The Edsel was a car before its time. Ford made a big deal out this one. Throughout its development it was known as the “E-car” as in “Experimental.” The company splashed out tons of money on marketing and TV spots. Following the success of the Thunderbird the Edsel was supposed to be Ford’s next big thing. It failed…hard. At the time the body design was considered ugly and many of the enhancements were considered superflous.
Today in muscle car restoration circles the Edsel is considered BEAUTIFUL. The ’58 Edsel had a sticker price of $3500 and restored showcars have been known to sell for near triple digits!
Riding on a 124 inch wheelbase with a 22 degree approach angle the Edsel pumped 345 bph out of a 410 cubic inch 6.7 liter MEL V8. This is one old school ride we would love to hook-up for an in-house chassis dyno test!
The Edsel came with a lot of bells and whistles. And a good number of the standard features were revolutionary for the time. For instance the “Teletouch” shifter, which controlled the automatic transmission selection electronically from push buttons in the center of the steering wheel hub. (A series of planetary gears in the column keeps the buttons stationary as the wheel turns.) Many other Edsel-original ideas are still found on today’s cars.
Oh, and the Edsel’s Chief Designer was Roy A. Brown, Jr. whose 1955 Lincoln Futura went on to become the original Batmobile, so thats cool.
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Before Pontiac slapped a massive decal on the hood, the Firebird was one of the premiere muscle cars out there. The ’68 stands out as an exceptionally beautiful ride. MSN Auto rated it as one of the Top 10 Muscle Cars of All-Time.
In contrast to the sharp, straight lines of many competitor models the Firebird had rounded swooping lines. Yes, it was called “coke bottle” design because from a profile view it resembled the shape of the classic glass bottle, BUT the design shape was originally created for use in high-speed airplanes as a way of greatly reducing the sharp drag rise that occurs at transonic speeds.
There were several motor options available in ’68, the beefiest being a 400 cubic inch (6.6 liter) Pontiac Air Ram II V8 capable of churning out 325 hp during chassis dyno testing. The Air Ram add-on didn’t effect overall horsepower but it did make the motor peak at a higher RPM.
Produced right in the sweet spot of late 60’s muscle this is a classic restoration project worth putting your time into. With a deft touch there aren’t many rides better looking than this one.
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SHELBY. The name is royalty in automotive circles. A name sinonamous with innovative design and rumbling ballsy motors. The 60’s era Shelby Cobra is a dream restoration project for money enthusiasts. For many of the major car brands it is difficult to pick a future classic. With Ford it has always been easy: Mustang plus the deft touch of Shelby.
50 years after their initial collaboration Ford and Shelby are still churning out classics. The 2012 GT500 is no exception. The top dog of modern muscle cars the GT500 is an absolute beast.
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Its supercharged 5.4 liter V8 engine kicked out 550 horsepower during chassis dyno testing and 510 pound-feet of torque. It hits zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
As always the Shelby touch makes it a beauty as well. With 19-inch alloy wheels, racing stripes and iconic cobra decals the 2012 is a looker. If you want to drown out the mean sound of the motor a 10-speaker, 1000-watt sound system is available. But, then again why would you want to drown out that beautiful rumble?
What will your muscle car restoration project be twenty years down the line? What will your kids choose to restore when they take over the garage? Ford/Shelby is always one hell of an option.
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