The Art of the Muscle Car

The Art of the Muscle Car

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A“Just what is a Muscle Car?A” Road Test magazine asked in June 1967. The answer: A“Exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodderA’s philosophy of taking a small car and putting a BIG engine in it. . . . The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of the 98 horsepower weakling.A” Unconcerned with such trivial details as comfort and handling, the vintage American muscle car was built for straight-line speed and quickly became the ride of choice for power-hungry racers and serious gearheads. In a country where performance was measured in brute force, a quarter mile at a time, the muscle car was the perfect machine. In the intervening years, these down-and-dirty, high-performing beauties have earned their place in the automotive pantheon. As prized by collectors and aficionados as they are by denizens of garages and drag strips, classic muscle cars now fetch upwards of a million dollars at auctions and feature in any story of AmericaA’s automotive glory days. The icons of muscle car artA—including Camaro and Chevelle SS, the Hemi and 440-6 A’Cuda, Challenger, Roadrunner, Super Bee, GTX, Super Bird, Daytona Charger, Super Cobra Jet and Boss Mustang, Talladega Torino, Buick GSX and W30 Oldsmobile 442, and AMX JavelinA—are all here, on full display in this lavishly illustrated volume, each described in a detailed essay followed by a gallery of portraits and special gatefold presentations that capture the art of the muscle car at its finest.One ofthe most brilliant marketing moves I ever saw was the hyped-up race between the Pontiac GTO and Ferrari. ... The Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Chevelle and Camaro, Plymouth a#39;Cuda, Dodge Charger and Challenger, and Ford Mustang still get gearheads cranked. ... Computers have all but destroyed a laymana#39;s ability to toil under the hood, and while street racing is making a comeback, these racesanbsp;...

Title:The Art of the Muscle Car
Author:David Newhardt
Publisher:Motorbooks International - 2013-05-19


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