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AJ's Car of the Day '53 Chevrolet Corvette

Car: Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Year: 1953

What makes it special: The first generation Corvette was introduced in late 1953. Originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, it generated enough interest to force GM to make a production version to sell to the public. First production was on June 30, 1953. It was the first year of what is referred to as the "solid rear axle" models. ( The first of the famous independent rear axle Corvettes began in 1963.)

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra SCJ 429

Car: Ford Torino King Cobra SCJ 429

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra SCJ 429 prototype is basically a piece of automotive history with just two ever built. The project was developed in order to compete at NASCAR, but when NASCAR increased the minimum number of cars produced for the public from 500 to 3,000 units for a car to qualify, Ford abandoned the project.

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AJ's Car of the Day '70 1/2 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Year: 1970 1/2

What makes it special: The second generation F-bodied Camaro was introduced February 26, 1970. It was longer, lower, and wider than the first generation Camaro. A convertible body-type was no longer available. GM engineers call the second generation much more of a driver's car than its predecessor. The new body style featured a fastback roofline and ventless full-door glass with no rear side quarter windows.

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AJ's Car of the Day '72 Plymouth Duster 340

Car: Plymouth Duster 340

Year: 1972

What makes it special: Debuting in 1970, the Plymouth Duster was produced as a performance version of the Plymouth Valiant. Bringing huge bang for the buck with its performance 340 V8, the Duster put many bigger muscle cars to shame. For 1972, Duster received a new set of long thin taillights, and standardized marker lights. The 340's hood scoop was changed to a new dual snorkel scoop, similar to the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

Car: Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

Year: 1970

What makes it special:  The Cyclone Spoiler was for the performance minded with front and rear spoilers, racing stripes that went from front to the rear of the car, a hood scoop for ram air induction, racing mirrors and a competition package.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible

Car: Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The 1969 Buick GS 400 was the season's only GM muscle car intermediate to come standard with functional hood scoops, something none of its higher-profile corporate siblings had. The "Cool Air" induction system used a twin-snorkel air cleaner with two foam muffs that sealed against the scoop openings. Buick said the system increased peak horsepower by eight percent and peak torque by six percent over the entire rpm range.

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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX Hemi

Car: Plymouth Belvedere GTX Hemi

Year: 1967

What makes it special: There were plenty of fast Plymouths before 1967, but they didn't have the performance image pioneered by Pontiac's GTO. Plymouth finally addressed this with an executive-class muscle car with the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX. It was intended to be an exceptional blend of style and performance. What set it apart it from a normal Belvedere was its special grille and rear fascia, as well as mock hood scoops, chrome "pit stop" fuel filler cap and optional racing stripes.

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AJ's Car of the Day '63 Mercury Marauder S-55

Car: Mercury Marauder S-55

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Mercury added the S-55, a full-size performance / luxury vehicle to its "S" or "Special" line in 1962. It was introduced to be a match for Ford's Galaxie 500/XL. In 1963 S-55 was offered in four different body styles including a 2-door Breezeway Hardtop, a 4-door Breezeway Hardtop, and a 2-door Convertible. Later that year you could also get the S-55 as a 2 door fastback. All of these models included the full S-55 trim of bucket seats and console.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2

Car: Pontiac Catalina 2+2

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The 2+2 made its debut in 1964 as an interior trim level for the Catalina model with special door panels, buckets seats, and center console. Pontiac marketed the 2+2 as the "big brother" to its popular Pontiac GTO model. For 1965 the name Catalina was no longer found on the car, although the 2+2 was its own separate series for the 1966 model year only.

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AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Ford Custom

Car: Ford Custom 500

Year: 1967

What makes it special: The Custom model was the most basic full-size two or four door Ford you could buy. Standard trim and creature comforts were limited to sun visors, a chrome horn ring, chrome windshield and back window moldings, armrests on all doors, rubber mats, and the word “Custom” displayed on the front fenders. As a result of this Spartan trim level, most Customs were given fleet use as taxis, police cars, and other official functions. Buyers who wanted a slight upgrade could opt for the Custom 500, offering carpet instead of mats, armrests with ashtrays, and an extra chrome spear along the front half of each side of the car.

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