This rare Camaro package was designed for the sports car club of the newly minted Trans-American road-race series. With only 602 racecar-ready specimens in production, this rare 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 boasted Rally wheels, dual stripes running down the hood and trunk. Inside was a heavy-duty radiator, dual exhaust, special suspension, and power front brakes.
The Camaro ushered in Chevy’s response to the Ford Mustang. Muscle vs. muscle, the race was on. The real reason Chevy built these vehicles was to certify the 1967 Camaro for stock car racing. A special 302 cu. in. V-8 gave it the clout it needed to be chosen as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 that year.
1964 Pontiac GTO
The 1964 Pontiac GTO blazed the way for the American muscle car, in spite of General Motors' reluctance. Elderly and conservative clientele frowned upon these new-fangled "super" cars. They bristled at its rowdy cultural significance and winced at superfluous displays of raw power. But the folks over at Pontiac made it happen anyway. Working on a car that Americans would love, John DeLorean conspired with Pontiac’s VP of Advertising, Jim Wangers.
The promotion went so well that 5,000 cars were on the order sheets before even one car was built. The Pontiac GTO was nothing short of badass. Car and Driver magazine legendarily compared it to the Ferrari GTO. Of course, it was named “Car of the Year.” In 1965, sales numbers doubled, and the muscle car race was well on its way. Ford, Chevy, and Mopar began beefing up a new line of performance cars.
1969 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet
The 1969 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet rumbles with a 335-horsepower 428 CID Cobra Jet V-8 big-block. Nicknamed “Mach 1,” the base model came without A/C, power steering, and power brakes, but it could certainly make some noise on the drag strip! The newly-minted “Drag Pack” option was available.
For $147.60, a buyer could update his drag racer with a high ratio axle, engine oil cooler, cap screw connecting rods, a modified crankshaft, a flywheel and damper. And all 1969 Mustangs looked the part. A flatter windshield made a sleek entry into the fastback body style. Aggressive lines and front and rear sculpting gave it a fearsome look, and it was the only Mustang model with two sets of headlamps.
1961 Jaguar E-Type
Even Enzo Ferrari described the 1961 Jaguar E-Type as “the most beautiful car in the world” after it premiered at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1961. With a 3.8-liter inline-6 265 HP engine, this little car could scoot. Claiming a top speed of 150 mph, the manual 4-speed was a road car made for the joy of driving, and its beauty is still celebrated.
At the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the E-Type roadster was added to the permanent design collection, making it the second car ever to be so honored. With a price tag of $5,895 back in the day, it seems like a steal! Even back then, it was half as much as an Aston Martin or a Ferrari.
1968 Dodge Charger R/T
When this classic muscle car was brand new in 1968, it was markedly different from the former-year model. People loved it! They flocked in droves to the imposing and impressive, newly designed shark-like Dodge Charger R/T. The popular ’80s hit TV series, 'The Dukes of Hazard' showcased a NASCAR version of the R/T splashed in orange and called it “General Lee.”
The ’68 Charger came equipped with new features, like power-window safety lockout, recessed ashtrays, and padding on the dash. A V-8 engine was a popular option. Yet, the standard engine featured a burly 2-barrel 5.2-liter 375-HP engine. As an optional feature, Road and Track (R/T), was introduced in ’67, a muscle car innovation that included anti-roll bar, hefty front torsion bars, rear leaf springs, shock absorbers, and the largest standard engine and brakes available.