Valuable Vintage Muscle Cars

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is what car buffs call a two door,

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is what car buffs call a two door, high performance automobile,

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is what car buffs call a two door, high performance automobile, and sports coupes with powerful engine vehicles often designed for racing.

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Even if you are not much of a car buff you will surely find it hard not to crack a smile or drop a jaw at the mere sight of these cars.

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Now, for you to get what I’m saying here are some muscle cars that are definitely drool-worthy.

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The Machine, you couldn’t find more bang for the buck anywhere else. The standard engine used in The Machine was AMC’s 390 CID V8. At the cost of $500.00, you could go for the optional service kit that boosted power well over 400 horsepower and lowered quarter mile times to just 12.72 seconds.

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The Plymouth GTX was designed to be a gentleman’s muscle car. The 440 six-pack is often overshadowed by the 426 Hemi but could hold its own

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The Road Runner featured new front and rear end looks, upgraded brakes and other improvements over the 1968-69 Roadrunner. A very rare variant of the Roadrunner is the convertible 426 Hemi version in which only 3 were built.

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Ford produced what would be the last big block Mustang, the 429 Super Cobra Jet. the largest displacement engine used in the Mustang Mach 1 would be the 351 CID. This would mark the d ecline of the muscle car era due to U.S. emissions control regulations and high insurance premiums.

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Built for one year only, the Plymouth Superbird was a highly modified variant of the Road Runner. This car is famous for its aerodynamic nose cone and huge rear wing.

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The GTO was a important mile stone in muscle car history and some enthusiasts claim it had a big part in starting the craze. The GTO featured all the hallmarks of a muscle car such as hood scoops, upgraded brakes, limited slip differential and powerful V8 engine.

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The Cougar Eliminator 428 Cobra Jet was Mercury’s luxury grand touring alternative to the Ford Mustang. This model featured the optional 428 Cobra Jet engine. This car played a big part in putting Mercury on the muscle car scene.

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The Boss 429 is an extremely rare and highly valued muscle car. Ford decided that the Mustang would be the best choice to house the powerful new engine. The Ford Mustang needed to be totally reworked by the Kar Kraft factory to fit the massive new Ford Hemi.

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The Buicks are known for being torque monsters producing over 500 lb-ft of torque at only 2,800 rpm. Only 400 GSXs were built with the Stage 1 option making them a valuable collector car today.

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The Judge was originally intended to be a budget, low-cost version of the GTO stripped of some options to make it rival the Plymouth Road Runner. It was later decided to make the Judge a high performance street machine that resulted in it being more expensive than the standard GTO.

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General Motors dropped the engine cap size, and the result was the crown of performance for Oldsmobile. The standard engine for the 442 would become the 455 CID V8. Manufactures would often advertise lower power output than what the engines actually produced so that customers wouldn’t get penalized by insurance companies. Oldsmobile claimed output was at 365 horsepower when in fact the 455 would dyno in excess of 400 horsepower and over 500 lb-ft of torque.

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Don Yenko was a retired race car driver turned Chevrolet dealer, produced high performance version of Chevelles, Camaros and Novas. Yenko used the Central Office Production Order System also known as COPO to create his super Chevelle. Today at auto auctions, the Yenko cars can bring as much as 2.2 million.

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The 1969 Dodge Charger 500 426 Hemi is a very rare and valuable Mopar muscle car. It features enhancements to make the Charger more competitive in NASCAR by making aerodynamic improvements suitable for high banking oval tracks. Only 68 Charger 500s were built with the 426 Hemi, 27 of those were equipped with 4-Speeds and 40 with Torqueflites.

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The 1970 Challenger R/T came standard with a 335 horsepower 383 CID V8. The Dodge Challenger R/T is one of the best looking muscle cars of its time.

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The Torino Cobra has some nice muscle car touches, not only did its newly designed 429 CID V8 provide plenty of power but it looked the part as well. With its black hood, Hurst shifter and available drag pack there is no denying the Ford Torino Cobra was all muscle.

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The 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500KR was the “King of the Road” version of the highly sought after Shelby model Mustang. This version wasn’t so much a drag racer as it was a good all around performer.

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Don Yenko knew there was a market for a super powerful Camaro but at the time GM had a self imposed limit using the 396 CID SS motor despite having more powerful engines in GMs arsenal. In 1967, Yenko decided to take matters in his own hands and ordered L78 SS Camaros and swapped in the more powerful and bigger displacement 427 CID L-72 from the Chevrolet Corvette

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Due to its light weight body and its extremely powerful engine, the 1964 Plymouth Belvedere 426 Hemi was an absolute terror at the drag strip. It has been said that you could drive a Belvedere Hemi off the lot and straight to the drag strip and win

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The Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt is a limited production drag race only automobile built by Ford in 1964 and only 120 units were produced. The Thunderbolt also used fiberglass doors, front fenders, hood, and front bumper to aid in weight reduction. Ford rated the Thunderbolt at a conservative 425 horsepower, but it is estimated that actual output was in the 600+ horsepower range.

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The Dodge Dart 426 Hemi may have not been legal for the street, but they definitely performed on the track, and would hit 10 second quarter mile runs with minimal modification. This would make it the fastest factory built car in muscle car history.

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With these muscle cars speeding their way to the race track, the enormously powerful engine should also manifest on the body and in order to do that the manufacturers understands the importance of using only the best paint protection for their valuable muscle cars.

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