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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 Series Wagon

Car: Chevrolet Chevelle 300 Series Wagon

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The Chevelle was added to Chevrolet's line-up in 1964, and was intended to compete with the Ford Fairlane. The two-door station wagon was available in 1964 and 1965 in the base 300 series, and Six-cylinder and V8 power was offered across the board.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Plymouth Sport Fury GT

Car: Plymouth Sport Fury GT

Year: 1970

What makes it special: Starting with the prior year model, 1970 models featured Chrysler's new round-sided "Fuselage" styling. For 1970, a new hardtop coupe was added to the Sport Fury range. This was available in "GT" trim. The Sport Fury GT was part of Plymouth's "Rapid Transit System" of Muscle cars.

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AJ's Car of the Day '60 Ford Galaxie Two-door Ranch Wagon

Car: Ford Galaxie Two-Door Ranch Wagon

Year: 1960

What makes it special: The 1960 Ford looked all-new with twin headlights riding in a scalloped-square front clip. The Station Wagon Series continued with Country Sedan, Country Squires and Ranch Wagon models. They now had a futuristic, sleek look. Round taillights were replaced by half-moon shaped taillights for 1960 only. There were smaller tailfins just like other models of the industry, capturing the new Space Race obsession.

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AJ's Car of the Day '73 AMC Gremlin X Levi's Edition

Car: AMC Gremlin X Levi's Edition

Year: 1973

What makes it special: 1973 was the first year for the now collectible Levi's Trim Package, which consisted of special Blue Jeans spun nylon fabric seat coverings, door inserts and map storage pockets on the door panels. Orange stitching, copper rivets and Levi's tags added to the effect. Also, a "Levi's" trademark emblem on the front fenders identified Gremlin's with this specially ordered package.

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AJ's Car of the Day '74 Pontiac Trans Am SD455

Car: Pontiac Trans Am SD ( Super Duty ) 455

Year: 1974

What makes it special: When Pontiac created what would become their top dog second generation F-body equipped with a near race specification 455 V8, they referred to it as "Super Duty," harking back to the drag race special Catalina's and Ventura's of the early 1960's. The 1974 models featured a redesigned "shovel-nose" front end and new wide "slotted" taillights. The Super Duty was available for both Formula Firebirds and Trans Am models for late 1973 as well as 1974.

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AJ's Car of the Day '73 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28  

Year: 1973

What makes it special: The 1973 model year brought a standard impact-absorbing front bumper system to meet new no-damage standards in 5 miles per hour NHTSA safety legislation. The Rally Sport option with its chrome bumperettes on either side of an impact absorbing urethane grill surround was continued for one more year due to creative bracing behind the front sheet metal. A better-appointed interior, full instrumentation, Rally-style wheels, variable-ratio steering, sport mirrors, and hidden windshield wipers, were among other upgrades.

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AJ's Car of the Day '72 Mercury Comet GT

Car: Mercury Comet GT

Year: 1972

What makes it special: Starting in 1971, the Comet name was revived on Mercury's version of Ford's Maverick compact, sharing most of its sheet-metal with it. The Comet used a different grille, taillights and hood and different badging. Comet's taillight pods were shared with the 1970 and 1971 Mercury Montego and Cyclone models.

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AJ's Car of the Day '73 Dodge Dart Sport 340

Car: Dodge Dart Sport 340

Year: 1973

What makes it special: For 1973, Dodge's Demon fastback was renamed the Dart Sport in response to religious groups' complaints about the '"Demon" name and "Devil-with-Pitchfork" logo.The high-performance model was called the Dart Sport 340, and saw styling changes to go along with the name change. The Dart Sport received the same new front end as the other Darts, and its taillights were changed to two lights per side, each with a chrome trim ring. These would remain unchanged through the 1976 model year.

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AJ's Car of the Day '74 Pontiac GTO Hatchback Coupe

Car: Pontiac GTO Hatchback Coupe

Year: 1974

What makes it special: In 1974, when looking for an entry into the compact muscle market that was being dominated by Plymouth's Duster 360, Ford Maverick Grabber and AMC's Hornet X, Pontiac moved its GTO option to the compact Pontiac Ventura, which shared its basic body shell and sheet metal with Chevrolet's Nova model. The GTO option was available in both the base Ventura and Ventura Custom lines as either a two-door Sedan or Hatchback. It was only available in this version for that year.

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AJ's Car of the Day '71 Plymouth Hemi RoadRunner

Car: Plymouth Hemi Roadrunner

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The second generation Plymouth Roadrunner coupe's bodywork was completely changed to a more rounded "fuselage" design in keeping with then-current Chrysler styling trends, including a steeply raked windshield, hidden cowl, and deeply inset grille and headlights. The convertible model was canceled. 1971 was a high-water year for ride and handling for the Roadrunner. The overall length was increased, but the wheelbase was shortened an inch. The 440+6 and 426 Hemi V8's were available, but this would be the last year for them. Just 55 426 Hemi equipped Roadrunner's were made for 1971, and few originals have survived. 

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Pontiac Firebird Ram-Air 400 Coupe

Car: Pontiac Firebird Ram-Air 400 Coupe

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Pontiac's upmarket version of Chevrolet's Camaro Pony Car debuted mid-1967. Brought to market under John Z. DeLorean's helm at Pontiac, the original Firebird offered deluxe accessories in addition competitive Pony Car performance. Only 65 "Ram Air" Firebirds were built in 1967, equipped with 45 manual and 20 automatic transmissions.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible

Car: Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: GT's lost their Cobra tag for 1969 and were once again marketed as just Shelby GT 350 and Shelby GT 500. The GT 350 and GT 500 for the 1969 model year received an extensive face lift, the body alone increasing in length by 4 inches, and Ford was involved with design and style decisions, with Shelby having little input. Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford in the summer of 1969.

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AJ's Car of the Day '71 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454

Car: Chevrolet El Camino SS 454

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The 1971 El Camino got fresh front-end styling that included large Power-Beam single-unit headlights, a reworked grille and bumper, and integral park/signal/marker lights. That year mandated lower-octane unleaded fuel required a reduction in engine compression, and GM's A.I.R. system, a "smog pump", was added to control tailpipe emissions. Power and performance were reduced, most notably being the famed 450 hp LS6 454 V8 was gone forever.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J

Car: Pontiac Grand Prix Model J

Year: 1969

What makes it special: For 1969, Pontiac general manager John Z. DeLorean ordered the development of an all new Grand Prix based on a slightly stretched version of the intermediate GM A platform dubbed the G-body. This smaller, lighter car had its own body and Pontiac's longest ever hood. Like the previous year, this new Grand Prix would be offered only as a 2-door hardtop, while the model took elements of old Duesenberg "J" and "SJ" trim names.

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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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