A muscle car is “only original once,” as they say, and the May 2017 issue of MUSCLE CAR REVIEW is full of original, untouched—and historically significant—muscle cars.
The significance of our cover car, for example, is multilayered. Any 1969 Charger 500 is a rare beast, as only a few hundred were made to homologate the car’s aerodynamic modifications for NASCAR. This car is rarer still, one of 15 with a 426 Hemi and four-speed manual transmission. Drilling down further, it is documented as the very first Charger 500 built, ordered by Dodge’s News Bureau for promotional purposes and magazine tests. That it survives in pristine unmolested condition is remarkable.
Another unrestored time capsule in our cover section is a 1969 Camaro Z/28 that still belongs to the owner who bought it new when he was a teenager in January 1969. Most young guys would have flogged that car immediately, but he kept it safe indoors until spring. He took such good care of it, in fact, that to this day it has logged just 16,000 miles.
Rounding out our Time Capsule section is a look at the original cars that were brought to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals to go through the Vintage Certification process. This judging, unlike anything you’ve seen at another car show, involves intensive hours of examination to evaluate a car’s originality. As you would imagine, these cars have stories to tell, from the Hemi ’Cuda that was a high school student’s reward for good grades to the last GTO convertible ever built—and a Judge, no less.
Also in this issue are roundups of the major car auctions that took place in Scottsdale and Kissimmee in January. We have a story about an AMC Machine that a young couple bought 34 years ago to begin their lives together. Our Rare Find this month is a one-owner GTO Judge that has been in hibernation since the mid-1980s. Finally, Mustang and Cougar owners will want to check out our shock tower replacement tech feature, to make sure their car’s front suspensions are as strong as they should be.
All this and more will be in the May 2017 issue of MUSCLE CAR REVIEW, on sale Apr. 14.