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AJ's Car of the Day '62 Ford Galaxie 406 V8 "Box Top" Sedan

Car: Ford Galaxie 406 V8 "Box Top" Sedan

Year: 1962

What makes it special: It's one of the most collectible Fords from the 1960's. By the early '60's, the performance wars were peaking. Ford needed to come up with something when being faced by competition from Chevrolet's 409 as well as other larger displacement GM and Chrysler V8's. Their solution was to debut an enlarged version of their FE motor and drop it into their full-sized 1962 Galaxie model. Sized at 406 cubic inches, it was labeled as the Thunderbird 406 High-Performance V8 even though it was only available in the Galaxie.  

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AJ's Car of the Day '63 Oldsmobile Starfire Holiday Hardtop

Car: Oldsmobile Starfire Holiday Hardtop

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Oldsmbile's Starfire was the first U.S. full-sized production car to feature an automatic transmission with a console-mounted floor shifter, brushed aluminum side panels and power steering, brakes, windows and driver's seat. Styling changes for the 1963 model year included a move away from the sculpted sides of the previous years model, to a flatter, more conventional look with an exclusive squared off roofline that included a concave rear window.

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AJ's Car of the Day '63 Buick Riviera

Car: Buick Riviera

Year: 1963

What makes it special: The production Riviera shared its body shell with no other model, which was unusual for a General Motors product. It rode a shorter cruciform frame than Buick's LeSabre model, but was still slightly longer than Ford's Thunderbird model. And was about 390 pounds lighter than either.

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AJ's Car of the Day '66 Plymouth Sport Fury

Car: Plymouth Sport Fury

Year: 1966

What makes it special: Starting in 1965, Chrysler full-size cars made a comebackand the full-size Plymouth line included three special Furys: the Fury I, Fury II, and Fury III. All Fury's of this era had a square body with vertically stacked double headlights. The 1966 Fury line was face-lifted, and Sport Fury and Fury III models came loaded with options like automatic transmissions, power steering, whitewall tires with full wheel covers, stereo radios, vinyl tops, and air conditioning.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport Hardtop

Car: Chevrolet Impala Super Sport

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The 1964 Chevrolet Impala added a model to the line as the Super Sport became a series that year, in either convertible or hardtop coupe form. Updated styling featured squarer corners along with a new full-width sculptured grille. Impalas again had triple taillights on each side, plus plenty of brightwork. Super Sports had front bucket seats, and a console with floor gearshift when equipped with a 4-speed manual or Powerglide transmission.

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 427/435 Yenko Chevrolet Corvette

Car: 427/435 Yenko Chevrolet Corvette

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania's Yenko Chevrolet was one of largest custom muscle car shops. Don Yenko was best known for creating high-performance versions of Chevrolet muscle cars by knowing how to manipulate the almost unknown factory "Central Office Production Order" (COPO) program.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Baldwin-Motion Phase III Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Car: Baldwin-Motion Phase III Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Year: 1969

What makes it special: Based out of Baldwin, Long Island, the partnership of Motion Performance Speed Shop and Baldwin Chevrolet produced some of the most menacing and flamboyant muscle cars ever built. Built to customers orders, the most extreme modifications were listed as "Phase III." Buyers of these modified muscle cars were given a written "money back quarter-mile performance warranty". Each car was different because they were built to what an individual customer desired.

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AJ's Car of the Day '72 "Mr. Norm" Dodge Demon GSS

Car: "Mr. Norm" Dodge Demon Grand Spaulding Special ( GSS )

Year: 1972

What makes it special: Norm "Mr. Norm" Kraus caused a lot of the muscle car mayhem of the late 60's and 70's. His Chicago Dodge dealership at the corner of Grand and Spaulding produced some of the fastest American muscle machines in history, one of which being their 1972 Dodge Demon GSS which was the fastest car built for that year.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Chevrolet Yenko Deuce Nova

Car: Chevrolet Yenko Deuce Nova

Year: 1970

What makes it special: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania's Yenko Chevrolet was one of largest custom muscle car shops of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Don Yenko, son of the dealership founder was not only an American racecar driver, but best known for creating high-performance versions of Chevrolet muscle cars. Knowing how to manipulate the almost unknown factory "Central Office Production Order" (COPO) program, he created some of the baddest rides on the streets.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Pontiac GTO Royal Bobcat

Car: Pontiac GTO ( Royal Bobcat )

Year: 1969

What makes it special: In the 1960s, Ace Wilson's Royal Pontiac in Royal Oak, Michigan offered a special tune-up package for Pontiac 389 engines. Many were fitted to GTOs, with components and instructions that could be purchased by mail, or installed by the dealer. The name "Bobcat" came from the improvised badges created for the modified cars, combining letters from the "Bonneville" and "Catalina" nameplates. Most Pontiacs made available for magazine testing were equipped with the Bobcat kit.

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AJ's Car of the Day '66 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

Car: Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

Year: 1966

What makes it special: The 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake made history back in January 21, 2007, when $5.5 million was the hammer price at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, making it a world record price for an American car. The 800 hp sports car was one of just two produced, and was used as personal transportation by famed racer and performance-car builder Carroll Shelby himself.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1 427

Car: Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1 427

Year: 1969

What makes it special: One of the rarest Corvettes is the C3 Stingray fitted with the all-aluminum ZL-1 engine. Only a handful of Corvettes originally came equipped with the ZL1. Corvette honcho Zora Duntov made the ZL-1 available as a regular production option (RPO) but was rarely ordered because of its high price of $3,010 on top of the $1,032 L88 option. This made the ZL-1 option the most expensive engine ever offered by GM. Only 2 were ever built.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram-Air IV Convertible

Car: Pontiac GTO Judge Ram-Air IV Convertible- Black

Year: 1969

What makes it special: It is one of the rarest 1969 GTO Judges in the world. It's a Triple-Black, 370 hp, 400 cu in Ram-Air IV V8 and close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission with Safe-T-Track rear end equipped convertible. Only one was ever built.

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AJ's Car of the Day '68 Shelby EXP 500 "The Green Hornet"

Car: Shelby EXP 500 ( a.k.a."The Green Hornet" )

Year: 1968

What makes it special: In 1968, Shelby American tried out several prototype features on an experimental Mustang known as the Green Hornet. It was used for component testing and remains a one-of-a-kind GT500KR prototype. Unlike almost all other GT500's this car was built from an S-Code 1968 Hardtop that was one of Ford's GT/CS prototypes. It was assumed to have been crushed like all other experimental models once testing was completed.

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AJ's Car of the Day '68 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Convertible

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Convertible

Year: 1968

What makes it special: GM executives had big perks. They were able to drive cars which often were special models that were kept in the Executive Garage. General Manager Pete Estes liked convertibles, so in 1968, Chevrolet performance honcho Vince Piggins had a Camaro Z/28 convertible put together for Estes. Vince was looking for approval on special performance parts that he wanted to use in the SCC’ss Trans-Am racing series. He built a Camaro ragtop, added the special parts and put it in the Executive Garage knowing Estes would try it out and OK the parts as production options, making them legal for racing. It is THE only 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Convertible that was ever built.

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AJ's Car of the Day '71 Plymouth 'Cuda 426 Hemi Coupe

Car: Plymouth 'Cuda 426 Hemi Coupe

Year: 1971

What makes it special: Starting in 1970, Plymouth's Barracuda now consisted of coupe and convertible models. The all-new model was built on a shorter, wider version of Chrysler's existing B Platform called the E-Body. The E-body's engine bay was larger than that of the previous A-body, prompting the release of Chrysler's 426 cu in Hemi V8 for the regular retail market.

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AJ's Car of the Day '62 Chevrolet Impala 409 Super Sport Convertible

Car: Chevrolet Impala 409 Super Sport Convertible

Year: 1962

What makes it special:  For 1962, Chevrolet's Super Sport package could be combined with any Chevrolet engine, whether it was an inline six-cylinder, small-block V8 or the 409. The Super Sport kit included spinner wheel  covers, SS badges, a glove box grab bar and a bright floor plate for 4-speed models. Various functional options were mandated along with the SS package like a padded dash, 7,000-rpm tachometer and  beefed-up suspension. By way of comparison, only the 348 V8 or its beefed-up 409 cu in big-brother were available beneath the Super Sport Impala's hood for 1961.

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AJ's Car of the Day '66 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 Hardtop

Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 Hardtop

Year: 1966

What makes it special: Oldsmobile's 442 was given a facelift for 1966 along with the base Cutlass model. The big news was the addition of two new optional engines, the L69 with three 2-barrel Rochester carburetors  that was rated at 360 hp, and the outside-air induction system equipped W30. The standard L78, rated at 350 hp was equipped with a single 4-barrel carburetor. ( Model shown in photo )

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Ford Galaxie 500 427 R-Code Fastback

Car: Ford Galaxie 500 427 R-Code Fastback

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Ford's Galaxie model received yet another restyle for 1967, and 1967 also proved the be the swan song for the R-Code 427 V8 equipped Galaxies. Lighter model cars plus the famed "Pony Car" wars were favored by the buying public over the "barge-sized" larger offerings by Detroit's manufacturers.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Plymouth GTX Hemi

Car: Plymouth GTX Hemi

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The Plymouth GTX arrived on the muscle car scene in 1967 as Plymouth’s serious contender, a hot rod version of the square Belvedere with a Hemi V8 option. GTX became a little curvier in 1968, and its position as a luxury hot rod was strengthened with Plymouth’s introduction of the more affordable and basic Road Runner. Exterior changes for the GTX in 1969 were minimal with just a new grille and taillights.

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AJ's Car of the Day Dave Stuckey's 1962 "Lil' Coffin"

Car: Dave Stuckey's "Lil' Coffin"

Year: 1962

What makes it special: Built over a number of years by Dave Stuckey of Wichita, Kansas, "Lil' Coffin" originated from a 1932 Ford sedan bought in 1954. Stripped down the night he bought it, it was completed in 1962. The name "Li'l Coffin" came from a girl in Dodge City, Kansas when she saw it at a car show there. The upholstery had a white Matlasha fabric from Belgium which had sliver threads sewn into it which shined like chrome streaks in the sun. She claimed it looked like a 'little coffin'.

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AJ's Car of the Day George Barris 1966 "Grandpa's Dragula"

Car: George Barris' "Grandpa's Dragula"

Year: 1966

What makes it special: Another car built for The Munsters TV show, the 1966 Dragula was designed by Munsters Koach designer Tom Daniel for George Barris and Barris Kustom Industries. Dragula's fiberglass body was built from a real fiberglass coffin that Richard "Korky" Korkes was able to purchase from a funeral home in North Hollywood. Since it was illegal to sell a coffin without a death certificate. Korky made a deal with the funeral director, paid in cash, and it was agreed the coffin would be left outside the rear door of the funeral parlor where the Barris crew would collect it after dark. The front of the vehicle sported a marble gravestone with the inscription: "Born 1367, Died ?"

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AJ's Car of the Day George Barris' 1964 "Munster Koach"

Car: George Barris' "Munster Koach"

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The "Munster Koach" is the family car that was used in the television series, "The Munsters." King of the Kustomizer's George Barris was contracted by the show's producers to build the car. George paid Tom Daniel $20K to design the car. It was built at Barris Kustoms, first by Tex Smith, but finished by shop foreman Dick Dean. It was made from three Ford Model T bodies, making it 18 feet in length.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Ray Fahrner's"Boothill Express" Custom Show Rod

Car: "Boothill Express"

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Ray Fahrner created some of the most memorable and radical show rods of all time. By 1967, Fahrner ( who passed away in 2005 ), completed his outrageous signature creation named “Boothill Express,” based on an actual circa-1850 horse-drawn funeral coach by Cunningham of New York, which reportedly carried James Gang member Bob Younger to “Boot Hill.” Features include ornate carved moldings, brass lamps reportedly dating to late 18th-century India and proper funeral equipment, including tasseled velvet curtains and polished coffin rails.

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AJ's Car of the Day Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's '1963 "Mysterion"

Car: "Mysterion"

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth  (3/4/32 – 4/4/01) is synonymous with SoCal’s Kustom Kulture & Hot Rod craze of the late 1950's & 1960's. While he is probably best known for his iconic “Rat Fink” cartoon creation, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Mysterion '63 combined two Ford engines, two transmissions, plus two welded rear ends for the foundation.

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