Category Archives: Muscle Car Showcase

1967-1971 Plymouth GTX

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The 1967-1971 Plymouth GTX is the focus of this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase. The GTX was Plymouth’s new “supercar” for 1967. Based on the Belvedere, the GTX came standard with big V8 power and a host of other performance features. This intermediate was marketed as a gentleman’s muscle car — no greasy kid stuff here. Plymouth touted the GTX was the most exciting supercar to come out of Detroit in years. Let’s see if this declaration is true. Read the rest of this entry

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1967-1970 Shelby GT500

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The 1967-1970 Shelby GT500 is the star in this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase. Hot on the heels of the successful GT350, Shelby unleashed the GT500. It was based on Ford’s redesigned Mustang, which grew a few inches longer and slightly wider in 1967. Shelby’s new creation had its sights set on domination and taking on all contenders, including the mighty Chevrolet Corvette. And it could hold its own against just about anything. Let’s go back in time and see why the Shelby GT500 has become one of the most highly sought after muscle cars ever created. Read the rest of this entry

17 Dollars a Day and 17 Cents a Mile: The Story of the Shelby GT350-H and GT-H

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In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll look back at the 40 year history of the Shelby GT350H and GT-H. When the Shelby GT350 burst on the scene in the mid-1960s, it was the hottest pony car you could buy. So what better way to get the GT350 in the hands of enthusiasts and prospective buyers than to offer it for rent? Thus, the GT350-H was born. For 17 dollars a day and 17 cents a mile, you could rent one of the hottest cars around. Let’s take a look at what makes the Shelby GT350-H and its sucessors some of the most highly sought after muscle cars ever created. Read the rest of this entry

1971 Dodge Charger 426 Hemi

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This edition of the Muscle Car Showcase looks back at the 1971 Dodge Charger 426 Hemi. By 1971, the Hemi had earned its reputation on the street and strip as a fearsome competitor to General Motors’ 455 and Ford’s 427 Cobra Jet. But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. 1971 represents the end of an era as it would be the last year the Hemi would be found under the hood of the Dodge Charger. Let’s travel back in time and see what makes the 1971 Dodge Charger 426 Hemi such a special car. Read the rest of this entry

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition

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In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll take a look at the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition. For many of us, this car defined the muscle car in the late 1970s. When other manufacturers had reduced their muscle car lineup or quit building them altogether, Pontiac kept the Trans Am alive with several special editions in the late 1970s. The 1977 Trans Am Special Edition was the most popular of all the special editions because of the movie Smokey and the Bandit. Burt Reynolds’ name may have been on the marquis, but the Trans Am Special Edition was the star of the show. Let’s turn back the clock 40 years and see why the 1977 Firebird Trans Am Special Edition is one of the most sought after muscle cars from the 1970s. Read the rest of this entry

1966-1967 Dodge Charger

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The 1966-1967 Dodge Charger is the star car in this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase. This sleek coupe was born from the 1965 Charger II concept car and released the following year as a production model. The first generation Dodge Charger shares the concept’s distinctive fastback styling, long hood, and short rear deck. Its look is totally unmistakable. And yet, it was fairly practical. Part luxury car, part muscle car, the Dodge Charger was the kind of car for the family man as well as those geared for performance. Let’s see what makes this often overlooked Charger worthy of a second look. Read the rest of this entry

1987 Buick Regal Grand National, Turbo T, and GNX

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The 1987 Buick Regal Grand National, Turbo T, and GNX shine in this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase. It’s hard to believe there was a time when Buick actually built some incredible muscle cars. 30 years ago, the Grand National, Turbo T, and GNX were three of the fiercest performance cars you could get during the so-called Malaise Era. That might be difficult to contemplate today, but 30 years ago, it was a reality. Let’s look back and see what made the 1987 turbo trifecta from Buick three of the most revered muscle cars of their time. Read the rest of this entry