8 little known facts about muscle cars

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Fact #1: Mercury Cougar tail lights were used for the 1967 Shelby Mustangs while the 1968 model incorporated the ones from 1966 Ford Thunderbird.

Fact #2: There is no production 1983 Corvette. The 2nd generation ended up in 1982 and the 3rd started in 1984. Some say Chevy needed more time to fit the emission regulations, others claim it was quality bugs at the factory.
All 1983 prototypes, except the one that is at the National Corvette Museum, were destroyed.

Fact #3: Daytona’s aerodynamic drag coefficient is 0.28 – great one for nowadays too [the race version for Nascar races was the first car to reach 200 mph]. The radical height of the rear wing is said to be not that necessary. The idea was to be able to fully open the trunk lid.

Fact #4: Pontiac T-Top roof for the 1976 models where made by Hurst. But they leaked, so Pontiac developed their own version and launched it in 1978 models. Still, some 1978 Firebirds had the Hurst one [aka “Hurst Hatch”].

Fact #5: 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429 had 3 differend engines installed. The
“S-Code” was hardcore but had warranty problems due to incorrect assembly process so the lighter-duty version “T-Code” was developed. The producted eded with “A-Code” which had new valvetrain.

Fact #6: Chevy did not allowed any other Chevrolet to be more powerful that its top performance car – the Corvette. Up until LS6.

Fact #7: Chevrolet actually developed the ZL-1 427 engine for races. COPO Camaro used that V8 at the Can Am series.

Fact #8: Pontiac picked up the leftover GNX turbocharged engines from Buick and used those for 1989 20th Anniversary Trans Am muscle cars.

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