Thursday, July 6, 2017

Muscle At the Concours

One of the most popular classes at the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance is always American Performance. These are always some of the best examples of muscle cars around. This year's class featured a 1970 Shelby American GT 250. This is the product of the design skills of Carroll Shelby and the mechanicals of Ford.
This 1966 Pontiac Catalina has been family owned for 35 years. It sports a 421 cubic inch V 8 that pushes 376 horse power.
A 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 was also on display. This was the last year of the high performance Mustangs for a while. Performance came from a 351 cubic inch Cleveland Cobra Jet V 8 engine rated at 266 horse power.
One of only 569 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T convertibles ever produced was also on display. This matching numbers car was found in an Oklahoma salvage yard and was fully restored in 2001.
This 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst was the winner of Best in Class. It is number 503 of only 906 produced that year and has a 455 cubic inch, 380 horse power V 8 that was tuned by Hurst Performance Research Company.
Another numbers matching car is this 1966 Dodge Charger Fastback. The owner got this car back in 1985. It has a 383 cubic inch four barrel V 8.
A 1971 Plymouth Road Runner that was fully restored in 2009 was also on display. It sports a 340 cubic inch four barrel V 8 engine rated at 275 horse power.
There are only 13,000 original miles on this 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ. It has a 428 cubic inch, 370 horse power V 8 and was one of only 302 manufactured with a four speed gear box.

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