Few things in life are more exciting than being behind the wheel of a powerful American muscle car. Beginning in the 1960s and carrying through the 1980s, the United States produced some truly incredible vehicles. Whether you own a pristine muscle car from this period, are in the process of restoring one or simply love learning as much as you can about American muscle cars, we’ve put together a great list of five awesome facts about these vehicles:
Two Types of T-Tops
The 1976 Pontiac Firebird is synonymous with T-Tops. Although someone who’s not all that familiar with cars is unlikely to notice, this run of cars features two different types of T-Tops. The first type was made by Hurst. But because those T-Tops had issues with leaking, Pontiac started producing their own. The easiest way to spot the difference is that the Hurst T-Tops are smaller than the ones produced by Pontiac.
The Truth Behind the Tall Spoiler
When you think of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, what’s the first feature that comes to mind? For most car enthusiasts, it’s the car’s huge rear spoiler. Since this spoiler is so noticeable, many people assumed it was to maximize downforce. However, the real reason the spoiler was so tall is because regulations required that the car have enough space for the trunk to fully open and close without being obstructed.
The Elusive 1974 4-Speed 340 Barracuda
Once you’ve spent any amount of time in the world of American muscle car enthusiasts, you start to notice which vehicles are most in demand. One car that is high on most collectors’ list is Plymouth’s 1974 4-Speed 340 Barracuda. If you’ve seen this car but aren’t exactly sure why it receives so much attention, the answer is that only 1,718 of them were ever made.
The Forgotten Chevrolet Corvette
Did you know that there was a year when Chevrolet skipped the production of the Corvette? That year was 1983. Depending on the source, this occurred as a result of either stricter emissions regulations or glitches with the prototype. So while it’s impossible to own this vehicle, you can see the only remaining prototype if you visit the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
The True Meaning of GTO
Although video game enthusiasts may mistakenly see GTO as GTA and associate it with “Grand Theft Auto,” GTO actually stands for Gran Turismo Omologato. This Italian phrase translates to Grand Touring Homologated.
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