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1959 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE

The Sport Coupe was one of four models in Pontiac’s prestigious, top-of-the-line Bonneville line-up during 1959.

Having become it’s own series the previous year, the Bonneville was completely redesigned along with all the other Pontiacs for the the 1959 model year.

It was the year that saw the introduction of the split grille which went on to become one of Pontiac’s distinguishing features for a decade. It’s something you didn’t see on the 1960 models though as they were designed before they realised what a hit they had on their hands.

Another twin was seen at the rear of the car with the new “V” tail-fin design.

Unique tail fins of the 59 Pontiac

Inside, this Bonneville enjoys all-Morrokide vinyl three-tone uphostery. This tri-color styling was used across all Pontiacs with them using this luxurious look for many years to come.

Instrument panels were also redesigned using three large guages mounted inside a raised pod in front of the driver. A Bonneville script was also used in these models and found next to the padded handrail assist bar.

Engine size was also increased for 1959 with all models receiving a 389 cubic inch V8 with five power variants available. The Bonneville came with a 260 horsepower engine with 4-barrel carburetor as standard.

All came with a 3-speed manual transmission as standard with a Super Hydra-matic automatic transmission available as a $231 option.

The original owner of this Bonneville opted for a tri-power setup that used three, 2-barrel carburetors and had a total output of 315 horsepower. This cost an additional $143. They also chose to pair it with the Super Hydra-matic. Other options on this car include power steering and power brakes costing $108 and $43 respectively.

If you had ordered a Bonneville Sports Coupe during the 1959 model year then the base price would have been $3,257 with Pontiac managing to sell 27,769 of them. Total Bonneville sales that year were 82,564.

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1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396

Chevelles of the late sixties always prove popular but the 1969 SS 396 Sport Coupe is a firm favorite with many people. Seen here in LeMans Blue (code 71) it looks both gorgeous and a force to be reckoned with.

The look of the ’69 Chevelle Malibu didn’t change much from the previous year. The new models were easy to spot as the deletion of the vent windows gave the car a cleaner look. (Note: The 300 Deluxe models retained the vent windows)

1969 saw the Super Sport now back to being an optional package rather than a model in its own right. This meant that, for this year only, you could have bought a SS 396 2-door post sedan. The total cost of the SS package was $347.60.

Side view of a 1969 SS 396 Sport Coupe

Inside, the parchment vinyl interior looks fantastic and complements the exterior color perfectly. Even the original AM radio (a $61 option) still works.

The steering wheel, dash and door panels all have SS identification to highlight the package. The only exception was the 2-door sedan which, because of retaining the vent window, needed different door panels so didn’t get the badge.

Interior shot if a 69 Chevy Chevelle SS

Under the hood sits the mighty 396 cubic inch V8 that delivers 325 horsepower. On this car it’s paired with a Turbo Hydra-matic automatic transmission – a $222 option when the car was ordered new (a 3-speed manual was standard). To help stop that power, the SS package came with power disc brakes.

1969 396 cubic inch V8 in a Chevy Chevelle SS396

A 1969 model Chevelle Malibu Sport Coupe would have cost you $2,601 if you had ordered one originally, plus the cost of the SS package.

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1973 DODGE CHALLENGER

Around since 1970, the Challenger was Dodge’s answer to Chevrolet’s Camaro and Pontiac’s Firebird and shared the Chrysler E-body with the Plymouth Barracuda.

For 1973, not much had changed to the look of the Challenger from the 72 models. Identification is easy from the front with its changed grille insert and big bumper guards that were introduced to satisfy the new safety regulations.

Seen here in desirable light metallic green paint (GF3), this Challenger has been restored and looks great inside and out.

side view of a light green 73 Dodge Challenger

Described by Dodge as a personal sports compact, the 110 inch wheelbase E-body challenger was still pretty big at 198.2 inches.

rear view of a 73 Dodge Challenger

Inside ’73 challengers you’d find all-vinyl bucket seats with integral head restraints – seen here in green but also available in black, blue or white. Note the ultra cool pistol grip shifter.

Interior shot of a 1973 Dodge Challenger in green

Other standard equipment included; deep-pile carpeting, simulated wood-grained door inserts, keyless door locking system, front and rear armrests, dome light and day / night inside mirror.

Under the hood sits a 318 cubic inch V8 that generates 150 horsepower – it was the base engine now with the slant six being dropped in the Challenger lineup for 1973.

1973 Dodge 318 cubic inch V8

This particular Challenger enjoys such options as power brakes, power steering and air conditioning.

Dodge managed to sell 32,596 Challengers for the 1973 model year at a base price of $3,011. This was nearly 6,000 more of them sold than the previous year.

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4 Door 1973 Dodge Coronet 383 CU First Ever Pass Surprise All!!!

Take a look at this, 4 Door 1973 Dodge Coronet 383 CU First Ever Pass Surprise All!!!

When it first came out back in 1971, this model of a Dodge Coronet featured four V-8 engines and only one with six cylinders telling you that this car will be a great ride.

The one in question is in this specimen is the 383 big block or so called wedge engine, due to the way the combustion chamber is formed.

That means that this 47 year old machine means business and that is obvious after you take a close look at it.

Nobody would bet against it and the only thing holding it back is the fact that this is the first time ever this car is at the track, making a pass, meaning that there are tons of things that could be tweaked for a better result in the future.

And it seems that they are not off by a lot because this thing put down a great pass, showing that Japanese sedan that it still punches a kick, so check it out.

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Clean and Mean Plymouth Barracuda 1/4 Mile Pass

Here is another clean and mean muscle car for the E-body fans running a 1/4 mile pass at the National Trail Raceway during the Mopar Nationals show. According to the stripe this Plymouth Barracuda should be fitted with a 360 cubic inch Four Barrel V8 engine. Check out the drag racing video brought to you by RPM Army and let us know if the Plymouth Barracuda 1/4 mile time seems right for that powerplant.

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Prime 1970 Cougar Eliminator Boss 302 Restoration

Even if you’re not into Mercury cars, this Boss 302 powered 1970 Cougar Eliminator is so beautiful, loaded with performance options and restored to perfection, that I’m sure every Detroit muscle fan will appreciate it.

competition blue 1970 cougar eliminator drag pack

Competition Blue paint and White Deluxe interior make this 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator a real eye candy, and the Boss 302 engine paired with a stick shift and 4:30 Detroit Locker rear end offer joy on the road. On top of that this 1970 Cougar Boss 302 is one of only two muscle cars produced with these options.

Watch the Mustang Connection video to learn all about this amazing Mercury Cougar!

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Classic Recreations’ Boss 429 SEMA Show Car Up For Sale

As the automotive industry struggles to regain its footing following coronavirus shutdowns and supply shortages, the effects of the pandemic on the collectible and aftermarket industries remain to be seen. While anticipated events like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance may have been canceled, plenty of amazing cars have popped up on websites like Barrett-Jackson, Mecum Auctions, and Bring a Trailer. Shows planned for later in the calendar year may still be able to proceed as planned, which makes it all the more surprising that Classic Recreations has chosen now as the best time to list for sale a hardcore 1-of-1 Boss 429 Mustang that was built for SEMA.

Classic Recreations specializes in officially authorized Shelby and Mustang continuations, pairing modern power and performance upgrades with factory-licensed reproduction parts. Entirely new body panels are even available, allowing Classic Recreations to build vehicles like the one in question here to show off the company’s prodigious capabilities. Finished in Vengeance Black, the flawless skin has only 600 miles on the odometer since the build’s completion. Under that skin lurks a beastly John Kaase 514ci crate V8 with hemispherical cylinder heads and Holley fuel injection.

As a show car, this example received pretty much everything Classic Recreations could throw at it. Power is routed to the rear end through a Tremec six-speed stick shift, on the way to a nine-inch Fab 9 rear end equipped with a Posi Traction limited-slip differential and 3.70 gearing. The interior, meanwhile, features a Lecarra aluminum steering wheel TMI custom seats with five-point Camlock seatbelts, and even air conditioining.

A JVC CD player also fits into the mix. Throw in Wilwood disc brakes and rotors all around, 18-inch American Racing aluminum wheels, Magnaflow mufflers, and coilovers suspension at all four corners matched by upgraded sway bars, and the asking price of $204,900 seems entirely justified.

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Ram Air IV GTO Vs Chevelle SS 454 LS6 1/4 Mile Drag Race!

Check this race, Ram Air IV GTO vs Chevelle SS 454 LS6 1/4 mile Drag Race!

Many of our fans think that American Muscle cars are the most awesome automobiles in the world and the classic ones are a just a treat that deserves nothing but respect, and on this note, we have to admit that we agree with them.

So for them, and for us, today we bring you a special treat in a form of a video of two very rare American classic cars, a 1969 Ram Air IV GTO and a 1970 LS6 SS454 Chevelle. Both of these machines are in a great shape and both of them look as awesome as the first day they rolled off the production line and onto the dealership showroom floor.

On paper the SS has this drag race in the bag with a 80 horsepower advantage but will the GTO be able to mess this “sure thing” up for the SS with the help of its 400 cubic inch Ram Air engine?

Well play the video and find out.

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1970 Plymouth Barracuda Gets Completely Restored With V8 Hemi

An amazing 1970 Plymouth Barracuda barn find has been completely restored with its original HEMI V8 !!!

Barn finds are definitely the best, it feels like you wake up on Christmas morning to find a classic car that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hands of the right mechanic.

And that is the worth of this barn found after being lovingly restored by a skilled technician and his son.

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Since the car is a 1970 model, it also has a shaker hood scoop and a 4-speed automatic transmission to go along with the faux wood-trimmed laminate that adorns the dashboard. Leather seating in pristine off-white is a premium feature as well.

The story of this barn find is amazing and heartwarming.

The vehicle was originally purchased new in Wisconsin, the owner was forced to sell the ‘Cuda to a farmer in order to afford a new house for his soon-to-be-born son. The farmer barely ever drove the ‘Cuda, and kept it in a barn for the next 30 years.

But the original owner and the farmer kept in touch, the owner tried to buy back the car over the years until the farmer finally relented and resold his set of wheels back to the original owner.

Being kept on a barn for three decades for sure had taken its toll on the old automobile.

Fortunately the original owner was a bit of a mechanic and with the help of his now fully grown son, they managed to restore the car to its incredible original condition.

Now for sale at Fusion Luxury Motors in Chatsworth, California, you can pick up this timeless piece of automotive history for a steal: $249,900, or best offer.

That’s quite the price, but you also get original receipts, manuals, and even some newspapers from the ‘70s so it’s totally worth the price of admission.

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1970 Pontiac GTO Restomod

This beautiful restomod was completed in 2018 making this Pontiac GTO a classic restored with a kicking Chevy crate engine.

The old-time Pontiac GTO is definitely a classic that has set the benchmark for performance cars of the past. Starting the craze called muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO can still be called a show stopper today, especially if one has been elegantly restored to look like new. One of these restored Pontiac GTOs is up for sale, and it is worth taking a look.

This Pontiac GTO was built for the 1970 model year. It is a 242 VIN GTO and one of the second-gen models that first showed up for the 1968 model year. Unlike the 1969 Pontiac GTO, the 1970 model eliminated the hidden headlights. The facelift resulted in the installation of four outboard round headlights and a narrow grille.

After years of aging well, this 1970 Pontiac GTO Hardtop became primed for a restoration and modification. This meticulous restomod process was completed in 2018, making this Pontiac GTO a classic model restored with a number of modern elements. Both its exterior and interior are in pristine condition, while its digital odometer reveals that it was only driven for less than 48 miles (when the image was taken).

When it was fully restored from the ground up and modified extensively in 2018 by Tony’s Muscle Cars in Sugarloaf, PA, this 1970 Pontiac GTO Hardtop was transplanted with a new heart. Sitting under its hood is a 6.2-liter Chevrolet Performance LS376/480 V8 crate engine (featuring Chevrolet Performance Connect & Cruise Electronics) acquired in October of 2017.

According to the listing at Hemmings, this mill is tuned to deliver 495 hp of max output and 473 lb.-ft. of peak torque to wheels through a Tremec T56 6-speed transmission. It is complemented by a smooth gloss black frame, AN6 fluid lines, Holley oil pan, as well as polished brake components.

Its flawless Gloss Black Two-Stage paint finish covers its body with perfectly working doors, black hood scoops, spectacular rear wing and white GTO callouts. It black interior is all-new too, featuring Dakota Digital telemetry, 180W modern audio as well as controls for Vintage Air conditioning. This 1970 Pontiac GTO Hardtop restomod is currently being sold on Hemmings for $115,400.