In 1993 it won Best in Show at the Carroll Shelby Awards. This muscle car boasted a 0-60 mph in 5. But in 1970, sales plummeted to around 41,000 cars, and the number of buyers taking the optional Hemi dropped significantly, especially in the convertible body style. Only 11 of the 916 models were built in 1972, all of them prototypes. . And those first 100 of these big block engines were equipped with an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifolds.
That insane performance is due in part to an 808-hp 840-hp on 100 octane racing fuel 6. Only 80 were made that year. Whether they are rare because only a few models were built, their age, or because they have a unique design, cars that are hard to come by can fetch a pretty penny when sold at auction or through private channels. The car companies sought bragging rights for whose cars were fastest and often made batches of cars specifically for racing. As the 1970s wore on, emissions standards and insurance companies gradually killed them off.
The Porsche 916, not so much. If you want to look at other sports car models,. But after a switch to a new, tuned port fuel-injection system in later years, horsepower jumped—and so did performance. Why so few were ordered with the optional Hemi is a mystery, but price likely had something to do with it. Two more orders were placed after the car was finally unveiled. But even then, we all knew of legendary muscle cars which were really fast. Later runs made with updated accessories have seen these run under 10 second quarter miles.
You might remember them for their humongous trunk platform-installed golden shifters and, off course, the Miss Golden Shifter herself — the one and only Linda Vaughn. Those were definitely the most exciting years for the muscle car scene. The all-aluminum L88 Special Turbo Jet 427 cubic inch engine produced 500 horsepower. Little-Known Fact: The 1967 Shelby Mustangs used Mercury Cougar tail lamps, but the 1968 models used lamps from the '66 Ford Thunderbird. He bought it specifically as a show car and had only driven it 20 miles since he bought it. In its day, the Boss 429 was probably making around 475 hp, but Ford wanted to keep insurance companies in the dark.
They came with no factory warranty, a fairly common feature for factory race cars of the era. To say this car is unseen is an obvious statement, and they fetch ridiculous money if you can find them for sale. It was an expensive upgrade which pushed the price tag into luxury land and only three Coronet convertibles were ordered with this setup. The Superbirds were only made in 1970 and Plymouth only produced 135 of them. Chevy stated the L88 engine produced 435 horsepower, only slightly higher than a regular Corvette. The C7 family is currently crowned by , the most powerful Corvette ever produced. Despite that obvious lack of raw power, it was noted for its great handling with four-disc brakes, positraction and power steering.
Rather, we are going to look at the top classic American muscle cars. The first 20 produced were immediately put on professional drag racing strips. The rest of those potential buyers will more than likely leave with something else in order to make their trip worthwhile. The other one still runs but doesn't have its original engine or transmission. Two were made in 1967 and two in 1970. But halfway through the 1969 model year, Dodge made the 440 cid Six-Pack three, two barrel carburetors available. Some body parts were replaced with fiberglass and some panels were acid dipped.
Also during this era, before and beyond too its fair to say, a number of special editions were built in extremely limited production. The design was specifically made for racing, so it included an aluminum engine that saved on weight and could produce a cataclysmic 560hp! The body of the vehicle was made of plywood, and weighed a light 550 pounds. Auction companies love when one of these rolls onto their block. It was built to win Nascar races on the superspeedways—the longest and fastest tracks. However, Shelby American was struck with fiberglass issues and were unable to complete the orders. There is a conspiracy theory that the Big Three automakers tried to put Preston Tucker out of business as they saw his fledgling car company as a threat.
Of those, only four convertibles were ever made. And, this automobile was not powered by a conventional engine turning the wheels, but rather by a giant propeller similar to those found on an airplane. McQueen piloted a Highland Green Mustang with a 390-cubic-inch V8 to immortality in what many consider to be the greatest movie car chase of all. That someone else will have to splash some serious dough for it, though. No radio, front sway bar, heater, or sound deadener to slow this beast down. The popularity of convertibles was at an all time low in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
So what might the two Hemi convertibles be worth? Still, it is a shame that the 916 never got off the ground. And when equipped with the even more potent W30 parts, the motor made 360 hp and a whopping 500 lb-ft of torque. Typically, these old American muscle cars need to be completely restored. The Stage 1 indicated a little more tweaking, to the tune of 510 foot pounds of torque. Even dressed up in red, white and blue for the upcoming Bicentennial.