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In songs and in the showroom, the Pontiac Tempest GTO captured attention of muscle car fans and the general public alike. Check out photos and specs of the 1965 Pontiac Tempest GTO.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Buick found out that the public didn't want muscle cars in formal attire, as sales of the pricey 1966 Skylark Gran Sport tanked. Learn more about the 1966 Buick Skylark Gran Sport.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Everyone knows the Camaro Z28. Yet this muscle car was originally supposed to be an unheralded model. Learn how the legend grew out of a ploy to meet racing rules in the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

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The Big Bang in muscle car's evolution is the 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO. "The Goat" generated a cult following and sent rivals scrambling to come up with similar machines. Learn about the Tempest GTO.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The Chevrolet Chevelle's climb to muscle car stardom began with a couple of mid-1965 maneuvers to recapture lost ground. The result was the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. Learn more about this muscle car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

In some ways, more turned out to be less in the 1966 Chevelle SS 396. However, its comfortable seats and sporty styling made this muscle car a great daily driver. Learn about the Chevelle SS 396.

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With freshened styling, the 1970 Road Runner was an integral part of Plymouth's "Rapid Transit System" -- the advertising tagline applied to its bawdiest muscle cars. Learn more about the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi.

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In 1968, GM's midsize lineup got new bodies, and two-door models got a shorter 112-inch wheelbase. That meant big styling changes for the muscle contingent, including the Buick GS 400. Learn about this muscle car.

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Refinement was the byword for the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396. And despite stronger competition, Camaro sales increased by 14,198 units for '68 to 235,147. Learn more about this muscle car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Recognizing the GTO's growing popularity, Pontiac promoted it from a Tempest option to a full-fledged model for 1966. The GTO rewarded Pontiac with record sales of 96,946 units. Learn more in our profile.

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In 1967, Buick's muscle car got a genuine 400-cid V-8 and marked the occasion by a change in name, from Gran Sport to the GS 400. Unfortunately, sales languished. Learn about the Buick GS 400.

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In 1967, Dodge introduced a muscle car whose initials stood for Road and Track. Without disturbing the Coronet's lines, the R/T Hemi added enough performance cues to make its meaning clear. Learn about the 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi.

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In 1964 Oldsmobile needed a response to the Pontiac GTO, and it came in the form of the Cutlass 4-4-2. Find out more in this profile, which includes photos and specifications of the Cutlass 4-4-2.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Horsepower was the name of the game in the early 1960s, so Dodge beefed up its biggest engine to 410 bhp and stuffed it into this muscle car. Check out photos and specs of the 1962 Dodge Dart 413.

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AMC, best known for its economy vehicles, was late to the muscle car game. But the automaker arrived with a flourish, producing some of the great muscle cars of the late 1960s. Learn about AMC muscle cars.

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The Tesla Roadster is fast, fancy, handles like a dream, and goes like a rocket but it's virtually silent. Tesla's first production car is also the world's first high-performance electric car.

By Ed Grabianowski

Already popular in Europe, the Smart Car is small in stature but big on economy. Learn how it came to be and explore the different models and versions.

By Ed Grabianowski

In chemistry, the atom is the most fundamental building block of matter. Now the automotive world has its atom -- a car so pure and simple that some people are calling it minimalist art. Learn how the Atom works and why car enthusiasts are chomping at the bit to have one in their garage.

By William Harris

The 1967 Pontiac GTO stands as one of the most beautiful muscle cars of all time. Without disturbing the matchless lines of the '66, stylists created an aesthetic triumph. Learn more about this muscle car.

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The SLR unites the Formula One-proven technology of McLaren with Mercedes engineering. While most ultra-fast supercars have sacrificed comfort for performance, the SLR tries to give drivers the best of both worlds.

By Ed Grabianowski

The 1969 Dodge Charger presented perhaps the widest array of choices in the history of the nameplate. There was a base model an available SE (for "Special Edition") option that heaped on more luxuries a hot-performing R/T version and two wild race-bred iterations: the 500 and the Daytona.

Many fans watched "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV show to see a character that never earned a salary -- the General Lee. Recently, the Dukes' 1969 Dodge Charger starred its first feature film, and it ain't just whistlin' Dixie.

By Ed Grabianowski

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 isn't just another souped-up Mustang. With 500 horsepower, it's the most powerful Mustang ever to roll off a factory production line. See what sets the GT500 apart from other Mustang models.

By Ed Grabianowski

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Some would say it's the greatest supercar to date. Others would shout it from the rooftops. The Porsche Carrera GT weighs in at just 3000 pounds and kicks out 605 horsepower off the assembly line. Check out the Carrera GT and see what $440,000 buys these days.

By Stephanie Watson

It's sleek. It's aerodynamic. It's powered entirely by hydrogen. The BMW H2R has already set nine speed records in its class. Learn all about the H2R and BMW's unique liquid-hydrogen combustion engine.

By Eric Tucker