MUSCLE CARS Thunder and Greased Lightning by Michael Benson As new condition. Illustrated with 90 full-colour photgraphs, Muscle Cars celebrates the high-powered American sports cars of the 1950's and 1960's - a time when a car was more than just a means of transportation, and stylish gas-guzzlers burned rubber under the stoplights in almost every town. Muacle Cars takes a ride down memory lane to that special time during the 1950's and 1960's (and alittle bit of the 1970's) when the automobile manufacturers of Detroit, Michigan, took advantage of America's lust for speed and made cars that were designed not just to get their passengers from one place to another, but to get them there fast. The 1950s and 1960s were the peak years for Detroit, the heyday of American high-performance cars that people loved to drive. The goal was to make street cars that looked and ran like European race cars. the high-powered HEMI engine (which could be modified by a drag strip mechanic to achieve astounding velocity) gave muscle cars their muscle. When Chrysler put the HEMI into a hot-looking convertible, automotive history was made . There was no looking back, only forward. as one efter another, these magnificent cars raced out of the showrrom and on to the streer. El Caminos, Corvettes, Cobras, Mustangs, Firebirds - even their names were fast. The cars were low-slung and so aggressively racy their mere appearance dared competitors to set afire the pavement of the local straightaway. Too fast for the highway patrol, muscle ran head-on into the energy crisis, and these models are now rare and treasured collectibles. From the days when rubber was burned onto the pavement under every stoplight in the country, Muscle Cars takes a look at some of the best gas-guzzlers in automotive history and the modern-day mechanics who have restored them to their origional beauty and power. Product Details Hardcover with a beautiful dustcover: 80 pages Publisher: TODTRI; 1996 Language: English ISBN: 1-57717-008-3 UPN 9781577170082 Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm
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