Classic Muscle Cars
It is one of the rarest Mustangs made and was a homologation special. It came about due to Fords desire to develop and race a Hemi powered car to compete with Chrysler's own Hemi 426 in NASCAR racing. Due to the 429 (7.0 litre) Boss motors huge size, existing 428 Cobra Jet Mach 1 Mustangs engine bays had to be widened to accommodate it. This work was carried out by a Michigan based company called Kar Kraft. The inner fenders of the engine bay were widened and the shock towers were widened as well as the suspension mounting points that were relocated to make room for the exhaust headers. The rear received a sturdier sway bar and the bonnet had a manually controlled hood scoop. Conservatively rated at 280kW due to legal reasons and rising insurance costs, the Boss 429 actually made over 370kW.
Made just after the Camaro SS, the Z28’s name came about from using its regular Production Order number which was Z28. This was not going to be used at first but it was later used instead of its intended name of “Cheetah”. The car was made specifically to compete in the Trans America Racing Series, but the rules stipulated that the cars motor could be no larger than 305 cubic inches. GM used a 327 CI V8 block and a crank from the 289. This brought the displacement to 302.8 cubic inches. 5.0 litres) The car also received stiffer springs and vented disk brakes in front.
Being a second generation GTO, and manufactured between 1968 and 1973 it had a classic ‘Coke Bottle' design that had become popular in that era. Featuring a long sloping bonnet and dual air scoops it also featured a colour coded Endura nose section that absorbed impact at low speeds without causing damage. There was also an option with hidden headlights. 1969 saw small cosmetic changes as well as the power of the 400 CI engine jumping from 260kW to 270kW and 280kW for the Ram Air option.
Shedding any familiarity with the Valiant Barracuda, the 70-74 model was a complete redesign consisting of a coupe and convertible. Having a classic muscle car look, they were available with 2 straight 6 options all the way up to the 426 cubic inch (7.0 litre) V8 Hemi producing around 320kW. Only the Hemi version received structural and suspension modifications. The Barracuda came with a host of speed options on the V8 models such as six pack carburetor setups and shaker hoods. But as emission standards became stricter the motor were detuned to keep in line with regulations. Different motor options were dropped and due to waning sales and excessive performance car insurance surcharges, the Barracuda ceased production in April 1974