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8 Classic Ford Muscle Cars

A muscle car is, by general definition, a light, aerodynamic car with a powerful engine, and the Ford Motor Company delivered several classic Ford muscle cars to the world of cars. Browse through this list of eight Ford muscle cars, and see if your favorite is on the list.

Classic Ford Muscle Cars

Classic Ford Mustang image courtesy of Pixabay

8 Beautiful Classic Ford Muscle Cars

By Laure Justice

  1. Mustang: Whether you prefer the earliest pony body, the fox body of the eighties, or the newer Fox4 or D2C Mustangs, no list of Ford muscle cars could be complete without one (or several) of this iconic muscle car’s seven generations included.
  2. Galaxie: The Galaxie has a slightly different, boxier, heavy look than most muscle cars, but the engines got more powerful with each new iteration over the years to deliver the muscle.
  3. GT and GT40: This one might be debatable in terms of a traditional muscle car, because so few were ever made and it was really a classic race car, but it delivered the muscle, so ti gets its spot on the list – this mid-engine race car, according to Car and Driver, there were less than 135 built – between ’66 and ’69 it won four 24 Hours of  LeMans.
  4. Capri: The Capri never really caught much attention in the US, as it was a European pony car, but it was built with pony car styling and a Cortina engine to meet European standards.
  5. Thunderbird: There could be some debate about whether the Thunderbird belongs on this list, because it’s more of a luxury car instead of a light car with a big engine, but most Thunderbirds delivered the powerful engines and handling needed to drop them on this list. (Debate is welcome, if you disagree.)
  6. Fairlane: The Fairlane was the predecessor to the Torino, and it wasn’t the fastest of Ford’s muscle car lineup, according to StangTV, but it delivered the muscle car look, slightly similar to the body style of the GTO.
  7. Torino: When the Torino rolled off the line, it delivered, according to Old Ride, a comfortable ride combined with true muscle car power.
  8. Gran Torino: The Gran Torino went through several changes from earlier Torinos, including engine upgrades, a floor mounted four speed manual transmission system, an upgraded suspension system, dual exhaust, bucket seats, a larger body, pointed grilles, and longer lines.

Ford Muscle Cars for Sale

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The Most Boring Article You’ll Ever Read About the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

There’s not a lot about the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 you could call boring, but a title generator tool threw this title idea at me, and I liked it, so I’m just going to throw some facts about the ’71 Mach 1 out there. (Hopefully, you won’t actually be too bored.)

Intro to the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1971 Mustang models, Ford changed up the design of the Mustang line a bit for the second generation of the Mustang line, making it longer and wider than ’70 Mustangs, creating an illusion that came off as even more low-slung and road-hugging than earlier ‘Stangs.

The 3 Types of ’71 Mustangs

Before I go on to expand on the Mach 1 info, I want to mention there were three types of 1971 Mustangs:

  1. The 1971 Mustang Grande: The Grande was considered the luxury model of this line, and according to My Classic Garage, buyers had more options with the Grande; like a Landau top, power windows, rear window defroster, and any of the available ’71 Mustang engine options.
  2. The 1971 Mustang Mach 1: The Mach 1 had a honeycomb grille, Mach 1 decals on rear and fenders, and it came standard with the base 302cid V-8 Windsor engine and a 2-barrel carb – followed with the 351 Cleveland 2-V, 4-V, CJ (Cobra Jet), SCJ (Super Cobra Jet), and HO.
  3. The 1971 Boss 351: The Boss 351 featured the 351cid V-8 engine that delivered a solid 330-horsepower response when you hit the accelerator.

Now, Back to the Mach 1 Details: The Dual Scoop

There were 36,499 two-door Mustang Mach 1’s produced in 1971.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 image by Sicnag (1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 429) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you take a look at the hood on the Mach 1, (either one of the images above) you’ll see one of the distinguishing features of second gen Mustangs, the NACA (NASA) dual scoops. 

Some of these dual scoops were decorative-only while others featured a Ram-Air system that let the scoops’ flap open to send cool air to the carb via a fiberglass plenum.

While they were an option on all of the second gen Mustangs, the dual scoops were only standard on the Boss models. 

Ford Mustang Mach 1s for Sale

So… I hope you weren’t too bored with these general facts about the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, and if you’re still with me, be sure to visit the Classifieds page here on the site, sign up for free email updates (the link is on the right side of the screen, near the top), or browse around a bit to see what else interests you – and if you use Facebook, be sure to visit and like the Classic Cars Online US Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting Classic Cars Online US.

By: Laure Justice

Info on The 1972 Dodge Challenger

As of the time of publishing this article, the gorgeous 1972 Dodge Challenger shown in the pictures was listed for sale on eBay.

The 1972 Dodge Challenger

When Chrysler introduced the 1972 Dodge Challenger to the world, it had the same classic, sleek first generation Challenger body lines that earlier Challenger models had, but it had been redesigned on a few key features to give it a fresh look.

1972 Dodge Challenger

’72 Dodge Challenger image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

One of the first design changes that updated the look of the ’72 Challenger is found right out front – the headlights and grille were no longer encased in one long, oval section.

’72 Challenger Grille and Headlight Changes

While the outline of the long, oval shape still framed the headlights and grille of the Dodge Challenger in the 1972 models, as you can see in the images above and below, the grille had a trapezoid  form that was clearly separated in ’72 and the dual headlights peered out from under the slight overhang of the fenders and hood.

1972 Dodge Challenger

’72 Dodge Challenger image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

The Redesigned Rear View of the 1972 Challenger

You can’t really see this feature in the image of the Mopar below because the tail lights slipped into the shadows in the pic, but according to Old Rides, Dodge changed the taillights on the 1972 Challenger from previous years.

1972 Dodge Challenger

’72 Dodge Challenger image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

In 1972 models, Dodge Challenger tail lights were no longer a one piece unit with a clear lens sporting a Dodge logo joining the ends – they were divided and separated in a more modern, edgy style.

’72 Challenger Engine Options

Three different engine options were offered in ’72 Challengers:

  • The six-cylinder 225 that boasted 119 horsepower and a TorqueFlight 3-speed manual transmission.
  • The eight-cylinder 318 that featured 150 HP and the option of a TorqueFlight 3-speed or 4-speed manual tranny.
  • The eight-cylinder 340 that wowed with a powerful 240 horsepower and a TorqueFlight 3-speed or 4-speed manual transmission.
  • (The Challenger in the pictures has the 8-cyl 340 engine under its hood.)

By: Laure Justice

Classic Dodge Challengers for Sale

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect – pick your favorite, or join us in all four places: (1) sign up on the Classifieds page here on the site, (2) visit and like this site’s Facebook page, (3) the Best Classic Cars for Sale page or (4) join the Classic Cars Online: Classic Cars for Sale group if you are looking to buy or sell a classic Dodge Challenger.

Ford Mustang Project Cars for Sale

By: Laure Justice

I just wanted to mention that a few classic Ford Mustangs (in project state for this grouping) are listed for sale on the classifieds page here on the site, so pop on over and check out the potential of these beauties.

Classic Ford Mustangs for Sale

Classic Ford Mustang image courtesy of Pixabay

1966 Mustang Sprint Convertible

The first Mustang project I want to point out is a 1966 Mustang Sprint Convertible. This was a Florida car that ended up stored in a barn. It has:

  • automatic transmission
  • power top
  • power steering
  • 6-cylinder engine
  • clear Florida title
  • Visit the listing for more details and the current price as it is an eBay item that is being auctioned.

1966 Mustang Fastback V8

This  Mustang Fastback project car has the 289 hp V8 engine and it’s a 4-speed. It looks like it needs a lot of work, but if you’re up for a project, this looks like a great one! So, pop on over to the classifieds page and check it out!

1969 Mustang Mach 1

This 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet project car has:

  • a ton of pics in the ebay listing, and the specs are below
  • Year: 1969
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Mustang
  • VIN: 9T02R129955
  • Mileage: 88088
  • Transmission: Unspecified
  • Engine: 8 Cylinder, 428 L
  • Exterior Color: Other
  • Interior Color: Black
  • Title: Clear

Classic Ford Mustang Project Cars for Sale

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect – pick your favorite, or join us in all four places: (1) sign up on the Classifieds page here on the site, (2) visit and like this site’s Facebook page, (3) the Best Classic Cars for Sale page or (4) join the Classic Cars Online: Classic Cars for Sale group if you are looking to buy or sell vintage project cars.

Transcending Boundaries with the Ford Gran Torino

Transcending Boundaries with the Ford Gran Torino

by: Chuck Smith

Transcending Boundaries with the Ford Gran Torino: 1976 Ford Grand Torino Coupe

By Sicnag (1976 Ford Grand Torino Coupe) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you are the type of person who is very much into speed, racing, and driving, then you are most likely familiar with the Ford Gran Torino.

The Ford Gran Torino is a vehicle that has been produced by the Ford Motor Company of the United States. It was produced from 1968 up until the year 1976 and was made especially for the market in North America. This vehicle was actually manufactured into various models and specifications. Some were made to perform. And this vehicle was also the chosen one with regards to the Ford Motor Company’s entry to the NASCAR.

The Ford Gran Torino was considered to be a midsize car as per American standards, that is during that time when it was produced. However, as per modern standards, this vehicle could be considered to be a large one although it is quite smaller than the Ford Galaxie which was a full size vehicle. For some people, the Ford Gran Torino was considered as a muscle car.

1972 Ford Gran Torino Hardtop

By Sicnag (1972 Ford Gran Torino Hardtop) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

http://www.americanbodyparts.com manufactures and sells performance products and accessories for Ford vehicles. Ford Parts Online strives to be the ultimate source for performance products and accessories for most of the vehicles from this automobile manufacturer. This online store’s product line up for Ford vehicles are guaranteed to be of durable quality material. Its extensive array of maximum quality Ford parts like Ford Gran Torino parts and Ford Galaxie parts is available at great wholesale deals.

The Ford Gran Torino actually replaced the Ford Fairlane. However, it was quite larger. It was also made available in various body styles that include a two door fastback or notchback hardtop; a four door sedan; a four door station wagon; and a two door convertible. The power for this vehicle came from the 5.0 small block V8 engine during its introduction. However, through the years when it existed, this vehicle received several vehicles like the Ford FE series 390 in³ big block engine; and the 428 Cobra Jet FE series engine.

The entire length of automobile history thinks of the Ford Gran Torino as a vehicle that is worth every cent you spend on it. After all, many followers of this vehicle believe that it is a living testimony of spirit and performance. This vehicle has been referred to as the vehicle that is suited for all ages, generations, races, and places. Its design and its over all look transcends through every possible demarcation or categorization. It holds aerodynamic lines that take any onlookers’ breath away. The Ford Gran Torino has been especially known and popular for the 351 Cleveland engine, the Hurst four speed manual transmission system, the high back bucket seats, the ribbon style tachometer, the sports slats, and the rear traction look differential. These and the overall essence of the Ford Gran Torino has brought about its success and fame.

Changes were constantly done in to this vehicle. The changes included engine upgrades, a floor mounted four speed manual transmission system, an upgraded suspension system, dual exhaust, bucket seats, a larger body, pointed grilles, and longer lines.

About The Author

Chuck Smith, a 38 year old freelance writer from Charleston, South Carolina, has been specializing on automotive-related articles and news. He has a degree in Automotive Technology.

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A Small History Behind A Big Car – Muscle Car

A Small History Behind A Big Car – Muscle Car

by: Gerry Askew

History of the Muscle Car: 1964 Pontiac GTO

1964 Pontiac GTO image By Herranderssvensson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Everyone out there loves a muscle car. From the roar of that huge engine to the flames on the hood, it is hard to resist looking when you hear one rumbling down the road. But, most people don’t really know the history behind the “muscle car”, like who created the first one and when were they introduced on the market?

Almost every historian and car buff credits Pontiac with the first “muscle car” on the market, which was a variation on the Tempest, the 1964 GTO. This first muscle car offered a huge V-8 engine that boasted 389 cubic inches and a floor-shift manual transmission instead of on the column. With a newer, sleek look and trim inside and out that was to die for, who could resist the car that was born that year. These cars sold like hotcakes, even though Pontiac was in direct violation of a General Motors policy on the size of the engines that are placed in their vehicles. It didn’t matter, the muscle car was born, and everyone rushed to get in on the action.

1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop

1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop image By Sicnag (1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

These muscle cars had great performance that was fit for the street or the races, and allowed them to completely dominate every race that they were placed in. It wasn’t long before other auto companies wanted a piece of the action, and more styles of muscle cars were born. While some of these other muscle cars bragged about bigger engines and more options, the youth market in America didn’t care. The muscle car was all the rage because they embodied rebellion, style, and “coolness”. But, with every era comes an end, and in the later 1960’s there was an uprising about the prices and weights of these muscle cars, which prompted the auto manufacturers to create a “budget muscle car”, which carried names like the “Road Runner”.

Though they were wildly popular, the muscle car didn’t quite sell as many as their manufacturers would have liked, but their rise in popularity has not been matched since. No other type of car in history has been able to create such an air of personality as the muscle car has. But, toward the mid 1970’s, these smaller, budget muscle cars once again got a boost. The competition in the auto industry was heating up once more, and the muscle cars produced during this time boasted some of the biggest engines ever thought of, like the 450 big block. Although this created yet another spike in sales and popularity, concerns about the safety of these cars gave way to more protests and problems. With some of the other industries, like the insurance agencies, protesting the larger muscle cars and refusing to insure them, the sales of these powerful icons plummeted. Then, another crushing blow to the muscle car, the oil problems that plagued the world in the late 70’s and early 80’s ended the muscle car altogether, and auto manufacturers removed them completely from the market.

'67 Pontiac GTO Coupe

’67 Pontiac GTO Coupe image By Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

But, even today, the muscle car is still sought after by car buffs, collectors, motor-heads, and rebels in general. They are sought out, fixed up, and rumbling down the road in every town across the United States, and even all over the world. No matter how old or young you are, the muscle car still holds unquestionable bragging rights as well as an instant pass to “coolness”.

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About The Author

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Fast Cars – The American Muscle

Fast Cars – The American Muscle
by: Gavin Drake

Fast Cars – The American Muscle

Fast Cars – The American Muscle: Classic Ford Mustang convertible image By Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada (Hungary-0132 – A Mustang…!) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

In the 1960s there was a class of cars introduced to the world known as muscle cars. These cars were sleek and sporty and contained a powerful engine. Most of these cars boasted a V8 engine which was geared for speed. As these cars were produced the manufacturers were in stiff competition with each other. As each manufacturer tried to out do the other, we were led into an era of some of the fastest cars of our time. With no thought to gas and fuel efficiency, Americans seemed to be having the time of their lives. Their cars were fast and eye-catching, both on the road and on the race track. Racing stripes and flashy decals made a statement about both the car and the driver. It seemed the flashier the car the more desirable.

At a time when the luxury automobile was the king of the road for the married set, the younger crowd wanted something smaller, faster, and sportier. The Shelby Mustang and the 440 Roadrunner are two of the fast cars which were built to satisfy the desire for high performance and speed. There were many more fast cars to come. Camaros, Chargers, GTOs, and Firebirds all tried to pack as much punch under the hood as was possible. Corvettes offered speed and sleek style, but they also had a high price tag. Most of the other high performance cars offered a price that was affordable to the average working class people.

The Fuel Effect

During the 1960s and 70s auto manufacturers were riding high on a wave of speed and performance. Then we entered an era where we were told gas was in short supply and we were destroying the ozone with our extravagant auto emissions. We reluctantly let go of our fast and sporty cars and took to the streets with a V6 and even a V4. Gas mileage and cheaper insurance costs forced the fast cars onto the race track and off the roadways.

The desire for speed will be with us always. We will probably never again see a time when speed and high performance engines are sold for the every day street car but we can get a glimpse of these cars at the raceway or at vintage car shows. The baby boomers were around to see these cars at their inception and they still carry a torch for them today. Many will spend a small fortune to restore one of these original fast cars back to their former splendor.

About The Author

Gavin Drake is a self confessed “Petrol Head” and loves fast cars. He races in a number of championships in the U.K and runs http://www.fastcarsinfo.com where fellow petrol heads can come chat, share photo’s and catch up on the latest automotive news.

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First Generation Ford Mustang: The 1962 Mustang Research Vehicle

First Generation Ford Mustang: The 1962 Mustang I Research Vehicle

By: Laure Justice

1962 Ford Mustang I Roadster

By Sicnag (1962 Ford Mustang I Roadster) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

What does a major car company, like Ford, do when their reputation starts to get a bit stale?

The 1962 Mustang I Concept Car

They change things up with an edgy concept car, like the 1962 Mustang I, that’s what they do! (Well – did)

Mustang & Ford Small Block V8: 1962-1969

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The 1962 Mustang was a sleek open-top 2 seater with an aluminium body and a 1500cc mid-mounted V4 engine.

Only two of this first generation Ford Mustang were ever made, though, because it was decided that it was too extreme to put into production.

The 1962 Mustang shown above was ‘rediscovered’ in 1967 and then restored before being donated to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in 1982.

The Mustang behind the ’62 model in the image above is the first production Mustang that ever built; it was an 1964 260-V8 convertible Mustang painted classic Wimbledon White.

Ford Mustang I Concept Sketch

By Own work by William “Bill” Zuk [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Mustang 1 prototype made its debut on October 7, 1962 at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen race track in New York.

The ’62 was the first car to sport the galloping pony emblem and Mustang name, and many of the design elements found on the ’62 Mustang prototype remained in use for the Ford Mustang product line through the years.

1962 Mustang I Roadster

1962 Ford Mustang 1 Roadster image by Michael Barera [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Looking to Buy or Sell an Early Ford Mustang?

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect – pick your favorite, or join us in all four places: (1) sign up on the Classifieds page here on the site, (2) visit and like this site’s Facebook page, (3) the Best Classic Cars for Sale page or (4) join the Classic Cars Online: Classic Cars for Sale group if you are looking to buy or sell vintage Ford Mustang automobiles.

Muscle Cars: How To Rebuild And Modify Your Muscle Car

Muscle Cars: How To Rebuild And Modify Your Muscle Car
by: Alex Baumm

Muscle Cars: How To Rebuild And Modify Your Muscle Car

’70 Dodge Coronet Super Bee in Orange Julep image By Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

After the World War II, muscle cars became an instant hit, as motorists and car buyers aimed to acquire vehicles that would showcase and show great power and speed. The term was basically a name description of what the car was to the industry.

Muscle cars were considered the instruments to bring back the glory and profitability of the global car industry. Muscle autos were hugely popular in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

With the emergence of many other car brands and more superior car models, muscle cars are now nowhere in the map of global cars. However, there are still some of those vehicles that are in circulation within the market.

Those muscle autos are now considered novelty and collectors’ items. If you happen to own one, it surely would be your interest to improve and revitalize the look and performance of your old car. Thus, you would certainly find ways on how you can rebuild and modify your muscle auto.

Here are some suggested procedures on how you can rebuild and revitalize the look and feel of your muscle autos. Take note that some auto detailing techniques may already be familiar to you, especially if you are into regular auto detailing.

1. Plan the restoration process ahead of time. Muscle cars are important and are sensitive cars. Any error or mistake on the rebuilding and auto detailing procedure could greatly harm and alter the overall appearance of the exterior of the car.

Thus, it would be advisable if you would do a research and ask experts on what to do right about your muscle auto. Make a simple list of things to do and do a checklist to serve as a guide as you do the rebuilding and modifying process.

2. Spend time and more effort rebuilding the body of the muscle cars. Pay particular attention to details. The overall body of the car should be given more care and proper treatment. Do you need to modify and do little changes at the engine and the overall system?

If you are not too familiar with it, just leave it to the experts. Just tell them what you want, what you aim and what you intend to do and let them do the rest.

3. Settle to do a major auto detailing. When the insides of the muscle autos are modified and improved, take time to do a major auto detailing process.

When you auto detail muscle cars, you aim to revamp and overhaul the total exterior and physical package of the vehicles. Repaint. Spend to repair damaged parts. Check the wheels. In no time, the muscle autos would look as awesome as new again.

4. To wrap things up, check the overall electrical system of the muscle autos. Pay attention to the electrical wirings responsible for the proper functioning of lights and horns. Make sure the battery is functioning well.

5. There is no need to change the overall physical appearance or the assembly of the body packaging, not unless you want to remodel your muscle autos. If you do so, your muscle cars would cease to be muscle cars and should be called through other names.

As your muscle cars take a new rejuvenation and look, always remember that muscle cars would not ever function like the modern powerful cars. During their time, muscle autos were the most powerful vehicles on the road.

About The Author

Alex Baumm. Find more tips at our car forum http://www.CarClubTalk.com

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History of The Chevy Chevelle

History of The Chevy Chevelle
by: Edward Caffray

History of The Chevy Chevelle

’64 Chevrolet Chevelle image By Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Chevrolet Chevelle is a mid-sized car from Chevy, first rolling off the assembly line in 1964. It was manufactured from 1964 through 1977 and was one of General Motors most triumphant cars. Chevelle models ranged from easy on the pocket family cars to convertibles and powerful coupes. The Malibu was at first the top trim level of the Chevelle line, and it replaced the Chevelle name entirely after 1977. The Chevelle chassis, based on the reengineered GM A platform, provided the platform for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a very successful model itself.

The Chevelle was anticipated to compete with the equally sized Ford Fairlane, and to return to the Chevrolet lineup a model comparable in size and concept to the popular 1955-57 models. Early drawing photos show what would eventually be the Chevelle wearing Nova nameplates, the name that was used for the top trim level in the smaller Chevy II series. From 1964-69, the Chevelle was the groundwork for the similar Beaumont, a re-trimmed model sold only in Canada by Pontiac dealers.

64 Chevrolet Chevelle 300

’64 Chevelle 300 Station Wagon image By Greg Gjerdingen from Willmar, USA (64 Chevrolet Chevelle 300) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A two-door station wagon was available in 1964 and 1965 in the bottom-line Chevelle 300 series. Four-door hardtops, dubbed Sport Sedans, were available from 1966 through 1972. Two-door hardtops and convertibles were produced from 1964 to 1972, while four-door sedans and four-door wagons were offered throughout the entire run. In line with other Chevrolet series, the two-door hardtops were called Sport Coupes. An assortment of models of wagons was sold with exclusive nameplates: Nomad (1968-1972), Nomad Custom (1968), Greenbrier (1969-1972), Concours (1967-1972), and Concours Estate (1968-1972).

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle 350 Sport Coupe

69 Chevelle image By Sicnag (1969 Chevrolet Chevelle 350 Sport Coupe) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The El Camino, a utility pickup, was part of the Chevy lineup and, depending on the year, was available in the 300/300 Deluxe trim level, Malibu trim level and the one-year only SS396. The El Camino outlived its passenger car counterpart until its end in 1987.

The Chevelle underwent a redesign for the 1973 model year. The so-called “colonnade hardtop” styling featured frameless door glass and fixed “B” pillars. Rear windows on coupes no longer could be opened, no doubt encouragement from GM to purchase the increasingly popular optional air conditioning. The Front suspension was based on the Camaro and Firebird which greatly improved handling. Engine choices ranged from the 250 I6 to the venerable 454 V8. Hardened engine valve seats and hydraulic camshafts made these engines reliable for many miles, and allowed them to accept the increasingly popular unleaded regular gasoline. Cross flow radiators and coolant reservoirs that prevented air from entering the system prevented overheating. Swivel bucket seats and center console for automatic and manual shift cars were offered in every model as was the instrument gauge cluster. Power front disc and rear drum brakes were standard. Power accessories, air conditioning and AM/FM tape stereo were more prevalent these years and provided a pleasing drive. A power moon roof was an option in 1973 and 1975.

The station wagon, available in 6 or 9 passenger seating, featured a rear hatchback door which allowed for easier entry and loading. The Chevrolet El Camino and GMC Sprint were based on the Chevelle. Yearly design changes to the front and rear mark the aesthetic differences as in preceding years. The 1973 to 1977 Chevelles were top sellers for GM as was the Oldsmobile Cutlass, which used the same A-body platform.

1973 Chevelle Malibu SS

1973 Chevelle Malibu SS image by Vegavairbob at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1973 model offerings started with the top luxury Laguna series with its distinct urethane nose, followed by Malibu and then deluxe models. A Super Sport SS package was available for Malibu coupes and for the only time, station wagons. The Super Sport SS option included a black front grille, SS emblem on the interior and exterior, body side striping, rally wheels with white letter tires, F41 sport suspension with front and rear sway bars, and a 350 or 454 V8. A 4 speed Muncie transmission was available with 350 or 454 equipped cars on any model.

In 1974 the Laguna S3 coupe replaced the “Super Sport SS” as the sporty performance option on the Chevelle. The nomenclature S3 referred to sport and 3rd generation Chevelle. It sported a special urethane nose, body side striping, Laguna S3 emblem, rally wheels, 4 spoke steering wheel and F41 sport suspension with front and rear sway bars. Radial tires on 15″ wheels and radial tuned suspension provided road grip and retractable 3 point seat belts were introduced and still used in new cars today. A 400 engine was new this year. The 454 was the top engine and available with the Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 or Muncie 4 speed transmissions.

1975 Chevelle Malibu

By nakhon100 (Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 1975) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

With the Laguna nameplate now bearing the sporty model in the Chevelle line, the top-line series for 1974 became the Malibu Classic, offered in sedan, coupe and station wagon models. Unlike the ’73 Laguna, the Malibu Classic used the same grille work as lesser Chevelle models but added a spring-loaded hood ornament. Inside, Malibu Classic featured luxurious interiors with notchback bench seats (or optional Strato bucket seats) upholstered in cloth or vinyl, carpeted door panels and wood grain instrument panel trim, and vertical opera windows on coupes or exterior wood trim on station wagons. Also for 1974, the base Chevelle Deluxe series was dropped, leaving the plain Malibu as the low-end series.

The 1975 Laguna S-3 debuted as a 1/2 year model in February and sported a new sloped front nose designed for NASCAR. H.E.I. or High Energy Ignition provided spark to the spark plugs with minimal maintenance and increased power. The larger distributor cap also provided better high RPM performance by decreasing the likelihood of the spark conducting to the wrong terminal. The 454 and Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmissions was available for the first half of the model year and then the 400 was the top engine choice. In 1976, the Chevelle was available with the new 5.0 liter 305 V8 the 350 and the 400. 1977 offered the Malibu Classic as the top model and the 350 was the top engine. A Chevelle S.E. or special edition was available and provided front and rear spoilers, rally wheels, special graphics and sport suspension. Only 50 or so were built. When GM downsized its intermediate models for 1978, the Chevelle name was dropped and all models took the Chevrolet Malibu name.

The 1973 to 1977 Chevelle was the top car in the NASCAR circuit in the 1970s. The car was so popular and successful on the track that Chevrolet developed a new front nose in 1975 that lead to the aerodynamic cars of today. The car dominated the field so much that NASCAR imposed a carburetor restrictor plate for all Laguna’s. Drivers that raced 1973 to 1977 Chevelles include Darrell Waltrip, Junior Johnson, Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough, Bobby and Donnie Allison, Bobby Isaac, Lennie Pond, A.J. Foyt, Ricky Rudd, Dale Earnhardt and female racer Janet Guthrie.

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