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PJ Lifestyle » The 10 Most Iconic American Muscle Cars

Totally bogus list.  A compendium of 1960s-era muscle cars that doesn’t include the Oldsmobile 442?  But does include the…(wait for it) lame Pontiac Firebird?

Bush league.

(Okay, I had two of them – a 1968 442 convertible, and a 1969 442 coupe that had been rodded and was the fastest street car in Northglenn, CO at the time).


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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Four Four Two Forever — 1 Comment

  1. As they say these days, that listing is so far off, it doesn’t even come up to being wrong – starting with the repetition (lessee – Ford gets…how many versions of the same car?), proceeding thru the obvious omissions (as noted, the Olds 442 in various iterations, and such clearly-iconic items as the Roadrunner/Superbird, plus the carefully-optioned-up AMC AMX…and the end-game Big Boss of ’em all, the big, badass Buick Grand National gets only “honorable mention”? Really? The “box-stock” mauler that could come right off the showroom floor, and out-duke a top-end, full-bore ‘Vette, short- or long-distance?) and ending with the fact this was “written” by a babe who may know a bunch about Formula 1 (one of her big things, apparently) and maybe even about NASCAR (seems to be her other “thing”), but clearly only knows what she’s been told by others (others who are apparently even more clueless than her) about the “American musclecar era”.

    Oh, and – while I always did like the Firebirds for flash ‘n dash, the only ones who could actually “run with the Big Dogs” were the Formula 400s – and it took a lot of aftermarket prep even for them to be really competitive. Likewise with the Mercury Cougar, which early-on was a very nice-looking sporty-look car, but had to be very heavily “optioned-up” and undergo a lot of very careful work-up to compete at all successfully.

    During the actual “musclecar daze”, of course, there was “show” and there was “go” – but not a whole lot of both at the same time – and the “ponycars” were almost all “show”: Looked real cool (exception was that first-generation Mustang, initially a “starter car” that wasn’t even all that attractive), but you could outrun ’em, short or long distance, with a fairly-cheap-grade foreign sportscar (I used to do so – regularly – with a ’63 TR-3B, back “in the day”).

    Also, of course, the musclecar era didn’t end with the 60’s, no matter how the EPA and the econo-car people tried tried to effectively regulate them out of existence – and the biggest and baddest, often enough, came along through the 70’s – the Grand national, in fact, was an early-80’s car.

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