Popular Muscle Cars With Hidden Flaws
Not everything was perfect with these popular muscle cars, and to be totally sincere form start – I don’t give a damn, some of them will be always my dream cars!
Muscle cars are some of the most coveted performance machines in America. They always have been, and I don’t see how they’ll ever stop being popular. Yes, there are plenty of performance alternatives these days. Numerous sports cars, high-performance JDM cars and even performance trucks. But Muscle cars will always have that special place in every true American gearhead’s heart.
Now for some cold, harsh truth. Muscle cars of old aren’t exactly fast by today’s standards. For instance, new Ford Focus RS with 350 horsepower at tap accelerates to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Precious few muscle cars from the bygone era can get close to that figure, let alone beat it. And, when you pit them against nimble Focus RS on the track, they’re practically done for from the get-go. This is where restomodding comes in handy. It enhances classic car’s driving dynamics and performance, and prolongs their already long and unnatural life. Then again, there are people who abhor such fusion of old iron and new tech. We understand both these groups as both ways have their pros and cons.
Some popular muscle cars, on the other hand, require enhancements in order to be what people expect them to. Some were much slower than advertised, others were a chore to drive due to extremely high power outputs and uneven weight distributions. Whichever the reason, many famous nameplates were actually much worse than we think they are. Such things simply tend to be omitted for sentimental reasons. We will not even mention the old juice brakes, suspension issues, minor issues and glitches.
Here are 10 famous muscle cars with skeletons in their closets.
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
Speaking of Camaro, here’s one of the worst in history. By the time 1975 arrived, Camaro and its stablemate Firebird remained the only pony cars available in the market. ‘Cuda, Challenger and Javelin were discontinued, Mustang became a subcompact, while Cougar grew in size. Needless to say, that gave Chevy an excuse not to be bothered with Camaro. And they weren’t. They already restyled it for 1974 by adding 7 inches of aluminum bumpers and forward-sloping grille. Although federally mandated, the change disfigured Camaro.
So, what could possibly be worse than that? You guessed it – catalytic converter. Installed in 1975 models, dreaded catalytic converters further choked the crap out of already anemic pony cars. Top performance model Camaros only generated 155 horsepower via 350ci small-block V8. A considerable drop considering 1974 models developed 245 hp with the same engine. To make things brighter, ’74 models used gross hp ratings while ’75 models finally switched to SAE net power ratings. Despite marketing sub-par product and discontinuing the Z/28 models, Camaro sales rose considerably. That’s monopoly 101 for you.
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