Car: Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport LS-6 454 Sport Coupe
What makes it special: The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 was a beast of a muscle car. When GM lifted its displacement ban on midsize cars, Chevrolet responded with a 454 cu in V8 that started at 360 bhp and ended at a barbaric 450. This was the muscle car summit.
What made it famous: The restyled Chevelle had a Super Sport as an option package for hardtops and convertibles. It came with power front disc brakes, F1 suspension, Polyglas F70x14s, and a domed hood. Fat dorsal stripes were optional, but were included with the new $147 cowl-induction hood, which had a flapper near the base of the windshield that opened at full throttle to feed air to the engine. Now, we add the LS6. This was the take-no-prisoners 454 V8, with a 800-cfm Holley 4-barrel on an aluminum manifold, 11.25:1 compression, solid lifters, four-bolt mains, forged steel crank and connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, and deep-groove accessory pullies. No production engine ever had a higher factory horsepower rating.
Why I would want one: It's just such THE muscle car. You say Chevelle in any circle, and the name Super Sport comes up. You say 'LS-6', and folks pay extra attention. It's a great looking, very potent muscle car.
Fun fact: The Chevelle Super Sport LS6's thunder also seemed to signal an approaching storm, one that would dampen muscle for years to come. Testers claimed after an LS6 experience that "it was fair to say that the Supercar as we know it may have gone as far as it's going."
( 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS-6 Sport Coupe photo from corvettemike.com )