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Muscle Car Mysteries


The Big Three embraced muscle cars as a new found market to sell to - the youth market. They never made up more than 10% of overall sales, yet many times, they got a large portion of advertising dollars.

Many muscle cars were well thought out themed packages. But there were some decisions made during their heyday that defy logic. Why were these decisions made?
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The 1964 GTO set the pattern for what a muscle car should look like: hood treatment, lots of badges and engine callout emblems, bucket seats, a floor shifter and redline tires.

Why did Ford restrict their dual band redline tires to only the 1965/1966 Mustang? Why didn't Ford use single band redlines on it's other muscle cars such as the Fairlane GT and Torino GT like Chrysler and GM did?
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When Ford made it's W and R code 427 an option on the Fairlane in 1967, why weren't they available on the Fairlane GT? They were only available on the 500 XL.
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Why didn't Dodge make the 14" Chrome Road Wheels an option on either the Swinger 340 or the GTS?
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When Dodge made the 440 Magnum an option on the 1969 Dart, why did they choose the GTS with it's bucket seats and floor console (added weight) instead of the Swinger with it's bench seat and column mounted shifter?
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In 1969, Chevy made Power Front Disc Brakes a standard feature on the Nova, Camaro and Chevelle SS. But not on the Z/28. It was a mandatory option instead. Why?
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In 1970 GM's midsized muscle cars were the 442, GTO, GS455 and Chevelle SS. Why did the first three come standard with G70x14 tires while the Chevelle SS had only F70x14 tires?
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Why did Chevy wait until the 1972 model year to give the Nova SS raised white lettered tires?
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In 1970 GM's midsized muscle cars were the 442, GTO, GS455 and Chevelle SS. Why did the first three come standard with G70x14 tires while the Chevelle SS had only F70x14 tires?
----And yet, 1970 El Camino SSs were delivered with G70x14 tires. Bought one new at Slaton Chevy in Ft Liquerdale!.....Bill S
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