By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch
A muscle automobile symbolizes freedom. It used to be freedom that introduced the muscle automobile into life ─ the liberty of inexpensive gasoline and open roads, the liberty provided via the postwar American dream, the liberty to move almost about at any place and just do approximately whatever. while Pontiac advertised its GTO to the baby-boom iteration, the vehicles, the folks who drove them, and the days during which the 2 got here jointly ended in one of many maximum tales in automobile historical past. 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 proprietors towards experience, romance, luck, the long run. American Muscle automobiles tells the tale of the main impressive and fascinating automobiles ever to return out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality instructed at full-throttle, illustrated with attractive sleek and old images.
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But that was in the future; in 1960 the Falcon was simply a diminutive portion of the same-old same-old from Ford. 50 CHAPTER ONE Ford broke little new ground with its new small car. However, Chevrolet not only broke new ground, it pulverized it into ﬁne dust. The division’s Corvair, introduced for the 1960 model year, used technology never before seen on an American-made automobile. 9 inches wide, the Corvair took up less garage space than any other car rolling out of Detroit at that time. The Corvair was the smallest American-made car of its day and it was easily the most peculiar.
Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. the manufacturer’s championship behind Pontiac— but the sell-on-Monday part of the win-on-Sunday equation only worked if a car won; the second-place winner was just the ﬁrst loser. BURNOUTS AND BACK SEAT BINGO 43 409: Biggest Chevy Yet “The 409 is, in hot rod terminology, a bored and stroked version of the 348 . . It will take some time to see how the engine runs when placed in the hands of the drag strip enthusiasts but we guess that it will do alright for itself .
The initials stand for Grand Turissimo [sic] Omologato, and in case you don’t understand Italian, the English translation would be Grand Touring Homologated. In European sports car circles, grand touring classiﬁcation stands for an enclosed coupe and the homologation terminology a hotter 327-cubic-inch engine that generated 300 horsepower. Had the marketplace status quo from previous years remained unchanged, this L74 package might have been the car to buy in 1964. Like Ford and General Motors, Chrysler introduced a small car for the 1960 model year: the Valiant.
American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History by Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch