Maharajah of the road
Muscle car is a term used to refer to a variety of high performance automobiles. At its most widely accepted the term refers to American 2-door rear wheel drive mid-size cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s equipped with large, powerful V8s and sold at an affordable price for street use and drag racing, formally and informally.
As such, they are distinct from two-seat sports cars and expensive 2+2 GTs intended for high-speed touring and road racing.
Building on the American phenomenon and developing simultaneously in their own markets, muscle cars also emerged in their own fashions in Australia, South Africa, the UK and elsewhere.
In early 1963, General Motors management issued an edict banning divisions from involvement in auto racing. John DeLorean, Bill Collins and Russ Gee are known to be responsible for the GTO's creation. It involved transforming the upcoming redesigned Tempest into a "Super Tempest" with the larger 389 CID (6.5 L) Pontiac V8 engine. By promoting the big-engine Tempest as a special high-performance model, they could appeal to the speed-minded youth market (which had also been recognized by Ford Motor Company's Lee Iacocca, who was at that time preparing the Ford Mustang).
The Plymouth Barracuda is a 2-door car that was manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 through 1974.
The first-generation Barracuda, a fastback A-body coupé based on the Plymouth Valiant, had a distinctive wraparound back glass and was available from 1964 to 1966.
The Marlin can claim to be the first mid-sized fastback car made in the United States during the sixties. Built by American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1965 to 1967, it was a halo car for the company. It had an exceptional array of standard equipment and AMC marketed it as a personal luxury car…
The Dodge Charger is an American automobile manufactured by Chrysler, under the Dodge brand name.
The television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985) featured a 1969 Dodge Charger that was named The General Lee, often noted as being the most recognizable car in the world.
The Dodge Charger in "The Fast And The Furious" was a 1969 Charger remodelled to look like a 1970 Charger.
The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Introduced 17 April 1964, the Mustang was the automaker's most successful launch since the Model A.
Shelby Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang built from 1965 through 1970.
Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford in the summer of 1969.