The Pontiac GTO, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro Chevelle SS, Ford Torino GT, and the Plymouth Road Runner are the models of high speed cars of 1960’s, which are also called muscle cars. These are big or midsized two-door cars that are known for high speed engines. These cars were built with V8 engines and were the main attraction of the drag racing events. The introductory models of these cars were launched in 1940’s, when these were large sized models, but later in 1960’s midsized models were in great demand. These cars were bought mostly by the wealthy and young buyers of the society. Young buyers were attracted to the speed and hence, several models were introduced by car companies in various categories.
The introduction of the GTO initiated the trend for mid-sized cars and a number of car companies launched smaller cars in this model type. The lightweight models were introduced in 1963 when the motor companies designed compact cars, which were light and could run faster as compared to initial models of the 40’s. Since, the car models were purchased only by the buyers from the elite class of the society, a budget model was introduced to attract more customers and the first budget model was the Plymouth Road Runner.
Muscle cars were very popular in 60’s, when Ford and Mopar were producing a number of cars for drag racing. The Dodge model was a powerful car, which ran with the velocity of over 100 miles per hour and Mopar introduced the Hemi engine variety, while the Pontiac GTO was powered with a 389 cu V8 engine with unusual trim and a floor shifted transmission.
Ford launched the Ford Galaxies in 1963 for drag racing and many modifications were made in the original model, like the use of fiberglass panels, traction bars, aluminum bumpers, and the car delivered a power of 425 hp. The Ford Galaxies could travel a mile in 48 to 50 seconds, and the Ford Thunderbolt could run a mile in time less than 48 seconds. An Innovative technology for braking was designed which was based on disc brakes and to get a fashionable look, the suspension’s position was lowered.
In the current era, these cars are collected by classic car lovers and sold at a very high cost at the car auctions, while the price depends on the model, condition. and the demand of the car. Many of these cars are displayed at museums, and car dealers also sell reproduction metal sheet parts of these cars. Help can be encountered if you click on muscle cars or cars online.