The 55th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Chicago World of Wheels at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on March 3-5, 2017, featured an amazing automotive display of top-notch muscle cars, street rods, customs, lowriders, restorations, and more. And with a Pinup Girl contest and rockabilly bands as part of the scene, the place was looking good and rocking hard all weekend long.
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The flathead was not the first V8 engine on the market, but when it first appeared in a 1932 Ford, it was by far the most affordable power plant in the USA. The flathead or flatty was mass produced over its twenty-one year production run, making it the engine of choice for hot rod fans and muscle car enthusiasts. The Ford flathead engine is still sought after by nostalgia buffs and is one of the premier automotive achievements of the twentieth century and another first for the Ford Motor Company.
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This restomod Model "A" has a 351 CID Windsor V8 engine (crate) bolted to a C6 Ford automatic with a Ford nine bolt differential. The unit, you may have noted, is a somewhat unusual build-in that it is an all Ford drive chain. The plum colored pickup has four wheel disk brakes as well for great stopping power.
The model first released last 2013 and earned the label as that one Camaro that harbored the classic features of muscle cars from all the models in the lineup. During the debut of the 2018 Chevrolet ZL1 1LE, it was announced that the model is not only the type of muscle car that is track-capable but is also good for burnouts with its updated engine.
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The 1970s and 1960s were truly good days for the American automobile industry with popular brands such as Pontiac, Ford, and Chevy among others ruling the street and the race track. However, there is a new breed of super-fast muscle cars from the 2010s that are irresistible. Here they are;
2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 204 Mph
With a 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, this four-door sedan is currently ruling the streets with an impressive 0-60 of 3.4. Thanks to its aerodynamic nature, this machine is both fuel efficient and very fast.
2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Termed as the most powerful production muscle car of all time, this machine packs an impressive 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to sprint from 0 to 60 in 3.5 topping at 199 mph.
2014 Shelby GT500
This is a brutally fast car packing 662 horsepower and 631-pound feet of torque. This machine can do 0 – 60 in 3.5. Its sleek monster design is also impressive.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – 195 Mph
As the baddest of the Camaro lineup, this beat looking machine packs 650 horsepower and 650-pound feet of torque.
2015 Equus Bass 770
This rare hand built machine is a blend of all that makes a muscle car great. It makes 0 to 60 in 3.4 packing 640 horsepower and 605-pound feet of torque. Only 250 have been made.