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One Year Winners

One Year Winners

59 Dodge Challenger Silver

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In the world of automobiles, setting up an assembly line, creating tools and dies, and producing a new model takes a significant amount of work. This is one of the reasons why so many cars are made for several production years before major changes are made. Despite the work that goes into producing a car model, automakers have been known to occasionally create one-hit wonders – cars that were produced for only one year. Many times the cars were big losers on the lots, but in some cases the single year production cars were big winners. Here is a short list:

1969 Nova SS 396

1969 Nova SS 396

1969 NovaEmerging from Chevy’s classic compact, the 1969 Nova SS 396 proved to be a potent muscle car without a flashy package. It may not have looked like much, but this classic from GM is one of the fastest cars from the classic muscle car era, thanks to clever engineering, a perfect weight ratio, and a powerful engine.

1971 Chevy Chevelle SS

1971 Chevy Chevelle SS

412340-0-lgThe 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS was part of the second generation of Chevy’s muscle cars. When the Chevelle line came into being in 1964, GM hoped it could be competitive with the Ford Fairlane and that it would be a reintroduction of the size and concept of the popular ’55 to ’57 models from Chevrolet. Throughout their run, the Chevelles were available as sport coupes, sport sedans, convertibles, and even wagons.

1966 Chevelle SS

1966 Chevelle SS

66 Chevrolet Chevelle SSThe 1966 Chevelle SS is a classic of the muscle car era in American automotive history. While Chevy’s Chevelle came out in 1964 to compete with the Ford Fairlane, it quickly became one of the brand’s best sellers. The key to the car’s success was in the versatility. The Chevelle was a mid-sized car that appealed to many and included body styles from coupes to sedans to wagons and convertibles. Trim levels included the Laguna and upscale Malibu, and when the latter also included the Super Sport package, a classic muscle car was born.

Chevy Chevelle SS

Chevy Chevelle SS

SSThe Chevelle, which first came out in 1964, was Chevrolet’s mid-sized answer to the Ford Fairlane. For three generations, through 1977, the Chevelle offered buyers a range of body styles, trim levels, and performance packages, and proved to be a big seller for Chevy. Among all the different variations of the nameplate, the Chevy Chevelle SS was one of the most popular and iconic.

1965 Chevelle SS

1965 Chevelle SS

316521-0-lgThe Chevelle, introduced first 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.