By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch
A muscle automobile symbolizes freedom. It used to be freedom that introduced the muscle motor vehicle into life ─ the liberty of inexpensive gasoline and open roads, the liberty provided through the postwar American dream, the liberty to head near to wherever and do exactly approximately whatever. whilst Pontiac advertised its GTO to the baby-boom iteration, the autos, the folk who drove them, and the days during which the 2 got here jointly ended in one of many maximum tales in automobile background. while these first fortunate purchasers cranked up the 360-horsepower Tri-Power 389 engines and drove their GTOs off broker plenty, these vehicles took their proprietors towards experience, romance, good fortune, the long run. American Muscle vehicles tells the tale of the main extraordinary and fascinating vehicles ever to come back out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality informed at full-throttle, illustrated with appealing sleek and ancient images.
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Middle, right: The big G-code engine, with its monstrous carburetors, was a thing of beauty. bottom, left: The long trunk hanging out over the back wheels put a lot of weight on the Ford’s Galaxie 500 XL’s rear wheels, which was an ideal arrangement for drag racing. bottom, right: Although automatics would eventually become the preferred transmissions for drag racing, in the early 1960s a four-speed was the hot ticket. BURNOUTS AND BACK SEAT BINGO 31 continued from page 29 But things were changing.
The it shocked the other auto manufacturers into action. other uses three two-barrel Rochester carburetors In short order most US automakers were promoting and is rated at 280 hp at 4800 with 355 lbs/ft of the performance potential of their cars. Chrysler, torque at 3200 rpm. ” performance V-8 engines with its omnipotent Hemis, Hot Rod magazine, December, 1957 found the fact that humble Chevrolet now offered one of the most powerful automobiles on the market especially galling. Chrysler engineers had taken the aging Hemi engine about as far as they could by this point, and in 1958 they countered Chevy’s big-block with a new big-block engine of their own: the wedge B-block engine.
The United States found itself in a cold war with value of spectacle in promoting the Soviet Union, a situation that lent an underlying sense of dread to day-to-day his racing career, which is why life, but it was an abstract dread with little direct effect on the comings and goings he chose the Ventura over the less-expensive Catalina model. bottom, left: Beswick proved his skill at extracting maximum power from Pontiac engines many, many times. bottom, right: Today this car is restored to the condition it was in when Beswick raced it.