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In the Garage: 1974 Dodge Charger SE 440

The Charger is probably best-known for its screen roles as the chase car in the 1968 feature film “Bullitt” and as the “General Lee” in the 1979-85 TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  Since their launch as coupes in 1966 and through their current production as four-door sedans, Chargers have been popular for their muscle-car stance and available power to match.  “The ’74 SE was the top-of-the-line offering and came with many option packages,” Victoria Friday says of her ride.  “The most distinctive feature is the slotted quarter windows.

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Jaguar XKE Series I-1961 to “68

The XKE Jaguar was made between 1961 and 1974. This automobile is renowned for its good looks and high performance as well as moderate price. It rated as the top sports car of the 60’s and according to Enzo Ferrari when he first saw it – he referred to the “E” type as the most beautiful automobile he’d ever seen. The first model released was a two seat convertible roadster with a “2+2” seat version released in 1966 with a slightly longer wheel base than the roadster. The original car had only 12 units produce with only half a dozen or so left in good condition have made this a very expensive and very desirable collector’s item. The New York City Museum of Modern Art has a blue roadster in its permanent collection.
Series I
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                            © Babar760 | Dreamstime.com - Jaguar XKE Coupe 1961 Photo
The Series I “E” type was produced from 1961 until 1968 and are powered by a 3.8 liter six cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine with a triple “SU” carburetor. The initial production car was made for export and not available in the U.K. until July 1961. The most sought after of this first production run are the earliest rare models with an external “bonnet “ (hood) latch requiring a special tool to open it as well these earliest models have  flat floor boards; a little latter into production the hood latch was moved to under the dash with the floor boards dish shaped to accommodate  peoples legs.  Leather upholstered seats are standard with leather/vinyl combination after ’63 and spoked wheels are an available option. The “E Type” features coiled rear suspension, with torsion bar front end, and four wheel disc brakes. The series one models can be identified by the glass cover over the headlights (until ’67), small grill opening, duel exhaust below the rear plate, with front  and rear turn signals above the bumpers.
In 1964 the 3.8 liter engine is up graded to a 4.2 liter version with increased torque while both engines producing 198 kW (265 bhp) brake horse power. Either engine accelerates the same and will do 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) in about 7 seconds the increased torque of the 4.2 liter offers the operator better throttle response at lower rpm. Both engines are connected to a Moss four speed standard transmission but the 3.8 liter model does not have synchromesh into first gear while the 4.2 liter gears are fully synchromesh. The 2+2 coupe has a removable hard top and offered an automatic transmission as an option.
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© Babar760 | Dreamstime.com - Jaguar XKE Coupe 1965 Photo
In March 1968 the “E Type” was changed slightly with the glass covering removed from the headlights and they are unofficially called “Series 1 ½” models. Also the dash switches changed slightly and the original three SU carburetors are changed to two Zenith- Stromberg carburetors for the U.S. bound models. Some of the Series 1 ½  cars have twin cooling fans and adjustable seat backs as well. Many of these changes are to conform to changing U.S. environmental and safety regulations but also is the gradual integration of features found on the Series II XKE. One of the changes made is the winged wheel knock off nut used on the U.K. vehicles requiring a special factory tool which was not allowed in the U.S. where the hexagonal nuts are required.  Many collectors have modified this “upgraded feature” back to the original knock off wing nut style. The hexagonal nut becomes a standard feature in the Series II and III vehicles.


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    1. Henry
      tell what is a muscle car or what you would like to read-I will oblige you but for me I would say the XKE is a sports car with muscle and I like any vehicle that performs well-I like to offer my readers a VARIETY of knowledge on any vehicle with POWER-including lesser powered models of American cars to give an over view of the high profile models
      Web definitions-this is a British dictionary definition of “muscle car”
      Muscle car is a term used to refer to a variety of high-performance automobiles. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as “any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving. …
      Thanks for the feedback Editor musclecarfan-you can call me Ross-or Joe-just don’t call me late for dinner


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AMC Javelin SST 1968-1970


AMC is often overlooked by collectors but the now defunct company made high quality, beautifully finished, well appointed and stylish automobiles – at least in the deluxe and SST versions; the plain Jane models AMC put out were just that. Any enthusiasts out there that have an AMC Javelin – restore it! If you know where there is a neglected one – buy it! This is a car well worthy of restoration. A project car Javelin is a challenge to restore because of the limited number of units sold. In its day AMC was well respected for trend setting safety features as well as being the first ones to offer new and previously unavailable options. If it helps General Motors Corporation made many of the parts such as gear clusters, window mechanisms and some engine parts as well for AMC so restoration is not impossible.

AMC Javlin AMX 1973© Mauriehill | Dreamstime.com - Motorsport 1973 AMC Javelin AMX Photo

The Javelin came on the market in late August 1967 for the '68 model year– a pony car- in direct competition with Fords Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. This first entry into the muscle car market boasted many safety features unheard of before such as the use of three point seat belts with headrests as basic equipment. The interior had no bright colors to help reduce glare. Other safety features included fiber glassed padded interior windshield safety posts and flush mounted paddle style interior door handles. The other interior appointments were much nicer than anything its three larger competitors offered. The passenger compartment did not have “no draft” vent windows instead the Javelin had flow through ventilation with ports installed in the doors to extract stale air – controlled by a flap valve under each doors armrest. The instruments and easily accessible controls were set deep in a padded dash far away from driver and passengers. The SST Javelin came equipped with full carpet, wood grain door panels, sport style steering wheel, and reclining thin shell bucket seats in front. The car has a lot of storage space in the trunk, the passenger compartment is larger than its competitors and something that didn’t occur to Ford or Chevrolet - the rear seating has some leg room. The exterior of this fine automobile also looked good with a recessed honeycomb grill, outboard mounted headlights and turn signals mounted in the bumper. To complete the sporty, look are simulated hood scoops and a windshield racked back to 59 degrees.

AMC Javlin AMX dash 1970's© Jhernan124 | Dreamstime.com - Classic Muscle Car Interior Photo

The AMC Javelin SST has show for sure but it also has go. In 1968 the SST is powered by a 343 cu in (5.6 L) V8 basically equipped with a two barrel that burns regular gas or as an option the “go pack” has a four barrel that burns premium fuel. With the go pack the car could do 0-60 (97 km/h) in 8 seconds reaching a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h) – very fast for a street car.

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  1. James Osborne says:

    I had a 1970 javelin. It had a 5.6 Liter 360 4 barrel
    (290 hp) made by chrysler, not a 343.


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Ford Ranchero 1958 Pro Street

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