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Muscle Cars

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When a person sees a modern muscle car, like the 2012 Camaro for example, does he ever wonder about how that design came about? What about when and why? Has he ever thought about how those cars have changed our world today? Or what about what makes a muscle car a muscle car as opposed to a sports car or some other car? Historical events and societal changes have influenced the production of muscle cars, and in turn they have changed the car industry by researching and developing speed technology, making it more economic for everyone and making racing more interesting.
There were many muscle cars made in the classic muscle car era. The car that is most often considered the first muscle car of the Classic Muscle Car Era is the Pontiac GTO. The GTO was originally an option package for the Pontiac Tempest. The GTO option package included a bigger motor, different carburetor, dual exhaust, and offered up more horsepower and torque than the Tempest (Wikipedia Pontiac GTO). Although most people consider the 1964 Pontiac GTO the start of the muscle car era, some people consider earlier cars “muscle cars,” although they were not a part of the Classic Muscle Car Era (Leffingwell and Holmstrom).
One reason the muscle car was originally produced was due to the young Vietnam War veterans who had a need for speed. The young veterans who had been in Vietnam for at least a few years had a need for the feeling of freedom and the best way they could find it was racing down the highway in a car at high speeds. Thus, to help appeal to the younger generation, auto manufacturers packed more power in their cars. As more technological advances came about, the power steadily increased (Leffingwell and Holmstrom).
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...speed and handling, is purely designed for the drag strip (Wikipedia, Ford Motor Company). While Shelby American focused on both types of muscle cars, Chevy’s muscle cars mainly focused on race tracks (Wikipedia, Chevrolet). Dodge and other Mopar’s were focused on the drag strip (Wikipedia, Dodge).
This is how the modern muscle cars, such as the Chevy Camaro, came into existence. Without muscle cars much of the speed and safety technology we know today would either be nonexistent or very expensive. Those are the differences between all the different types of cars, from a convertible to a muscle car. Additionally this is a brief account of historical events and societal changes that have influenced the production of muscle cars. These are the ways that muscle car production has helped create and yet change the racing industry by making it safer and more interesting.
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