There is a huge difference between a car that is attractive and easily admired and one that is downright ugly. This in between area usually has many plain and uninspiring models to offer, but sometimes there are cars that actually seem like they should lean one way or another and not be a middle of the road model with their looks. When an automaker goes for polarizing looks they are going to leave some people out of the crowd, but in reality there are some cars that have been made that just make you wonder what it is and even make you want to drive them, regardless of the oddball looks.
With the heyday of the American Muscle Car behind us but also being reborn, it’s good to know a few facts about muscle cars that you may have never known or heard. The 1960s and 1970s offered us some of the most powerful torque-rich cars on the planet at the time that you could witness racing on a Friday night at an open road to show whose car was the one that would come out on top. This era ended with the stricter emissions regulations of the 1980s, these cars were a thing of the past until manufactures started pulling more from less in recent years. Here’s what you might not know about muscle cars.
There was a time when Dodge used to make trucks. Don’t get me wrong – Rams are still trucks, but technically speaking, they’re no longer made by Dodge. If you want to be truly technical, they’re made by Fiat. No matter. The DNA of the brand is still in there and that DNA is still strong.
Take a look at this short and stubby bit of awesomeness. It looks like the type of truck that makes you want to hop in the back, hold on to the chrome bars, and hope the driver doesn’t make the truck flip. So gorgeous.
There are a lot of cars out there that look very similar. Design parody has become commonplace; perhaps it always has been. One of the most fun comparisons between similar vehicles takes us back to the late 60s and early 70s when the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona.
Don’t get me wrong – they aren’t that similar in appearance, but it was clear that the up-and-coming Japanese automaker took some fundamental design concepts from Ferrari to make their entry into the sports car segment.
The now considered “Golden Age” of muscle cars brought us some of the meanest and most enjoyable machines ever to ride on the roads of this great country. With the popularity among not just younger crowds, but also more mature and experienced auto shoppers the age of muscle cars was born in the 1960’s and gave us at least one model from each and every manufacturer to compete with the rest.
All of these muscle cars of the day were claiming to be the best, but here are some very memorable models that gained a great deal of attention, even if they did not show up as the fastest of the time. Read more
Most may feel the 1980’s were anything but great when it comes to car. The decade known as the decade of excess was also one of the most boring times for cars. While acid washed jeans, hair bands, and pop rap were taking pop culture by storm, automakers were having a hard time figuring out the restraints that has been placed on them in the late 1970’s with the introduction of emissions and fuel regulations that put a huge damper on the amount of horsepower that could be pulled out of an engine. With these constraints, many of the manufacturers were building cars that barely had 200 horsepower and still called them high-performing machines. If that isn’t enough, the decade of the 80’s was the decade that brought us the minivan and changed many cars from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive, talk about serious boredom, that’s it in a nutshell.
Not sure what you’d want to do with that much power, but this definitely isn’t the type of Cadillac you see cruising around the lake on a Sunday drive.