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POWER MOVES: Palm Beach Flexes its Muscle
LOT #687.1 – 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback – No Reserve

Postwar America gave rise to exuberant designs that reflected the optimism and prosperity of the Eisenhower era. During this time, automotive stylists were given an unprecedented amount of freedom that pushed the design envelope to a breaking point.

Enter the 1960s, a decade remembered for rapid — and often radical — change. The New Frontier, Vietnam and a youthful counterculture influenced everything from fashion and music to politics and science.

The culture of change also was evident in the automotive world. If the 1950s showed stylists what they could do, by the 1960s, there was a new appreciation for what they should do.

As the decade progressed, cars began to gain more power without adding size, which gave drivers the speed they craved. Easily identifiable by their classic two-door coupe design and potent engines, muscle cars parked themselves in most motorist’s hearts.

The 1960s represented the last decade in which manufacturers were free to design cars without federal safety, fuel economy and emission-control regulations. In other words, bumpers didn’t have to take bumps, hardtop roofs didn’t need strong B-pillars, and good mileage was strictly optional.

Unconstrained freedom led to the muscle car wars. With freedom comes excess; in this case, that means only one thing: more power.

By 1964, youth culture was ready to explode, the Beach Boys topped charts with songs about a fine 409 and little deuce coupes, fuel was cheap, the economy was strong, and all you needed was a steady job and a heavy right foot.

Pontiac first used the term “muscle car” to describe its 1964 Tempest GTO. Chevy had its Chevelle SS ready to go, and Plymouth’s Barracuda was prepared to hit the streets. But none of the domestic brands would be ready for what the Ford designers in Dearborn, MI, were about to unleash.

Bear in mind, more power equals more fuel. Just as quickly as muscle cars entered America’s consciousness, they were as quickly forgotten with the onset of the gas crisis in 1973. If rising gas prices weren’t enough to kill them off, the ensuing emissions laws and tightening fuel economy regulations coupled with a stagnant economy certainly did.

Consequently, the short-lived age of American muscle has led to these cars being some of the most desirable vehicles to cross the block. Enjoy this selection of muscle cars offered at the 2022 Palm Beach Action, held April 7-9 at the South Florida fairgrounds.

 

LOT #717 – 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition – No Reserve

LOT #697.1 – 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe – No Reserve

LOT #697 – 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe – No Reserve

LOT #694.1 – 1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback – No Reserve

LOT #694 – 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJR Fastback – No Reserve

LOT #686.1 – 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 429 CJ – No Reserve

LOT #757.2 – 1970 Dodge Charger R T 440 – No Reserve

LOT #745.1 – 2021 Ford Shelby GT500 – No Reserve

LOT #729.1 – 1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS Custom Coupe – No Reserve

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: POWER MOVES: Palm Beach Flexes its Muscle
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/muscle-cars-selling-at-2022-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2022 22:34:46 +0000

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