1970 GM-455: MAGNUM FORCE FROM MOTOWN

1970 GM-455: MAGNUM FORCE FROM MOTOWN
The new year ushered in bigger, more powerful engines, new specialty Supercars and a plethora of Ponycars.  Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile muscle machines, powered by similar but different 455-inch engines, led the displacement race: 1970 GM-455: MAGNUM FORCE FROM MOTOWN. In many ways, 1970 was the storm before the calm. The war in Southeast Asia continued casting a pall over a much-divided country and thinning the ranks of young enthusiasts. Carmakers’ racing budgets were being drasticall...
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POPULAR V-8 MOTORS: DISPLACEMENT DISCREPANCIES.

Diego Rosenburg, Musclecar maven and walking encyclopedia of 1960s-1970s high-performance engine codes and options, decodes the displacement dilemma of 5 popular V-8s whose numbers are questionable. It may only be an inch or two, but truth matters: POPULAR V-8 MOTORS: DISPLACEMENT DISCREPANCIES. 1967 Ford R-Code dual-quad 427. We know that the 1960s were full of horsepower hijinks, but did you know that manufacturers sometimes fibbed about the size of their engines? Indeed, that burbling V-8...
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1970: MUSCLECARS AT AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS

1970: MUSCLECARS AT AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS
In 1970, Motown’s Maximum Muscle - 1970: MUSCLECARS AT AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS - showcased the biggest and baddest engines, head-turning wings, sound & fury, an endless list of performance options, and limited-production models. A special class of 1970 Musclecars, including a Buick Stage 1 Skylark GSX, will celebrate the pinnacle of Detroit’s fast and loud Musclecar era at the 26th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on May 23, 2021. The first wave of Baby Boomers was graduating...
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GNX: MAXIMUM MUSCLE FROM BUICK!

GNX: MAXIMUM MUSCLE FROM BUICK!
The 1980s were lean years for musclecar enthusiasts. There were some bright spots: Corvette, 5.0 Mustang, IROC Camaro, Firebird Trans-Am and turbocharged-intercooled Buick Grand National/GNX. Arguably, the rare, high-boost GNX was the car to beat on the street and strip. If heavy metal music were a car, it would be a GNX: MAXIMUM MUSCLE FROM BUICK! “The GNX is an ax-wielding barbarian laying waste to everything in its path. It rockets to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and squirts through the qua...
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TOP TEN: DEALER-BUILT MUSCLECARS

Scott Oldham, who grew up with a ’69 Baldwin-Motion 427 Camaro in the family garage, blogs about the TOP TEN: DEALER-BUILT MUSCLECARS in the 1960s-1970s. 1967 Royal Pontiac Bobcat GTO During the horsepower wars of the original muscle car era, it wasn’t just the car companies duking it out for supremacy on the street and strip: Many dealers also got into the ring, adding cubic inches and horsepower over and above what the factory was offering. They were building some of the quickest muscl...
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1970s: MAXIMUM MUSCLE

1970s: MAXIMUM MUSCLE
Scott Oldham blogs about the 10 coolest domestic and imported performance cars of the 1970s: MAXIMUM MUSCLE 1970 SS454 Chevelle LS6 Gas lines. Smog motors. Big ugly chrome bumpers. Gas guzzling dinosaurs that can’t get out of their own way. That’s what most people think of when they think of cars of the 1970s. And they’re mostly correct. For much of the decade, performance was a four-letter word and the malaise era was in full swing as the car companies struggled to figure out new safety and...
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1960s: TEN GREATEST PERFORMANCE CARS

1960s: TEN GREATEST PERFORMANCE CARS
You can call them Musclecars, Supercars, Ponycars or Sports Cars, but Scott Oldham simply calls ‘em as he sees them: 1960s: TEN GREATEST PERFORMANCE CARS. 1965 Pontiac GTO Everyone was a car nut in the 1960s. Everyone. Even the peace loving, pot-loving, free-loving hippies. Heck, even the people at the car companies. Men like Enzo, John Z., Carroll, Zora, Butzi, and Sir William. These men built the cars they wanted, not what market research told them. And they built powerful art forms through...
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ONE OF NONE: PONTIAC 455 VENTURA SPRINT!

ONE OF NONE: PONTIAC 455 VENTURA SPRINT!
What could have been the ultimate 1972 stealth Supercar, a GTO/Firebird 455-inch HO-powered Ventura Sprint, never really happened. They built just one production-ready prototype. It was an unassuming Pontiac Ventura II Sprint coupe motivated by a 455 engine. Little more than a grille and badge-engineered Chevy Nova, this screamer with an EPA certified engine would have flown under insurance companies’ radar. Pontiac built one and everyone loved it. But it was not to be! I drove it in June...
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’69½ DODGE: STING LIKE A SUPER BEE!

’69½ DODGE: STING LIKE A SUPER BEE!
Dodge gets its Supercar act together with an aggressive midyear Super Bee with a venomous sting. Built off the midsize Coronet platform, the Super Bee was packaged for testosterone-infused enthusiasts. Like the streamlined Charger 500 and Charger Daytona, Detroit’s Creative Industries handled final assembly of Dodge’s in-your-face Super Bee. With its lift-off scooped fiberglass hood, tri-power 440 Wedge, beefy Dana 60 rear end, status graphics, taut suspension and “electric” colors, the Super ...
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MUSCLECARS 101: BACK IN THE DAY!

Musclecar was barely part of enthusiast vernacular when iconic GTOs, Hemis and Camaros and Mustangs were new and prowled the streets. Today, it’s the only word used to define those ground-pounding Supercars and Ponycars. When Pontiac built the GTO in 1964 they jump-started Detroit’s performance car revolution; the Supercar was born. That same year, Ford gave us the Mustang. It became the quintessential Ponycar. It was Supercars and Ponycars, period. Musclecar was the catchall descriptor used ...
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