The Best Bits Of Our Favorite American Muscle Cars
On this Independence Day, it is only prudent to consider all of the tenents that make this nation great. While the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (ya know, the first ten amendments) are what secure a number of our personal freedoms, another American Institution has been an integral part of opening up our way of life in the 20th Century. The automobile has been the tangible tool that allows us to explore new corners of our great nation and bring friends and family together.
A plethora of different automobiles have facilitated this vehicular freedom through the decades, but none have done so with the style and power of the cars of the muscle car era. These highly potent performance machines defined a generation, and carry a luster that still runs strong today. Though it was massive V8s that drove these vehicles, they are remembered as much for special touches unique to each model.
As much as Ford fans loved the return of the 302 (or 5.0L, depending on when you first fell in love with the ‘Stang), enthusiasts applauded a feature as simple as the sequential rear turn signals. Though this feature first debuted on the ’65 T-Bird, and later appeared on the ’67 Mercury Cougar, its appearance on the ’68 Shelby Mustang stands out. So what if we were to make a the perfect American muscle car. Well it should be all-inclusive, so this Perfect Muscle Machine would have elements from all of the greats, including the following:
Sure, it is perhaps not a technical “muscle car,” but it did exist during the muscle car era, and as much as these coupes and convertibles were about power, they were also about an inherent style. The vented pillars of the Riviera that would come to life at night commanded the feeling of power necessary to intimidate others on the road.
Chrysler knew what they were doing when they re-introduced the Challenger with a front grille that nearly leans over the front bumper- it calls up memories of the true intimidating nature of muscle cars. But none were as intimidating as the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR. Its grille was intensely forward-facing, and appeared to suck in entire atmospheres of fresh air, feeding the tremendous 428 cubic-inch block