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

By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch

This is the muscle motor vehicle heritage to own--a richly illustrated chronicle of America's maximum high-performance vehicles, instructed from their Nineteen Sixties starting in the course of the current day!

In the Sixties, 3 incendiary ingredients--developing V-8 engine expertise, a tradition fed on via the necessity for velocity, and seventy five million child boomers coming into the car market--exploded within the kind of the manufacturing unit muscle vehicle. The ensuing automobiles, brutal machines in contrast to any the realm had obvious sooner than or will ever see back, outlined the intercourse, medicines, and rock 'n' roll generation.

American Muscle Cars chronicles this tumultuous interval of yankee background during the fundamental device americans use to outline themselves: their vehicles. From the street-racing scorching rod tradition that emerged following international conflict II throughout the new breed of muscle automobiles nonetheless rising from Detroit this present day, this ebook brings to existence the background of the yankee muscle car.

When Pontiac's leader engineer, John Z. DeLorean, and his group bolted a big-inch engine into the division's intermediate chassis, they instantly invented the vintage muscle automobile. In these 20 mins it took invoice Collins and Russ Gee to bolt a 389 ci V-8 engine right into a Tempest chassis they created the prototype for Pontiac's GTO--and replaced the process automobile heritage. From that second on, American functionality vehicles might by no means be the same.

American Muscle Cars tells the tale of the main fascinating automobiles ever to return out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out madness instructed at complete throttle and illustrated with attractive photography.

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BURNOUTS AND BACK SEAT BINGO 37 continued from page 35 for American muscle has always been a two-door sedan powered Chrysler 300 “In a stoplight and drag strip competition, it was very obvious that for a big chug, the 300-B could move, and fastly, too. ” Hot Rod magazine, September, 1956 by a monster big-block engine—the bigger and more monstrous, the better. The big-block engine is the reason a perfectly nice Challenger convertible powered by a 318-cubic-inch engine will never be worth more than a fraction of the value of an original Hemi ’Cuda, even though the small-block engine makes much more sense in a street car that will never see the business end of a drag strip.

In late August of 1963, Bunkie Knudsen, who was promoted out of Pontiac and now headed up General Motors’ Chevrolet division, unveiled the new Chevelle to 56 CHAPTER 2 Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. the automotive press to much applause. They certainly weren’t applauding the car’s technology—with its small-block V-8 engine and conventional body-onframe construction, the car was basically a slightly smaller version of the Chevrolet sedans that had first carried the company’s Turbo-Fire V-8 engines in 1955.

The Hyper-Pak contained enough good stuff to put oak in any true hot-rodder’s timber: longrunner intake manifold and bigger carburetor, highcompression pistons, long duration camshaft. Originally not branded as either a Dodge or a Plymouth, the Valiant had been sold at both dealerships. In 1961, Chrysler branded the Valiant as a Plymouth and Dodge introduced its own version, the Lancer. Chrysler’s engineers tweaked their new slantsix to produce 145 horsepower in stock form and 195 horses when equipped with a Power Pak.

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