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A Touch of Class

03/15/2013 04:42PM, Published by anonymous, Categories: In Print, Life+Leisure




Top Ten Favorite Classic Cars

When watching the parade of cars during the Kool April Nites Cruise, does your heart skip a beat when you see the classic car you've imagined yourself driving since you were 16? Maybe you already own that car of your dreams. See if your favorite classic car made it to our Top 10 list. Don't forget to go to our website and vote for the next Top 10.

1934 Ford Model B (The Little Deuce Coupe) In the summer of 1963, the Beach Boys sang “Little Deuce Coupe” and made the Model B famous to everyone; however, hot-rodders already knew this was the easiest car to strip and soup-up.

1949 Mercury Coupe James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause” car, of course. You can see the original for yourself at the National Automobile Museum in Reno.

1959 Cadillac The largest production tail fins ever produced, combined with jetpod tail lights, made people stop and gasp; look lower on the ’59, as the front grill is mimicked in the rear.

1968 Ford Mustang G.T. 390 Fastback The most influential car chase scene ever produced, featuring Steve McQueen tearing around San Francisco in a Highland Green G.T.; two cars were used in the film, one was crushed, the other supposedly sits in an Ohio hay barn.

1956 Ford Thunderbird The car driven by Suzanne Somers, who befuddled Richard Dreyfuss in “American Graffiti;” the car had a base sticker price of $2,765 for the hardtop convertible.

1957 Chevy Bel Air This is the car with staying power: A dedicated team of stylists and used-car salesmen continued to turn out about 200,000 1957 Bel Airs between the years 1957 and 1967 in a small auto assembly plant located outside Jacksonville, Ill.

1965 Pontiac GTO Before John DeLorean became infamous for Michael J. Fox’s time machine in “Back to the Future,” he creates what many hail as the first American muscle car. The GTO clearly violated General Motors' restrictions on racing and power-to-weight ratios at the time of its development.

1967 Chevy Corvette 427 Sting Ray When the ‘Vette debuted in 1953, it only came in white; color options for 1967, called the best ‘Vette ever produced, included Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Rally Red, Marina Blue, Lyndale Blue, Elkhart Blue, Goodwood Green, Sunfire Yellow, Silver Pearl and Marlboro Maroon.

1964 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback While the Mustang was the first of the so-called, “pony” cars, the ‘Cuda actually came out first, beating the debut of the Mustang by two weeks. Plymouth executives wanted to call the car the Panda.

1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 While not the fastest of the muscle cars, the standard solid-lifter 302-cid V-8 engine with its four-barrel carburetor meant the Z28s could run the quarter mile in 14.8 seconds at 101 mph.



enjoyables A Touch of Class Classic Cars Ford Model B Mercury Coupe Cadillac Ford Mustang G.T. Ford Thunderbird Chevy Bel Air Pontiac GTO Chevy Corvette 427 Sting Ray Plymouth Barracuda Fastback


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