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Hemmings Muscle Machines January 2021

Each issue is packed with photos & coverage of American Muscle Cars from the 60's through today.

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1 min
owner’s view

The way we ended up obtaining this car was interesting enough, but then to discover later on it was a “Brass Hat” AMX makes its history a little more compelling. Add the trailer hitch and it changes again. When people see the hitch today, they are usually surprised to learn that we had it installed and used it. Fortunately, it’s never been in an accident, so that has helped us maintain as much of the car’s originality as possible. Some of the decals under the hood are deteriorating, but they tell a story. Same with the original floor carpet and seat upholstery. The only other upgrade we bit the bullet on was a modern air conditioning system that replaced the factory unit; the Arizona sun can be relentless. There’s a…

11 min
fun with big fords: 1960-’67

THE 1958 MODEL YEAR was a rough one for performance enthusiasts. At the behest of the Automobile Manufacturers Association, the Big Three had agreed to abandon the horsepower wars. In Dearborn, the Ford Y-block went from being a powerhouse, available with a supercharger or dual quads and up to 300 horsepower, to being a humdrum 205-hp second-rank engine. Its successor as top dog, the new FE-series big-block V-8, came in 265-hp, 332-cu.in. and 300-hp, 352-cu.in. flavors, but neither was world-shaking in its performance. Although the 1957-’58 recession is typically blamed, it feels significant to the muscle enthusiast that only quotidian Rambler gained market share in the 1958 model year. The hot 1957 Rebel wasn’t so key to its image that doing away with it hurt anything, and the practical appeal of…

3 min
auction news

DALLAS DEALINGS Mecum finished up another auction in Dallas, Texas, this past October, with impressive car sales of more than $23.8›million and a 82-percent sell-through rate. Delving into the numbers, muscle cars represented a little over $6.5›million at a 76-percent sell-through, with 100-plus cars changing hands. The top American muscle car sale was a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, which had undergone a comprehensive restoration that used a large amount of NOS parts. This example, KK 2399, featured the NASCAR-bred 429/375-hp “820-T” version of Ford’s hemi-type V-8 engine, complete with displacement rocker cover callouts, lip-seal air cleaner, and OEM-level detailing. A four-speed and 3.91›Traction-Lok rear end comprised part of the factory Drag Pack equipment and it was further enhanced with the factory Competition Suspension and power brakes with front discs. The…

8 min
1968 plymouth road runner

ENGINE Two potent V-8 engines were available in the Road Runner for ’68: the standard, 335-hp 383-cu.in. B-series big-block, which used heads, cam, and exhaust manifolds from the Super Commando 440, and the legendary 425-hp, 426-cu.in. Hemi. Off-the-shelf parts for both are still readily available and original parts for 383 cars remain plentiful. Finding correct, vintage Hemi parts is increasingly difficult and expensive, but not impossible. Both engines offer myriad upgrade possibilities to the owner who is interested in the Day Two or restomod treatment. TRANSMISSION & AXLES Buyers of new Road Runners in 1968 had the choice of the standard A833 four-speed manual transmission, with Inland (later, Hurst) floor shifter. Optional was a column-shifted TorqueFlite A727 three-speed automatic. Both are famously robust and remain well supported. Standard was a 3.23:1-geared 8¾-inch axle.…

8 min
all about that bass

PEER BENEATH THE hood of Ron Shaw’s full-figured ’66 Impala SS and it wouldn’t be a shock to find a tidy LS3 nestled into the frame rails, with a cone-filter-capped intake tube wrapped around the front of the engine compartment. It’s the current trend, after all — one that has done much to reinvigorate the performance world and establish new benchmarks for horsepower. Then again, there’s nothing like the basso profundo of a big-block, which is what Ron’s Chevy is actually running. In fact, you don’t even have to gaze under the hood. You know it the moment it turns over. It’s like a satisfying timpani solo from the tailpipes that you can feel in your chest. “It’s an original big-block car and even though I wanted to go the restomod route to…

2 min

BANG-ON 442 I wish to congratulate Barry Kluczyk and Chuck Yee for the great article on the 442 in Electric Spice (“Up From the Ashes,” HMM #207). Chuck did a great job, as did designer Murray Pfaff. I can only put it this way: That car is the way a ’77 442 would look if GM was selling one now. The wheels are gorgeous, and I love the font and style of the lettering and the colors. The interior combination of cloth and leather is sumptuous —luxury oriented, while sophisticated in a European styling sense. The motor is a treat and I love the gold treatment and homage to classic 442 engines. It was really well done. I have subscribed since issue #1 and this car compares well with many of…