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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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AJ's Car of the Day 1968 "Mr. Norm" Dodge Dart GSS

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Car: "Mr Norm" Dodge Dart GSS

Year: 1968

What makes it special: Norm Kraus’s Grand-Spaulding Dodge of Chicago was already the place to buy a Dodge when owner Norm Kraus made a deal with Chrysler to build a run of 1967 Darts equipped with the 383 big-block. The Darts were a sales success, so for 1968 Kraus then requested a special run of 50 Dodge Darts with the 440 cu in 375-horsepower Magnum V8 engine.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Dickie Harrell Chevrolet Camaro

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Car: "Dickie Harrell" Camaro

Year: 1969

What makes it special: Known as "Mr. Chevrolet", Drag Racer Dickie Harrell ran a successful business converting Camaro's, Chevelle's and Nova's for some of the best known dealers like Yenko, Nickey and Fred Gibb Chevrolet. He performed 427 V8 conversions while juggling his racing career from coast to coast. This is one of 10 1969 Camaro's that was converted to a 427 V8.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Yenko Chevrolet Chevelle

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Car: Yenko Chevrolet Chevelle

Year: 1969

What makes it special: In 1969, Road Racer / Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania Chevrolet dealer Don Yenko marketed 99 COPO Chevrolet Chevelles.  The COPO's were created to avoid GM's ban on engines over 400 cubic inches in mid-size cars. Chevrolet's performance-products manager Vince Piggins used the Central Office Production Order system which normally filled special-equipment fleet orders to factory-equip a run of Chevelles with L72 427 V8's. Each Yenko Chevelle was given a signature decal treatment.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1972 Shelby Maverick

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Car: Shelby Maverick

Year: 1972

What makes it special: It is one of the Late Carroll Shelby's lesser known accomplishments. In a joint effort with Mexican Shelby parts businessman Eduardo Velasquez and Ford of Mexico, Carroll Shelby produced 300 Ford Mavericks that were given the Shelby treatment, under the "Shelby De Mexico" program.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst

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Car: AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst

Year: 1969

What makes it special: After dipping into performance with their 1968 AMX and Javelin pony cars, Detroit's No. 4 automaker decided to expand into the budget-muscle arena with a special muscle car version of their Rambler Rogue compact. Introduced midway through the model year as the AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst, most refer to it as the Scrambler. Only 1,512 of these potent little screamers were produced. The 1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler could blow the doors off some pedigreed muscle cars. 

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 AMC Rebel "The Machine"

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Car: AMC Rebel "The Machine"

Year: 1970

What makes them special: AMC's Rebel "The Machine" was available in 1970 following the 1969 AMC SC/Rambler model. They were introduced in a marketing campaign made up of 10 cars in total ( 5 with automatics and 5 with 4-speed manual transmissions) that were driven from the factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Dallas, Texas and raced in the condition they arrived in. Four of those cars "in bone-stock trim" ran solid mid-14s on press day at Dallas International Motor Speedway. The Machine could go from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds, and had a top speed of 127 mph.

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AJ's Car of the Day '71 AMC AMX3

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Car: American Motors Corporation AMX 3

Year: 1971

What makes it special:  When AMX production halted in 1970, AMC quickly began looking for a sophisticated European alternative. AMC had already started work on experimental concepts, and used European talent for their first prototype. The AMX 3 was the third attempt at a futuristic, yet producible design.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 AMC AMX 390

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Car: AMC AMX 390

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The two-seater AMC AMX was a GT style Sports car offering from American Motors Corporation from 1968 through 1970. It was given muscle car status as well. It was unique due to its shortened wheelbase, and was the only other steel bodied two-seater since Ford's first generation Thunderbirds. Also, the AMX was widely considered a competitor with America's only other two-seater of the era, Chevrolet's Corvette.

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AJ's Car of the Day '71 AMC Hornet SC/360

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Car: AMC Hornet SC360

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360 was a muscle car that reflected the changing times. Since Federal safety watchdogs, state and national emissions regulators and insurance companies were setting their sights on High Performance cars, the SC/360 was one car that flew under the radar.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Pontiac Tempest Super-Duty Lightweight

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Car: Pontiac Tempest Super-Duty Lightweight

Year: 1963

What makes it special: The Pontiac Tempest Lightweight Super Duty was designed to compete on the drag strips of America. Although Pontiac had a strong start in the '60s with its Super Duty parts program and factory-built SD Catalina and Grand Prix race cars, competition from Dodge and Plymouth started causing a major threat with their powerful 426 cu in wedge-head race engines and lightweight bodies, stealing Pontiac's thunder.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Pontiac GTO "The Judge" Convertible

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Car: Pontiac GTO "The Judge" Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: "The Judge" was introduced for the 1969 Pontiac model year to be a stripped, low-cost GTO with less features to make it competitive with Plymouth's Road Runner model. The $332 package was actually more expensive than a standard GTO.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am

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Car: Pontiac Trans-Am

Year: 1977

What makes it special: Pontiac's famed Firebird Trans-Am was given a distinctive, slant-nose facelift in 1977, giving it a fresh new look without changing any major sheet metal from the prior model year. It had a 180 hp, 400 cu in V8 with a 4-barrel carb and dual exhaust. That may not seem to be all that impressive or considered a performer if it wasn't for the fact that this was during the economy minded, emission restricted automotive years.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1964 Pontiac GTO

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Car: Pontiac GTO

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The GTO was originally an option package for the Pontiac LeMans, available for the two-door coupe, hardtop and convertible. 1964 was the first year for the GTO, which then became one of the most famous muscle car models of all time.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix

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Car: Pontiac Grand Prix

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Originally added to the Pontiac line-up in 1962, the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix received a facelift for that model year with its own squared-off roofline with a concave rear window. Other distinctive styling goodies included "hidden" taillight lenses and eight-lug aluminum wheels. Inside, the Grand Prix interior featured bucket seats separated by a center console with a floor shifter and optional tachometer or vacuum gauge.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Plymouth Superbird

Car: Plymouth Superbird

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was a short-lived, highly modified version of  Plymouth's Road Runner. It was the factory's follow up stock car racing design for the 1970 season to the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona's, incorporating both minor and major engineering changes and modifications from the Daytona's season in competition on the track. NASCAR's homologation requirement demanded that vehicles to be raced must be available to the general public and sold through dealerships in specific minimum numbers. For 1970, NASCAR raised the production requirement from 500 examples to one for every two manufacturer's dealers in the United States, so in regards to Plymouth, that meant having to build 1,920 Superbirds.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Convertible

p>Car: Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Convertible

 Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Convertible is a rare model, as only nine were ever built for that production year. Also, 1970 was the debut year for the Challenger model. It is by far THE most coveted Challenger ever built.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda

Car: Plymouth AAR 'Cuda

Year:  1970

What makes it special: Plymouth's AAR 'Cuda was only produced in 1970. "AAR" stood for "All-American Racers." It was built to race in the SCAA road racing series to compete with Ford's Mustang. 

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AJ's Car of the Day 1966 Dodge Hemi Charger

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AJ's Car of the Day '55 Chrysler 300

Car: Chrysler 300

Year: 1955

What makes it special: Chrysler's 300 "Letter Series" were high-performance Luxury cars that were built in very limited numbers from 1955 to 1965. Even though '55 was the first of the letter series cars, it didn't actually bear a letter. But in truth, it can be considered the "300A." The 300 originally stood for the 300 hp engine.

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