By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch
A muscle motor vehicle symbolizes freedom. It used to be freedom that introduced the muscle vehicle into lifestyles ─ the liberty of inexpensive gasoline and open roads, the liberty provided by means of the postwar American dream, the liberty to head with reference to anyplace and just do approximately whatever. whilst Pontiac advertised its GTO to the baby-boom new release, the vehicles, the folks who drove them, and the days within which the 2 got here jointly resulted in one of many maximum tales in automobile background. whilst these first fortunate dealers cranked up the 360-horsepower Tri-Power 389 engines and drove their GTOs off broker plenty, these automobiles took their vendors towards experience, romance, good fortune, the long run. American Muscle vehicles tells the tale of the main outstanding and fascinating autos ever to come back out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality advised at full-throttle, illustrated with attractive glossy and old images.
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This adaptability would be advantageous once the muscle car era began in earnest. Pontiac also found the most creative ways to circumvent the AMA ban on factory racing involvement. A band of mavericks ran the Pontiac division: General Manager Semon E. “Bunkie” Knudsen and Chief Engineer Pete Estes, along with the man would later succeed both of them, John Z. DeLorean. These men understood the relationship between racing success and brand image better than any other people in the auto industry, probably because they were all racing enthusiasts themselves.
Middle, left: While that might look like a stock Catalina front clip, the fenders, hood, inner fender wells, core support, bumpers, and bumper brackets are all aluminum. middle, right: By 1963 the 421-cubic-inch Super Duty engine featured two four-barrel carburetors rather than the three two-barrels used previously. bottom, left: Even the high-beam headlights were removed in the interest of saving weight. bottom, right: Moving the battery to the trunk put even more weight on the rear tires, helping to give better grip off the starting line.
Bottom, left: Beswick proved his skill at extracting maximum power from Pontiac engines many, many times. bottom, right: Today this car is restored to the condition it was in when Beswick raced it. of most citizens. For the most part, optimistic exuberance fueled the American psyche, exuberance reﬂected in the automotive industry. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Detroit experienced a period of technological explosion, a period in which the automotive industry’s best engineers perfected the overhead-valve V-8 engine.
American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History by Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch