American Muscle Ford Dodge And Chevy



Back during the 1950s through the mid 1970s, Detroit automakers produced several cars that were out and out “muscle” cars. These types of​ vehicles shared the same characteristics: they were two door coupes with souped up engines, responsive transmissions, an​ aggressive exterior design, and a​ sporty interior. High fuel prices and changing tastes eventually limited sales to​ the point where only a​ few models were produced beyond that period of​ time. Today, muscle car mania is​ back, despite even higher gas prices. Thanks to​ the Ford Mustang and to​ a​ lesser extent to​ sedan and wagon models from Dodge, there is​ new interest in​ a​ category long given up. The future is​ bright for the muscle car segment as​ one more manufacturer, Chevrolet, considers bringing back one of​ its darlings of​ yesteryear, the Camaro.

Besides the Ford Mustang there were a​ whole host of​ vehicles produced that at​ one time or​ another might have been considered a​ muscle car. in​ addition to​ the Mustang, the Ford Fairlane 500 and Ford Torino did duty; the Mercury Montego was another model; Chevrolet produced the Camaro and Corvette; Pontiac the GTO, Firebird, and Tempest; Olds the 442; American Motors’ had its Javelin; Plymouth had the ‘Cuda, and Dodge produced the Challenger and the Charger. Today, only the Mustang and Corvette survives although the Dodge Charger has returned as​ a​ four door muscle car along with its sibling, the hot Dodge Magnum wagon.

Interestedly, it​ took Ford’s redoing of​ the Mustang for the 2018 model year to​ stir the current muscle car era craze. Styled after Mustangs built in​ the 1960s, the current Mustang embraces a​ retro look while incorporating contemporary technology. The result has been that the Mustang currently sells its entire 150,000 model capacity without incentives.

The Mustang has been inspiring DaimlerChrysler to​ go ahead with a​ retro cruiser of​ its own. The Dodge Challenger concept car, appearing at​ auto shows across the USA, has been a​ huge hit and Chrysler plans on bringing the V8 hemi powered model back in​ 2018. in​ addition, General Motors is​ considering giving its blessing on the Camaro, another car also making the rounds of​ the USA auto show circuit.

So, isn’t it​ silly to​ bring back such gas hogs? Back during the early 1970s, the then current crop of​ muscle cars averaged only 10-12 miles to​ the gallon around town and 15 or​ 16 miles per gallon on the highway. Thanks to​ computer technology and efficiency, even the Corvette returns a​ highly respectable 28 miles to​ the gallon the highway. So, although fuel mileage will certainly be lower than many other models, the new group of​ muscle cars will still better the previous generation cars with fuel mileage 80% or​ more above the cars from the 1970s.

Fortunately, we still live in​ a​ fairly free country and what the consumer wants, the consumer gets. So, V8 powered muscle cars mated to​ 6 speed manu-matic transmissions, with sport handling, bucket seats, and better fuel economy will likely appeal to​ many. No, they won’t be exact duplicates of​ yesterday’s muscle cars, but they will provide the nostalgia and power that motorists seek. I can’t wait!





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