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1965 Pontiac Catalina

As an elongated low-riding model, the 1965 Pontiac Catalina offered many options from color and performance to engine upgrades. The full size two-door hardtop and convertible versions of the Catalina had the ability to use Pontiac’s 421 cid engine, despite the infamous General Motors ban on engines larger than 400 cid. The ban was in effect for intermediate vehicles, allowing the Catalina to skirt the rule because of its status as a full-size vehicle. This fastback further impressed with the addition of the “2+2” package option, which included the bigger engine among a handful of other upgrades. This option was phased out only 2 years later, in 1967, because it simply didn’t achieve the overwhelming successes of the GTO.

Early Muscle: 1961 Pontiac Ventura

Early Muscle: 1961 Pontiac Ventura

Pontiac VenturaIt is hard to pin down the first actual muscle car; some have asserted that it is the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, which was built with speed in mind, with an overhead valve V8 placed in a mid-size car with a relatively lightweight body. A lot of observers cite the next big step in the evolution of the early muscle car to be the introduction of the 1955 Chrysler C-300 with its 300 horsepower Hemi engine that could go from zero to sixty in 9.8 seconds and reach a top speed of around 130 miles per hour.

Car Classes from the 1960s

Car Classes from the 1960s

'69 Plymouth Road RunnerToday’s automotive lingo includes car classes like exotic, luxury, compact, and sporty – to name a few. Even though most people can name at least one car that would fit into each of these modern category, these categories have not always been. The 1960s was the first decade to see a wide variety of different cars and the categories from the 1960 were quite different than the ones used today. In the 1960s, drivers could pick from pony cars, muscle cars, economy cars, and executive cars.

The Muscle Car and Pony Car

Chevy Nova: The Amazing Cartoon Car

Chevy Nova: The Amazing Cartoon Car

1970 Chevy NovaSome cars make statements in live action movies, while some tend to appear in music videos. For some strange reason, the Chevy Nova has made several appearances in cartoons. The muscle car models from the late 1960s and early 1970s translate well into a tough cartoon car due to the oversized headlights, grille, and angled rooflines.

One of the toughest looking cartoon Chevy Nova models appeared in an episode of Transformers Prime. The jet black car had sleek chrome details and held its own in a street race in the first season of the hit show.

Truck Trader Classic

Truck Trader Classic

0308cl_simplicity01_zAs a truck trader, classic vehicles are just one way to earn a living. Collecting vintage cars has long been a popular pastime, but trucks are starting to catch up. Classic trucks from Ford and Chevy pick-ups to early Willys Jeeps to the first SUVs of the 1960s, and everything in between are becoming more and more popular as collectibles. If you get in on the market, you can get a great classic truck for your personal collection or next project, you can get into trading and make a profit.

1968 Chevrolet Nova

While our last post focused on the first Chevrolet Nova to hit the markets, today’s focus turns to a later version of the model. The had much in store for the model. After receiving a significant redesign from the 2nd generation’s looks, the third generation (which ran from 1968-1974) of the Nova included some of the most exciting model years for this particular car. For t and onward, the name was finally its own, and the Chevy II name was dropped (Chevy II is often used interchangeably with Nova).

1969 Buick Gran Sport

1969 Buick Gran Sport:

Many great classic cars and muscle cars begin as an option for an entirely different car before proving their worth in the auto industry. For some, it can take years to show just how popular the option could be as its own model, but for others, it becomes obvious very quickly that it should be much more than an option. The Buick Gran Sport is just one example of a car which originally began as an option, and in this case, the classic car Gran Sport was considered an optional package for the Buick Skylark when it was first introduced. The story of the Gran Sport began in 1965, and it would continue until 1975.

1960 Ford Falcon

Many people consider the Ford Falcon to be among the most popular muscle cars in American History. Why? The Falcon not only enjoyed huge success upon its release, but it also gave owners and car enthusiasts something to be proud of and to talk about for generations to come. Though this particular model was produced between 1960-1970, the word Falcon was originally used for a 1935 model that Edsel Ford had designed. The name and design didn’t last, and it eventually morphed into the Mercury instead.

1967 AMC Marlin

Before the American Motor Corporation came to control this classic car’s destiny under the AMC name, that is, the AMC Marlin was known as the Rambler Marlin. In order to make more consumers feel like they could ride in style, the company incorporated a “personal luxury” style, which not only gave potential buyers a sizable list of standard features, but also provided several additional features to better suit the needs and wants of a diverse culture. With the combination of the standard and optional equipment, buyers could customize the look and feel of their new car. The AMC Marlin itself was officially introduced to the public in 1965. In the beginning, the car received mixed reviews and had a troubled lifespan. When the 1967 model year Marlin was introduced, it was larger than it was in previous years. 2,545 units were sold, and they were more expensive than the earlier models.

English Invasion

English Invasion: As one of the most prestigious car companies in classic car history, Jaguar rolled out a car in the 1960s that certainly stood out among its competitors. One particular model was given the honor of topping the list of Sports Car International Magazine’s “Top Sports Cars of the 1960s” in 2004, and was later also named one of the “100 Most Beautiful Cars” by the Daily Telegraph in 2008.