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True Stories of The Muscle Car Fan: Carroll Shelby, Bill Cosby & The Super Snake

The story goes like this:
One day in 1966 Bill Cosby bumped into Carroll Shelby at a department store. Cosby was in the series I Spy. Shelby liked the show and Cosby.
Shelby chewed Cosby out for driving foreign exotic cars and prohibited Cosby from driving another foreign car. Cosby’s reply was that he had to have a car that went at least 180 MPH. Shelby said he was making a car that would go 200 MPH and made him one of the 2 Shelby Cobra Super Snake 427's known to ever exist. This one with an automatic.
The car was the CSX 3303 which was modified from a street legal 427 model to a 427 Cobra Semi-Competition (S.C.) after shipment from a European Tour back to Shelby in America.This happened sometime in early to mid-1967. This CSX3303, the Super Snake was reclassified as a 427 Cobra Semi-Competition (S.C.)
One night Shelby had his man Barry Galloway pay Cosby a visit at his home.Galloway rang the doorbell and handed Cosby the keys to the Super Snake. The twin Paxton supercharged 427, twin Holley Carb, 11:5:1 compression, Gaurdsman blue Super Snake with 900 HP and a 200 MPH speedometer was sitting in his driveway ready to drive. The 2280 lb car had a plaque signed by Shelby on the dash that read,”This car is guaranteed to do 200 mph.”
Cosby drove it once around the block and promptly gave it back to Shelby, fully paid for.He admits being scared to death driving this machine, as it was to fast for any sane person to drive.
The experience generated plenty of comic material for a Bill Cosby Album called, Bill Cosby 200 M.P.H.

True Stories of The Muscle Car Fan: Carroll Shelby, Bill Cosby & The Super Snake

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  1. A incredible car with incredible horse power an style to go along with that fantastic looking blue paint..I put this dude up against the new mustang, camaro, and hellcat and I’ll give you one HELL of a race..900hp in the palm of your hands..

  2. Right we will probably never see that race. The car pictured sold for 5.5 million at the Barrett Jackson auction


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The Death and Rebirth of American Muscle Cars

Ever since their debut in the 1930's, American muscle cars had been going strong, enticing youths and experienced drivers alike. However, this all changed in the mid-1970's. Government interference and industry regulations restricted the market, and many thought that beautiful, powerful muscle cars were a thing of the past. After a few final great vehicles, muscle cars faded away from the picture.

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Pictured: 1974 AMC Javelin, one of the last successful high-performance cars of its era.

A new law made in the mid-1970's outlawed auto racing, and along with the rising gas prices caused by trade regulations, a new stage had been set -- a stage that saw many buyers turning to smaller, more fuel-efficient street cars.

But muscle cars were not dead for good. Manufacturers changed their Ford and GM ushered in the new age, with competing pony cars made on the cutting-edge of tech to outsell each other. These first cars were the 1982 Mustang G2, and GM's third-gen Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. The Mustang featured a new 302-cid V8 motor, which set the industry standard for acceleration and speed, while the Camaro was one of the most popular Indy 500 pace cars of its decade.

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Pictured: 1982 Mustang G2, 3rd Gen Camaro, 1984 Pontiac Firebird.

Regardless of whatever other inventions are coming to revolutionize the car industry, one thing is for certain: though they have had their rough patches, American muscle cars are here to stay.


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  1. A guy in my High School had this same car he destroyed it in a about 6 months total Dumbass!!!

  2. Ken Houck,
    In the wisdom of my ‘age’ I find this to be quite an attractive design.
    ts


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The Auto Tech of the Future: A Look at McLaren’s High-Performance Innovations

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This image, posted briefly at Bloomberg and then promptly removed, shows a sneak peek of the new 720S.

McLaren, the supercar company based in Woking, England, has always been known for rejecting the traditional way of doing things. While it makes some consumers scoff it makes others excited for the future of the high-performance car industry. Let's take a peek at the newest technology announcements featured on the McLaren 720S.

New Carbon Fiber Structure: The Monocage II.

The Monocage is stiff and rigid. It is constructed entirely from carbon fiber and allows for an advanced aerodynamic structure. It is much stronger than a traditional steel frame.

Unique Suspension With No Sway Bar

McLaren has replaced the sway bar, which gives stability during fast turns or road bumps. Instead, you now have a complex system of hydraulics that lifts the side of the car opposite the turn.

Other High-Performance Features

As it has been recently revealed, the new car will keep the McLaren standby turbo V8 engine. Only, this time it will have 4.0 liters which is an improvement from previous models. It will also have the trademark aerodynamic design, honed for less drag while turning and accelerating.

What are you looking forward to most about the cars and auto tech of 2018 and beyond? One thing is for sure, innovation is quick and new technology is going to be incredible.


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Packard Model 8 -1949 images

This 1949 Packard Model 8 is powered by a 327 CID Inline 8 eight cylinder engine with a three speed manual transmission. This car is a luxury car and is the Cadillac's main competitor in a booming post-war economy. There were 116,000 Packard leave the assembly line in 1949.

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The Easiest Classic Muscle Cars To Be Restored!

Owning a classic muscle car is an investment not everyone can achieve. Yet if you want to live the American dream you owe it to yourself to own one. One of the most important aspects of owning the muscle car of your dreams is to be able to restore it when necessary.

 

Ford Mustang 1965-1970

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If your muscle car is a classic 1965-1970 Ford Mustang, you'll find it is one of the easiest to maintain. Restoring this car means you may need to purchase the exact same sheet metal it was originally built with. Don't waste your time running from auto shop to auto shop searching for the parts you need, as you can get them online.

 

Chevy Camaro 1967-1969

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The 1967-1969 Chevy Camaro is also easy to restore, since you can get a full interior set for it in the colors that we all loved in the 1960's.


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