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OPTIMA® Ultimate Street Car Invitational Results

OPTIMA® Ultimate Street Car Invitational Results

The fifth annual OPTIMA® Ultimate Street Car Invitational brought in massive crowds with a sold out event, more thrilling moments and record times, ultimately crowning Mark Stielow and his custom 1967 Chevrolet Camaro as the 2012 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car.

No-Frills Muscle Cobra

No-Frills Muscle Cobra

The original Cobra was Carroll Shelby's two-seat, aluminum-bodied roadster, first with a small block V-8, followed by perhaps the most awesome muscle car of all time, the infamous 427 Cobra. The big block could go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

1974 Dodge Dart

1974 Dodge Dart

The early 1970s are regarded as the performance peak for factory muscle cars; however, by the mid-Seventies, performance cars were nearly non-existent. Federal emissions guidelines had put a stake in the heart of almost all muscle cars..

Next-Generation Collector Cars

Next-Generation Collector Cars

Because Gen Xers didn't know first-hand the visceral thrill of a high-compression LS6 accelerating between stoplights, we didn't know what we were missing. The Trans Am sliding around in Smokey and the Bandit sure looked cool, even if the production Pontiac Trans Ams had only 220 horsepower.

1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

When Car Review magazine first published their "50 Fastest Muscle Cars" list in 1984, it surprised Mopar fans with its #3 ranking of the GSX with Stage 1 455. Number one was the 427 Shelby Cobra, of extremely limited production and just barely a street legal production car.

1969 Chevelle SS 396

1969 Chevelle SS 396

The Chevrolet Chevelle body was in its second year of production. A new grille with a horizontal bar separating the upper and lower section gave a wider look to the front end. The body side molding was eliminated and replaced by an optional body side stripe.

1966 Mercury Cyclone GT

1966 Mercury Cyclone GT

By 1966, Mercury was once again anxious to get back into the muscle car arena. Using the midsize Comet platform, engineers put their collective heads together to develop the Mercury Comet Cyclone and Cyclone GT.

Savoy Faire is Everywhere

Savoy Faire is Everywhere

The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.

Dodge's Real "Black Belt" Car

Dodge's Real "Black Belt" Car

Work on the Challenger design project actually got underway in 1967, when executive stylist Bob Brownlie brought a clay model of a generic pony car into the Dodge design studio. Instead of model badges, this clay had the word "name" spelled out on it.

Secret Superbirds

Secret Superbirds

Motor Trend did a comparison test between a 440-powered Charger R/T, a Mercury Cyclone GT and an Olds Cutlass SX in April 1970. The Charger had the base engine with 375 hp at 4600 rpm, 480 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm, and a 3.55:1 rear axle.

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