Chevrolet Camaro pro street 1968 images

This ’68 Camaro has every goodie you could possibly think of to make it go a little bit faster than the rest, but the lights and signals are all fully functional to make it street legal-theoretically-it just may not be street legal in your state/province/town or other jurisdiction- pro-street does mean either track or street, but this one is for sure more at home on the track-although impressive, its not the vehicle to use when you take your favorite friend to a drive in movie or are cruising Main Street.

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Chevrolet Sedan Delivery 1934 images

Back in  the day a sedan delivery vehicle was common and would be used by merchants, tradesman or anyone else that needs a lighter covered vehicle to haul around tools or deliver product. These units were normally spartan, often with only a drivers seat, and the rear side windows would have sheet metal in place of glass. This Chevy would originally have been powered by the 206 CID (3.38 L) “stove bolt six” and in ’34 the now upgraded engine supplied 80 hp (59.66 kW).

1934 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

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Ford Ranchero 1968 to 1969

Ranchero is still growing-back to ’59 size in 1968 and the new Fairlane Ranchero is now sharing the platform with the full size Torino, which could include the more uptown exterior trim. The interior  upholstery available could be very plush, like its counterpart, with  luxury as one of the options. The brushed aluminum dash instruments feature white numerals, in a four pod cluster. There are warning light indicators for charging and oil pressure rather than gauges. If you have an upscale model then one of the gauge housings could hold a tachometer and another housing a clock, if you chose them.This year, included on all models, is the new seat belt warning light. The whole Ranchero line has a slimmer two spoke steering wheel with a broader safety pad, but includes a horn blowing ring that is still similar to the ’67 models.

Trim levels in ’68 range from a Spartan entry level offer, then the Ranchero 500, to the luxury GT model; the full range now sports a new style flat, three piece grill with the four headlights horizontally oriented, wrap around bumpers, with reflectors, side marker lights doing the double job of parking lights and directional indicators. This year all the goodies for the full size automobiles is also an option for the Ranchero including air conditioning, buckets, center console, AM/FM radio, rim choices, front power disks,  hood scoop (included with the GT), and also offer a vinyl roof; all these are there if you want to pay the price.

Power train options start with the base 250 cu in six up to a full range of V8’s offering fuel economy by mounting a two barrel carburetor but also have a four barrel if fast is more important. The middle of the road engines are the 289 cu in, the 302 cu in (4.9 l), and the new 351 Windsor all with the two barrel as basic equipment. The largest power option available is the 428 cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet FE putting out 390 hp from the factory floor in a detuned mode, but with little tinkering this engine is quite capable of developing  427 hp without much effort or expense. The transmissions available are a four speed FXM automatic, three speed standard, and if you like, for more get up and go, a four speed is also offered for the larger engines.

The 1969 Ranchero changes little from the ’68 offer BUT a little known and extremely rare option package was available, only for the ’69 model year. The “Rio Grande” was around; only by special order and is a trim package for the GT model coming in three “grabber” colors. This special edition sports a scoop in the partly blacked out hood, side stripes, bed rails, vinyl top, and unique wheel centers with “Ford Ranchero Rio Grande” in them.  The Rio Grande version is identified on the registration as a “Special Performance Vehicle” no matter what power train is chosen; another identifying feature is a blank spot on the VIN where the “trim code” would normally be. There is possibly up to 900 units out there somewhere.

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Oldsmobile 442 1969 images

The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 name originates from the models 4 barrel carburator-4 speed manual transmission and 2 exhaust pipes-with the hyphens showing between the numbers. The model was a success and by 1965 there were a two speed automatic or a three speed automatic added to the options list, but the nameplate was kept the same; by the ’68 model year, the hyphens were dropped and the moniker is now 442.

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Oldsmobile Cutlass 1970 images

The Oldsmobile Cutlass base model in  1970 is the F-85 and could be a two door sedan, a two door hard top, four door hard top or four door sedan. The more uptown trimmed  and classy “Cutlass Supreme” has a notch back or the sporty fastback “Cutlass S”  are also on the options sheet. The basic 4-4-2 in 1970 is equipped with the 455 Rocket 88 engine and a four speed with a Hurst shift kit. There are seven body styles  in all in 1970, additionally including a convertible and two different station wagons.

 

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Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds 1971 images

Beginning in 1961 the Cutlass was the top trim choice for the compact Oldsmobile F-85, but the Cutlass name had its greatest success as a mid-size vehicle, from 1964 through the early ’70’s. The Brand was known to be fast, comfortable and dependable; it remains a formidable and imposing muscle car today. There were a number of Cutlass variations including the Supreme, 4-4-2 and Hurst/Olds. Shown here is the 3rd of 25 prototypes tweaked to be a contender as the ’72 Indy 500 pace car. These special edition Hurst/Olds were all powered by the legendary 350 Rocket V8 engine.

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Boxster Roadster by Porsche

The Boxster sports car is a two seat convertible first introduced by Porsche for the 1996 model year. The name is in reference to the horizontally opposed “boxer” engine design. The car is upgraded and a new “S” version introduced in 2000 with this first generation in production until the end of 2004. Both variations had a design upgrade and power increase for 2003. The creature comfort changes include a rear glass window replacing the plastic one, a glove box is fitted into the dash, electric hood/trunk release added, and a new sporty steering wheel. Mechanically in ’03 the engine air intake is revised and the exhaust system is reworked as well. The color of the front turn indicators is changed from yellow to clear while the rear cluster is changed from a shade of gray to amber with the side marker lighting now clear for many markets although U.S. bound models retain the yellow ones in ‘03.

Porsche Boxter Roadster© Hupeng | Dreamstime.com – White Porsche Boxster Photo

The introduction of the second generation “Boxster 987” type is the big news for the 2005 model year. The transmissions offered initially are the Tip Tronic automatic five speed and the five speed standard with a six speed introduced as an option later in production. The new generation of both models is in the showrooms for the 2005 model year. The 2009 models have a few cosmetic body revisions and also get a power boost through mechanical upgrades as well. The third generation “Boxster 981” type is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and launched for the 2012 model year.

All the 986 and 987 Boxster’ are equipped with the M96 water cooled mid-mounted flat six engine configured horizontally giving the car very good weight distribution, low center of gravity, and neutral handling. This is the first model produced by Porsche to feature a mid-mount water cooled engine design. The earliest models had a problem with cracking and slipping cylinder liners which was resolved by the 2000 model year.

Porsche Boxter Roadster yellow© Swtrekker | Dreamstime.com – 2014 Porsche Boxster Photo

The original mid- mounted 2.5 Liter flat six engine produces 150 kW (204 PS, 201 hp) of power and bolted to the standard transmission can do 0-100 km/h (0-60mph)in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 240 kmh (149 mph) but equipped with the Tip Tronic automatic does the quarter mile in a much slower 7.6 seconds with a slightly lower top speed. The original Boxster is restyled in 2000 and the flat six is replaced by a 2.7 liter engine with  a horse power rating of 162 kW (220 PS, 217 hp) and bolted to the standard  will do the quarter in 6.6 seconds and will reach 250 km/h (155mph) with the automatic version slightly slower and lower. However 2000 also sees the new “S” version released equipped with a 3.2 liter power plant putting out 185 kW (253 PS, 250 hp) and with the standard does the quarter in 5.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph); comfort and convenience come at a price with the automatic version slightly slower.

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Olds Rocket 88-1959 to1962

The Oldsmobile Rocket 88 for 1959 is longer, lower, and like the rest of the full size GM offers from entry level to the Cadillac is on the B-body. Semi-fastback with a clean more linear look; much less chrome is “in” and the entire 88 collection is on a longer 123 inch wheel base. The power offers are getting bigger with a four barrel on a 394 cu in putting out 315 hp (235 kW) as standard equipment on the Super 88. The basic Dynamic 88 has a two barrel 371 cu in power plant putting out 265 hp (198 kW) although that could be optioned up to a four barrel developing 300 hp (220 kW).

Oldsmobile 88 stock car© Redwood8 | Dreamstime.com – 1959 Lee Petty Oldsmobile NASCAR Stock Car Photo

The grill and tail light revision is the biggest change for the 1960 model year with the same engines as last year in the Super and Dynamic but the basic 371 is detuned somewhat to put out only 240 hp (179 kW) although it will run well on regular gas. The transmission casing is a slimmer design this year giving a bit more room in the passenger compartment.

The Oldsmobile 88’s are on an all new “guard beam” frame in 1961 and coils have replaced the older leaf spring design on all models. The late 50’s recession is over and the Olds is slightly shorter, narrower, looking trimmer but on the same wheel base. The windshield does not have the compound curve any longer and is mounted in a straight angled “A” pillar eliminating a dogs leg where the pillar meets the body. The tail lights have also been modified are now with one each side and recessed inward. The whole 88 line up now comes with the 394 V8 but the Dynamic version has a two barrel giving 250 hp (186 kW) and will run on regular fuel while the Super has a four barrel sitting on the intake with a newer higher compression 394 engine developing 325 hp (242 kW). The optional automatic four speed has been replaced by the three speed “Roto” Hydra-matic for those that do not want to shift.

Oldsmobile 88 1959© Hellen8 | Dreamstime.com – Luxury American Cars Photo

In the summer of ’61 Olds introduces a new luxury sport convertible called the Starfire based on the Super 88 but this model comes with bucket seats and a floor console-this is the first American made car to feature an automatic transmission shifter mounted in a console. The Starfire’s other basic goodies include the steering, brakes, windows, and driver’s seat are all power activated with the engine being an “ultra high” compression 394 offering 335 hp (250 kW).

Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 1959© Swtrekker | Dreamstime.com – 1959 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Photo

The 1962 Oldsmobile gets a new grill, new front bumper, and the tail lights are now oval replacing the rounded style with the uptown Super and Starfire getting two tail lights instead one to differentiate it from the lesser Dynamic model. The entry level engine now puts out  280 hp (209 kW) but needs high octane gas or a no cost option is a regular fuel burning 260 hp (194 kW) version for the frugal consumers. The Skyrocket 88 puts out 330 horses but the Super 88 and Starfire have the 394 developing 345 horse power for more get up and go. The ’62 models all have a speed bar style speedometer with a rolling cylinder that changes color as the speed increases being green at low speed, yellow as the car moves quicker, red at freeway speed, and then turns black in excess of 100 mph. Heaters in ’62 become part of the basic package on all models and versions without air conditioning have button operated fresh air vents mounted on the dash to the right of the steering wheel where the air con unit is mounted if you chose that option.

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AC Cobra Mark III

The 1966 Shelby Cobra started out as a traditional style British roadster with an empty engine compartment sent by air freight from AC Motors in the U.K. to Shelby in Los Angeles in early 1962. The two seat roadster body was hand built with an aluminum body panels on a tubular steel frame. The car was fitted first with a 2.6 liter engine from a Ford Zephyr complete with transmission in eight hours. The job wasn’t finished; the front end had to be re-engineered to accommodate the weight as well as installing a Salisbury 4HU differential – the same as an “E” type Jaguars to accommodate the increased power. Further modifications included moving the inboard brakes outboard and altering the AC Ace 2.6 steering box to make more room for the engine.
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The Cobra Mark 1 – a prototype was fitted with a small block Ford 260 cu in (4.3 L) engine.  Finally in late summer 1965 about 528 units of the Cobra Mark II are produced using a Ford Windsor 289 cu in. engine. The suspension is a transverse leaf spring design and the car is fitted with rack and pinion steering. The steering rack is from an MGB design and the steering column is the same as the new VW beetles’.
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This is the car that dominated the U.S. domestic race series (USRRC) for three years with only one lost race. On other racing circuits the car didn’t fare as well because of poor aerodynamics. Shelby went back to work with the engineers on a coupe. It was an eleventh hour decision to put a Ford 427 cu in (7.0 L) over the Ford 390 with very little time to develop a vehicle to race. Shelby had tried a 390 in an earlier Mark II prototype that failed to finish in Sebring – the driver of the Mark II 390 gave it a nickname of “The Turd” and said it was not drivable.
Detroit Ford worked with Shelby on the Mark III. They made a new 4’ (102 mm) tubular chassis with coil spring suspension with wider fenders, a larger radiator, and fitted it with a side oiler 427 (7.0 L) engine rated at 425 bhp (317 kW). The competition model will do 185 mph (298 km/h) while the street legal model reaches 164 mph (262 km/h). Production started on the competition version of the Cobra Mark III in January 1965. The Shelby race team did not get to race the car although there were many private race teams that had success with the Mark III into the ‘70’s. There were 31 remaining unsold Mark III S/C (semi-competition) units that were detuned, fitted with windshields, and then sold for street use.
There was one of two only original “Super Snake” 1966 Cobra Mark III 427’s  sold for a record $5.5 million U.S., for this one of a kind 800 horse power version, at a Barrette-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 21, 2009.
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Shelby wanted his Cobra to beat Corvettes and the car accomplished that at Riverside International Raceway on February 02, 1963. The Cobra passed the Corvettes, Jaguars, Porches, and Maseratis in the historic victory. One AC Cobra coupe was clocked at 299 km/h (186 mph) on the M1 Motorway in the U.K. and this incident caused the British government to impose a 110 km/h (70 mph) speed limit on their freeways which up until that point had no speed limit.

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