While I was wandering around at Barrett-Jackson 2013, I happened upon this matte black beauty of a car. This 1969 Chevelle Malibu 454 is the ultimate street/strip machine: a fusion of metal and testosterone so manly that hair sprouted from my knuckles as I walked past.
Everything about this car awakens the senses, from the smooth black exterior to the deep rumble of the big-block V8 that you can feel in the soles of your shoes. This is a car that makes stock Corvettes and Mustangs slink back into the shadows. It makes junkyard dogs cower with fear and street thugs look the other way when they see it roll through their ‘hood. It rides on a set of Weld racing wheels and massive rear tires that don’t just grip the pavement, they pin it down and make it say ‘Uncle!’ This is one Chevelle you really don’t want to mess with.
It’s often been said that adults are just kids with more expensive toys. That’s never been more true than with the Hot Wheels Special Edition Chevrolet Camaro. Starting next year, this will be a big toy that you can park in your driveway.
The Hot Wheels Camaro debuted as a concept vehicle at SEMA 2011. Now, it will officially go on sale to the public as a special package from January through June of 2013. Shown here is the final production version of the car.
The 1960s were unquestionably the golden era of muscle cars. Federal Crash Test Standards and the Oil Crisis of 1973 had not yet rained on everyone’s parade, and the Big 3 American automakers (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) were engaged in a horsepower war with each company trying to one-up each other.
During this time car manufacturers were basically selling full-on race cars to the public. The Plymouth Hemi Cuda, Dodge Charger R/T, Plymouth Superbird, Pontiac GTO “Judge”, Oldsmobile 442, Camaro ZL1/Z-28/SS, Shelby GT500KR, and the Ford Torino Talladega all packed monsterous engines that were often underrated in terms of true power output.
One muscle car from this era that is not often mentioned is the Central Office Production Order Camaro, or “COPO Camaro.”
The SEMA Show is the world’s showcase for automotive aftermarket parts and custom fabrication. While there were lots of amazing cars to look at, I found myself circling around this car from Mitch Henderson Designs at the JET Performance booth.
This 1969 Camaro “TEC 9” can best be described as aircraft gray with a clear coat, which is a welcome departure from the usual candy-colored, metallic, or two-tone paint jobs you’ll see at SEMA. The flat yellow stripes are a cool touch that I’ve never seen before.
While I was walking the floor at SEMA 2012, I happened upon this insane 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS at the Auto Metal Direct booth. This resto-modded ride has undergone more cosmetic surgery than your favorite movie star, and unlike the movie star, actually looks better for it.
From the deep crimson paint job to the polished 5-spoke wheels and big brake upgrades, this car is a real head-turner! Everything about it has been shaved and smoothed which gives the car a very streamlined, clean look.
The “old meets new” game has been played many times in today’s muscle car market, but no one pulls it off quite like Johnny Sparks. This company has taken a modern-day S197 Mustang GT and re-skinned it with modified body panels from a 1968 and 1969 Mustang. There’s no fiberglass here, folks – this car is sheet metal all around!
The company have called their gorgeous creation the Reversion Mustang, and I spotted it on display outside the Central Hall at SEMA 2012. The car blends a one-of-a-kind retro look with the power and performance of a new Mustang. According to the company’s website:
The best part of it all? The Reversion Mustang still retains 100% of the modern drive train, interior, glass, moldings, weather stripping, lighting, and safety. These cars perform, feel, and seal up just like they did off the dealer lot.
From 1964 through 1974, the GTO was the king of the road in Pontiac’s fleet. The GTO was a perfect muscle car of the era because it paired a big, powerful engine with an affordable car. In almost every configuration, these cars left the assembly line with more than 300 HP.
Sadly, consumer interest in muscle cars dropped sharply during the energy crisis of the 1970s and the GTO was discontinued in 1974 – a sad fate for a car which had won Motor Trend’s coveted Car of the Year award in 1968.
Each month, there is a car show in Scottsdale, Arizona called Cars and Coffee. The show primarily features exotics such as Lamborghinis, Ferrarris, Porsches, Aston Martins, and other cars with very large price tags. However, the show is open to any type of vehicle.
Last month, this goregeous Fox-body Ford Mustang caught my eye. Take a gander at the photos of this supercharged black beauty!