Return of the muscle car? FCA touts popularity for record sales

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Return of the muscle car? FCA touts popularity for record sales

Photo credit: Automotive News Uconnect has been updated to the latest Uconnect “8.4” system software. This update is for new vehicles. However, this update can be applied to recent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) vehicles. For newer model year Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Maserati vehicles, the current version of the Uconnect system…

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Photo Credit: Ram The Ram brand is not going to add its own stand alone Dakota pickup. After months of the rumors and speculation, the folks at GM Authority, known for their coverage of mainly General Motors vehicles, got their hands on some news. The new parent company of Ram is the newly-minted Stellantis automotive…

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Performance Style Technology The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a comforting, superior drive experience for buyers looking for a new SUV that doesn’t compromise on safety or adventure. To commemorate the milestone of the original Willys’ entry into World War II, Jeep is offering the 2021 Grand Cherokee with leather seats, tungsten-colored accents, Granite Crystal…

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Photo credit: Jeep  When thinking of the road ahead, Jeep has established itself as a brand that can go off-road. That is to say that ram has found a way to continue pushing innovation, leading the way for not only remarkable new vehicles, but also establishing a trend to push the envelope in terms of…

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Photo Credit: Abimelec Design There are few vehicles on the road the Chrysler Pacifica, the most awarded minivan ever made. However, not many customers know that the Pacifica is built by the same company that produces the world’s fastest production muscle cars from the Dodge brand (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). So, what would Chrysler Pacifica…

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Photo Credit: Mopar As the new year comes closer and closer, Dodge hasn’t stopped producing surprises all year round. The newest engine option for owners of any Dodge vehicle is one that doesn’t require a car purchase. That’s because for the third year in a row, Dodge has teamed with Mopar, the parts and service…

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Photo credit: Chrysler For readers that want a reliable, luxurious experience in a sedan car, we can say the Chrysler 300 is a vehicle that has earned consideration. While some vehicles that look the Chrysler 300, there’s only one vehicle that comes to mind and that would be the expensive Bently, due to both…

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Photo Credit: Jeep The Jeep Wrangler has been focused on improving year after year. Massive changes, however, do not happen as often. In more recent years, one goal for Jeep was to find ways of offering an easier way to prepare for traveling offroad. Jeep made removing the doors and windows easier than ever when…

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Photo Credit: Chrysler Just when they thought the Chrysler 300 was out, they pulled it back in. The 2021 Chrysler 300 is going to debut this fall for customers to enjoy. In it’s second-generation, the Chrysler 300 will be offered with some major changes coming to the 300. The last remaining Chrysler sedan, the famed…

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Photo credit: Jeep Jeepers, the term used to describe Jeep brand fanatics, will have a new vehicle to embrace. The Jeep lineup will gain the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, a luxurious three-row SUV that will sit atop the Jeep vehicle hierarchy. Not only will Jeep bring back the Grand Wagoneer, they will also introduce…

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Photo credit: Ram The newest generation of the Ram 1500, now two years into its run, has won a slew of awards. However, one vehicle that hasn’t received anywhere near the acclaim is the Ram 1500 Classic. Ram decided to turn what was then the 2018 Ram 1500 trucks into slightly modified versions and rebranded…

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Photo credit: Dodge The world fell in love with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. So much so, the Dodge muscle segment has been looking to build a vehicle that could match up to it. Then Dodge made the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, made up of Demon parts. But, however, the Charger was…

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Photo credit: Autoblog The sense of urgency of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been on full display lately. As the roll new vehicles has come swiftly, despite the slowdown the Coronavirus created. For FCA, they have begun production with safety being the focus. FCA is the company responsible for Jeep, Ram, and Dodge among…

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Photo credit: Automotive News Uconnect has been updated to the latest Uconnect “8.4” system software. This update is for new vehicles. However, this update can be applied to recent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) vehicles. For newer model year Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Maserati vehicles, the current version of the Uconnect system…

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Photo credit: JD Power There are few vehicles that can match what the 2020 Dodge Durango offers customers and none of them is an SUV. Sure, some vehicles might be a touch faster than the Durango, but do they have the power the Durango carries? The Dodge Durango SRT is the current top-tier Durango trim…

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Photo credit: FCA Dodge has launched a brand new initiative known as #TheMuscleBehindUs campaign. This can be found across all of Dodge brand’s social media platforms including Instagram, , and channel, as well as the DodgeGarage website. This social campaign invites enthusiasts to send their stories and photos of their heroes who are…

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While we are all in this together, the global crisis of the Coronavirus has changed everything and in keeping with the times, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is prompting new campaigns to encourage people to stay at home, when possible, for their health and the safety of others. FCA’s brands Dodge and Jeep, have new…

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The 2020 Dodge Journey will come to the end in the state of California. Updated, far more strict emission standards by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will prevent Dodge from selling the 2020 Dodge Journey vehicles and many states across the US will follow. Joining California will be the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine,…

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Photo Credit: FCA The Dodge Grand Caravan has enjoyed one of the longest, best production runs for not justany minivan, but any vehicle ever made. Over the years, the Dodge Grand Caravan has served as a bedrock for drivers looking for an ideal minivan. Large and comfortable with more power than rival minivans, the history…

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Photo credit: Ram Ram has come away with yet another distinction and award for its 2020 Ram pickup line-up, including the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups. Named the 2020 MotorTrend Driver’s Choice Award winner across all Ram pickups, we’re excited to go over all the perks of Ram pickups. Ram trucks are more luxurious…

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Photo credit: Dodge An unly Dodge vehicle is about to gain a new Dodge SRT Hellcat (Street Racing Technology) nameplate. Dodge and parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), have made a smart decision by including the Dodge Durango to the SRT family, but are now taking it one step further. Currently, the Charger and Challenger…

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Photo credit: Jeep 2019 has flown by fast, hasn’t it? Jeep has been hard at work to expand the line-up and bring new customers into their products. With lots of stories that have made headlines, let’s recount all the events that have made this past year so remarkable. Of course, this year, 2019, will be…

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Photo credit: FCA The week of the expected merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Chrysler, will be merging with Peugeot. FCA and Peugeot, also known as PSA Groupe, are now one company. The French government that has a large stake in Peugeot approved the deal and FCA…

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Photo credit: Jeep From the day the 2020 Jeep Gladiator was introduced, many tuning houses, Hennessey Performance Engineering, were licking their chops to get to work on the latest Jeep vehicle. The first Jeep pickup truck since 1992 with the Jeep Comanche. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator was built to offer class-leading tow capacity of…

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Photo credit: Jeep The Jeep brand and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company to Jeep, has created more options to keep up with the rise of SUVs and pickup popularity. Among those Jeep vehicles, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator saw an increase of 25% from the second to third-quarter sales. This quarter, according to Edmunds.com,…

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Photo credit: Jeep The latest new Jeep vehicle, the Jeep Gladiator, has just started a trend in the mid-size pickup segment. Upon being released, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator quickly sold out and was highly sought after. Other automakers took notice as the Gladiator become one of the hottest new vehicles, so what did other companies…

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1960s Muscle Cars – Their Beginning, Downfall & The Best Muscle Cars Ever Made

Return of the muscle car? FCA touts popularity for record sales

The 1960s was a decade of great progress. The world was changing, and car design leapt forward, building upon the growth seen in the decade that went before. Power outputs jumped forward too, especially in the United States. Following the baby-boomer optimism of the 1950s, the 1960s saw a confidence and bolshy determination to go faster than the other guy.

Muscle Cars – A Brief History

1960s muscle cars are a product of the Classic Car Era. They evolved from the pent-up consumerism that exploded after World War II. Overnight, it seemed American consumers opted for bigger and faster cars.

Muscle Cars appeared at a time when Detroit was trying to stop the invasion of imported cars led by Volkswagen and included Fiat, Renault , Datsun (now Nissan), with new, light-weight models the Corvair, Falcon and Valiant.

The term muscle car generally describes a mid-size car with a large, powerful engine (typically, although not universally, a V8 engine) and special trim, intended for maximum acceleration on the street or in drag racing competition. It is distinguishable from sports cars, which were customarily considered smaller, two-seat cars, or GTs, two-seat or 2+2 cars intended for high-speed touring and possibly road racing.

Muscle cars are high-performance automobiles, principally referring to American models produced between 1964 to 1971. During the period these vehicles were interchangeably (and more commonly) described as supercars.

The term “Muscle Car” was spawned by the horsepower race. Most give credit to John Z. DeLorean and the Pontiac GTO.

The 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO ignited the muscle car boom by giving the small-car, big-engine make an identity of its own.

The project was technically a violation of General Motors policy limiting its smaller cars to 330 cu. in. (5.4L) displacement, but it proved far more popular than expected, and inspired a host of imitations, both at GM and its competitors – well-known 1960s muscle cars brands

Also, as the national highway system grew and gasoline became plentiful, Americans wanted more power, more speed. And in 1964 Detroit bowed to consumer pressure by putting big block V-8’s on mid-sized chassis.

The general trend towards factory performance was a reflection of the importance of the youth market.

A key appeal of the 1960s muscle cars was that they offered the burgeoning American car culture a selection of vehicles which were priced just within reach of young people with strong street performance that could also be used for racing.

The affordability aspect of these 1960s muscle cars was quickly compromised by increases in size, optional equipment, and plushness, forcing the addition of more and more powerful engines just to keep pace with performance.

A backlash against this cost and weight growth led in 1967 and 1968 to a secondary trend of “budget muscle” in the form of the Plymouth Road Runner, Dodge Super Bee, and other stripped, lower-cost variants of these 1960s muscle cars.

Even though the sales of true muscle cars were, compared to total Detroit production standards, modest they had considerable value in publicity and bragging rights. They also served to attract young customers into showrooms who would then buy the standard editions of these mid-size 1960s muscle cars.

Models such as the AMC Rebel Machine, the COPO (Central Office Production Order) Chevrolet Chevelle, and Super Cobra Jet Ford Torino were factory upgraded to be turn-key drag racers.

The fierce competition led to an escalation in horsepower that peaked in 1970, with some models of 1960s muscle cars offering as much as 450 gross horsepower.

Unfortunately, the muscle cars’ performance soon became a liability during this period. The automotive safety lobby, which had been led by Ralph Nader, policed the sale of such powerful 1960s muscle cars particularly to young buyers . At the same time, efforts to combat air pollution compelled Detroit to emphasize emission control, rather than power.

The situation was exacerbated by the OPEC oil embargo in 1973 that led to gasoline rationing. Soon, With all these forces against it, the market 1960s muscle cars rapidly evaporated.
The Clean Air Act of 1970 called for pollution control devices that hampered performance.

By the time congress passed the Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rule in 1978 the Muscle Car seemed doomed forever. While performance cars began to make a return in the 1980s, reminiscent of 1960s muscle cars, spiraling costs and complexity seem to have made the low-cost traditional muscle car a thing of the past.

Surviving models of those 1960s muscle cars are now prized collectibles, some carrying prices to rival exotic European sports cars.

General Motors discontinued its Camaro and Trans Am models in 2002 (along with the short-lived 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS), leaving the Ford Mustang as the last surviving semi-muscle car built in the states, Chrysler having discontinued its muscle cars after 1974.

Early and Late Developments of 1960’s Muscle Cars

The era of 1960s performance cars seemed to have taken a turn with the 1960 Chrysler 300F. In the formative years of factory performance, automakers reserved their hottest engines for their largest and usually most expensive models.

Early Chrysler 1960s muscle cars were best expressed by the stylish and exclusive “letter-series” machines The first of these was the 1955 C-300 with its 300-bhp Hemi-head V-8.

The 1960 Chrysler 300F continued the tradition of power with its special trim and a sporty interior that boasted four bucket-type leather seats and a full-length console.

In the 60’s, Ford changed the direction of the Thunderbird from its two-seater origins, when it was launched as direct competition to the Corvette. But sales were good, an evidence of how much the public d the 1960 T-bird.

These 1960s muscle cars sold over twice as many cars as the 1958 model.

Unitary construction was adopted in 1958 to make the car handle better, but it also featured a dropped floor pan to lower the ride height and, thus, the centre of gravity making the ride of these 1960s muscle cars more stable.

Coil springs all around gave an excellent ride quality, and although the car wasn’t as sporty as the original T-birds, it was quieter and more refined. However, it was one of the speediest 1960s muscle cars of its day, which was one reason it sold well in those horsepower-hungry times.

In 1960 Chevrolet introduced the XP700 Corvette experimental car. The 1962 Corvette was a high performance car, with an optional but powerful V8 engine. Some of them were further equipped with fuel injection and aluminum cylinder heads. This was a fast car by the standards of its time. The Corvette was an eye-opening American car for its time.

The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in the North America in 1967. This was General Motors competition for the Ford Mustang. Although it was classed as a compact car (by the standards of its time) the Camaro the mustang was classified as an intermediate sports car, or muscle car – one of the most enduring 1960s muscle cars.

The 1968 Plymouth Road Runner created the budget-muscle market and was among the most influential 1960s muscle cars.

1969 Dodge Challenger

See also: 1st generation Dodge Challenger resarch.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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Источник: https://www.supercars.net/blog/sixties-muscle-cars/

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