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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Ford Fairlane 427 R-Code Coupe

Car: Ford Fairlane 427 R-Code Coupe

Year: 1967

What makes it special: For 1967, minor trim changes were introduced and Ford's Fairlane was mildly facelifted. Two different two-door coupe models were offered. The lower end Fairlane Club Coupe had pillars around the rear windows, while the higher trim level was a pillarless two-door hardtop, similar to the convertible. 427 V8's were still available, either with a single 4-barrel carburetor or dual quad carbs.

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 V8 Hardtop

Car: Dodge Coronet R/T 440 Magnum V8 Hardtop

Year: 1967

What makes it special: For 1967, the Coronet adopted more Charger styling cues, including a new single-piece grille, but the car’s basic profile was unchanged. Dodge introduced the Coronet R/T in 1967, which stood for “Road and Track.” It was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. Special "Hood Louvers" came on the R/T models.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 Convertible

Car: Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: For 1969, Chevrolet's Camaro kept the previous year's drivetrain and major mechanical components, but gained all-new sheet metal except the hood and trunk lid, giving it a sportier look. The grille was redesigned with a heavy "V" and deep inset headlights. This restyle was given to the 1969 model year only.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 AMC Rebel Raider 2-Door Hardtop

Car: AMC Rebel "Raider" 2-Door Hardtop

Year: 1969

What makes it special: For 1969, AMC produced the Rebel Raider 2-door Hardtops that were sold only in New York and New Jersey, timed specifically to coincide with the New York City Auto Show. Only 300 Raiders were built and most of them were part of a “Drive-Away” by area dealers on the eve of the Auto Show.

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AJ's Car of the Day '71 Mercury Cougar Ram-Air 429 Cobra Jet

Car: Mercury Cougar Ram-Air 429 Cobra Jet

Year: 1971

What makes it special: For 1971, Cougar was restyled, weighed less, and had only a one-inch-longer wheelbase than the first gen model. The front end now featured four exposed headlights as the famed "disappearing headlights" were eliminated. The center grille piece was now larger. The rear featured a semi-fastback with a "flying buttress" sail-panel.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Dodge Dart Swinger 340

Car: Dodge Dart Swinger 340

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The Dart was restyled for 1970 with front grille and contour changes. In the rear, the Dart’s new rectangular tail lights were set into a wedge-shaped rear bumper design continuing the angled trailing edge of the new deck lid and quarter panels. The "Swinger" name was applied to all Dart two-door hardtops except in the high-line Custom series.

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

Car: Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Super Sport

Year: 1965

What makes it special: When it comes to the Chevy II, 1965 is remembered as the year the Chevy II became a muscle car with a 300 hp, 327 cu in V8 now available, immediately putting Nova SS performance on the playing field with Pontiac's GTO, the Oldsmobile 4-4-2, and Ford's 271 bhp Mustang 289 V8's in straight-line acceleration.

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AJ's Car of the Day '66 Mercury Cyclone GT 390 Convertible

Car: Mercury Cyclone GT 390 Convertible

Year: 1966

What makes it special: In 1966, Mercury wanted to get back into the muscle car arena. Using the midsize Comet platform, they developed the Cyclone GT. For buyers who wanted both to keep up with other factory muscle cars of the time and who wanted neck-snapping performance, ordering a Cyclone GT was a necessity.  

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AJ's Car of the Day 1963 AMC Rambler Ambassador 990

Car: AMC Rambler Ambassador 990

Year: 1963

What makes it special: It's a "Pre-64" muscle car. For AMC, the Ambassador 990 was their production muscle car for 1963. Only a small undetermined number of 990's with the 327 V8 and Twin-Stick manual overdrive transmissions were produced.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Ford Mustang Mach 1 "Twister Special"

Car: Ford Mustang Mach 1 "Twister Special"

Year: 1970

What makes it special: To increase Mustang sales in the late 1960's and early 1970's, Ford offered its pony car in several regional special editions. 1970 had Ford dealers in Kansas City receiving the Mach 1-based "Twister Special." Only 96 of the Twister Mustangs were ever produced.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Ford Ranchero GT

Car: Ford Ranchero GT

Year: 1970

What makes it special:  Ford's Ranchero was given a restyle for 1970, which had started with a boxy body style. Ranchero would now feature a pointed grille and front end with smooth, coke-bottle styled curvaceous lines. A fourth trim Ranchero Squire option was also offered, which featured a wood grain decal as was found on the Country Squire station wagon.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 "Big Tank" Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 "Big Tank" Coupe

Year: 1963

What makes it special: “RPO Z06” was a special performance equipment package. The RPO Z06 package first offered on ’63 models included a 20% larger diameter front antiroll bar, a vacuum brake booster, dual master cylinder, metallic brake linings with power-assisted Al-Fin drums cooled by front air scoops and vented backing plates, and larger diameter shocks and twice as stiff springs. These Corvettes came to be known as “Big Tanks” because the package initially had a 36.5-gallon gas tank versus the standard 20-gallon for races such as Sebring and Daytona.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Dodge Charger R/T

Car: Dodge Charger R/T

Year: 1970

What makes it special: For the 1970 model year, Charger changed slightly again. It would also be the last year of the second generation Charger. It featured a large wraparound chrome bumper, and its grille was no longer divided in the middle. New electric headlight doors replaced the old vacuum style. The taillights were like those used for the 1969, but 500 and R/T models came with a new more attractive taillight panel. New rear-facing scoops with the R/T logo were mounted on the front doors, over the door scallops as well.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge WT7 Coupe

Car: Pontiac GTO Judge WT7 Coupe

Year: 1971

What makes it special: 1971 was the final year that GTO's "The Judge" version was offered. "WT7" was a no-cost appearance package for White Judge models only. It added a black rear spoiler along with black side trim stripes. Only 15 WT7 Judge models were produced in 1971.

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AJ's Car of the Day '62 Plymouth Savoy Max Wedge

Car: Plymouth Savoy Max Wedge

Year: 1962

What makes it special: The 1962 Max Wedge package was available in all intermediate B-body Plymouths, including the Savoy, Belvedere, Fury and Sport Fury. The engine was the 410 hp Super Stock 413 V8 with 11.0:1 compression, or the 420 hp with 13.5:1 compression. The “Raised B-Block” or “RB-Block” engine had a bore/stroke ratio of 4.19 x 3.75 inches, twin Carter 659 CFM 4-barrel carburetors on a cross-ram intake, a solid lifter cam, dual valve springs to handle 6000-plus rpm, magnafluxed rods and signature wedge-shaped combustion chambers.

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AJ's Car of the Day '63 Pontiac Super Duty 421 Lightweight Tempest Station Wagon

Car: Pontiac Super Duty 421 Lightweight Tempest Station Wagon

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Pontiac Motor Division set their sights on the NHRA's Factory Experimental class, building 14 special lightweight Tempest racers consisting of 6 LeMans coupes, 6 station wagons and 2 standard coupes. All were painted White and given Blue interiors with bucket seats.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Ford Galaxie 500 427 Lightweight

Car: Ford Galaxie 500 427 Lightweight

Year: 1964

What makes it special: For 1964, Ford produced a total of just 25 Galaxie 500 Lightweight, 4-speed drag cars. They were delivered in Wimbledon White with red interiors, and dominated the Stock and Super Stock race class. They are considered very valuable, and are very rare to find today.

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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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