Muscle cars

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Can you imagine a time when fuel prices were so low that people could drive around simply for recreation without worrying about the cost? Catering to this phenomenon were drive-in movies and drive-in restaurants, and even the famous motorway, Route 66, was constructed to satisfy America’s love of the automobile.

Cars were designed to appeal to customers’ varied tastes and needs (luxury, sporty, family cars, convertibles, etc.) with a frequent desire being the “need for speed”. Among many fast moving autos, the muscle car, a product dominant between the late 60's and the oil crisis in the 70's, was born.

A muscle car is an American-made two-door sports car with a powerful engine, one that’s typically found in a larger, full-size sedan. Intended to be light and cheap, muscle cars lacked the sophisticated appearance of European high-performance cars.

Flashy performance cars you see in movies today don’t fit the original design of the classic muscle car whose purpose was to put the most powerful, gas-hungry motor that would fit, into the lightest car possible. Vroom--vroom.

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