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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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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Ford Bronco

Car: Ford Bronco

Year: 1969

What makes it special: Ford's Bronco model were produced from 1966 to 1996. They can be divided into two categories of early Broncos (1966–77) and full-size Broncos (1978–96). Built on its own platform, it was Ford's answer to Jeep's CJ-5 and International Harvester's Scout 4-Wheel Drive models. The early Broncos were offered in wagon, half-cab, and a less popular roadster configuration. The roadster version was dropped and the sport package, which later became a model line, was added. Its long option list included front bucket seats, a rear bench seat, a tachometer, and a CB Radio, in addition to more functional items like a tow bar, auxiliary gas tank, a  snowplow, a winch, and a Post-hole digger.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1964 Chevrolet El Camino

Car: Chevrolet El Camino

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The second generation El Camino came after a four year absence, when Chevrolet reintroduced the El Camino based on the Chevelle model. The 1964 model was similar to the Chevelle forward of the B-pillars and carried both "Chevelle" and "El Camino" badges, but initially Chevrolet marketed the vehicle as a utility model and Chevelle's most powerful engines were not available.

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AJ's Car of the Day '68 Mercury Cougar XR7-G 428 Cobra-Jet

Car: Mercury Cougar XR7-G 428 Cobra-Jet

Year: 1968

What makes it special: The first generation Cougar finally gave Mercury its own "Pony car," and slotted between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, the Cougar would be the performance icon and eventually the icon for the Mercury name for several decades. The Cougar was available in base and XR-7 models, and only came in a two-door hardtop body style.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Chevrolet Nova SS396

Car: Chevrolet Nova SS 396

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The Chevrolet Nova was the top model in the Chevy II lineup through 1968 before the Chevy II nameplate was dropped. Nova was then the nameplate for the 1969 through 1979 models. The 1970 Chevrolet Nova continued as the entry-level Chevrolet and little changed in appearance compared to the 1969 version, the one distinction being a new egg crate-patterned grille. Like the 1969 model, the 1970 Chevrolet Nova was offered only as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan.

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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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