How cool would it have been had GM actually produced this?
Designed by Harley Earl, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad concept station wagon made it's debut at the 1954 General Motors Motorama in New York City.
Of course Harley was qualified to do something like this since he started "Project Opel", which eventually became the Chevrolet Corvette in the first place.
The Nomad was powered by a Corvette 150-horsepower, 235 C.I.D., 6-cylinder engine and had a 2-speed Powerglide transmission.
Though this was not mass produced, the idea lived on as a lot of the ideas put into the Corvette Nomad were used in the Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon.
As loved as the Bel Air wagon is, imagine what muscle car enthusiasts would have done with this baby had it made it's way to Chevy dealerships.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Chevrolet Chevelle was introduced in 1964, and the model could be anything from an economy car to a very powerful muscle car.
The Chevelle came with (I think) every engine Chevrolet put out, from the 194 CID Inline-Six to the 454 CID Big-Block V8.
The 1970 Chevelle SS equipped with the LS6 454 V8 was probably the pinnacle of the high performance version.
Right out of the showroom, the 454 put out 450 horsepower and 500 foot pounds of torque.
That pushed the 3260 pound car through the quarter mile in 13.1 seconds at 107 mph.
And like I said, that was stock.
I had a friend growing up that had a SS that he had modified that would almost literally tear up the pavement.
More than once I hit my head on the headliner when he popped the clutch and yanked the front wheels off the ground.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Dodge Challenger name has been carried by three different automobile models since it was introduced in 1970.
While the new Challenger model has created a lot of interest, this entry is about the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.
Both the Challenger and it's sister ship the Plymouth Barracuda were created to compete against cars like the Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird.
The Challenger had a longer wheelbase, larger dimensions and more luxurious interior than the Cuda, and was of course aimed at young American buyers.
The top of the line Challenger was the R/T powered by the 426 Hemi V8.
The Hemi cost an extra $1,228, but it gave the Challenger 425 horsepower and 490 pounds of torque.
That allowed the Challenger to cover the quarter mile in a little over 13 seconds at 107.12 mph.
A 1970 Challenger was driven by Jake Kowalski in the original "Vanishing Point" movie.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Plymouth Barracuda could be had with every engine Plymouth carried I think.
You could choose from the lowly 198 cu in Slant-6 all the way up to the 440 cu in V8.
But the 1970 Plymouth Cuda came with a 440 V8 6-pack that put out 390 horsepower.
That allowed the Cuda to turn the quarter in 13 seconds at 105.74.
Friday, February 27, 2009
The 1969 Plymouth Road Runner was a monster.
Powered by a triple-two-barrel 440-cid V-8, putting out 390 horsepower, this Mopar rocket could cover the quarter mile in 12.91 seconds, at 111.8 mph.
And even the critics liked it. The Road Runner was named Motor Trend Car of the Year for 1969.
The "440 Six Pack" Road Runners had no wheel covers or hubcaps and a flat black lift-off fiberglass hood with a fully functional hood scoop.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This car is kinda like Bigfoot, the only clear picture I could find was at http://musclecars.howstuffworks.com/
And now back to more Mopar Madness.
The 1963 Dodge Ramcharger.
The Ramcharger (not to be confused with the large sport utility vehicle) came equipped with a 413 V8 bored out to 426 cubic inches.
Dodge rated the engine at 425 horsepower, but as with a lot of figures from back then, a lot of people think the horsepower ran much higher.
Aluminum front fenders, hood and front bumpers helped to lower the weight of the car, bringing it in at around 3,200 pounds.
On the strip this translated into a 12 second quarter mile at 117 mph.
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