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AJ's Car of the Day '61 Ford Starliner Hardtop

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Mercury Comet Hi-Po Wagon

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Car: Mercury Comet Hi-Po 289 V8 Wagon

Year: 1965

What makes it special: For 1965, the Mercury Comet received updated styling front and rear, including stacked headlights. The base 8 cylinder V8 engine was increased from 260 to 289 displacement.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Dodge Dart GT Convertible

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Car: Dodge Dart GT Convertible

Year: 1964

What makes it special: In an effort to shake things up, a new Dodge Dart debuted in 1963 as a Dodge Lancer model replacement. The redesigned Dart was a true compact model with an entry price just under $2 K. Slightly larger than its Valiant sister, the car wore clean sheetmetal with slab sides and exaggerated headlights.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet Convertible

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Car: Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra-Jet Convertible

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The Torino was a remake of the existing mid-size Ford Fairlane line. Upon its arrival, it took the top slot in the intermediate lineup, bumping the Fairlane 500 down a notch and grabbing the performance-minded GT models in the bargain. For 1970, its famed straight-edged design of the past gave way to sleeker looking models. The GT ragtop was the rarest Ford intermediate.

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AJ's Car of the Day '74 American Motors Corporation Javelin AMX

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Car: AMC Javelin AMX

Year: 1974

What makes it special: By 1974 the pony car war was grinding to a conclusion, and the 1974 AMC Javelin AMX was no exception. AMC soldiered on with the Javelin AMX in this, the last year for an AMC pony car.

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AJ's Car of the Day '74 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Roadster

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Car: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Roadster

Year: 1974

What makes it special: Beginning with the prior year's model, Corvette started a transformation from muscle to touring sports car. For 1974, a new rear bumper system replaced the squared tail and chrome rear bumper blades with a trim, tapering urethane cover carrying an integral license plate holder and recesses for the round taillights. The anti-theft alarm key activator was moved from the rear panel to the front left fender. Tailpipes were now turned down as the new bumper cover eliminated the tailpipe extensions.

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AJ's Car of the Day ' 74 Chevrolet Laguna Type S3 454 Colonnade Coupe

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Car: Chevrolet Laguna Type S-3 454 Colonnade Coupe

Year: 1974

What makes it special:  Part of the GM A-Body platform, Chevrolet's Laguna series was the top-line Chevelle series, positioned above the Malibu. From 1974 through 1976 the car was produced as a one-model Laguna S-3 Coupe. All Lagunas sported urethane front-ends which easily distinguished them from other Chevelle models. For 1974, the Laguna was renamed Laguna Type S-3 and was offered only as the Colonnade Coupe.

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AJ's Car of the Day '77 Dodge Aspen R/T

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Car: Dodge Aspen R/T

Year: 1977

What makes it special: Performance cars were waning in the late 70′s due to emission regulations and two fuel embargoes, but Chrysler still tried to create a performance image for the “F” body cars. The Dodge Aspen was introduced in the fall of 1975 as 1976 models, and as the successor to the A-body Dodge Dart. 

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet Camaro

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Car: Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet Camaro

Year: 1969

Fun fact:Besides turning new muscle cars into supercars, Motion had a large mail-order business where the customers could order and build the car of their dreams.

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Dodge Coronet 440 Short Ram 426 Hemi

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Car: Dodge Coronet 440 426 "Short Ram" Hemi

Year: 1965

Fun fact: The Short Ram 428 Hemi V8 equipped Dodge Coronet 440 is surprisingly fast enough to pick-off most motorcycles.

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AJ's Car of the Day '68 Pontiac Firebird 400 Hardtop Coupe

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Car: Pontiac Firebird 400 Hardtop Coupe

Year: 1968

Fun fact: All 400's used a single 4-barrel carb and came with either a 3 or 4-speed manual or optional 3-speed automatic. The 4-speed was standard on Ram Air cars.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Plymouth Duster 340

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Car: Plymouth Duster 340

Year: 1970

Why I would want one: I've always been a fan of the pre-1974 Duster, and the 340 V8 is a no-nonsense V8 that can take a pounding, and can easily be made more powerful with some added performance goodies. It's just a good looking car as well. It's on my "have-to-have" list.

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Ford Falcon K-Code 289

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Car: Ford Falcon K-Code 289

Year: 1965

Fun fact: Of the mere 7 produced, there were 4 hardtops and 3 pillared coupes.

( 1965 Ford Falcon K-Code 298 photo from hemmings.com )

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AJ's Car of the Day '71 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Ram Air 429 CJ Fastback

Car: Ford Mustang Mach 1 Ram Air 429 CJ Fastback

Year: 1971

What makes it special: Ford saw the need to create performance Mustangs to compete with GM and their release of the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. Mustang's platform and engine bay were redesigned to host larger engine blocks. Ford introduced big block V8 engines in a small group of Mustang GT's, but "GT" wasn't a name that would initiate images of street screeching performance, so they the introduced the Mach 1. At the top were two 429 V8 options, the Cobra Jet & Super Cobra Jet. Mach 1's, as well as all other Mustang models except the Boss 351 were available with the optional CJ and SCJ motors.

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AJ's Car of the Day ' 68 Dodge Charger R/T

Year: 1968

What makes it special: The Dodge Charger made its debut in 1966. Built off of Dodge's Coronet chassis but using its own body, the Charger was Dodge’s first high-speed street racer. In 1968 the Dodge Charger was completely restyled, and now featured a big, bold, aggressive look. A new roof design called a tunnel roof or a flying buttress, was introduced. An exposed decorative gas filler cap also was a design feature.

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AJ's Car of the Day ' 72 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Car: Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Year: 1972

What makes it special: Trans Am already was in the process of developing a legion of fans, but you wouldn't know it from the year-end figures. A mere 1,286 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am's rolled off the line that season, which was down by half, making the 1972 model a very rare bird. An across-the-board price cut failed to stimulate sales for 1972, although much of the loss can be attributed to the protracted strike at the GM assembly plant.

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AJ's Car of the Day ' 68 Buick GS Hardtop Coupe

Car: Buick GS 400 Hardtop Coupe

Year: 1968

What makes it special: For 1968, big styling changes happened for the muscle car contingent, including the 1968 Buick GS 400. GM's midsize lineup got new bodies, and two-door models got a shorter 112-inch wheelbase. Buick gave its entry the long-hood, short-deck look that defined performance, but the new GS 400 weighed slightly more than previous years, even after losing 3 inches of wheelbase and 4.4 inches of overall length.

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AJ's Car of the Day ' 70 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Car: Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Year: 1970

What makes it special: Monte Carlo was developed at Chevrolet and was formally introduced in 1969 by recently appointed Chevrolet General Manager John Z. DeLorean. It was marketed as a personal-luxury coupe through most of its history and started as a Chevrolet counterpart to the Pontiac Grand Prix. GM modeled the styling on Cadillac's Eldorado model, although much of the body and structure like its firewall, windshield, deck lid, and rear window were shared with the Chevrolet Chevelle .

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

Car: Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The Hurst/Olds returned for the 1969 model year. The biggest change was the switch from the silver and black paint scheme of the previous year to a new Firefrost gold on white paint scheme. Rather than the dual ram air scoops under the front bumper used in 1968 and other Ram Air '69s, the H/O received a functional "mailbox" fiberglass hood scoop with H/O 455 on each side saying what was under the hood. A spoiler was mounted on the trunk and the car sat on 15x7 chrome SSII rims with Goodyear F60x15 Polyglas tires. A pair of English racing mirrors, H/O emblems on the front fenders and deck lid, blacked out 442 grilles, and black hand-applied pinstripes rounded out the exterior features. Interior modifications included the same dual/gate shifter setup as '68 with different woodgrain, painted gold stripes on the headrests, and a Hurst/Olds emblem on the glove-box door.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Ford Fairlane 500 H/T 428 Cobra Jet

Car: Ford Fairlane 500 H/T 428 Cobra Jet

Year: 1969

What makes it special: One of the more confusing muscle cars to come from the sixties was the 1969 mid-sized Ford Fairlane 500 Cobra. Some people mistakenly apply the term Torino Cobra. In 1969, Ford attached the Cobra name to a hot version of the Fairlane, powered by the 428 Cobra Jet big-block V8.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 AMC Mark Donohue Signature Edition Javelin

Car: AMC Mark Donohue Signature Edition Javelin

Year: 1970

What makes it special: AMC enticed the Trans-Am series team of Roger Penske and Mark Donohue to campaign the AMC factory team cars for the 1970-'72 seasons. Since SCCA rules mandated that at least 2500 units be built to production standards to support the new Twin Inlet "Ram Air" hood scoop, AMC had to homologate the new Javelin's special features, mostly to legalize the use of their very special Mark Donohue designed rear-deck spoiler.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Studebaker R-3 Supercharged Lark Daytona

Car: Studebaker R-3 Supercharged Lark Daytona

Year: 1964

What makes it special: Among the last South Bend Studebakers were the first 1964 Larks, restyled with square new outer body panels. Overall length grew six inches, the grille became more horizontal with integral headlights, and a pointy new rear end carried high-set tail/backup lamps.

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AJ's Car of the Day '62 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Turbocharged Convertible

Car: Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Turbocharged Convertible

Year: 1962

What makes it special: Chevrolet's Corvair pioneered exhaust gas-driven turbocharging. One of the problems stopping the Corvair Monza Spyder's development into becoming a sports car was go-power. The 80 bhp engine couldn't compete with an Austin-Healey Sprite, so General Motors went by way of turbocharging. End result, the Corvair now had 150 hp at 4,400 rpm, nearly 50 percent better than their 102 bhp "Stage Two" Corvair engine.

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AJ's Car of the Day '68 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

Car: Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

Year: 1968

What makes it special: In 1968, using the same Chrysler B-Platform as their Belvedere as a base, Plymouth set out to build a back-to-basics muscle car. $50K was paid to Warner Bros. / Seven Arts to use the name and likeness of their Road Runner cartoon character, along with another $10K for the famed "Beep-Beep" horn which Plymouth developed and eventually used for the 1969 model. The 1968 model featured the Road Runner character in black and white, which was later printed in color and the horn was used after the deal was finalized for 1969.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Pontiac GTO 2 door Hardtop

Car: Pontiac GTO

Year: 1964

What makes it special: Pontiac GTO was an option package for the Tempest model, available for the two-door coupe, hardtop, and convertible body styles. It was the brainchild of Pontiac engine specialist / engineer Russell Gee, chassis engineer Bill Collins, and Pontiac chief engineer John DeLorean. GTO was basically a violation of GM policy limiting the A-Body intermediate line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cu in, but since the GTO was an option package for the Pontiac Tempest and not standard equipment, it fell into a loophole in the policy. Pontiac sales manager Frank Bridge did not believe it would find a market and insisted on limiting initial production to 5,000 cars.

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