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Updated on January 7, 2013
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James Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and writer. James enjoys people, music, film, and books. He is a lifelong student of history.

CLASSIC MUSCLE CARS


Classic Muscle Cars are high performance street machines built in the United States for formal and informal drag racing. Classic Muscle Cars had their heyday from 1965 to 1970. Today, they are highly prized by collectors and some sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Ralph Nader led a lobbying group that decried Classic Muscle Cars because they were marketed to young men; and because they had powerful engines but mediocre brakes and poor handling. The insurance industry responded by charging hefty fees (about $1000) to insure Classic Muscle Cars for male drivers under age 25.


The higher insurance costs combined with the 1970 Clean Air Act killed the Classic Muscle Cars. The Clean Air Act lowered the top octane of gasoline from 100 to 91, which meant manufacturers had to lower compression ratios and thus engine performance. But the final blow to the days of the Classic Muscle Cars was the gas crunch of 1973.


Special thanks to Johnny Baker and Ward Morrill for helping me select six particular American Muscle Cars to highlight in this article.


1969 YENKO CAMARO WITH A 427 ENGINE
1969 YENKO CAMARO WITH A 427 ENGINE
1969 YENKO CAMARO INTERIOR
1969 YENKO CAMARO INTERIOR
1969 YENKO CAMARO 427 ENGINE
1969 YENKO CAMARO 427 ENGINE

1969 YENKO CAMARO


The Chevrolet brand reached its pinnacle in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1963, ten percent of all cars sold in America were Chevrolets.

The small-block Chevy V-8 engine has been in continuous production since 1955, longer than any mass-produced engine in world history.


The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in 1967 to compete with the Ford Mustang. At its unveiling, reporters asked, "What is a Camaro?" The answer that was given was "A small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs."


Many people consider the 1969 model to be the best-looking Camaro ever built.

For young men who wanted a turn-key drag racer that was still street legal, 500 of the Yenko Camaro were produced with a 427 cubic inch 425 horsepower motor.

The Yenko Camaro ran the quarter-mile in under 12 seconds at 115 mph.

A Yenko Camaro sold at auction recently for $2.2M.

Don Yenko was a Chevrolet dealer from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.


1970 CHEVELLE SS 454
1970 CHEVELLE SS 454
1970 CHEVELLE SS 454 INTERIOR
1970 CHEVELLE SS 454 INTERIOR
1970 CHEVELLE SS 454 ENGINE
1970 CHEVELLE SS 454 ENGINE

1970 CHEVELLE SS 454


Louis Chevrolet was born to French parents in Switzerland in 1878.

As a young man, he became an automotive engineer.


Louis Chevrolet moved to New York and became a race car driver for Buick, which was owned by the founder of General Motors William C Durant.


Louis Chevrolet and William C Durant founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911, which was absorbed by General Motors in 1917.


Louis Chevrolet lost everything he had in the 1929 stock market crash and was reduced to working as a mechanic for the company he once founded.

He died penniless in 1941.


The Chevrolet Chevelle was produced from 1964 to 1977 to compete with the Ford Fairlane.

The SS (Super Sport) was the Chevelle Muscle Car.

In 1970, the new 454 cubic inch engine (450 horsepower) was offered as an option.

No factory production engine had ever offered this much horsepower.


1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 440 SIX PACK
1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 440 SIX PACK
1969 DODGE SUPER BEE INTERIOR
1969 DODGE SUPER BEE INTERIOR
1969 SUPER BEE 44O SIX PACK ENGINE
1969 SUPER BEE 44O SIX PACK ENGINE

1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 440 SIX PACK


The Dodge Brothers were from Niles, Michigan, in the same county from whence I hail. Horace and John Dodge were perfectly matched as business partners because Horace was a mechanical wizard while John was a superb administrator and sales and marketing guru.


The Dodge Brothers started their company in 1900 in Detroit to supply carmakers with parts. Soon they were building transmissions for Oldsmobile and engines for Ford. In 1917, Dodge produced its first car and within three years they were # 2 in automobile sales. That same year, 1920, both brothers unexpectedly died. Horace only lived to be 52 years old and it is noteworthy that his widow outlived him by fifty years.


The Dodge Classic Muscle Cars were among the fastest and wildest. The Super Bee, based on the Dodge Coronet, was built from 1968 to 1971. The 1969 Dodge Super Bee was available with an optional 440 Six Pack—Dodge's big 440 cubic inch engine with three Holley two-barrel carburetors mounted on an Edelbrock Hi-Riser manifold—that produced 390 hp.


1970 HEMI CUDA
1970 HEMI CUDA
1970 HEMI CUDA INTERIOR
1970 HEMI CUDA INTERIOR
1970 HEMI CUDA ENGINE
1970 HEMI CUDA ENGINE

1970 HEMI CUDA


"The King of the Classic Muscle Cars" is the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with the 426 Hemi engine, known affectionately as the "Hemi 'Cuda." The Plymouth Barracuda was produced from 1964 to 1974. Due to new federal emissions standards, the engines were downsized and detuned after 1970. Only 652 Hemi 'Cudas were manufactured in 1970. One sold at auction recently for $329,000 and they routinely fetch more than a Ferrari of the same year.


Walter Chrysler introduced the Plymouth brand in 1928 as a lower cost alternative to his Chrysler automobiles. Plymouth posted outstanding sales for many decades. In 1957, a new record was established when 726,000 Plymouths were sold. The all-time best for the company was 973,000 units in 1973. The last Plymouth was made in 2001.


Walter Chrysler (1875-1940) was the son of a Kansas railroad engineer. As a young man he was a mechanic and machinist whose brilliance landed him a job managing a locomotive plant. In 1912, Chrysler was hired to manage a plant for Buick Motorcar Company, and he soon upped its production from 45 to 600 cars per day. In 1916, he was rewarded by being named the President of Buick.


Walter Chrysler struck out on his own and founded the Chrysler Corporation in 1925. Three years later he purchased the Dodge Brothers Car Company. Chrysler named his parts and service division MoPar (motor parts). He also built one of the most beautiful buildings in the world in Manhattan in 1930, the Chrysler building—tallest in the world at the time.


1969 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 350
1969 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 350
1969 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 350 INTERIOR
1969 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 350 INTERIOR
1969 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 350 ENGINE
1969 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 350 ENGINE

1969 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 350


Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company of Detroit in 1903, after he convinced a group of investors to back his ideas with $28,000. Henry Ford developed the assembly-line for mass production. Because each worker only had to perform one simple task, Ford was able to provide jobs to unskilled, uneducated men. Henry Ford paid double the prevailing wage because he wanted his workers to be able to afford the car they were producing.


In 1926, Henry Ford introduced the 40 hour work week—unheard of in America—because he thought leisure time made for happier workers who were then more productive. Ford hated labor unions and his company was not unionized until 1941—after a decade of violence and work stoppages forced him to accept the UAW. The reason Henry Ford was against labor unions was because they always lower productivity, and their leaders usually lean toward Marxist ideas.


The Ford Motor Company is # 2 in the U.S. and # 5 in the world for vehicle sales. It is the 8th largest corporation in America with over 200,000 employees and annual revenues of $118B. Approximately five million Ford vehicles are sold each year.


My first car was an orange (with white stripes) 1969 Shelby Mustang GT 350. To say it was a hit cruising around McDonald's is an understatement.


Ford produced Shelby Mustangs from 1965 to 1969. The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT 350 featured a 351 cubic inch engine that produced 290 hp. This beautiful car had roll bars inside and the first eight-track tape decks. It topped out at 140 mph—for this you have my personal testimony.


1,085 Shelby Mustang GT 350 classic muscle cars were sold in 1969. Only 32 are known to exist today. One sold recently for $105,000. Carroll Shelby was an automobile designer and race car driver from Texas.


1969 BOSS 429 MUSTANG
1969 BOSS 429 MUSTANG
1969 BOSS 429 MUSTANG INTERIOR
1969 BOSS 429 MUSTANG INTERIOR
1969 MUSTANG BOSS 429 ENGINE
1969 MUSTANG BOSS 429 ENGINE

1969 BOSS 429 MUSTANG


The Ford Mustang debuted in 1964 at the New York World's Fair. The Mustang was the first Pony Car—a compact sports coupe. It weighed only 2,550 lbs. The Mustang was to become the most successful new Ford model since the Model A was launched in 1927. A record 318,000 were sold the first year. The Mustang served as Pace for the 1964 Indy 500. The first film it appeared in was Goldfinger. The Mustang got heavier every year until 1973.


My father owned one of the 849 Boss 429 "twisted hemi" Mustangs built in 1969 (a red one). To keep insurance costs down, Ford listed it at 375 horsepower but the 429 cubic inch engine actually produced closer to 500 hp. The Boss 429 disappointed expectations at the drag strip. It was too heavy overall at 3,870 lbs. but the rear end was too light to gain proper traction. Thus the Boss 429 ran the quarter-mile right out of the showroom in 14 seconds flat (103 mph).


All of the Boss 429 Mustangs were sold by Bob Tasca Ford in Providence, Rhode Island, for $5,000. Bob Tasca went to college with Henry Ford II and they became close friends. Bob Tasca was a drag racer and he designed the 428 Cobra Jet engine.


My father eventually replaced the 429 engine with a Holman Moody 427, which ran much faster (in the 10.60s). The car was sold to the chief machinist at our high performance engine shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mike Luyendyk. The last we heard he still had it in pristine condition in his garage in California. A Boss 429 Mustang recently sold at auction for $350,000.


CLASSIC MUSCLE CARS


My Dad was quite the drag racer back in the day. He had previously raced motorcycles and stock cars. In the early 70s, we built an auto parts store together in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that is still there today: J C Auto Parts (my Dad is J. C. Watkins).


Our store was unusual for the time in that we had a large display area in front of the parts counter. Before this, the parts counter was generally located right near the entry door. We were named the Jobber Topics magazine auto parts store of the year in 1973.


J C Auto Parts included a machine shop that built race car engines, included some for NASCAR driver Tiny Lund, who had won the 1963 Daytona 500. We also had a speed shop in which we sold the latest hi-performance parts for gear-heads to modify their cars. We were direct distributors for Holley carburetors, Edelbrock manifolds, Crane cams, Hooker headers, Mickey Thompson tires, Keystone wheels, and Stewart Warner gauges.


My apologies to fans of the awesome Pontiac GTO, and the hot Trans Am, as well as people who fondly remember the Ford Fairlanes and Torinos. Even American Motors built some Cool Classic Muscle Cars. I almost included the awesome 1978 Corvette L88 427 in this article, but while plenty musclely, it is a true sports car. But space was limited and I chose to highlight these six remarkable machines.

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      James A Watkins 10 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you 'mechanics guy' for saying so.

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      Mechanics Guy 15 months ago from NY

      Cool cars

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Oh yes, Will, he is still flying Learjets at 79 years old.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I remember! Is he still with us?

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Will~ Oh yes, you would like my Dad. And he loved your short stories you kindly sent me. He is the one who is a huge Louis L'Amour fan.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The 427 Ford was indeed the fastest car I ever rode in, back in the mid-60's.

      Today, I drive a short bed Ram 1500 with a 5.7 liter Hemi that makes 396 HP, so I'm in happy land. I would like your dad!

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      WillStarr---It was hard to beat the old Chrysler hemis, that's for sure. They seres tiff competition for my Dad's 427 Holman-Moody Fords. It is always a pleasure to hear from you, my friend.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Drive By Quipper~ You are right that the Plymouth Fury was a monster machine. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      teaches12345~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your comments, too.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      ttravis5446---I prefer the Mustangs too. Thanks for your compliments.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Bootser22~ That is a sad story. Sorry to hear it.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      When I first came to Phoenix in 1962, there was a guy we called 'Wimpy', cruising Central in a beat-up, rusty, 1953 Dodge 4-door. But it was a classic sleeper, because it was powered by a hemi-Chrysler coupled to a B&M hydro.

      It was the fastest car in town as I soon found out when I challenged him in my '53 Studebaker with its 283 Chevy. I was chagrined, but it was all in good fun.

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      Drive By Quipper 3 years ago from Wrong Side of Town

      Where's the 1965 Plymouth Fury? It came right out of the box with 450 cubic inches of raw power.

      Otherwise, great fun!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I would love to have any one of these muscle cars. I remember how popular the camaro was back then. They made them to last.

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      ttravis5446 3 years ago from U.S.

      Great hub. I prefer the Mustangs even though I owned a 1968 Camaro for a little while last year.

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      Bootser22 4 years ago

      We had a 1968 GTO...Purrred!!! Great car. Got stolen

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Curiad--- You are most welcome, my friend. I hope all is OK with you today. I know you have had a tough go of it and I am praying for your comfort.

      I am glad that this little article brought back some fond memories for you. I sincerely appreciate your kind compliments. Those 69 Mustangs were great cars. I remember the 4/11 rear ends too.

      Thank you for visiting. It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from you, Mark. :D

      Faithfuly Yours,

      James

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      LOL, My first car was a Rambler station wagon and hardly a muscle car. My little brother however, had a 1969 Mach1 Mustang with the 428 Cobra Jet engine in it. I was his mechanic and boy did we have a good time with that car. It also had a 4/11 rear end and a few mods to the engine that I applied.

      This is a great article and brought back memories!

      Thanks James, Mark

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Kosal DA--- Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      daveyboy1957— And you did. I appreciate it too. Good man!

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      David W. Braddock 4 years ago from Lake Villa, Illinois

      no problem...just trying to help.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      daveyboy1957— Thank you very much for that correction. What a rookie mistake! :D

      I have replaced that photograph with an accurate one. Nice talking to you.

      James

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      David W. Braddock 4 years ago from Lake Villa, Illinois

      one last detail... the Boss engine displayed was not made in 1969 since it has fuel injection on it. That is the current Boss being made, not vintage 1969.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      daveyboy1957— Wow! Awesome. Thank you ever much for the additional remarks. They are illuminating and enlightening. You are awesomely aware of gearhead stuff to a level that vastly surpasses my knowledge of it. I yield to the master. Thanks again!

      James :D

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      David W. Braddock 4 years ago from Lake Villa, Illinois

      my father in law in Atlanta has a few of the Ford 427's including a couple of the "Cammer" versions that have the distinction of being the only engine NASCAR "outlawed" for use. They have about a 5 foot long roller chain that runs the 2 cams with the crank gear and have to be the most involved engine there is to try and get timed correctly.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      daveyboy1957— Welcome to the HubPages Community. I look forward to coming over to see what you have been writing so far, which I will do ASAP. I have made myself a note of it.

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your outstanding comments as well.

      I do see what you mean about the Yenko. You know, I was a Ford man at the time. I owned a Shelby GT 350 and my Dad owned a Boss 429—one of the first ones sold. # 11 I think. I was not a Chevy man but my cousin John was and frankly I let him pick the two Chevys I included in this article, just as I allowed a good friend who was a MOPAR guy to select the two Chrylser-built machines.

      What you wrote about the Chrysler engine factory horsepower ratings is quite interesting. And I never knew that Ford sold the BOSS 429 for less than they cost to make. Good stuff.

      My Dad was a huge fan of the Ford 427, which he considered the ultimate engine. I mentioned in my piece that he eventually replaced the 429 in his BOSS with a 427 Holman Moody.

      Thanks again for posting such thoughtful and insightful remarks.

      James

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      David W. Braddock 4 years ago from Lake Villa, Illinois

      Not to be critical of your knowledge or your efforts because you have done a GREAT job with each entry on your rundown....however...

      For most of us "Muscle Car guys" the fact is a Yenko is just like a Motion/Baldwin or a Nickey Chevrolet and is not a factory car. They are "aftermarket" vehicles done by dealerships or dealer affiliates.

      The Chevelle 454 was rated at 450 in limited production engine series, depending on what engine you selected. I believe there were no fewer than 4 different 454 engines. The key here is to remember the engine numbers were gross rating from the factory. Chrysler vastly under rated their hemi 426 at 425 because of problems with the Insurance companys and the federal government watchdogs. when car makers switched to "net" horsepower figures in 1971 the Hemi 426 was the only engine to keep their same rating of 425 because Chrysler knew the number had been a lot higher all along.

      The Shelby while it was sold through Ford dealers was once again an aftermarket vehicle or technically it was a Shelby as Carroll Shelby was a "Manufacturer" according to the Federal Government.

      The Boss 429 was a hand built engine from Ford that was limited in production due to the fact that Ford sold them for less than they cost to make and Henry Ford did not like paying people to take his cars off his hands. The only thing missing from your list that should have been on it was the Ford 427 powered LTD and Galaxie models known as "7 litre". This is the only engine produced where the "Factory" never disclosed any power figures for it. This was due to the fact Ford engineers were afraid of the liability from dropping 500+ horsepower onto an unsuspecting public.

      Anyways....good job and just a little extra info for you. Keep up the good work.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      sradie— Please accept my apology for the delay in responding to your most excellent comments. I have been distracted lately and working hard every day to finish my first book while I am still on this planet.

      Oh yea, the 442 was an awesome machine. And sure, the Z-28 was a great sports car--a legend in its own time and since. I always loved the look of of the Trans Am and Firebird. My brother Paul owned a 1980 Red Firebird (I sold it to him!), and before that a black Trans Am, maybe about a 1977.

      For this article, I decided to keep it down to only six cars, two by each major automaker, so as to keep the Hub short for MTV attention spans. There were lots of Cool Classic Muscle Cars that I remember well. These six seemed to me like the cream of the crop.

      Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my Hub. I appreciate your comments.

      James :)

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      financenotes— Me too!! Believe it or not, I can still tell the year, make , and model of most of the old cars from the 1960s when I see them in an old movie or television show.

      It does seem that much of American products and services have been homogenized. I mean, think of all the old mom and pop motels, restaurants, hardware stores, drug stores, auto parts stores, etc. that now seem all the same. All franchised. It happened to music too, that homogenization.

      Well, thank you very much for reading my article. I enjoyed your excellent comments.

      james :D

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      @ paul baker & James A Watkins, apparently you missed the Trans Am Pontiac, the Z-28 Camaro and the 442 Olds. All were excellent handling machines particularly when you consider their size, weight and comfort. In my days with 442 Oldsmobiles, I have raced many European sports cars through the winding Sierra Nevada Mountains on roads that challenge any vehicle foreign or domestic. European cars that are purpose built sports cars of the same vintage as my 442's surely have the advantage. But, take a large sedan capable of comfortably carrying five people and all their luggage and you will find the differences are minimal, braking being the biggest single shortcoming of the American made muscle cars.

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      financenotes 4 years ago

      I miss the late 60's era cars. Even as a kid I could tell the make, model, and year of a car by it's tail or grill as it approached or drove off, that's how distinctive the styling was. We've lost something.

      I feel particularly insulted to see a resurgence in that style in the new cars rolling off the line. It's as though the designers gave up and said "crap.. I'm out of ideas, let's just make it look like the '69 Barracuda. People liked that one.."

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      suvreviews— You are welcome, once again. Good luck on your HubPages career. I will see you soon on your pages.

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      suvreviews 4 years ago

      Thank you for the welcome, James. Looking forward to contributing more SUV articles to this wonderful community!

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      suvreviews— You are quite welcome. They are stunning, aren't they!? :)

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Welcome to the HubPages Community! I look forward to reading some of your writings ASAP.

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      suvreviews 4 years ago

      Ah, the Camaro and the Shelby are absolutely stunning! Thanks, by the way, I was not familiar with the term "muscle cars" before :)

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Paul Baker— Thank you very much for taking the time to come over and read my article. I appreciate your most excellent comments. I would have to agree with your analysis.

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      paul baker 4 years ago

      Those muscle cars handled like a jelly used a lot of fuel

      The brakes where terrible on them.

      The Germans showed the world how to make cars.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      sradie— Thank you for that link. I enjoyed the journey. I remember Isky cams, right? And slot cars! Now there's a Hub worth doing.

      A Yugo is the only car to ever blow off the Mackinaw Bridge!

      Your car looks great and the pics are beautiful.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      FSlovenec— You are welcome. I am pleased to 'meet' you. I just now perused your profile page, which is impressive. I noted your website and I intend to check it out tomorrow.

      I remember the torqueflight. A '727' wasn't it? I used sell transmission overhaul kits for them, part number K225C I believe. Though that has been 35 years ago. :-)

      Thank you for reading my article and expressing your appreciation of it.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      The pictures of my 442, just featured as Cool Ride of the Week, can be found here along with some short quips about my hot rodding days.

      http://coolridesonline.net/featured-member-of-the-...

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      This is great, I get excited reading this Hub. We raced a 1967 Camaro, 350 at the track and of course on the street. I re-built a 1957 Dodge with a 1963 318 and a Torqueflight Transmission with a Big Rear End...fun fun and no one ever took the keys away! Thanks

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      sradie— Welcome to the HubPages Community!

      I absolutely love your Profile Page. It is a pleasure to 'meet' you. I look forward to reading your writings, which I have made myself a note to do soon.

      I considered including the 442 or the Golden Goat in this little article. But MTV attention spans being what they are I decided to keep it as short as possible. It must be cool to cruise around in one though. :)

      I enjoyed reading your comments. Thank you for visiting and making contact.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Loved the flash back to an era of American automotive greatness. I am currently driving my 7th 1965 Oldsmobile 442. Yes, there will eventually be a hub. When I had an autoshop in Thompson Falls, MT, I will never forget the day a guy I knew brought me in a 70 Chevelle LS-6 car. It had all the right numbers and pieces except he knew the engine had been modified. He wanted me to make it correct. I did. He had me drive it through the break-in period so we could be sure everything was good. It was. We had fun.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Baliintuing— Even though your comments are not related to this Hub, I do appreciate your visit.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      AsseteJeoke— Thank you for visiting my Hub. Your comments are fascinating. I appreciate you sharing your discerning wisdom with me.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      gin300d— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I look forward to reading some of your writings. I share your love of cars. And I am well pleased that you appreciate my article about Cool Classic Muscle Cars.

      Au Revoir!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      diltAlierne— Thank you!! Thank you very much!

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      gin300d 5 years ago from florida

      I am new here but very nicely done! I love cars and this article was very well put together. I'm impressed.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      diltAlierne— I am glad to see that you are such a big fan of Cool Classic Muscle Cars. Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your kind comments. :)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      TotalHealth— You are totally welcome! :D

      Pun intended.

      I am well pleased that you enjoyed my Hub and that it brought back some great memories for you. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      TotalHealth 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Nice hub. My first car was a 68' Camaro. Loved that ride. Thanks for sharing, it brought back great memories.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      John Meyer— That is awesome! Thank you very much for contacting me. I will call you shortly about this.

      James

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      John Meyer 5 years ago

      I currently own a red 69 Boss 429 and I think it is the one your father owned. Would like to talk to you about it. John @ 660.864.7177

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Rain Defence— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I am glad you stopped by to check out my Cool Classic Muscle Cars. Thank you for your comments.

      By the way, I did write about the History of the Jaguar Cars. You might like that article too. Here is the link:

      https://axleaddict.com/cars/A-History-of-the-jagua...

      I must confess that I had never heard of TVR until you iluminated my mind about them here in your remarks. They look awesome!

      You have good taste. And I appreciate the compliment.

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      Rain Defence 5 years ago from UK

      69 camaro is just the most awesome looking car ever, although I do like the look of the charger 500. It is a shame that in the UK cars just aren't as cool and cars from that era are nowhere near. I know you get stuff like the E type Jag which is supposed to be cool, but they never floated my boat like lots of cool american cars.

      I think the closest brand we have in the UK to cool as far as good looks with a big V8 are TVRs. Obviously much later era, but they are pretty awesome looking and I'd love to own a TVR Tuscan, shame the company went out of business.

      Great hub!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      drpastorcarlotta— Great to "see" you here, doctor pastor. I love the cool classic muscle cars too!

      The 300 is a beautiful car. But I am sure you will enjoy your new GXP—cool ride it is, Sister.

      A Happy belated Thanksgiving to you too. Sorry I am late but I was out of town. Thank you for visiting me and for the compliments!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Rory (yak yak)— Boy you are right that we worked an incredible number of hours back in those days. I don't have that kind of energy anymore. And of course you are right in your assertion that you are much better looking. :D

      I tried to find Luyendyk but failed. I just got a new lead on him that I will pursue and if I find him I will let you know.

      Yes, I remember all those crazy boys. I will tell JC hello for you. And yep, my number is the same.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Love them!!! My husband just bought me a 2008 Pontiac Solistic GXP drop top, two seater, black on black, and I love it!! This year car, was only 15,000 made, so I am going to keep it! It's no muscle car but boy does it get up! it register 160! I had a 300. GREAT HUB James, Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Rory 5 years ago

      Oh! your welcome....

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      yak yak 5 years ago

      Yeah we did worked many hours no one would believe either , lots of 24/6 and 24/7 we had the drive and spirit! Your right i had some Falcon sprints back than, the coupe is in houston the drop top is in southfield, yep I've cut more cars more directions than I can remember.

      Yeah sorry about no input you can see how often I get on here though I knew you could handle It with out me my son.

      Remember everyone up there thought we were brothers cus we looked related...which is hard to believe! I'm much better looking!

      I wonder sometimes what ever happened to Luyendyk? Kinda a quirky fella much like lynn davis alis Colonel Dirt... than jeff caron and a few of the others like your pals the Rebel and gunett with his defective lacquer thinner drank half a can and didn't get a buzz!

      Gald to hear from you too! Say Hi to JC for me... you have my number ring it sometime ...Is yours the same?

      Later Friend

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I am DB Cooper— I wondered whatever happened to you. Thank you for visiting my Hub and making your presence known. Your profile page is very interesting. We have a lot in common I see, as you are a world traveler, pilot, writer, art collector, entrepreneur, and aficionado of music from the 50s to the 70s. I am pleased to make your acquaintance.

      And I truly enjoyed reading your excellent remarks.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Harlan Colt— Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end. We'd sing and dance forever and a day. We'd live the life we choose, we'd fight and never lose . . .

      But I digress. Thank you, Harlan, for visiting and commenting. :)

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      prasetio30— Thank you for the compliments and the rated up, my friend. I agree with you that these Cool Classic Muscle Cars are "all great, strong and beautiful." I enjoyed reading your fine comments. Thank you for visiting!

      James :D

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      poshcoffeeco— Why, thank you very much for the compliments, as well as the voted up and awesome! Yea, You'll have to have a lot of page views to afford a silver Camaro Classic Muscle Car. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

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      I am DB Cooper 5 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

      You picked some of my favorites. I love the Yenko Camaros and I think the 1969 Mustangs are my favorites from that model's very long lifespan. They don't have the classic but wimpy styling of the first gen. Mustangs (and yes, I realize the 69 is technically first generation) and the Shelby and Boss have plenty under the hood, unlike some of the second gen. Mustangs that would come out in the following years.

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      Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      I had several in my day when you could buy one for $300 and fix it up for another $300 bucks. Great Hub. Of course, you know I still have my first car. Keep em comin James! - Harlan

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      FLYSCO— AH!! The Aston Martin is my dream car!

      I thank you for visiting my Hub and for making your astute observations. Well done. Keep that stiff upper lip my friend. :)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      thelyricwriter— You wrote: "If I were making double, I would be a happy worker"

      me too!!! :-)

      Thank you for the voted up, useful, and interesting. I hoped it might be interesting to have a tiny bit of background on the companies that produced these Classic Muscle Cars.

      Good to "see" you here!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      RedElf— I had forgotten about the FBI television show, sponsored by Ford Motor Company. I used to love that one when I was a wee lad.

      And I agree with you that Ford ruined the Mustang from 1974 onwards.

      Thank you for reviewing my Hub.

      I appreciate your fine comments. :-)

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow, James. You have many collections of muscle cars. It's a new term for me. But I thought they all great, strong and beautiful as well. I am glad to have one of these cars. You have done a great job here. One of my biggest interest to your hub is you always make it everything in detail. Rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Coolest hub I have read in ages. Up/awesome

      I would love the new Chevvy Camaro as on Hawaii Five-o

      Would have to be silver. Will have to do a few more hubs before I cab afford one. (lol)

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      FLYSCO 5 years ago from Kings Cross, London

      American through and through, these muscle cars! Here in UK we didn't go in for the raw power so much, but still had a nice line in classic sports cars, like Morgans, Aston Martins, MGs etc.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      up, useful, and interesting James. These are truly classic American muscle. I did not know everything about Ford. Him paying double the standard and giving a 40 hours work week. And still, look at where the company is now. Companies today should take notes. If I were making double, I would be a happy worker too. Good stuff.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      rorshak sobchak— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      mtsi1098— You are most welcome, Bill. The Jeep is an awesome vehicle with its own awesome history. I should write about it—or perhaps you should?

      Thank you the visitation and your kind comments.

      James

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I've always been a sucker for the Mustang. I hated it when they turned it into a boring "city car" - what a terrible thing to do to an icon! '65 is my fav - like the one Ephram Zimbalist Jr. drove in the old F.B.I. series. God bless re-runs :D

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      rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

      Awesome pictures. Man I am drooling, I would love to own anyone of those cars. Voted up. :O

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      mtsi1098 5 years ago

      wow - some classic cars indeed. I recently went to a classic car show and saw some awesome vehicles. I am glad you have the Mustang in here because it is a thing of beauty. As for me, my muscle car is my Jeep. Great read...thanks...bill

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Phillip Hurst— Whoops! I missed one of your "l"s last time. I don't know why, but that always throws me off.

      You're welcome and thanks for the link.

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      John Sarkis— Thank you John! Thank you very much.

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      itops— Cool! Thank you for visiting. I appreciate the compliment. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      lavender3957— You are quite welcome. It is good to make your acquaintance. I look forward to reading some of your Hubs.

      I agree with you; the car shows are great! I should have mentioned that. I'm glad you loved the Hub! :-)

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      Phillip Hurst 5 years ago

      Thanks, James...it's www.AirandSpace.TV

      Shiny side up (and rubber on the road),

      Phillip

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Very smooth James. Great article!

      John

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      itops 5 years ago from the sea

      I've always wanted a Boss Mustang. Great hub!

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      lavender3957 5 years ago

      Loved this hub, I remember the days of those muscle cars many years back. I love the car shows that share their cars with others to bring back many memories. Thanks for sharing wonderful memories.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      samanthamsmith— I am sure that can be arranged. You have a lovely visage.

      Welcome to the HubPages Community!

      :-)

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Philip Hurst— What a pleasure to hear from you, my friend. Your website is aviation and space tv dot com, right?

      You are dead on, POH. We have always liked to go fast. Now Dad flies those Lears around at about 600 mph.

      Thanks for checking out my Hub and letting your presence be known.

      JAW

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Yak Yak! Hello, my old good buddy! You and I sold some high-performance parts back in the day, eh?

      Nobody could piece a car together better than you, brother. I remember when you took two halves of wrecked cars and made one fine machine out of them. Falcons they were, right?

      I was waiting for your input but when I didn't hear from you I forged ahead.

      Man, these were grand old days. I am still glad to hear from you, Rory. Thanks for the compliment.

      I don't know if Luyendyk is around but I am going to look for him on FaceBook. I'll let you know how it turns out.

      Jim

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      quietnessandtrust— You're welcome, my friend. I hope the videos turn out well. I'll try not to hurt myself.

      Keep yourself together man! I know you've had a rough row to hoe. I'm praying for you.

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      stessily— Well, I do drool sometimes and I am an old man—'the ancient one' "they" call me.

      Prattling? That depends on what you call prattling. For HubPages I try to keep in mind the MTV generation attention spans—or lack thereof. But I often fail to keep my articles short enough.

      I sure appreciate your warm words. You encourage and inspire me. Why, you have made my day! Thank you ever much!! :D

      James

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      samanthamsmith 5 years ago from Small Town USA

      I love fast cars maybe someone can take me for a spin?

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      Phillip Hurst 5 years ago

      Cool piece, JAW...now I see where you and your dad both started flying...on the streets! Best, POH

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      Yak Yak 5 years ago

      James A sorry I got busy and forgot you where doing this hub I helped a Young fella here in town build several 1969 Camero's 1970 chevell's and 1966 GT"s for sale at the Kruse International Auction in Auburn these cars where so perfect we sold everyone off the hauler in the parking lot before the sale. He sought out my help because he couldn't find anyone who could fit the pieces together better than they where new or even how to adjust the hoods,fender,doors ,windows or convertible tops to operate smoothly! Good thing we sold them outside the gate dale kruse had his license revoked for non payment to sellers after 40 years in the biz. Again sorry I let your request slip by me for input.... Great hub though Rory

      (Luyendyk is still around?)

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      quietnessandtrust 5 years ago

      no grater complement than a man can make than to say to another man, "I hope to meet you someday."

      and those of us who are older, really know what that means.

      I need a Kleenex darn it.

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      quietnessandtrust 5 years ago

      thanks for the reply sir.

      practicing? don't hurt your old man self!!!

      and I want to see the videos.

      yes, I wish to meet you to my friend, don't make me come looking for ya =)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      WillStarr— I think I might write about the first generation muscle cars one day soon.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      quietnessandtrust— I appreciate that video clip. What that guy needs is some posi-traction! :D

      I have been rolling down the freeway 140 mph in a Shelby but it was lamentably not a convertible.

      I have been practicing, man—for the first time in years. I am gearing up for my last White Summer Reunion Concert. We are going out live on DVD. I'll post some videos after the gig.

      Take care, my brother. I hope to meet you someday.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      James: Heaven forbid: James A Watkins a prattler! That sounds like something Scarlet O'Hara would say: "How you do prattle on!" If you're afflicted with prattling, then uncontrollable drooling is next, old man! Honestly, I'm not seeing either the prattling or the incipient drooling.:-)

      One of the things that I admire about your writing style is your clarity and elegance. And, from the enjoyment of your writing which is evinced in a plethora of enthusiastic comments, I would say that my perspective is echoed many times over in the hearts of all who visit your hubpages desk.

      Thanks again for a wonderful hub and for a lovely tribute to your dad. Hopefully he will see it, read it, and treasure this wonderful tribute.

      Stessily

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The early muscle cars were full size cars , like the 1961, 421 Pontiac Super Duty, in the Catalina, the 1962, Ford Galaxie, 406, and of course, the 'she's real fine', 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS, 409.