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The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

69 Dodge ChargerThe 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona evolved from Dodge’s Charger fastback, introduced in 1966. The Charger fastback was conceived for the racetrack, but actually performed quite poorly in competition. In 1968 Dodge attempted to spruce it up with rear spoilers for competition models, but even with this improvement it was still considerably slower than its competitors. The aptly named Charger Daytona of 1969 was an attempt to bridge the gap and give Dodge a solid NASCAR contender to compete with superior Ford racing cars.

Mustang, Mustang

Mustang, Mustang

'67 Ford MustangWith the Mustang, Ford created a new class of cars, the pony car. Less performance-oriented and a little easier on the wallet than a muscle car, the pony car represents the best of both worlds. With the production of the Mustang, and subsequent competitors such as the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, the automotive industry offered consumers sporty cars with some performance characteristics at a price that many could afford.

The 1969 Mercury Marauder X-100

The 1969 Mercury Marauder X-100

Hanksters Hot Rods and Muscle Cars

Hanksters Hot Rods and Muscle Cars

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Hanksters is a dream come true for muscle car and hot rod enthusiasts. With two locations and an online searchable inventory, it’s easy to buy, sell, and even finance here. Whether you want to expand your collection, have a specific car in mind, or need to let one of your cars go, Hanksters can help. 

Gary Hankinson has been working with classic cars for decades. For nearly 30 years he has worked on building and repairing, buying and selling hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, and other classic vehicles. Along with an expert staff, he has the knowledge and experience to make buying and selling a breeze. 

The Plymouth GTX

70 Plymouth GTXThe Plymouth GTX was an American muscle car produced from 1967-1971. The 1967 Plymouth GTX, originally launched as the Belvedere GTX, shared it’s basic body design with the stylish Plymouth Belvedere. It was seen as a “gentleman’s muscle car” for it’s combination of muscle car power and built-for-comfort street car design. The stock engine for the GTX was the “Super Commando 440,” a 375 horsepower monster made by Plymouth. The state-of-the-art MOPAR 425 horsepower 426 Hemi engine was available as an upgrade.

1958 Plymouth Fury

1958 Plymouth Fury

58 Plymouth Fury

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As one of the most famous movie cars, the 1958 Plymouth Fury has an intimidating look that causes people to turn heads, to this day. Stephen King brought extra fame to the car in his book Christine, which later adapted into a movie. In the story, Christine is the name of a possessed vehicle that takes over her owner, Arnie.

When the car was released, it came with a price tag of $3,032, making it the most expensive Plymouth, for that model year. The V8 engine that produced 225 horsepower at 4,400 rpm. The two door hardtop had a three speed manual transmission. Only 5,303 units were produced, which was significantly fewer than the previous model year.

1965 Chevelle SS

1965 Chevelle SS

65 Chevrolet Chevelle SSThe Chevelle, first introduced in 1964, was Chevy’s answer to the Ford Fairlane. A mid-sized, mid-priced car, the Chevelle proved to be popular for its entire run. One thing that made it such a good seller for the company is the fact that it came in so many different varieties. In the ‘60s, buyers could get nearly any body style, and could choose from low-end to high-end trim levels. And, of course, the Chevelle also included a performance package, the Super Sport.

1967 Dodge Dart Convertible

  1967 Dodge Dart Convertible

67 Dodge Dart

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Most well-known as a compact car, the Dart actually began as a full-sized car for the Dodge brand in 1960. By 1962, it shrank to mid-sized, and was fully part of the compact niche by 1963. The 1967 Dodge Dart convertible kicked off the fourth generation of this popular model. The Dart went through a lot of changes in its early years and moved through generations one through three pretty quickly. As well as a reduction in size over those years, it slowly evolved from an affordable, safe family car to a genuine muscle car.

The 1966 Dodge Charger

The 1966 Dodge Charger

'66 Dodge ChargerThe “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.

'66 Dodge ChargerThe 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).

Pontiac Revived: The Chieftain

Pontiac Revived: The Chieftain

1950 Pontiac Chieftain When World War II had come and gone, many car companies were looking for new car designs to boost their sales to the pre-World War II levels. Pontiac was no different from this.  They decided on a vehicle that was much like their lower level Streamliner in terms of engine, dimensions, trim level and options, but it would use the sportier GM A-Body style instead of the B-Body style of the Streamliner.  This vehicle was called the Pontiac Chieftain and it rose to its expectations by replacing the Torpedo as Pontiac’s top automobile in its first year.