By Darwin Holmstrom
This can be the muscle vehicle background to own--a richly illustrated chronicle of America's maximum high-performance autos, informed from their Nineteen Sixties starting in the course of the current day!
In the Nineteen Sixties, 3 incendiary ingredients--developing V-8 engine expertise, a tradition fed on via the necessity for velocity, and seventy five million child boomers getting into the automobile market--exploded within the kind of the manufacturing facility muscle automobile. The ensuing autos, brutal machines in contrast to any the realm had obvious earlier than or will ever see back, outlined the intercourse, medicines, and rock 'n' roll generation.
American Muscle automobiles chronicles this tumultuous interval of yank heritage during the fundamental device americans use to outline themselves: their cars. From the street-racing sizzling rod tradition that emerged following global struggle II in the course of the new breed of muscle autos nonetheless rising from Detroit at the present time, this ebook brings to existence the heritage of the yank muscle car.
When Pontiac's leader engineer, John Z. DeLorean, and his workforce bolted a big-inch engine into the division's intermediate chassis, they instantly invented the vintage muscle vehicle. 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 background. From that second on, American functionality autos might by no means be the same.
American Muscle vehicles tells the tale of the main fascinating autos ever to return out of Detroit. It's a narrative of flat-out madness informed at complete throttle and illustrated with appealing images.
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Combined with a horsepower rating that was probably optimistic (if anything, the GM and Chrysler engines put out more power than advertised), this excess weight relegated Ford to also-ran status in the drag racing wars of the early 1960s. Turn Left, Repeat The drag strip might have been the primary venue in which manufacturers could showcase the performance of their automobiles, but stock car racing also provided a high-proﬁle stage upon which to promote performance cars. The premier stock car racing organization, then as now, was NASCAR.
On October 8, 1959, Ford introduced the decidedly unsexy Falcon. Basically a shrunken version of its larger sedans, the Falcon sold extremely well and earned a proﬁt for Ford, but it failed to ignite the passion of younger buyers. A few years later Lee Iacocca would reshape the Falcon into one of the sexiest small cars on the market, creating a machine that would ignite the automotive lust of nearly every member of the baby boom generation and in the process create an entirely new market niche: the pony car.
Chrysler marketing folks saw the results Chevrolet and Pontiac were achieving at drag strips around the country. More importantly, they saw the effects Chevrolet and Pontiac sales success was having on Chrysler’s corporate bottom line—people who bought Chevrolets and Pontiacs weren’t buying Dodges and Plymouths. The company needed to sell more cars to earn more money, and to sell more cars it would have to go racing. The problem was its luxurious 300s and Furys and Polaras were too big and too heavy to make good drag racing platforms.