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American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History by Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch

By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch

A muscle vehicle symbolizes freedom. It was once freedom that introduced the muscle motor vehicle into life ─ the liberty of inexpensive fuel and open roads, the liberty provided through the postwar American dream, the liberty to move almost about wherever and do exactly approximately something. whilst Pontiac advertised its GTO to the baby-boom iteration, the autos, the folks who drove them, and the days within which the 2 got here jointly ended in one of many maximum tales in car heritage. whilst these first fortunate dealers cranked up the 360-horsepower Tri-Power 389 engines and drove their GTOs off broker plenty, these autos took their vendors towards experience, romance, good fortune, the longer term. American Muscle automobiles tells the tale of the main striking and fascinating autos ever to come back out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality advised at full-throttle, illustrated with appealing smooth and old images.

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Chrysler engineers needed to design stronger connecting rods to support the massive Hemi pistons and the entire head had to be rotated inward toward the engine to provide clearance for the exhaust pushrods to clear the head gaskets. Chrysler’s 426 Hemi engine revolutionized motorsports in America. Although rated at the same 425 horsepower as its Max Wedge predecessor, true output topped 500 ponies, and when mounted in lightweight drag racing specials, the new powerplant dominated the drag strip.

This is 680 pounds less than a ’61 Plymouth we to give the sub-2,600-pound coupe adequate acceleration, but not enough to impress buyers lusting after 409 Impalas. The Chevy II sold better than the Corvair—Chevy dealers moved 325,000 tested a couple of years ago . . ” Hot Rod magazine, January, 1963 units for 1962—but not well enough to outsell the Falcon. To attract the growing number of young buyers, the Chevy II needed V-8 power. Ford understood this, and in 1963 it produced a V-8-powered version of the Falcon: the Futura Sprint.

Hot Rod magazine, January, 1963 units for 1962—but not well enough to outsell the Falcon. To attract the growing number of young buyers, the Chevy II needed V-8 power. Ford understood this, and in 1963 it produced a V-8-powered version of the Falcon: the Futura Sprint. Chevrolet responded with a sporty SS package for the Chevy II, which featured special trim, bucket seats, and enhanced instrumentation, but still no V-8. The Nova SS retained Chevy’s unsporting inline six. In 1964 the Chevy II finally got a proper V-8.

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