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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

Car: Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The Hurst/Olds returned for the 1969 model year. The biggest change was the switch from the silver and black paint scheme of the previous year to a new Firefrost gold on white paint scheme. Rather than the dual ram air scoops under the front bumper used in 1968 and other Ram Air '69s, the H/O received a functional "mailbox" fiberglass hood scoop with H/O 455 on each side saying what was under the hood. A spoiler was mounted on the trunk and the car sat on 15x7 chrome SSII rims with Goodyear F60x15 Polyglas tires. A pair of English racing mirrors, H/O emblems on the front fenders and deck lid, blacked out 442 grilles, and black hand-applied pinstripes rounded out the exterior features. Interior modifications included the same dual/gate shifter setup as '68 with different woodgrain, painted gold stripes on the headrests, and a Hurst/Olds emblem on the glove-box door.

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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Ford Fairlane 500 H/T 428 Cobra Jet

Car: Ford Fairlane 500 H/T 428 Cobra Jet

Year: 1969

What makes it special: One of the more confusing muscle cars to come from the sixties was the 1969 mid-sized Ford Fairlane 500 Cobra. Some people mistakenly apply the term Torino Cobra. In 1969, Ford attached the Cobra name to a hot version of the Fairlane, powered by the 428 Cobra Jet big-block V8.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 AMC Mark Donohue Signature Edition Javelin

Car: AMC Mark Donohue Signature Edition Javelin

Year: 1970

What makes it special: AMC enticed the Trans-Am series team of Roger Penske and Mark Donohue to campaign the AMC factory team cars for the 1970-'72 seasons. Since SCCA rules mandated that at least 2500 units be built to production standards to support the new Twin Inlet "Ram Air" hood scoop, AMC had to homologate the new Javelin's special features, mostly to legalize the use of their very special Mark Donohue designed rear-deck spoiler.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Studebaker R-3 Supercharged Lark Daytona

Car: Studebaker R-3 Supercharged Lark Daytona

Year: 1964

What makes it special: Among the last South Bend Studebakers were the first 1964 Larks, restyled with square new outer body panels. Overall length grew six inches, the grille became more horizontal with integral headlights, and a pointy new rear end carried high-set tail/backup lamps.

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AJ's Car of the Day '62 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Turbocharged Convertible

Car: Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Turbocharged Convertible

Year: 1962

What makes it special: Chevrolet's Corvair pioneered exhaust gas-driven turbocharging. One of the problems stopping the Corvair Monza Spyder's development into becoming a sports car was go-power. The 80 bhp engine couldn't compete with an Austin-Healey Sprite, so General Motors went by way of turbocharging. End result, the Corvair now had 150 hp at 4,400 rpm, nearly 50 percent better than their 102 bhp "Stage Two" Corvair engine.

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AJ's Car of the Day '68 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

Car: Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

Year: 1968

What makes it special: In 1968, using the same Chrysler B-Platform as their Belvedere as a base, Plymouth set out to build a back-to-basics muscle car. $50K was paid to Warner Bros. / Seven Arts to use the name and likeness of their Road Runner cartoon character, along with another $10K for the famed "Beep-Beep" horn which Plymouth developed and eventually used for the 1969 model. The 1968 model featured the Road Runner character in black and white, which was later printed in color and the horn was used after the deal was finalized for 1969.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Pontiac GTO 2 door Hardtop

Car: Pontiac GTO

Year: 1964

What makes it special: Pontiac GTO was an option package for the Tempest model, available for the two-door coupe, hardtop, and convertible body styles. It was the brainchild of Pontiac engine specialist / engineer Russell Gee, chassis engineer Bill Collins, and Pontiac chief engineer John DeLorean. GTO was basically a violation of GM policy limiting the A-Body intermediate line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cu in, but since the GTO was an option package for the Pontiac Tempest and not standard equipment, it fell into a loophole in the policy. Pontiac sales manager Frank Bridge did not believe it would find a market and insisted on limiting initial production to 5,000 cars.

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Mercury Cougar XR7

Car: Mercury Cougar XR7

Year: 1967

What makes it special: The Cougar finally gave Mercury its own "Pony Car" upon its introduction. Fitting between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, the Cougar was a performance icon for the Mercury name for several decades. Based on the 1967 restyled first-generation Mustang, it had a 3-inch longer wheelbase and new sheet metal. Cougar was available in both a base and XR-7 model, and only came in one 2-door hardtop body style.

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AJ's Car of the Day '53 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Car: Chevrolet Corvette

Year: 1953

What makes it special: Introduced late in the 1953 model year, the first generation Corvette was originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, but generated enough interest to force General Motors to make a production version to sell to the public. First produced on June 30, 1953, a total of 300 hand-built polo white Corvette convertibles were made. This generation is usually referred to as the "solid-axle" models, with a solid rear end as opposed to the independent rear suspension second generation models. The headlights were set behind screen covering the openings.

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AJ's Car of the Day '64 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible

Car: Ford Mustang Convertible

Year: 1964 1/2

What makes it special: The Ford Mustang was unveiled five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year. Its earliest versions are often referred to as 1964½ models, but VIN coded by Ford and titled as 1965 models. Ford's Mustang created the "Pony Car" class of American cars, which are sports-car like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks, spurring competition like Chevrolet's Camaro, Pontiac's Firebird, the AMC Javelin, the restyled Plymouth Barracuda and first gen Dodge Challenger. Initially based on Ford's Falcon platform, more than one million Mustangs were built within the first 18 months. Most of its chassis, suspension, and drivetrain components were those used on Ford's Falcon and Fairlane models.

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