By David Ashton
Current affairs over the last few months in the muscle car world haven’t exactly been running like a nitrous fuelled monster down the dragstrip. But neither have things ground to a halt. Muscle car prices have remained buoyant and the sale of plenty of classics come to mind.
Fast and Furious
Up for sale through the auction house Lloyds, is a rather tasty 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS as featured in the Fast and the Furious 4. This prime example from arguably the best year in the golden age of muscle cars was driven by Mr Vincent Petrol himself and was apparently the principal car used while shooting.
At the time of writing, the current bid is only at $42,500, but the final sale price is expected to reach six figures. The vehicle itself was imported from the US to Australia by the current owner in 2012 and comes with a Universal Studio certificate to prove its title. Although it is an SS model, it doesn’t come with the full-blown 454ci, but rather a 350 V8, which is not too bad as a movie car. It also has a four speed manual transmission, Willwood brakes, Hotchkis suspension, alloy wheels and the bonnet is signed by Paul Walker’s brother Cody Walker in April 2015.
If you want to dive into the bidding, there’s currently 2 1/2 days left at the time of writing. You can find out more about the auction and the vehicle here.
Top-10 quickest muscle cars of 1970
As we are already in 1970, it’s worth noting some of the quickest muscle cars from that year as recorded by their dragstrip times from publications of the period. The little video below documents the best cars from the period and how well they did over a quarter mile spans.[embedded content]
All the cars featured were factory spec. tuned and ran on bias-ply street tires, with some notable examples coming from the Brothers Collection. For those in the know, the results are hardly surprising. But for everybody else, the video is worth checking out just to see how much horsepower and torque these things could muster up back in the day.
Cash off the new Dodge Super Stock
The Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock proves that Dodge are far from done when it comes to producing ridiculously high-powered muscle cars with a tried and trusted template. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 monster which can produce 807-horsepower and crosses the best sensibilities of the Hellcat and Demon, should be eligible for the ‘$10 per horsepower’ rebate which has been graced to the rest of the Challenger lineup.
This translates to a $8,070 deal, with the possibilities of a 0% APR incentive over 72 months, but you have to choose either one or the other. For a vehicle that can spit out a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 131mph, do a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 168mph, even without the incentives it’s a great price for all that power.
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