By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch
A muscle vehicle 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 via the postwar American dream, the liberty to move near to anyplace and just do approximately whatever. while 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 automobiles took their vendors towards experience, romance, good fortune, the longer term. American Muscle autos tells the tale of the main extraordinary and fascinating autos ever to return out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality advised at full-throttle, illustrated with appealing sleek and old images.
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BURNOUTS AND BACK SEAT BINGO 31 continued from page 29 But things were changing. Even in this prehistory of marketing and demographic research, carmakers noted the growing number of young block V-8 ruled drag strips across buyers entering the market each year. The auto manufacturers recognized the America in 1963. Archives/TEN: The potential sales such buyers represented and began developing cars that met the Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. needs and desires of these young drivers. Apparently they desired power and needed speed, as witnessed by the growing popularity of racing.
With its light, efficient small-block, Chevrolet brought overhead-valve V-8 technology to the masses. Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. 8 inch stroke, 315 cubic inch overhead valve V8 embodying the now-familiar hemispherical combustion chamber with a 9 1/4 to 1 a feature that made us particularly adept at hunting for mammoth meat and running away from saber-toothed bears. In periods of peace and prosperity we get very little chance to exercise the ﬁght-or-ﬂight instincts that make us suited for such work.
Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. 44 CHAPTER ONE Chevrolet was not content to be the ﬁrst loser. For 1963 it introduced a new big-block V-8: the Mark II. With a more modern combustion-chamber-in-head design, the new engine featured all the hot rod tricks of the day: lightweight valvetrain, header-style exhaust manifolds, and dual-plane aluminum high-rise intake manifolds. Chevrolet’s new big-block displaced 427 cubic inches, placing it right at the displacement limit allowed by NASCAR.
American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History by Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch