By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch
A muscle automobile symbolizes freedom. It was once freedom that introduced the muscle vehicle into life ─ the liberty of inexpensive fuel and open roads, the liberty provided by way of the postwar American dream, the liberty to head with regards to anyplace and just do approximately whatever. while Pontiac advertised its GTO to the baby-boom new release, the autos, the folks who drove them, and the days during which the 2 got here jointly ended in one of many maximum tales in automobile heritage. while these first fortunate purchasers cranked up the 360-horsepower Tri-Power 389 engines and drove their GTOs off broker plenty, these autos took their proprietors towards experience, romance, luck, the longer term. American Muscle vehicles tells the tale of the main striking and fascinating vehicles ever to return out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality informed at full-throttle, illustrated with attractive sleek and old images.
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Chevrolet’s new big-block displaced 427 cubic inches, placing it right at the displacement limit allowed by NASCAR. Racing journalists and other racers referred to the new powerplant as the “mystery engine,” because Chevrolet erected security barriers around the garages at Daytona to prevent anyone from seeing it up close. The mystery surrounding the engine did not lead to racing success for Chevrolet, but not because of any technical details of the engine. Chevrolet, as well as Pontiac and the other GM divisions, faltered in NASCAR racing because in 1963 General Motors instituted a total ban on factory racing involvement.
These were respectable numbers, but the engine was still a sixcylinder trying to compete in a V-8 world. Chrysler redesigned the car for 1963 and sales increased, but the lack of a V-8 engine still hampered the car’s reception in the marketplace. Pontiac’s GTO earned the distinction of being the ﬁrst muscle car because while it was nowhere near as fast as a Plymouth 426 Super Stock, its goal was to capture the youth market. Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. At the time, Chrysler’s small-block engine, the A-block, had been in production since 1956, almost an eternity given the fast pace of engine development at that time.
Plymouth 426 Super Stock The Chevy II was as conventional as the Corvair was peculiar. The only unconventional technology that “Our test car was a stripped model with no Chevrolet used on the Chevy II was unitized-body unnecessary extras to add weight and cut speed. construction. This advanced method of building cars Except for the fact that it didn’t have a radio or a used an integrated frame and body instead of placing heater, the car would have been quite pleasant to a separate body on top of a ladder-type frame, the drive to work every day .