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AJ's Car of the Day: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Sportsroof)

Car: Ford Mustang Mach 1 ( Sportsroof )

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The Mustang Mach 1 was introduced in August of 1968 as a new package for the 1969 model year.

What made it famous: The Mach 1 was so successful for it's debut in 1969 that Ford discontinued the Mustang's GT model the following year. ( The "GT" badge returned in 1982 ) The Mach 1 package was only available in the "Sportsroof" body style (which was previously known as a "Fastback"), and never available on the Coupe or Convertible.

Why I would want one: The available Mach 1 V8's ( from a 351 to 428 Cobra Jet), plus the obvious visual and performance items: A matte black hood treatment with hood pins, hood scoop (including optional Shaker scoop), competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, magnum wheels on Goodyear Polyglas Tires, chrome exhaust tips, dealer optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers...just to name a few of the reasons.

Fun fact: Ford first used the name "Mach 1" in its 1959 display of a concept "Levacar" called the Ford Rotunda. This concept vehicle used a cushion of air as propulsion on a circular dais.

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1966 Hemi Plymouth Satellite

Car: Hemi Plymouth Satellite

Year: 1966

What makes it special: In addition to receiving a body restyle for 1966, the Plymouth Satellite was now available with the newly optional "Street Hemi" engine, which had two 4-barrel carburetors, and 10.25:1 compression.

What made it famous: The Satellite's 426 Street Hemi V8. In actual testing, it produced 433.5 horsepower and 472 lb·ft of torque in stock form. It was equipped with two Carter AFB carburetors.  

Why I would want one: It's got a very clean but classic design, and the 426 Hemi V8 is one of the most sought after and desired engines of all time. Plus, the Plymouth Satellite is just plain cool....available only in a two-door hardtop or convertible for that year.

Fun fact: The 426 Hemi was nicknamed the "Elephant Engine" due to its heavy weight and large outer dimensions. Its deck height and bore spacing made it the biggest engine in racing at the time.

 

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AJ's Impossible Trivia

Q: THREE THINGS PEOPLE SAID THEY DID EVERY MORNING: NUMBER ONE WAS PEE, NUMBER TWO WAS MAKE COFFEE, WHAT IS NUMBER 3? A: LOOK OUTSIDE ( HINT: SHOULD YOU STAY IN BED? )

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AJ's Top 10 List

A Houston father is giving his son some tough love by having him arrested after the 12-year-old went joyriding with his white Mustang on Monday, he says. Miguel Hernandez said his son stole the vehicle and led police on a high-speed chase. The son and two friends drove the car about 20 miles between the Southeastern Texas towns of Conroe and Cleveland on a highway, authorities told the station. The chase reached speeds of 80 mph before the Mustang blew a tire, which concluded the pursuit, the station reported. After recovering his vehicle, Hernandez is showing no leniency for his son. He is pressing charges against him and the 15- and 16-year-old who were also in the car, the station reported. The father, who could not be reached for comment. Read more...

AJ's Car of the Day: 1965 Chrysler 300L Two-door Hardtop

Car:  Chrysler 300L Two-door Hardtop

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The 1965 Chrysler 300L was the final year of the traditional letter series. The 300 "letter series" cars were among the vehicles that focused on performance built by Chrysler after World War II, and are considered one of the muscle car's ancestors, though much more expensive and exclusive.

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S-3

 Car: Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S-3

Year: 1974

What makes it special: The 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S-3 replaced the discontinued Super Sport as the sporty/performance option on the Chevelle. V8 engine offerings included a standard 145 hp, 2-barrel 350, and optional powerplants up to a 230 hp, 4-barrel 454. It retained the Endura front bumper from the previous year.

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne

Car: Chevrolet Biscayne

Year: 1964

What makes it special: It was the low budget Chevrolet, known for its absence of most exterior and fancy interior trimmings throughout the series. A few slight upgrades were made when 1964 models came standard with a deluxe steering wheel with horn ring, deep-twist carpeting and foam-cushioned front seats.

What made it famous: You could buy a Biscayne with any of Chevrolet's high-output Big Block V8 engines like the  400 hp or dual 4-barrel equipped 425 hp 409 cu in V8, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with a floor mounted Hurst shifter and low-ratio final drive.

Why I would want one: It was a blank canvas. A made to order factory hot rod. What it lacked in flash was more than made up for in raw horsepower. It's a definite sleeper.

Fun fact: Although the 1961 to 1964 second generation Biscayne is most often remembered for its potent 409 engine, most of the cars produced were family cars with boring, low-power engines.

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 2

Car: Buick GSX 455 Stage 2

 

Year: 1970

 

What makes it special: The Stage 2 option that was originally a checklist item in 1968  was available in 1970. Checking that option box got you a boatload of performance goods in your Buick GS.

 

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1970 Chrysler 300 "Hurst Edition"

Car: Chrysler 300 "Hurst Edition" (300 H)

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1970 Chrysler 300 “Hurst Edition” (unofficially known as the Chrysler 300 H) was a collaboration between Chrysler and Hurst Performance. The 300 Hurst is one of the largest coupes ever made, yet cranked out 375 horsepower from its big-block 440 V8 engine.

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1971 Pontiac Ventura Sprint

Car: Pontiac Ventura Sprint

Year: 1971

What makes it special: It was the first year for the X-bodied, Chevrolet Nova Clone produced by Pontiac for General Motors.

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