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AJ's Car of the Day 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi Convertible

Car: Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi Convertible

Year: 1968

What makes it special: It is a rare car, with only 9 ever produced. In fact, they are rarer than the famed 1970 Hemi 'Cuda convertible. For 1968, the car received updated exterior styling. Gone were the straight lines and sharp edges, replaced by a rounder, more "Coke bottle" look.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe

Year: 1967

What makes it special: The 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 is extremely rare, 20 were produced. Many feel those are 20 of the most desirable Corvettes ever built. When sold, they command extremely high dollars to obtain one.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Car: Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Year: 1962

What makes it special: It is the last year of the first generation ( C-1) Corvette. Also, it's the last year for Corvette's having a solid rear axle. 1962 was also the last year for the wrap-around windshield and convertible-only body style.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 427 R-Code

Car: Ford Fairlane 500 427 R-Code

Year: 1966

What makes it special: For 1966, the Fairlane was redesigned, now featuring a stacked headlight system, in addition, one of the benefits of the overhaul was that the new car could accommodate the FE big block engine it would need to stay competitive on the drag strip. Ford built fifty-seven examples powered by the “Medium Riser” 427 V8 to dominate the competition.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX Convertible

Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass SX Convertible

Year: 1971

What makes it special: It was yet another strategic maneuver by GM to bring muscle to the streets without the stigma of being labeled as such, and alerting the insurance companies who were currently waging war against high performance vehicles. It's a very rare, limited production car, with only 357 produced for 1971.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 Convertible

p>Car: Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS-6 Convertible

Year: 1970

What makes it special: It turned heads and intimidated the competition on the streets in 1970 and it continues to do so 44 years later. To this day there is still nothing like the LS-6 powered Chevelle SS454. The single-year option "Bow-Tie Beast" still has many dreaming of owning one to this day.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1966 Shelby GT350 H

Car: Shelby GT350 H

Year: 1966

What makes it special: For 1966, the GT 350 lost its Mustang tag and was marketed simply as the Shelby GT 350. That year also saw the introduction of non-white colors, including blue, red, green, and black. Other changes included special rear quarter-panel windows replacing the factory extractor vents, functional brake scoops on each side, and an optional Paxton supercharger. The battery was no longer relocated to the trunk for 1966, and the over-rider traction bars were discontinued.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE 440 Six Pack

Car: Dodge Challenger R/T SE

Year: 1970

What makes it special: It's a V-Code Challenger, and one of only 274 produced with the RT/SE option package. The 440 V8 is topped off with the 'Six-Pack" option, which was a three 2-barrel carburetor set up.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Mercury Monterey Breezeway

Car: Mercury Monterey Breezeway

Year: 1963

What makes it special: After a re-style of the Mercury line starting in 1961, the year 1963 brought the return of the famed "Breezeway" window, a powered reverse slanted rear window, first used on the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser and the 1958 through 1960 Lincoln Continental models. 

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AJ's Car of the Day 1968 Chevrolet Nova L79 327 325 hp

Car: Chevrolet Nova L79 327/325 hp

Year: 1968

What makes it special: In 1968, there was a full blown war amongst American auto manufacturers in the performance car market. While the 396 V8 powered Nova Super Sport garnered most of the attention, there was a sleeper available in the L79 Nova that most were not aware of. By checking off the correct box, you could get a 325 hp 327 V8 coupled to a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1971 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi

Car: Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi

Year: 1971

What makes it special: It was the introduction of the third generation Charger, now featuring a split grill and more rounded fuselage body. The hidden headlights feature became option only, and a rear spoiler and Ramcharger hood were new to the option list. This hood featured a popped up scoop mounted directly above the air cleaner controlled by a vacuum switch under the dash, like Plymouth Roadrunner's famed "Air Grabber" scoop, which was also previously used on the Coronet R/T and Super Bee.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator

Car: Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator

Year: 1969

What makes it special: In 1969 the Mercury Cougar got it's first restyle, becoming slightly larger and heavier than the '68 model. The Eliminator package gave buyers a chance to ditch most of its upscale appointments in place of stripped down performance. The Boss 302 was introduced in May '69, available only with the Eliminator package.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z-16 SS396

Car: Chevrolet Chevelle Z16 SS396

Year: 1965

What makes it special: In 1965, Chevrolet wanted in on the mid-sized competition created by Pontiac's GTO. Their answering salvo was the mid-year, 1965 Z16 SS396 of which only 201 were built. ( One prototype and 200 production units make up the 201 figure.) One convertible was reportedly special built for Chevrolet's General Manager at the time, but legend says the car was destroyed. The Z16's were never advertised but managed to somehow get publicity otherwise. Late "Bonanza" actor Dan “Hoss” Blocker was one of its biggest fans.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 was the result of the competition between General Motors Pontiac and Oldsmobile Divisions. Because of its late introduction about 3/4's of the way through the model year, the Olds offering was a conservative package.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne 409 V8

Car: Chevrolet Biscayne ( 409 V8 )

Year: 1963

What makes it special: The 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne ( in addition to the Bel Air, and Impala ), received a face-lift and saw the factory available big-block 409 from previous years continue that year. The Biscayne model meant the absence of most exterior and fancy interior trimmings, as it was the base model for the larger Chevrolet.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 1/2 Ford Falcon SCJ

Car: Ford Falcon 429 Super Cobra-Jet ( SCJ )

Year: 1970 1/2

What makes it special: At first, one might mistake this car for a Torino or a Fairlane. In late 1968, when Ford  evaluated its production line, it chose to give the Falcon a larger body size for 1970, and the quickest solution was to use the Torino/Fairlane package. In order to separate the body styles, Ford shose to make its two-door sedan model the “Falcon” and allowed all the options available from the Torino, Fairlane packages to be ordered.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1971 AMC Hornet Cowboy Pickup

Car: AMC Hornet Cowboy Pickup

Year: 1971

What makes it special: In 1971, American Motors Corporation considered adding a pickup truck model to their compact Hornet line which included a coupe, sedan, hatchback and a sports wagon. Unfortunately, just one prototype of the AMC Hornet Cowboy was ever built. Even though pickup trucks based off cars were popular like  Chevrolet's El Camino or Ford's Falcon Ranchero ( Even AMC built many trucks through their Jeep line ), the AMC Cowboy just never developed beyond this single rare prototype model.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1964 Pontiac GTO Coupe

Car: Pontiac GTO 2-door Coupe

Year: 1964

What makes it special: It was the first year for the Pontiac GTO, which was an option package for the LeMans model. It was available for the two-door Coupe, Hardtop, and Convertible body styles. With every available option, the GTO cost about $ 4,500 and weighed around 3,500 lb.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Dodge Dart 340 Sport GTS Convertible

Car: Dodge Dart 340 Sport GTS Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: It was Dodge Divisions' rival to the small block Chevrolet muscle cars. Underrated at 275 bhp, a 340 Dart could crack off easy mid-14-second ET's, to the embarrassment of many a big-block supercar.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396

Car: Chevrolet El Camino SS 396

Year: 1969

What makes it special: It's the second year of the Third Generation El Camino, which like the prior year was now longer and based on the Chevrolet Chevelle 4-door station wagon platform. 1969 models showed only minor changes, such as a more-rounded front-end styling. A single chrome bar connected quad headlights, and a slotted bumper held the parking lights.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

Car: Ford Fairlane "Thunderbolt"

Year: 1964

What makes it special: Originally based on a factory experimental 1963 Ford Fairlane, the Thunderbolt was a limited production, strictly factory drag race model built in 1964. A total of 100 units were produced.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S Fastback

Car: Plymouth Barracuda Formula S Fastback

Year: 1965

What makes it special: Most think that the Ford Mustang gave this type of sporty compact model the name "Pony car", but Plymouth's Barracuda Fastback was actually released April 1st, 1964, pre-dating the Mustang by two weeks.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 W30

Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 W30

Year: 1966

What makes it special: The Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 received a facelift for 1966.  The big news was the addition of two new optional engines: the 360 hp L69, with three 2-barrel Rochester 2GC carburetors on a progressive linkage, and the W30.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1971 Mercury Cougar 429 Cobra-Jet Convertible

p>Car: Mercury Cougar 429 Cobra-Jet Convertible

Year: 1971

What makes it special: This particular car is the Las Vegas show car of 16 identical Mercury Division show and publicity cars. It was restored in 2001 for the Ford 100th Anniversary Car Show. Read more...

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

Car: Pontiac Catalina Super Duty: 421/405 HP Super Duty Lightweight

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Pontiac's 1963 Catalina 421 SD was the car to beat both in Stock and Super Stock drag racing. Pontiac improved upon it's winning race formula by offering a lightweight version of the Catalina featuring aluminum body pieces for increased weight savings. Read more...