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Chevy Knows Muscle Cars

Chevy Knows Muscle Cars
By Nona Nixon

1967 Camaro SS
By GPS 56 from New Zealand (1967 Camaro SS) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Chevy has a long established history of creating cars that not only looked fantastic but proved durable and let us face it, classic Chevy cars turned and still turn people’s heads. I want all classic Chevy fans to join me as I travel down memory lane in giving these classic cars their due.

Do you remember the 67 Camaro? This car was Chevy’s answer to the Ford Mustang. The engine in the SS model was 350 V-8 that produced three-hundred horsepower. The car lasted through five generations of design upgrades. Sadly, production ceased in 2002 but was reintroduced to Chevy fans in 2010 and was awarded the Design of the Year Award. The Z28 was produced and designed for racing enthusiasts and competed in the Trans-Am series.

One vehicle that still turns heads to all who see it is the El Camino. Originally, this car was viewed as a small SUV (small utility vehicle). No one ever thought this car would join the ranks of “Muscle Cars.” What made this car so unique is that back in 1966 the 396 engine was offered which was also available with the Chevelle. The Super Sport Edition was equipped with a Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmission and a 350 V-8 that allowed this Muscle Car to run the quarter mile in 14 seconds.

One vehicle that fought hard to park beside the Classic Muscle Cars is the Chevy Nova. This car was not known for fashion but rather was known for its compact form, speed and light-weight. The design that was given to the Nova was originally planned for what was called The Chevy II. The 64 models contained a V-8 engine that was 195 horsepower, 2-barrel 283.

If you grew up in the fifties, you might not remember the Bel Air. Why is this you might be wondering? The answer proves straightforward, the Bel Air was not as popular as Chevy imagined or hoped in the fifties. Popularity gained for this car in the sixties with the help of the Beach Boys hit “409”.

The Chevy 150 is remembered specifically for the number in the title. The numerical designation originated from the production series number which was also utilized in Chevy’s company reports. Production of this car ceased in 1957 and was replaced with the Delray. The 150 is not as valuable for collectors in comparison to its relatives the Bel Air and Two-Ten models. On a positive note, 150s that contain a V-8 engine are popular with hot rod collectors and enthusiasts because of the lower prices and curb weight.

The topic of COPO came up in a recent discussion about muscle cars the other day. For the record, COPO is an acronym that stands for “central office production order”. This term was used frequently during the muscle car era in flagging vehicles that could be ordered directly from the factory. I will officially announce that the recent COPO I viewed was sparsely equipped with no rear seats and did not have air conditioning. If you are racing enthusiasts, you will enjoy the racing bucket seats in the recent versions of these cars.

If you are seeking to obtain a Muscle Car while saving some of your hard-earned cash, you should consider the Biscayne. The reason collectors are not beating the doors down for this model is because it has always lacked luxurious interiors and exteriors. You can find these models significantly lower in price in comparison to the mid-line Impala.

If you enjoy four-door sedans, the Chevy Deluxe was introduced to the world in 1941. The following year, they offered a fastback two-door “aero sedan.” The production of this model was delayed because of War World II. Chevy stopped regular production of these models and instead focused on producing sedans and coupes for military usage.

Classic Chevy fans can all agree that Muscle Cars are sights to behold. We all have our memories of these cars and no matter how Ford wants to try; they will never be able to hold a candle to Chevy’s finest, no matter how hard they try.

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Is Your Muscle Car Cool Enough?

Is Your Muscle Car Cool Enough?
By Robert Kibbe

AMC-AMX (Orange Julep) image by Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
AMC-AMX (Orange Julep) image by Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Ahh, to be cool. Little kids grow up having no concept of “coolness”, and then they hit the 6th grade. From that point on, being “cool” is on the top of their to-do list. Muscle cars are perpetually cool. They’ve been cool since day #1, and their legend has grown ever since. A friend of mine (who grew up in the 1960’s) recently commented that there is nothing on the road as cool as a muscle car, and he said it in a way that that made it seem as certain as the fact that 2+2=4. The question I wonder is, how do you know if your muscle car is cool enough?

Just like the hallways of high school, one could argue that there is a pecking order of coolness when it comes to muscle cars. Being popular seemed to help make some people cool, but many cool people were never popular. Muscle cars are the same way. (As a side note I’ve seen a few of the popular kids from high school later in life…..and they don’t seem quite as cool as I remember.)

Having a popular model car (like a Mustang) gives it an instant coolness factor, while having a less popular model leaves it up to the car’s merits to determine it’s coolness. Let’s take a look at 3 muscle cars in particular and judge the Cool Factor…and then you can determine if it’s cool enough for you to drive!

Car #1 – 1st Gen Camaro (1967-1969)

1st generation (1967-1969) Camaro’s were popular the day they were unveiled. They were Chevy’s answer to the Mustang and were similar in that they were built off of an economy car (the Chevy II…where as the Mustang was built off of the Falcon). You could get one with a small block, a big block, one ready to drag race, or one ready to run the road course (Z/28 style). Just order it up and be sure to book a date for Friday night…which won’t be hard to do. They’re still popular today and are one of the most sought after by collectors and hot rodders.

High School Equivalent: The QB of the football team. Athletic. Great looking. He can bench press….uh, a Camaro. Girls dig that.

Car #2 – 1966-67 Dodge Charger

Early generation Mopars are kind of the Apple ‘Mac’ of muscle cars. A small percentage of muscle car guys love them with utter devotion and would drive nothing else. To them, driving a Ford or Chevy would be like cheating on their wives. That being said, the ’66-’67 Charger is a very cool car just from a styling and feature standpoint – the gauges alone are awesome – but it’s not for everyone. It didn’t sell with the popularity of the ’68-’70 models (or live on eternity thanks to the Dukes of Hazzard), but it does have it’s fans and can definitely hold it’s own against the competition.

High School Equivalent: The Captain of the Drumline. Not everyone knows him, but those that do know he’s got rhythm from head to toe. He’s jammin’ on drums with his buddies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Car #3 – AMX

And then there is that other guy. American Motors cars were always kind of a fifth wheel. Some of their passenger cars were dorky looking (the Pacer, the Gremlin, the Matador, etc.), but the AMX was genuinely good looking. It was just a little different than the norm, mainly due to it’s short wheel base (VERY short) and the fact that it was a 2-seater!

High School Equivalent: That one guy that wore a leather jacket and shades. No-one knew his name. I think he’s a famous artist now.


So just why is it that we’re trying to determine if a muscle car is cool enough for you to drive? Well, quite honestly…what other reason would you have to drive one? They’re brash, noisy, smelly, and can be hard to drive at times. They hate being driven slowly and give you feelings of sheer joy and simultaneous terror while being pushed to the limits. They need constant wrenching and “tweaking” just to stay in fighting shape. Why on earth would you put up with all of that when you could drive a nice happy Toyota Camry? You know why….because just like the Fonz, muscle cars are cool, and coolness rubs off. So, in the end, if you think your muscle car is cool – it is. That’s all that matters. It’s cool enough. Remember though, if it’s popular, it’s probably already cool, but just like high school….some of the coolest people were never popular.

Robert Kibbe
The MuscleCar Place – Great Muscle Cars for Sale

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