The 1966 Dodge Charger
The “Leader of the Dodge Rebellion” was introduced at the 1966 Rose Bowl, and although the Dodge brothers didn’t know it at the time, the 1966 Charger would impact muscle car history forever.
The Charger was built off of the Dodge Coronet chassis, but utilized its own body. This introduction was Dodge’s first fastback, high-speed street racer. The 1966 Charger was the first U.S. production vehicle to boast a spoiler, which was implemented to solve the lift that its body created. David Pearson drove a #6 Cotton Owens-prepared Charger, and won the NASCAR Grand National championship in 1966 (in addition to 14 other first-place finishes).
In 1966, the Hertz Corporation through a wrench into traditional car rental programs with the Rent-a-Racer program. The company partnered with Carroll Shelby who created a hot rod Mustang that Hertz could rent to customers who not only wanted a rental car, but one that would be a joy to drive. You can no longer rent a 1966 Shelby Mustang, but you might be able to find some of the remaining 1000 GT350H models that were original built for the program.
Defining the Gentleman’s Muscle Car
If you have ever looked for information about the Plymouth GTX, odds are that you have seen the car named as the “Gentleman’s Muscle Car.” This left me wondering what a gentleman’s muscle car is and what type of men should be driving the other muscle cars.
According to my research, a gentleman’s muscle car is a refined muscle car with sleek design. This is in contrast to the rugged muscle cars that were for the drivers who did not need to go to work in their business attire. The original Plymouth GTX was created in 1967 under the Belvedere brand. A belvedere is an architectural feature that is designed to look upon a pleasant view, which seems fitting for the original name of the muscle car designed for gentlemen.
Dusty Old Cars
Dusty Old Cars is your one-stop destination for buying, selling, fixing, trading, and consigning classic cars at some of the most competitive prices you’ll find anywhere. Located in Derry, New Hampshire, Dusty Old Cars doesn’t have a showroom, which is one way they are able to keep prices down. They do offer excellent sales and service and the option to schedule a viewing of any car in their inventory. With a passion for finding and fixing older cars, Dusty Old Cars is a great choice whether you want to buy, sell, or trade.
AutoBarn Classic Cars
When you need any service related to classic cars, turn to the professionals at AutoBarn Classic Cars and you will know that you are benefiting from the experience and passion of their dedicated owners and staff. Located in Concord, North Carolina, just minutes from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, AutoBarn Classic Cars is a leader in buying, selling, and storing older and collectible vehicles. They are so devoted to classic cars and their enthusiasts that they even provide on-site meeting space for car clubs and their special events. What better place to host your next car event than next to a high-end classic car showroom and storage space?
Pontiac Ventura: Cleaning Up the Excess
In the 1950s, bigger was better. When it came to cars, this meant more chrome, more fins, more room, and more design. In 1959, the “bigger is better” theory of car design reached a pinnacle when the Cadillac Eldorado hit showroom floors. Imagine a bubble-gum pink Cadillac with altitudinous tail fins, juicy white-wall tires, pointy bullet tail lights, wide smiling grill, and shiny silver chrome. The car is in the same design class as the froufrou pink bridesmaid dress, the heavily frosted wedding cake, and the bleach-blonde beehive hairdo. There wasn’t much else that could be added to this frilly automobile (or to the other overly designed items). After 1959, car design could not get any bigger (unless you count “The Homer” from The Simpsons fame).
The Chevelle SS: Chevy’s Classic Muscle Car from 1964 to 1973
When Chevrolet was ready to get into the muscle car movement it did so with the Super Sport, or SS, version of its mid-sized Chevelle, to compete with its brothers GTO and 442. The Chevelle model was an entirely new line for 1964 and Chevy continued to produce it through 1973, when the Malibu name took over. Buyers in the 1960s loved the Chevelle and the SS especially. It proved to be one of Chevy’s best-selling nameplates and the SS impressed both typical buyers and muscle car fans.
What to See at the Henry Ford Museum
If you love cars and history, The Henry Ford is a must-see location to add to your bucket list. This National Historic Landmark rests just outside of Detroit, Michigan in the suburb of Dearborn. The complete location includes a The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Proving Ground (Dearborn Development Center), the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and the Benson Ford Research Center. The Henry Ford complex takes visitors through time on a rich journey of the history of the automobile and other inventions that change the way of life in the United States.
The Legacy of the Woodies
The last of the real Woodies were made by Buick in 1953. The Buick Roadmaster Woody was built to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary. They paid homage to the classic beach cruiser, but added a powerful V8 engine. Their creativity and flawless design made the 1953 Buick Roadmaster a hot collectible. But, the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Woody is not the only beautiful Woody on the market today.
Using Wood to Replace Much-Needed Steel
Carmakers Enter the Space Race
In the 1960s, the United States and Russia were caught up in the space race. This meant that everything from high ball glasses and furniture to women’s hats and automobiles were designed with outerspace in mind. Some of the most exciting cars from the 1960s were designed and named to invoke images of satellites, planets, and rocket ships.
One of the most memorable ‘space race’ cars with the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starline. This car evokes not only the ultimate goal to explore the galaxy, but to do it in a stylish car that zips through the stars.