Muscle Cars and Autos
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Definition of Muscle Cars and Autos
Muscle cars and autos can be described as a range of high performance vehicles. The exact definition can differ somewhat, for example some sources define muscle cars and autos as being any two door sports coupe, produced for high performance purposes, with powerful engines. Some believe that full size, compact and pony cars shouldn't be classified as muscle cars and autos. Many consider smaller cars, mainly two door sports coupes, powered by V8 engines to fall under the muscle cars and autos category. These particular types of vehicles are built mainly for street use and they were usually priced fairly reasonably to make them affordable to more drivers, in particular younger drivers. Muscle cars also proved popular as turn-key drag racers. Muscle cars and autos have been manufactured from many countries across the world including the United States of America, Great Britain, Australia and South Africa.
List of Muscle Cars and Autos Manufacturers
Some of the most recognized manufacturers of muscle cars and autos include AMC, Buick, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth and Pontiac.
History of Muscle Cars and Autos
Some believe that the first muscle car produced was the Oldsmobile Rocket 88, in the year of 1949, in America. Oldsmobile built this muscle car as speed and power was proving to be of great interest to the general public. This particular muscle car was powered by a V8 engine within the body of a Oldsmobile 76/Chevy for six cylinder engines. This car was undoubtedly one of the first muscle cars to set the standard for the future.
Many mid and full size models were used for drag racing - in 1963 Ford produced two hundred lightweight Galaxies especially for drag racing. The cars were built with only essential equipment and parts remaining. Modifications were made to parts such as aluminum bumpers, traction bars, fiberglass panels. Ford also made five thousand street legal versions of the Galaxy.
Muscle cars and autos are types of vehicles built mainly for street use and usually priced fairly reasonably to make them affordable to more drivers, in particular younger drivers. However, as features have been improved, and luxury and driver comfort has been taken into consideration, the cars were priced more expensively. Sales of this type of vehicle declined, especially during the 70s when fuel costs and insurance rates increased. The awareness of a cleaner, pollution- free environment was also growing and this in turn, affected the rate of sales.