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Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights And Purpose-Built Muscle Cars

Part #:
40-391812-1
Availability: Available - Allow extra time for delivery
Fitment: 1958 thru 2018
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Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights And Purpose-Built Muscle Cars
$44.99 ea.
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Details

  • Pages: 192
  • Size: 10 X 10 (inches)
  • Format: Hardback
  • Illustrations: 457 color

 

The muscle car era, and the era that immediately preceded it, are a unique window in time; it is one that we will not likely see again. Post-war USA was a place where people wanted to move on from the horrors of conflict, to embrace an era of peace, and to pursue, well, all sorts of things. A whole generation was entering a new prosperity, with home ownership on the rise, gainful employment increasing, the building of suburbs, and a new interstate system connecting everyone. That all helped increase our dependence upon, and in turn, deepen our love affair with the automobile. 

It started in the 1950s, when automakers realized that if they made their cars more powerful than brand X and won races on the weekends as well, sales would follow those victories into the dealership. Not everybody was enamored with all this new-found performance, however, and throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, a struggle developed between building faster automobiles and appearing responsible and promoting the cause of safety. This led to racing participation on an all-out corporate level, followed by voluntary self-imposed and publicized bans, back-door cheating on said bans, and then investing in performance again.

A byproduct of all this activity was some really fascinating and exciting cars. It began with standard-chassis cars growing bigger and including more powerful engines. Then they graduated to being lighter, putting big engines into mid-size chassis (muscle cars), and building race cars that barely resembled anything on the street. Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars follows the evolution of the fastest, most powerful, and exciting vehicles of the era, in both drag racing and NASCAR. From early Hudson Hornets, to the birth of the Hemi, to aluminum and fiberglass panel sedans, to lightweight special-order muscle cars ready to race from the factory.


Make / Model Series Body Notes Year
CHEVROLET BEL AIR 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
CHEVROLET BROOKWOOD 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
CHEVROLET CAPRICE 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
CHEVROLET DEL RAY 1958
CHEVROLET ESTATE 1969, 1970
CHEVROLET IMPALA 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
CHEVROLET IMPALA LIMITED 2014
CHEVROLET KINGSWOOD 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 1997
CHEVROLET NOMAD 1958, 1959, 1960
CHEVROLET PARKWOOD 1959, 1960
CHEVROLET SEDAN DELIVERY 1958, 1959, 1960
CHEVROLET SS 2014
CHEVROLET TOWNSMAN 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
CHEVROLET YEOMAN 1958

 

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