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AJ's Car of the Day '62 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 Bubble Top Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Bel Air 409 Bubble Top Coupe

Year: 1962

What makes it special: Chevrolet's Bubble Top Sport Coupe two-door hardtop was the most attractive. It's 409 V8 debuted the prior year, and its popularity and success were such that Chevrolet made the 409 available throughout its full-size lineup for 1962. Drag racers turned to the lighter and slightly more aerodynamic Bel Air and Biscayne models.

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350

Car: Mustang Shelby GT 350

Year: 1965

What makes it special: When it came to the Shelby Mustangs, the 1965 and 1966 cars were the smallest and lightest of the GT 350 models. These cars are often called "Cobras", like the Ford powered AC based two-seater sports car that was also produced by Shelby American during the same period. Both models used the Cobra emblem, similar paint scheme, and the optional "Cobra" valve covers on many GT350's that were a tie-in by Shelby, as well as one of his iconic symbols.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

Car: Plymouth Hemi Roadrunner

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was the quintessential muscle car. Very few high-performance offerings  from any competition were as savage as it. Accounting for 35 percent of its midsize car sales, Plymouth didn't tamper much with the winning formula created in 1968. A Convertible joined the hardtop and pillared coupe, the grille and taillights were revised, and the cartoon bird insignia was now in full color. A center console, front buckets, and power windows were added to the options list.

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Chevelle L-78 396 Super Sport

Car: Chevrolet Chevelle L-78 396 Super Sport

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Chevrolet's Chevelle SS 396 series continued for 1967 with a mild restyling and some refinements to the SS package. In factory brochures, the SS 396 V8 Big-Block was officially listed in just two power levels: A basic 325 hp L-35, and wilder 350 hp L-34 V8's.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30

Car: Oldsmobile 442 W-30

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The year 1970 was considered the peak of Oldsmobile performance. GM dropped their cap on engine size that year, and Oldsmobile took advantage of it. They responded by making the Olds 455 cu in V8 the standard 442 engine, making it the largest V8 ever bolted into a special-performance production automobile. The W-30 option was rated at 370 hp.

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Pontiac GTO Convertible

Car: Pontiac GTO Convertible

Year: 1965

What makes it special: Pontiac's GTO and Tempest line received a restyle for 1965, featuring their famous "vertically stacked quad headlights." An extra 3.1 inches was added to the overall length of the body while still retaining the prior year model's wheelbase. Another cosmetic change was the black "egg-crate" grille. The dashboard design was changed, and an optional rally gauge cluster gave you easy-to-read tachometer and oil pressure gauges.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Ford Torino GT 428 CJ SportsRoof

Car: Ford Torino GT 428 CJ SportsRoof

Year: 1969

What makes it special: Introduced in 1968 as part of Ford's Fairlane intermediate line with a new body and new styling, the new upscale sub-series was named Torino, with a Fastback model called the "SportsRoof," featuring a sloped long roof line that extended to the edge of the trunk lid. This new fastback body style gave the Fairlane and the Torino excellent aerodynamics that would later prove to be an advantage on the race track.

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AJ's Car of the Day '57 Chevrolet 150 "Black Widow"

Car: Chevrolet 150 "Black Widow"

Year: 1957

What makes it special: Chevrolet's 150 was the economy/fleet model from 1953 to 1957, getting its name by shortening the 1500 production series number by one digit in order to capitalize on the 1950's numerical auto name trend. In 1957, a full race-ready version was also available, commonly known as the "Black Widow" for its black-and-white paint color. It was equipped with 4-wheel heavy-duty brakes, 6-lug wheels and dual shock absorbers.

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AJ's Car of the Day '57 Factory Supercharged Ford Thunderbird

Car: Factory Supercharged Ford Thunderbird

Year: 1957

What makes it special: Year 1957 was the last of the two-seater Thunderbirds, going out with refreshed styling and a host of new engine options. Most desirable of the new mills was the magical “F-Code” V8. While 21,380 Thunderbirds were produced in 1957, only 205 of those were delivered with the F-Code engine package. 

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AJ's Car of the Day 1951 Mercury Eight Sedan

Car: Mercury Eight Sedan

Year: 1951

What makes it special: Called the Mercury Eight for model years between 1949 to 1951 and up until the late 1950s, the vehicle brand was widely defined by a single car representing their entire portfolio. A wide option list would allow buyers to adapt the vehicle from a bare bones bargain car to a premium-trimmed edition.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Retractable Hardtop

Car: Ford Fairlane Skyliner Retractable Hardtop

Year: 1957

What makes it special: The Ford Fairlane Skyliner Retractable Hardtop model was produced from 1957 to 1959. Skyliner's had a complex mechanism which folded the front of the roof and retracted it under the rear decklid. At the time of its introduction, the Skyliner was the only true hardtop convertible in the world. It has become a very valuable collector car, with high-point, well-restored examples costing upwards of $73,830

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AJ's Car of the Day '53 Chevrolet Corvette

Car: Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Year: 1953

What makes it special: The first generation Corvette was introduced in late 1953. Originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, it generated enough interest to force GM to make a production version to sell to the public. First production was on June 30, 1953. It was the first year of what is referred to as the "solid rear axle" models. ( The first of the famous independent rear axle Corvettes began in 1963.)

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra SCJ 429

Car: Ford Torino King Cobra SCJ 429

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra SCJ 429 prototype is basically a piece of automotive history with just two ever built. The project was developed in order to compete at NASCAR, but when NASCAR increased the minimum number of cars produced for the public from 500 to 3,000 units for a car to qualify, Ford abandoned the project.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 1/2 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Year: 1970 1/2

What makes it special: The second generation F-bodied Camaro was introduced February 26, 1970. It was longer, lower, and wider than the first generation Camaro. A convertible body-type was no longer available. GM engineers call the second generation much more of a driver's car than its predecessor. The new body style featured a fastback roofline and ventless full-door glass with no rear side quarter windows.

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AJ's Car of the Day '72 Plymouth Duster 340

Car: Plymouth Duster 340

Year: 1972

What makes it special: Debuting in 1970, the Plymouth Duster was produced as a performance version of the Plymouth Valiant. Bringing huge bang for the buck with its performance 340 V8, the Duster put many bigger muscle cars to shame. For 1972, Duster received a new set of long thin taillights, and standardized marker lights. The 340's hood scoop was changed to a new dual snorkel scoop, similar to the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

Car: Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

Year: 1970

What makes it special:  The Cyclone Spoiler was for the performance minded with front and rear spoilers, racing stripes that went from front to the rear of the car, a hood scoop for ram air induction, racing mirrors and a competition package.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible

Car: Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The 1969 Buick GS 400 was the season's only GM muscle car intermediate to come standard with functional hood scoops, something none of its higher-profile corporate siblings had. The "Cool Air" induction system used a twin-snorkel air cleaner with two foam muffs that sealed against the scoop openings. Buick said the system increased peak horsepower by eight percent and peak torque by six percent over the entire rpm range.

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX Hemi

Car: Plymouth Belvedere GTX Hemi

Year: 1967

What makes it special: There were plenty of fast Plymouths before 1967, but they didn't have the performance image pioneered by Pontiac's GTO. Plymouth finally addressed this with an executive-class muscle car with the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX. It was intended to be an exceptional blend of style and performance. What set it apart it from a normal Belvedere was its special grille and rear fascia, as well as mock hood scoops, chrome "pit stop" fuel filler cap and optional racing stripes.

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AJ's Car of the Day '63 Mercury Marauder S-55

Car: Mercury Marauder S-55

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Mercury added the S-55, a full-size performance / luxury vehicle to its "S" or "Special" line in 1962. It was introduced to be a match for Ford's Galaxie 500/XL. In 1963 S-55 was offered in four different body styles including a 2-door Breezeway Hardtop, a 4-door Breezeway Hardtop, and a 2-door Convertible. Later that year you could also get the S-55 as a 2 door fastback. All of these models included the full S-55 trim of bucket seats and console.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2

Car: Pontiac Catalina 2+2

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The 2+2 made its debut in 1964 as an interior trim level for the Catalina model with special door panels, buckets seats, and center console. Pontiac marketed the 2+2 as the "big brother" to its popular Pontiac GTO model. For 1965 the name Catalina was no longer found on the car, although the 2+2 was its own separate series for the 1966 model year only.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Ford Custom

Car: Ford Custom 500

Year: 1967

What makes it special: The Custom model was the most basic full-size two or four door Ford you could buy. Standard trim and creature comforts were limited to sun visors, a chrome horn ring, chrome windshield and back window moldings, armrests on all doors, rubber mats, and the word “Custom” displayed on the front fenders. As a result of this Spartan trim level, most Customs were given fleet use as taxis, police cars, and other official functions. Buyers who wanted a slight upgrade could opt for the Custom 500, offering carpet instead of mats, armrests with ashtrays, and an extra chrome spear along the front half of each side of the car.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1966 Chevrolet Impala

Car: Chevrolet Impala

Year: 1966

What makes it special: The 1966 Chevrolet Impala was restyled with blockier body lines as well as new fenders, bumpers, grille and rectangular wraparound taillights. Hardtop models got new perimeter frames and body mounts as Chevrolet promised a "Jet-smoother ride."

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda

Car: Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda

Year: 1970

What makes it special: For 1970, Plymouth's Barracuda model was redesigned, and lost all previous links to the Plymouth Valiant. The fastback was no longer available, and was only available as a 2-door coupe or convertible. The all-new model was built on a shorter, wider version of Chrysler's existing B-platform, called the E-Body. The E-body Barracuda was now able to shake the stigma of an economy car. High-performance models were marketed as "'Cuda" deriving from the 1969 option.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 T-5 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback

Car: T-5 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The ultra rare 1965 T-5 Ford Mustang 2+2 were Mustangs that were exported to Germany thru the military PX system in cooperation with local Ford dealers for the U.S. Serviceman and the German public for purchase. But since copyrights to the Mustang name was already held by a large truck and heavy equipment manufacturer in Germany named Krupp, the name Mustang could not be used. If you look closely at the side badging next to the galloping horse, it say's "T-5" instead of "Mustang" in the rectangular chrome emblems.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1958 Chevrolet Corvette

Car: Chevrolet Corvette

Year: 1958

What makes it special: Originally restyled in 1956 to include the famous side cove, none other than GM head honcho Harley Earl himself restyled the car for 1958. For that year only, features such as hood louvers and chrome trunk spears and a 9-tooth grille treatment were available. The 1958 model year began the exposed four-headlamp treatment that would continue through 1962, but rear chrome trunk spears were unique to 1958.

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