American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History by Darwin Holmstrom

By Darwin Holmstrom

This is often the muscle automobile background to own--a richly illustrated chronicle of America's maximum high-performance autos, advised from their Sixties starting during the current day!

In the Nineteen Sixties, 3 incendiary ingredients--developing V-8 engine know-how, a tradition fed on through the necessity for pace, and seventy five million child boomers coming into the automobile market--exploded within the type of the manufacturing facility muscle motor vehicle. The ensuing automobiles, brutal machines not like any the area had obvious sooner than or will ever see back, outlined the intercourse, medicinal drugs, and rock 'n' roll generation.

American Muscle automobiles chronicles this tumultuous interval of yank heritage throughout the basic instrument american citizens use to outline themselves: their autos. From the street-racing sizzling rod tradition that emerged following international battle II during the new breed of muscle autos nonetheless rising from Detroit this day, this e-book brings to existence the historical past of the yankee muscle car.

When Pontiac's leader engineer, John Z. DeLorean, and his workforce bolted a big-inch engine into the division's intermediate chassis, they instantly invented the vintage muscle motor vehicle. In these 20 mins it took invoice Collins and Russ Gee to bolt a 389 ci V-8 engine right into a Tempest chassis they created the prototype for Pontiac's GTO--and replaced the process car heritage. From that second on, American functionality vehicles may by no means be the same.

American Muscle autos tells the tale of the main fascinating vehicles ever to come back out of Detroit. It's a narrative of flat-out madness instructed at complete throttle and illustrated with attractive images.

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The pill revolutionized sexual activity. As long as human animals have roamed the earth, young people have found themselves in a hormonal pressure cooker, balancing intense sexual urges with fear of unwanted pregnancies. The pill effectively blew the lid off that pressure cooker. By the time the classic muscle car era began, American youngsters had begun to exercise their newfound sexual freedom. While society had not quite entered the era of free love, recreational sex had been heavily discounted by 1964.

Bottom, left: In 1964 the hottest version of Chevrolet’s 409 cranked out 425 horsepower when equipped with a pair of four-barrel carbs. BURNOUTS AND BACK SEAT BINGO 49 children born in the years after World War II were graduating from high school and entering the work force. They had money to spend and they liked to spend it on new cars. This new breed of auto buyer wanted power, but they wanted more than just power. They wanted style. They wanted cars that turned heads when they cruised down the Main Streets of America’s towns and cities.

Hot Rod magazine, March, 1961 NASCAR competition, so in 1962 Pontiac made its 421-cubic-inch Super Duty engine available as an option in its Catalina and Grand Prix models. For the first time, a buyer could buy a Super Duty Pontiac without having to assemble it himself. In 1962, Pontiac won its second manufacturer’s championship. Chevrolet didn’t fare as well in NASCAR racing. While its 409 dominated the nation’s drag strips, the W-head big-block engine used an antiquated combustion chamber design in which the combustion chamber was down in a recessed pocket in the piston rather than in a dome within the cylinder head.

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