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AJ's Car of the Day 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Car: Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Year: 1958

What makes it special: The Bonneville name first appeared in 1954 on a pair of bubble-topped GM concept cars called the Bonneville Special, entering the production lineup as a high-performance, fuel-injected luxury convertible in the Star Chief line for the 1957 model year and loaded with every option as standard equipment with the exception of optional air conditioning or continental kit. For 1958, it became a separate model as a two-door hardtop or convertible.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1954 Hudson Hornet Coupe

Car: Hudson Hornet Coupe

Year: 1954

What makes it special: Introduced for the 1951 model year, the Hornet was based on Hudson's "step-down" design, merging body and chassis frame into a single structure, with the floor pan recessed between the car's chassis rails instead of sitting on top of them, so you actually "stepped down" into a Hudson. For the 1954 model year, the model underwent a major square-lined redesign, with extensive retooling because of the way the step-down frame wrapped around the passenger compartment. A simpler grille, a functional Hood Scoop, a new one-piece curved windshield, period-typical fender chrome accents, and the formerly sloped rear end now squared off being some of those changes. The front to rear fender line was styled to make the car look longer and its taillights were also redesigned.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Sunbeam Tiger MK II

Car: Sunbeam Tiger MK II

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Sunbeam Tiger's are the V8 high-performance version of the British Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine Roadster which was designed in part by the late Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. He had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the AC Cobra, and hoped to be offered the contract to produce the Tiger at his facility in America.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1957 Ford Custom Supercharged "F-Code"

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Car: Ford Custom "F-Code"

Year: 1957

What makes it special: Despite not being as popular as Chevrolet's '57 Bel-Air model but outselling Chevrolet that year, Ford fitted just a few of their Custom model ( along with a handful of Thunderbirds as well ), with a McCulloch Supercharger equipped 312 cu in "Y-Block" V8.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1958 Mercury Monterey "Super Marauder"

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Car: Mercury Monterey "Super Marauder"

Year: 1958

What makes it special: It was a "Sleeper" of epic proportions. It was not only the lightest, but also the cheapest model for the 1958 Mercury model year. It was available with the 430 cu in "Super Marauder" V8 engine. It was one of the first pre-1960 models to have 400 horsepower.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1952 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe

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Car: Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe

Year: 1952

What makes it special: The Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe was a Hot Rod in a European disguise. Coming from one of the first American companies to manufacture for and compete in European endurance racing, the C-3 benefited from three C-2Rs that contested the 24 Hours of LeMans and also won at Road America and Watkins Glen. It was the only series production model manufactured at Cunningham's Palm Beach, Florida factory.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Intermeccanica Omega

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Car: Intermeccanica Omega

Year:1967

What makes it special: They are super rare. Intermeccanica was a sports car manufacturer from Italy. Back in the 1960's they built a number of American-powered, Italian-designed sports cars. Their steel bodies were designed and built in Torino, Italy which were hammered by hand, and the cars were then assembled by Holman-Moody in North Carolina.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1968 Pontiac LeMans Sprint

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Car: Pontiac LeMans Sprint

Year: 1968

What makes it special: The Sprint package was an option on all Pontiac Tempest and LeMans models, ( except station wagons) that included a hopped-up 4-barrel version of the 230 cu in OHC six that also included higher compression ratio and a hotter cam, resulting in 215 horse power, along with an "all-syncro" floor-mounted three-speed automatic transmission with a Hurst shifter, a suspension kit, and body striping.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Plymouth 'Cuda 440

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Car: Plymouth 'Cuda 440

Year: 1969

What makes it special:  The 1969 Plymouth 'Cuda 440 had the largest engine of any same year pony car, and that was the problem. After feeing the pressure from rival big-block pony cars, Plymouth cooperated with Hurst/Campbell to shoehorn the 375 bhp, 440 cu in 4-barrel Mopar V8 into a bunch of 'Cuda Fastback and Coupe models.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1971 Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette

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Car: Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette

Year: 1971

What makes it special: Between 1969 and 1971, Baldwin-Motion’s Joe Rosen built 12 Phase III Grand Touring Corvettes, all powered by potent 427 and 454 big-blocks. The GT showcased custom body panels including a fastback window conversion, as much horsepower as the customer wanted and a full array of mechanical upgrades.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible

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Car: Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: Brought to market in mid-1967 under John Z. DeLorean's watch at Pontiac, Firebird was restyled for 1969, with a new front end design, but unlike its big brother the GTO, it did not have the Endura bumper. A 400 cu in V8 was standard in Trans Am and Firebird 400 models. The instrument panel and steering wheel were revised, and ignition switch was moved from the dashboard to the steering column with the introduction of GM's new locking ignition switch/steering wheel.

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Ford Fairlane Ranchero XL/GT

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Car: Ford Fairlane Ranchero XL/GT

Year: 1967

What makes it special: The 1967 model was based on the post-'66 Falcon/Fairlane chassis and used the basic 1966 Ranchero body with Fairlane trim, front sheet metal, and interior treatments instead of Falcon. It was marketed as the Fairlane Ranchero. It a popular one-year vehicle with clean, straight lines, dual stacked headlamps, and plenty of power.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II V8

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Car: Ford Mustang II Cobra II

Year: 1976

What makes it special: The second generation Mustang was introduced in 1974 in response to the growing demand for smaller cars during the embargo-induced fuel crisis of the 1970's. Gas mileage meant there was no option for a V8 engine in ’74 Mustangs, but 1975  brought a return to V8 power with an optional 140 hp 302 cu in V8.

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone

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Car: Mercury Comet Cyclone

Year: 1965

What makes it special: Both the 1964 and 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone transformed Mercury's Comet line. Mercury was ready to turn toward some real muscle, hoping to wind up with a rock-solid reputation for machines that could move. A cleanup of the body sides gave the 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone a neater look, along with vertically stacked headlights and a wide, uncluttered rectangular grille of horizontal bars.

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

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Car: Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The 1965 Chevrolet Chevy II  Nova was updated with a cleaner front-end styling courtesy of a fresh full-width grille with integrated single headlights. Parking lights moved down to the deep-section bumper, and sedans gained a new roofline. Taillight and backup lights were restyled, as was the rear cove. Also, for 1965, engine choice lineup was expanded to give customers six power choices.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 AMC Rambler Marlin

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Car: American Motors Corporation Rambler Marlin

Year: 1965

What makes it special: Officially announced in February, 1965 and unveiled in Rambler showrooms that March, AMC billed the Marlin as a new addition to the company's self-styled "Sensible Spectaculars" model line. It was aimed at buyers wanting a sporty fastback that was also roomy and comfortable.

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AJ's Car of the Day '65 AMC Rambler Marlin

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Car: American Motors Corporation Rambler Marlin

Year: 1965

What makes it special: Officially announced in February, 1965 and unveiled in Rambler showrooms that March, AMC billed the Marlin as a new addition to the company's self-styled "Sensible Spectaculars" model line. It was aimed at buyers wanting a sporty fastback that was also roomy and comfortable.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint

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Car: Ford Falcon Sprint

Year: 1965

What makes it special: It was the second year for the restyled Ford Falcon. Sprints had special trim, including a simulated hood scoop, bucket seats and a console and full instrumentation, including a 6,000-rpm tachometer mounted atop the dashboard. A sports-type steering wheel rounded out the package. A floor-shifted 4-speed was a better choice than it's usual column-shifted 3-speed.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 Buick Skylark GS 401 Nailhead V8

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Car: Buick Skylark Gran Sport

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The Gran Sport option was given to Buick's intermediate Skylark model in 1965. Buick sold more than 15,000 Skylarks with the Gran Sport option that first year, and almost as many the next. It was renamed the GS 400 for 1967.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Dodge Charger Rallye Magnum 440

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Car: Dodge Charger Rallye 440 Magnum

Year: 1973

What makes it special: For 1973, the Chargers received all new sheet metal even though at first glance only the rear roof "C-Pillars" looked different, they were longer, wider, and slightly taller than the 1971-72 cars. They were also given new slatted taillights and new grilles. Hidden headlights were dropped, even as an option. The specially trimmed Rallye remained the hottest Charger available until 1974.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

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Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Year: 1973

What makes it special: The 1973 Chevrolet Camaro was given a standard impact-absorbing front bumper system to meet new no-damage standards in 5 miles per hour NHTSA safety standards. The Z28 option could be ordered on both the sport coupe and LT models. When the Z28, Type LT, and Rally Sport options were combined, the usual Z28 badges, stripes, and graphics were deleted. Other changes included a new console-mounted shifter for automatic transmissions replacing the Buick-like horseshoe shifter of previous Camaros, and the reintroduction of power windows to the option list for the first time since 1969, with the switches mounted in the console.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Buick Century Gran Sport Stage 1

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Car: Buick Century Gran Sport Stage 1

Year: 1973

What makes it special: For 1973, Buick renamed its intermediate line from Skylark to Century, receiving new Colonnade styling, which was basically a pillared hardtop sedan. The GS became the "Gran Sport" and was now an option package on the semi-fastback Century 350 Colonnade coupes. The option included decals on the rear fenders and trunk lid reading "gran sport" along with suspension and appearance upgrades.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Plymouth RoadRunner

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Car: Plymouth RoadRunner

Year: 1973

What makes it special: RoadRunner was Plymouth's midsize Muscle Car offering. For 1973, the Plymouth RoadRunner was given completely new sheetmetal, with a more conventional "squared up" front-end styling. It now resembled it's 4-door Satellite counterpart, which somehow boosted sales by 40% that year.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1

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Car: Ford Mustang Mach 1

Year: 1973

What makes it special: It was the final year for "The Big Mustangs", the year before the gas crisis and need for better fuel economy forced Ford to create the Mustang II the following year. For the first time, the front bumper was enlarged in accordance with new NHTSA standards, and its rear bumper was also mounted on new impact-absorbing extensions which caused the bumper to protrude from the body further than before.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet Super Vega 454 V8

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Car: Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet Super Vega 454 V8

Year: 1973

What makes it special: Baldwin Motion was actually a partnership between Long Island, New York’s Baldwin Chevrolet and Joel Rosen’s Motion Performance speed shop. They were famous for their "Phase III Fantastic Five" of the Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro, Chevelle, Biscayne and Nova. By year 1971 the company had started modifying the Chevrolet Vega.

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