By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch
A muscle vehicle symbolizes freedom. It was once freedom that introduced the muscle automobile into life ─ the liberty of inexpensive fuel and open roads, the liberty provided by means of the postwar American dream, the liberty to head with regards to anyplace and do exactly approximately something. while Pontiac advertised its GTO to the baby-boom iteration, the automobiles, the folks who drove them, and the days during which the 2 got here jointly resulted in one of many maximum tales in automobile heritage. whilst these first fortunate dealers cranked up the 360-horsepower Tri-Power 389 engines and drove their GTOs off broker plenty, these autos took their proprietors towards event, romance, luck, the long run. American Muscle automobiles tells the tale of the main extraordinary and fascinating automobiles ever to come back out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality instructed at full-throttle, illustrated with attractive sleek and ancient images.
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Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. 53 top: Pontiac kicked off the classic muscle car era by introducing the 1964 GTO. Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. middle, left: The GTO featured styling cues like fake hood scoops designed to tickle the buy lobes in the brains of the intended market—the baby boom generation. Archives/TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. middle, right: If borrowing the name “GTO” from Ferrari didn’t let a buyer know that Pontiac intended this to be a new kind of American car, listing displacement in liters instead of cubic inches should have.
They wanted cars that did not look like their parents’ cars, the cars in which Detroit manufacturers mounted their powerful V-8 engines. They wanted smaller, sportier cars. More often than not, they were young men who wanted cars that would impress the opposite sex. Sex appeal played a key role in marketing cars to boomers. In the youthoriented culture that was emerging in the early 1960s, the automobile became a critical component in quantifying its owner’s sex appeal. This generation had a different set of standards than their parents, and chaperones were as passé as tail ﬁns.
We noted that on fast stops, the engine stalled and was sometimes difficult to restart. ” Hot Rod magazine, April, 1962 sophisticated new V-8 engines in passenger cars if they hoped to campaign them on America’s superspeedways. Chrysler would have to build street-going cars equipped with the ﬁrm’s all-conquering Hemi. Chevy would have to offer customers cars powered by the new Mark II big-block engine, and Ford would have to mount the radical new versions of its FE-based racing engines in the bays of cars meant for public roads.
American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History by Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch