Satisfy your need for speed
What do most classic car enthusiasts love about american muscle cars? They love the look, the sound and lastly the speed. The sixties and seventies brought about rare cars giant torque V-8 engines. The powerful classics from the eighties were quick however they came with more strict emission controls. There’s stories with surprising twists when you glance beyond the speed.
Let’s talk about the 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Mustang enthusiasts consider the 1965 and 1966 Mustangs very high on the desirable list. Their style was simple and light. However the Shelby 1967 and 1968 versions provided fun. They packed more punch under the hood with a with 355-hp 428-cubic-inch big-block. They became the top choice for speed. This was a first for Shelby Mustangs. The car tested around the 14 second range for quarter mile time slips. Here’s something you may not know. The 1967 Mustangs had Mercury Cougar tail lamps while the 1968 models used 1966 Ford Thunderbird lamps.
Next up is the 1984 Chevy Corvette. This is a third generation American sports car with a long run (1968 to 1982). There were many out of the box speculations close to the time for GM to launch the C4 Corvette. Predictions included the car using a mid-engine chassis with others thinking about the use of a rotary engine.
However it wasn’t the wild turnout most predicted. The C4 provided a small-block V-8 in the front driving the rear wheels. The horsepower didn’t meet expectations measuring at 205hp. So a switch was made to a tuned port fuel injection system. Vehicle performance and horsepower raised considerably.
What happened with 1983 production? Chevy waited until 1984 for the next release. Some speculate strict emissions caused delays with development. Others state factory glitches were the actual cause. There’s only one 1983 prototype residing at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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