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Muscle cars

Have you owned any, and which are your faves? I have always wanted a Boss Mustang but don't think I will ever be able to afford one, lol.

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Tesla Roadster

I think the Tesla Roadster has the fastest acceleration curve. They are pretty slinky looking too.

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Had an 02 mustang GT converti

Had an 02 mustang GT convertible. However it was possibly the worst car I've ever owned. Not particularly fast either, almost an insult to muscle cars. My all time favorite however is the 1972 (and other similar year) chevelle SS with the 454. I do also like the fact that automakers are bringing the muscle car back.

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Re: Tesla Roadster and whatnot

I think the Tesla Roadster has the fastest acceleration curve. They are pretty slinky looking too.

I'm pretty sure that a Tesla doesn't qualify as a "muscle car". "Muscle Car" sort of implies a "Big and stupid" approach to generating the power which is applied to the road. (And the parts that transmit that power, so far as it goes.) A Lotus Elise with a trunkload of magical batteries and electronics is basically the antithesis of such a definition.

(If Lotus *touches* a car it probably no longer qualifies as a "Muscle Car".)

I've never owned a "purists would let me into the club" muscle car, but I did have a mid-1960's Galaxie with a big block engine/dual exhausts/4 bbl carb/all the other "go fast" bits. (The end result was essentially a police cruiser.) It was a wonderful car to drive, both for cruising and for "thrashing", but... it just really isn't that appropriate anymore to have a huge 13 MPG smog-spewing brick as a daily driver. :^/

(On the other hand, if I were looking for a *collector* car to just drive on weekends I have a short list. I'd just say that in this phase of my life having a hobby that occupies that much space, money, and time just isn't a priority.)

The 1971 Boss Mustang is an interesting choice for a dream car. Those late-model "big mustangs" from 1971-1973 used to be considered pretty undesirable by the true snobs, but perhaps enough time has passed for them to be lumped in with the other "Classics". Personally I'd say if you want a "Big Mustang" go for the 1967-1970 Mercury Cougar. (390 or better engine, of course.) The hideaway headlights and sequential turn signals were freaking awesome. ;^)

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words define the universe

"Muscle Car" sort of implies a "Big and stupid" approach to generating the power which is applied to the road

There are important differences between muscle cars, performance cars, and sports cars. The distinction with muscle cars I believe is just as you say. Muscle cars are powerful and thus fast... but also amazingly dangerous... many a muscle car owner trashed their 'new' muscle car the first time they took it for a spin. In general, I believe the suspension on performance cars is superior to muscle cars and allows for... you know... turning and whatnot.... Muscle cars need a driver that is aware of it's limitations (crummy stock suspension is the one that immediately comes to mind).

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There are important differences between muscle cars, performance cars, and sports cars.

Don't forget, of course, the "supercar", which is the freaky mutant genetic fusion of all the other categories. (It has the idiotically huge/powerful engine of a muscle car, the high-tech gee-wiz of a performance car covering all the other parts, and a potentially fatal dose of the "hey, look at me, ain't I just the most pretty and rich poseur you've ever seen?!" panache of a sports car all rolled into a stupidly expensive not-for-mere-mortals package.)

Thanks to its price a Tesla probably qualifies as the first electric "supercar", but if you want to nitpick it's really more the bastard child of a Lotus Elise (A pretty strict example of a "performance" car that costs less than half as much with its "normal" engine and handles better) and the world's largest cell phone.

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im all for "sports" and "supe

im all for "sports" and "super" cars.. i like the smallness of some sports cars. One thing i am not against though is to have an all electric car that can go fast and far at the same time.

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Re: Tesla Roadster and whatnot

I think the Tesla Roadster has the fastest acceleration curve. They are pretty slinky looking too.

I'm pretty sure that a Tesla doesn't qualify as a "muscle car". "Muscle Car" sort of implies a "Big and stupid" approach to generating the power which is applied to the road. (And the parts that transmit that power, so far as it goes.) A Lotus Elise with a trunkload of magical batteries and electronics is basically the antithesis of such a definition.

(If Lotus *touches* a car it probably no longer qualifies as a "Muscle Car".)

I've never owned a "purists would let me into the club" muscle car, but I did have a mid-1960's Galaxie with a big block engine/dual exhausts/4 bbl carb/all the other "go fast" bits. (The end result was essentially a police cruiser.) It was a wonderful car to drive, both for cruising and for "thrashing", but... it just really isn't that appropriate anymore to have a huge 13 MPG smog-spewing brick as a daily driver. :^/

(On the other hand, if I were looking for a *collector* car to just drive on weekends I have a short list. I'd just say that in this phase of my life having a hobby that occupies that much space, money, and time just isn't a priority.)

The 1971 Boss Mustang is an interesting choice for a dream car. Those late-model "big mustangs" from 1971-1973 used to be considered pretty undesirable by the true snobs, but perhaps enough time has passed for them to be lumped in with the other "Classics". Personally I'd say if you want a "Big Mustang" go for the 1967-1970 Mercury Cougar. (390 or better engine, of course.) The hideaway headlights and sequential turn signals were freaking awesome. ;^)

A handful of 1971 Boss Mustangs were made, I saw a genuine one on Car Domain in yellow / black, it looked interesting compared to all the same shape Mach Is.

You have to shed a nostalgic tear for departed Oldsmobile and its 442

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1970 Olds 442 (W30)

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Re: Muscle cars

I drive a 1969 Futura. It's muscle-ish.

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Re: Muscle cars

I drive a 1969 Futura. It's muscle-ish.

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And dead sexy in that orange-ey paint.

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XD yup Blum 3

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