Some Surprising Facts About American Muscle Cars

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Americans loves speed cars. Therefore, you may find the world’s best speed cars in the showrooms of classic cars Maryland and other states of America. But only few Americans (including many speed car owners) know some surprising facts about the American muscle cars. Let’s discuss them here:

1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

While the 1965 and 1966 Shelby GT500 for sale were light and simply styled, the 1967 and 1968 cars were a little complicated and fit for winning drag races. For the first time, these Mustang GT’s came with 355-hp 428-cubic-inch big-block power under the hood. The fast car KR (King of the Road) high-performance model was available in 1968 as well. In 1967, Mercury Cougar tail lamps were used in Shelby Mustangs, but the 1968 models the lamps used were from the ’66 Ford Thunderbird.

1984 Chevy Corvette

The Corvette is the third generation of America’s sports car. It had an amazing long run from 1968 to 1982. So,during the launch of the next-generation C4 Corvette, the expectations were very high. However, the first launch didn’t prove as good as it was expected by the car enthusiasts. It still had the same Chevy V-8 up front driving with rear wheels. With a gap in the production of the Corvette in 1983, the 1984 model came with an all-new car with tighter emissions regulations. You can still find one white 1983 Corvette prototype at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

1970 Oldsmobile 442

The 1970 Oldsmobile 442, shared its platform with two other hot GM machines- the Pontiac GTO and the Chevy Chevelle SS,is the hot muscle machine of the Oldsmobile division. The engine of this car is so strong that it could hit 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The best Oldsmobile for sale is the 1970 Olds 442 which was raced by actor James Garner in the NORRA Mexico 1000 and won second in class.

1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

By the late 1970s, muscle car performance, huge gas prices and high insurance costs caused most auto dealers to decrease the horsepower. In the year 1978, Pontiac introduced a high-powercar with a special handling package known as the WS6. This had a sport-tuned suspension, all new tires, wider 8-inch wheels and faster steering. Pontiac Trans-Am T-top roof were known as the Hurst Hatch.

1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6

In the year 1970, there was a huge demand for the 1970 Chevelle 4 speed transmission for sale. Its forbidding engines more than 400 cubic inches in midsize cars set off a muscle turmoil across the company’s divisions. The Chevrolet Corvette is famous for ruling the Chevy group as the top performance car, therefore, until the LS6, no other car other than Chevy had a horsepower more than that of the Corvette. But in 1970, the 1970 Corvette came with the highest horsepower engine of 390-hp LS5 454.

1969 COPO Camaro

Chevrolet’s Central Office Production Order (COPO) system was used for cop cars and taxicabs. The ZL-1 427 V-8 in the 9560 COPO Camaro is a race engine, whose motor was originally developed for the Chaparral racing team in the Can Am series.


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