Top Celebrities with the Sweetest Taste in Muscle Cars

Celebrities, in general, have a unique taste in cars. However, the following celebrities have topped the list when it comes to owning not only the hottest looking cars, but also the most powerful and rare.

Jay Leno

Hail to the king of automotive enthusiasts! Although he constantly tries to mask his coolness with his full denim attire, there is no doubt that this guy has the coolest of cars money can buy (or restore for that matter).

Ralph Lauren

In addition to running a very successful clothing company, this man of many tastes still finds the time to collect the coolest muscle cars and even cruise around in them. He even sends some of his cars to foreign countries for display.

Paul Walker

Before his sad demise, and even beyond the fact that his work on the Fast and the Furious franchise established him as an enthusiast, Paul was an avid car collector with more than 30 cars. He will always be remembered for his role in bringing back the automotive culture to a new generation.

Reggie Jackson

Beyond having every important engine ever made by Chevy, his unique collection also includes other models. However, it is clear where Mr. October’s passion lies.

Billy F. Gibbons

This custom muscle car enthusiast has appeared in magazines and has even written a book about his obsession with cars.

These celebrities just can't let themselves be separated from their muscle cars; can you?

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Chevrolet five window pickup 1951-images

Chevrolet was first off the line with a new post war design in May 1947--one full year before the competition. The new design offers superior visibility, with an 8 inch wider cab for more shoulder room and the truck is a foot longer overall than previously. The cab now has vent windows on each door and the 1951 model is the last year for the 80 mph speedometer. The engines available are a 216 cu in (3.5 L), a 235 cu in (3.9 L) and the 261 cu in (4.3 L) V8, There are two transmission choices-a four speed manual or the basic three speed manual.

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Chevrolet Bel-Air G2 1955-57

The buzz words in the Chevy ad campaigns for the newly styled 1955 Bel-Air were “The Hot One,” and the car did create some hot controversy among enthusiasts. This full-sized Chevrolet got full marks for handling from Motor Trend, while Popular Mechanics liked the comfort, quick acceleration, and excellent visibility the hot one offered. The car was well-liked by consumers also, but the horn ring obscured part of the speedometer. The first examples of this early 265 (4.3L) V8 small-block engine burned too much oil, and they all ran poorly on regular low-octane gasoline.

The engine was the first V8 in a Chevrolet product since Chevy joined GM in 1917. Although in its second year of production in ’55, the engine design was the first of its kind. Almost all GM engineered large- and small block-engines, spanning the next three or four decades, had roots that extend back to this 265. The entry-level Bel Air looked sharp with clean fresh body styling, although purists had mixed feelings about the Ferrari-inspired front clip, particularly the grille. For the folks who didn’t like to read gauges, the new Bel Air came equipped with “idiot lights” to do away with the mundane task of evaluating them, and car enthusiasts of the time scorned them.

Chevrolet Bel-Air 1955 (3)

1955 Bel Air Nomad

Chevrolet Bel-Air 1955 (1)

The more uptown models had carpeting throughout, stainless-steel window moldings, full wheel covers, and decorative chromed spears on each front fender with the hard-top models sporting chrome headliner bands. This was the first year for air conditioning as an option, and the V8 engine had a beefed-up alternator to handle the increased load for models so equipped. A two-barrel carburetor on the 265 engine in a ’55 Bel Air coupled to the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission will do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 12.9 seconds.

This entry-level V8 featured overhead valves, a short stroke, and high compression, delivering 162 bhp (121 kW), but if you optioned the Power Pack, a four-barrel would increase the output to 180 bhp (130 kW), or the ultimate power in ’55 was the Super Power Pack (introduced mid-year) with a higher compression 265 and the four-barrel produced 195 bhp (145 kW). The transmissions available are the optional two-speed Powerglide or the three-speed Synchro-mesh manual with an overdrive gear added for increased highway fuel economy.

Chevrolet Bel-Air 1955 (2)

The most expensive unit in ’66 was the Nomad wagon with a sticker price of $2,608, but there were only 7,886 units. The entry-level six-cylinder Bel Air had a base price of $2,025. Optional equipment on the table in ’57 included a rain-sensing automatic top, a padded dashboard and seat belts. Popular Mechanics did a survey on the '56 Bel Air and found only 7.4 percent of new owners chose to order seat belts that year.

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1957 Bel Air

The big news for the 1957 Bel Air was the 265 was worked to 283 cubic inches (4.6L). Most ’57 Bel Airs had a carburetor for the Super Turbo Fire 283 V8, but a very rare option was the closed-loop, mechanically fuel-injected version (Fuelie) that produced 283hp (211 kW). The transmissions for ’57 included the three-speed manual, the two-speed Powerglide, and the new three-speed Turboglide with a continuously variable gear ratio with an almost undetectable shift. The entire three years of the G2 Bel Air, known by enthusiasts today as the TriFives, are very collectible, while the ’57 (image below) is possibly the most widely recognized Chevy ever made.

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  1. Tommy Samaha says:

    I don’t think the Turboglide was available until 1958. Please check and let me know. Thanks

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