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Lately I've been thinking about classic muscle, my favorite cars.

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Of course we will all have different opinions. When I think of classic muscle, I'm thinking 1965-1974, and 1972-1974 is a big stretch.

My top three, not in any order are as follows, so I'll do it alphabetically.

Of course we can't do classic muscle without the 426 Hemi, in my case the 1970 Hemi Challenger. I would love to hear the roar of two-four barrel carbs kick in when hitting passing gear. Plus IMHO the Challenger/'Cuda were a bit better looking than the Charger/Satellite. Staying with Dodge/Plymouth I also loved the bigger 1971 models of the Charger/GTX.

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Now I loved the bigger version of the Ford Mustang, so I would go with the 1971 429 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Just think Diamonds Are Forever with James Bond driving his Mach 1 all over downtown Vegas. IMHO the 1971-1973 Ford Mustang had beautiful lines. I did own a second hand 1973 Mach 1, but it was a 351 with a 2 barrel carb, so it was way under powered.

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At heart I've always been a Pontiac guy. I just loved the 1974 Trans Am with the 455 Super Duty. I did own a 1976 black Trans Am with the 455, however instead of being the last classic muscle car and the last car hanging on to it's true performance engine, mine had a 200 hp station wagon car's engine. I give props to Pontiac hanging on to it's high performance engines while Dodge and Ford had already said good bye to theirs.

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Loved the 70 Challenger.
Had a 440
 

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I had a 68 442 Holiday Coupe, sold that for the 75 T/A, 400 auto, sold that in 1985 for the 71 Roadrunner, which I still have. Added the 15 HC in 2018. Always wanted a wing car and AAR and would also like a 69 Hurst Olds. A 68 RR with a 426 4 spd. wouldn't suck either!
 

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My mom had a new Mach 1 in 1973. She was recently divorced(my dad). Single mom at 24 with 4 yr old(me). Good Times. 👍🍻🇺🇸😂
 

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I've grown to really like the understated Mopar models.
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Of course we will all have different opinions. When I think of classic muscle, I'm thinking 1965-1974, and 1972-1974 is a big stretch.

My top three, not in any order are as follows, so I'll do it alphabetically.

Of course we can't do classic muscle without the 426 Hemi, in my case the 1970 Hemi Challenger. I would love to hear the roar of two-four barrel carbs kick in when hitting passing gear. Plus IMHO the Challenger/'Cuda were a bit better looking than the Charger/Satellite. Staying with Dodge/Plymouth I also loved the bigger 1971 models of the Charger/GTX.

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Now I loved the bigger version of the Ford Mustang, so I would go with the 1971 429 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Just think Diamonds Are Forever with James Bond driving his Mach 1 all over downtown Vegas. IMHO the 1971-1973 Ford Mustang had beautiful lines. I did own a second hand 1973 Mach 1, but it was a 351 with a 2 barrel carb, so it was way under powered.

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At heart I've always been a Pontiac guy. I just loved the 1974 Trans Am with the 455 Super Duty. I did own a 1976 black Trans Am with the 455, however instead of being the last classic muscle car and the last car hanging on to it's true performance engine, mine had a 200 hp station wagon car's engine. I give props to Pontiac hanging on to it's high performance engines while Dodge and Ford had already said good bye to theirs.

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I had a 75 and 78 T/A. My '75 was the same color, except for the year looked like that '76. Little known fact, you can bolt the pre-emission heads off a 389 or 400 onto the Pontiac 400 smog pumper. Raises the compression back up! We did it to the '78. Took them off something that had tri-power in a junk yard and gave the guy $30 back in the day!! Oh my, those were the days. Just had to play with the valve adjustment, but it made an unreal difference. In the same day after me and one other pulled everything down to looking at the piston tops, bolted the heads up, headers, intake and new carb and it was like a different animal! Major sleeper of its day. Good luck with your choices.
 
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1969 Dodge Coronet R/T. 440 four speed. F8 green. Was my driver for several years.Fun car. Never should have sold it. Oh well. The WBRE does help the withdrawal pains.


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Pontiac guy here. I had a 74 SD-455. Modded with HO Racing parts. Was a ton of fun. Actually put that engine in a 70 GTO 4 speed for a while.
Eventually, I sold the TA. Needed a full restoration. Engine went with it. Still have the 70 GTO, and its a very long term project. Engine is out for machining and assembly. Body is on a full custom Art Morrison frame.
Its a roller for now, sitting on a lift in my shop. As soon as the long block is done I am sending them the car so they can fabricate the intake setup and turbo mounts/headers.
 

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Only mopars for me !

69 daytona
70 superbird
70-71 challenger
70-71 cuda
68-70 roadrunner
68-70 superbee
71-72 demon

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As I mentioned I'm a fan of the 1971 GTX with the hemi.

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We can't forget the 1970 Buick Grand Sport 455 Stage 1.

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Off topic, a quick trip to the 80's. Buick revived muscle cars in a luxury package.

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I owned this 440-6 A12 4 speed from 1972-1995. Had a 65 race Hemi in it in this photo. Not many cooler muscle cars on the street back then. 55027D44-CFBF-483C-BCC1-77BD689DDBF8.jpeg
 

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I've always wanted one of these, but could never find one worth restoring. It doesn't even need to be a 442....I just love something about the style of these cars.
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My ‘71:
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My first car was a '75 Camaro LT 350 2bbl and originally a 4 speed. My Uncle ordered it new. I only ever drove it once. Always wanted another.

I am a child of the 80s which is what I've built for myself. Just came off of 3 weeks of vacation, and managed to get the interior of my highschool car ('87 MCSS) mostly back together.

Otherwise I would kill for a gold '68 Camaro Z/28 with a 4 speed, crossram 302, and four wheel discs.
 

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Here is a few you guys won’t be familiar with as I didn’t grow up with American cars . I was nuts for production circuit car racing growing up so all but the the first car are old race cars .
VF Valiant
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HT Monaro
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LJ Torana
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and of course the car I own a VG Pacer seen here racing a XU1 Torana
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You’re too kind why2kmax. All numbers matching 383/727 as well. 3:23’s out and 4:10’s in.
 

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Only mopars for me !

69 daytona
70 superbird
70-71 challenger
70-71 cuda
68-70 roadrunner
68-70 superbee
71-72 demon

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my first new car...71 demon...man I loved that car
 

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Here is a few you guys won’t be familiar with as I didn’t grow up with American cars . I was nuts for production circuit car racing growing up so all but the the first car are old race cars .
VF Valiant
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HT Monaro
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LJ Torana
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RT Charger View attachment 10334
and of course the car I own a VG Pacer seen here racing a XU1 Torana
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Now those are cars your not gonna see any time soon
 


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