Summer is the time when men and women across the nation free their classic cars from tarps and garages to show them off. From the Dream Cruise in Detroit, to the Auburn Car Show in Auburn, Ind., summer is a time for living and a time for driving.
Here are five classic American cars with a storied history and an even faster future.
The 2015 edition of the classic American muscle car boasts a V8 engine with up to 580 horses beneath the hood. Originally manufactured in 1966, this vehicle is truly historic, and its competition with the Mustang stays strong today. The Chevrolet remains the only American car to win the World Car Design of the Year award, and one of only two to ever win a World Car of the Year award. This edition features leather seating, keyless entry and a five-star rating for safety in every category.
The 2014-2015 edition of the Corvette featured a dramatic redesign from the sixth generation, bringing the classic sports car back to the original Stingray model. The redesign helped the 2014 edition win the North American Car of the Year award, the first time the Corvette has won in nearly 20 years. 455 horsepower, a V8 engine and a seven-speed manual transmission makes this sports car a force to be reckoned with. It’s listed at under $80,000 MSRP.
Along with the Charger, the Challenger is Chrysler’s response to the Mustang and Camaro, both prominent pony cars from the 60s. Today, the Challenger remains truly a “challenger” to the established regimes of American automobile muscle, especially with the 8-speed ZF 8HP engine that is also found in Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley cars. 485 horsepower at 6100 RPMs makes it one of the best in the class, and the classic muscle car remains a pride to the American auto industry name.
In the classic Shelby blue, the GT edition of the newly designed Mustang features a V8 engine with a six-speed manual transmission and 435 horsepower with 6500 rpm. The car is another classic American pony car and since its initial release in 1964, it has set the industry standard for power and looks. This edition has a wider body and passenger area space than previous ones, but the whole car still manages to weigh in under four tons.
The last car on the list is Chrysler’s other Dodge supercar, the Charger. Originally released in 1964, the car is a happy medium between the ultimate power of the Challenger and the luxury of Chrysler’s 300/200 models. This version, the amped-up Hellcat, is made with 707-hp and 6000 rpm and weighs a massive 4.7 tons. The Hellcat is also on the more costly side of the Dodge line, at $90 grand for a used edition.