Muscle FOUR DOOR SEDANS 523

No, Not Muscle Cars, Muscle FOUR DOOR SEDANS

Not all Muscle Cars are wrapped in a coupe or fastback body. Some have their massive engines lurking in the engine bay of an innocent looking sedan, waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting.

This isn’t intended to be a top 10 list or ranking as the article covers 66 years of development. Instead, it’s a peek at a few steps in the process of moving from the 135 HP 1949 Oldsmobile to the 707 HP 2015 Dodge.

1949 Oldsmobile 88Not all Muscle Cars are wrapped in a coupe or fastback body. Some have their massive engines lurking in the engine bay of an innocent looking sedan, waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting.

This isn’t intended to be a top 10 list or ranking as the article covers 66 years of development. Instead, it’s a peek at a few steps in the process of moving from the 135 HP 1949 Oldsmobile to the 707 HP 2015 Dodge.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 Deluxe Four Door
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By 1967 the Chevy block had matured into the excellent L79 performance engine. Available in just about every version the 1967 Chevelle, the 327 V-8 – the first with a hydraulic high-performance cam – produced 325 HP and was available backed by a four-speed manual transmission. 0-60 took just 6.6 seconds (remember, narrow bias tires and no traction control other than the driver’s foot). Quarter mile times were a respectable 15.1 seconds (again on narrow OEM rubber). Dad, can I borrow the car?

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