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Chevy built 491,000 Impalas for 1961. Only 453 had the Super Sport package, and of those, just 142 got the 409-cid V-8. But word spread quickly. Learn about the 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

By 1968, the youth of America needed an inexpensive mainstream muscle car with an inexpensive special engine. Just such a muscle car arrived with the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. Learn about this legendary car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

"Beauty and the beast" was how Dodge pitched its new Charger in 1966. The Charger 426 Hemi featured a state-of-the-art interior with lots of chrome plus Chrysler's 426-cid Hemi V-8. Learn about this muscle car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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In 1966, Oldsmobile's interpretation of the modern supercar -- the Cutlass 4-4-2 -- was quickly gaining a reputation as the best balanced of the bunch. Learn more about that muscle car in this profile.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 took several steps forward and a couple steps back for 1967. Advancements came in road manners and driveability, but the dashboard still was boring. Learn about this muscle car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The 400-horsepower club was the rage in the early '60s, and Ford got in with the 1962 Ford Galaxie 406. See how Ford tweaked a Thunderbird engine to get the necessary power out of this muscle car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Pontiac had to sell a stock version of its Super Duty muscle car in 1962 to meet NHRA rules of the time. Learn how the street version of the Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 421 evolved.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

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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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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

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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