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fierocamaro 10-28-2006 07:17 PM

American Muscle: Ford, Dodge, and Chevy
Back during the 1950s through the mid 1970s, Detroit automakers produced varying cars that were out and out muscle cars. These types of vehicles reciprocal the same characteristics: they were two door coupes with souped up engines, responsive transmissions, an aggressive exterior design, and a splurgy interior. High fuel prices and changing tastes eventually lilliputian sales to the point where only a few models were produced beyond that period of time. Today, muscle car mania is back, despite even higher gas prices. Thanks to the Ford Mustang and to a lesser butt end to sedan and wagon models from Dodge, there is new interest in a bevy long given up. The future is burning for the muscle car segment as one more manufacturer, Chevrolet, considers bringing back one of its darlings of yesteryear, the Camaro.

Besides the Ford Mustang there were a whole hotelkeeper of vehicles produced that at one time or another talent have been considered a muscle car. In addition to the Mustang, the Ford Fairlane 500 and Ford Torino did worry; the Mercury Montego was another model; Chevrolet produced the Camaro and Corvette; Pontiac the GTO, Firebird, and Tornado; Olds the 442; American Motors had its Javelin; Plymouth had the Cuda, and Dodge produced the Challenger and the Charger. Today, only the Mustang and Corvette survives although the Dodge Charger has returned as a four door muscle car along with its sibling, the hot Dodge Magnum wagon.

Interestedly, it took Fords redoing of the Mustang for the 2005 model year to perturb the current muscle car era craze. Styled after Mustangs built in the 1960s, the current Mustang embraces a retro look while incorporating contemporary technology. The crop has been that the Mustang currently sells its whole enchilada 150, 000 model proficiency without incentives.

The Mustang has been inspiring DaimlerChrysler to go ahead with a retro cruiser of its own. The Dodge Challenger concept car, appearing at auto shows across the USA, has been a huge hit and Chrysler plans on bringing the V8 hemi powered model back in 2009. In supplement, General Motors is considering giving its boon on the Camaro, another car also making the rounds of the USA auto pageant odyssey.

So, isnt it silly to bring back such gas hogs? Back during the early 1970s, the then current crop of muscle cars averaged only 10 12 miles to the gallon around town and 15 or 16 miles per gallon on the highway. Thanks to computer technology and efficiency, even the Corvette backwash a highly respectable 28 miles to the gallon the highway. So, although fuel mileage will positively be lower than many other models, the new fit-out of muscle cars will still better the previous generation cars with fuel mileage 80 % or more above the cars from the 1970s.

Fortunately, we still live in a moderately free country and what the consumer wants, the consumer gets. So, V8 powered muscle cars mated to 6 speed manu matic transmissions, with sport handling, bucket seats, and better fuel economy will likely authority to many. No, they wont be voluntary duplicates of yesterdays muscle cars, but they will provide the reminiscence and power that motorists seek. I cant wait!

LowRider 10-31-2006 11:43 AM

Ya but the camaro will be the best on the gas because it will have the fuel reserve system where it will only run off a few cylinders. It will also be best in all classes to be offered.

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