 seconds) than the Lamborghini Countach (5.1 seconds), the Ferrari Testarossa (5.0 seconds) and even the Ferrari 288 GTO (5.1 seconds). It also beat Porsche's 928S (5.7 seconds) and 944 Turbo (6.0 seconds).

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Tue, Jan 15th - 4:35AM

American Motors AMX

American Motors' two-seat AMX was only built for 2 years from 1968 to 1970. Three V8s were available, a 290 was standard and a 343 and 390 were offered as options. It shared many parts with the Javalin. When the AMX was discontinued, the AMX designation was used as an option on the restyled 1971 4-seat Javelin.

The AMX was the only American-built steel-bodied two-seater of its time and cost less than $3500. The only other American two-seater of the era, the fiberglass-bodied Chevrolet Corvette cost $1500 more. The AMX could accelerate 0 to 60 mph in about 6.6 seconds and had a top speed of about 122 mph (196 km/h).

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Wed, Jan 9th - 6:05PM

Ford Torino Cobra 428

The Ford Torino was produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1968/1976. Most Torinos were conventional cars, and generally the most popular models were the 4-door sedans and 4-door hardtops.

However, Ford produced some high-performance versions of the Torino by fitting them with large powerful engines, such as the 428 cu in (7.0 L) and 429 cu in (7.0 L) "Cobra-Jet" engines.

The 1969 Ford Torino Cobra was equipped with the 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air motor and was Fords answer to the wildly popular Plymouth Road Runner.

The Ford Torino Cobra 428 had a top speed of 121 mph (194.7 kph) and reached 0 to 60 mph (96.6 kph) in 6.3 seconds.

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Thu, Jan 3rd - 4:40AM

Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac Division of General Motors built the Pontiac GTO from 1964 to 1974.

The first Pontiac GTO in 1964 was an option package for the Pontiac Tempest that included Pontiac's 389 cu in (6.4 L) V8 engine, floor-shifted transmission with Hurst shift linkage, and special trim. In 1966 the GTO became a model in its own right. 1966 was the most successful sales year with 96,946 units sold.

The GTO was redesigned for 1968, with semi-fastback styling. By 1973 annual sales had dropped to 4,806. The following year Pontiac moved the 1974 GTO option to the compact Pontiac Ventura but with continuing poor sales production ended after one year.

The GTO nameplate was relaunched in 2004 in the form of a rebadged Holden Monaro.

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