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Best Muscle car from 1963-1971 ERA

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WOW, there are a ton of cool cars from those years and those were the cars I grew up with.  I too am a MOPAR fan, but I do have a rather cool 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible that has a lot of the goodies (power windows, factory air, power drivers bucket seat, power steering and a few other extras) that I would love to get all fixed up and put it back on the road.  With a stock 390 4V, it will still get down the road rather well.
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Car people that are 50 years old and up were very lucky to have lived during the muscle car years. I for one probably is the luckiest. I grew up living at the Detroit and Motor City Dragway. And let's not forget the streets that we raced on. The most famous street in the world is Woodward Ave. Home of the Super Cruise held every August. 30k plus cars from all around the world and a million people. Go to Youtube and check it out.

http://www.detroitnews.com/autos/woodward-dream-cruise/

This has to be on your bucket list if you're a car guy.

To be continued. 

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16 hours ago, padgett said:

L88 and Z28 were not well known at the time. Chev really did not want average people to buy them so they lied. Z28 was advertised at 290 hp and SS-350 (67 had bearing isuues why SBC journal sizes increased in 68) was 295 hp. L88 was 430 hp while tripower was 435. Right.

I would have to disagree unless you lived in the rural areas. These cars were plastered in the car magazines. If you were a car guy, I remember that we would wait at the local drug store to get the latest issues of my car magazines to find out the latest tech tip. Also during the 60s, I would ride my bike to all the dealers and collect the new car magazines during the new car opening and also go to Cobo Hall Auto Show in Detroit. The Motor City that I grew up in.

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I bought my first car at 17 from MR NORM'S Grand Spaulding Dodge. It was the only non-muscle car on the lot. A 57 4door DeSoto, faded paint, rusted out fenders over headlights and 4 bald tires. I had $200 in my pocket and would stop by every week and tell the manager I wanted the car but only had $200. He would say "Get the hell out of here kid" each time I would show up. About the 4th or 5th time he finally said "give me the money". Then I told him tax, title and a new set of tires had to be included in the $200. He was so sick of me he told me to take it in the shop and tell the manager to put new tires on it and get out but my dad had to show up that night to sign the paper work. The shop guy told a worker to put a new set on this wreck and get it out of here. The machanic didn't care and I ended up with a new set of top of the line Firestones  worth more than the ugly car that had a great running engine. Had a ball in that car. 

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Back in the early to mid 70's especially after 73-75 I was buying and swapping muscles cars quite often. They were very cheap then due to the gas crunch, rust, and just being old cars. Out of all of them the fastest, hands down was a 1970 Ford Torino Cobra SCJ 429 automatic. I bought it from a Mazda dealer in 1975. It was sitting on his back lot, as is row. Some thief stole the Ram Air Shaker off of it, so I got the car for $1200. Took about 3 weeks, a lot of driving around before I found a complete Shaker sitting on a desk at an wrecking yard. Paid $150 for it and was i glad to get it for that!

Never lost a street race with it, Took on a few big guns, a 67 Hemi Dodge R/T, won 3 for 3. Same with a 454 Chevelle, and a 427 Vette. It darn near bankrupt me that summer buying parts and putting Sunoco 260 in it. Sold it and bought it back 2 more times before I had enough of it. Never expected it to be that quick.

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This was my fastest street car from 200 plus cars that I have owned back in 1985. A 1957 Bird with a HiRise side oiler 427 with dual quads, C6, 3500 stall converter with a Lincoln Versaille rear disk brake 9 in rear axle. Bolted right in place. The car was capable of 9s.

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