By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch
A muscle vehicle symbolizes freedom. It used to be freedom that introduced the muscle automobile into lifestyles ─ the liberty of inexpensive gasoline and open roads, the liberty provided by means of the postwar American dream, the liberty to move on the subject of at any place 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 within which the 2 got here jointly ended in one of many maximum tales in car historical past. 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 autos tells the tale of the main notable and fascinating vehicles ever to return out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality informed at full-throttle, illustrated with appealing sleek and old images.
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The biggest difference between the old and new is in the performance department and stems from a new overhead valve V8 engine. This engine represents the ﬁrst V8 that Chevrolet has produced in 36 years. ” Hot Rod magazine, January, 1955 Early overhead-valve V-8 engines only graced the engine bays of luxury or near-luxury brands like Cadillac, Chrysler, and Oldsmobile. With its light, efficient small-block, Chevrolet brought overhead-valve V-8 technology to the masses. Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC.
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.
General Motors had no need to race on Sunday to sell cars on Monday because it was on the verge of selling too many cars without the extra promotion. Eternally the number three American automaker, Chrysler found itself in no danger of being on the stinky end of the federal government’s trust-busting stick. The company wanted as large a market share as it could get, and if racing success equaled increased market share, then Chrysler Corporation would do everything in its power to ensure racing success—even if it meant bringing an elephant to a cockﬁght.
American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History by Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch