What is your dream car? For sure, each of us will come up with different answers ranging from the great classics to the modern machines. Which end of the spectrum do you fall under? For us, we’re right down in the middle. Truth be told, we love a great marriage between timeless and tech and this we’ve found in the Custom 1970 Camaro.
Launched at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas surely makes this vehicle a spectacle and a special piece. According to its website, “The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.” Only the best of the best are showcased here and this Camaro is definitely on top of the pile.
This two door coupe muscle car comes with notable features too. Read up to discover what they are.
CLASSIC – This vehicle is no doubt a 1970 Chevy Camaro RS but with modern twists and upgrades. Although it still features aspects that the famed vintage muscle car was known for, it sure has characteristics that a modern vehicle could brag about.
POWER – The vehicle boasts of an LT4 crate engine, dubbed as the most powerful General Motors has ever made to date. It pumps out a whopping 650 horsepower and a 650 lb-ft of torque. It uses a wet-sump kit and comes with a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual gearbox. Think about that!
SAFETY – With so much power under its hood, manufacturers made sure to gear it up for safety and maximum stopping power as well. It has an independent front suspension with coil-overs and a four link suspension with coil-overs at the rear as well. Furthermore, Corvette Z06-based disc brake kits were installed at both ends of the coupe behind the aluminum wheels.
DESIGN – Exterior-wise the Custom 1970 Camaro is a head turner. With its hyper blue metallic paint and matching stripes popular and present in every Camaro it will surely make anyone do a double take. LED headlights and taillights were installed for that modern feel. It even comes with 19 inch polished aluminum wheels.
INTERIORS – Inside, the Custom 1970 Camaro features custom-trimmed leather seats and an instrumental panel wrapped in custom-trimmed leather that comes with new gauges.
Muscle cars are definitely the definition of macho. These masculine automobiles may have been originally targeted for the male population but over time, everyone regardless of gender has come to love them to the point that collections have become quite a thing for many. The world has seen some of the most notable vehicles during the seventies. In fact, the following are dubbed as some of the best muscle cars during the decade.
1970 Buick GSX – Available in only two colors namely Apollo White and Saturn Yellow, the GSX had an A-body chassis. It had a notable full length stripe in black that crossed over to the standard equipment rear spoiler and was outlined in red pin stripes. It came with full black interiors, case in point the badass bucket seats. Other notable features of the vehicle were its wide oval tires, quick ratio steering and anti-sway bars, front and rear and quad-link suspension attached to a limited-slip rear differential and a floor shifter.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T – Perhaps one of the most loved muscle cars, the Challenger’s design has come to break through time as many of the new models today only varied slightly in terms of the external look. However, the 1970 model was unique on its own. It came with a 440 motor, a deeply recessed grill set back behind the dual headlamps and rear lights contained in full width containing a large single reversing lamp with the word ‘Dodge’ middle and center.
1971 Mustang Boss 351 – The most notable thing about the Mustang Boss was its R-code V-8 engine that boasts a 330hp at 5,400 rpm and 370-lbs.foot of torque at 4,000 rpm. It was quite pretty deadly, in a good way. This model was bigger and heavier than the previous ones.
1978 Trans Am – Thanks to the 1977 film “Smokey and The Bandit”, the Trans Am became quite a sensation. But we can’t give out all the credit to the movie because the vehicle was first and foremost a force to be reckoned with. It came with a W72 400-cid engine option backed by a 4-speed.
We could go on and on about the best of the best muscle cars during the seventies but let’s leave it at that or we won’t be able to shut our mouths in praise of these asphalt-eating bad boys. Care to add any more to the list?
Nothing screams more masculine than the 1967 Mercury Cougar. First sold on the 30th of September in 1966, it was a based and slightly modified Mustang chassis but with a 76mm wheelbase. It is characterized by a distinctive Cougar grille with hidden headlamps and vertical bars that defined the façade. Inside, it is decked with deep-foam bucket seats.
The model is a 2-door coupe body type with a top speed of 167 kilometers per hour. It has is a rear-wheel drive with a manual 3-speed gearbox and a total outside length of about 4,834 mm.
At the time of its release, the 1967 Mercury Cougar was being sold for $2,851. Of course, that’s far from its value today. If you’re planning to hunt down this classic and vintage piece then you have to gear up. Shopping for items as literally and figuratively huge as this would require a number of things: finances, knowledge and luck to name some.
Good riddance rust! Only buy cars in good condition. Sure, there will be pieces that will require some restoring but rust is a serious deal breaker. Once the panels, floors, sides and trunk have been eaten up, trying to fix it might just turn out to be your worst investment decision to date.
Always research. Do you really know everything there is you could know about the Cougar? If yes then great otherwise you’ll have to do your homework. Research not only its features but also the value by which it is considered and held for in the market. The same holds true for the owner or collector who is selling or auctioning it off.
Do the numbers match? Vehicles where the engine, transmission, and rear axle, all link up to the vehicle’s VIN number are more worthwhile investments. They come with bigger value appraisal potential than those that do not.
Determine the costs of maintenance. It’s an old model. That we can honestly say which is why it is always crucial to factor in how much the costs would be to simply keep it in good health. The condition of the vehicle will of course matter. The better kept it was by the previous owners then the lesser the debacle you’d face later.
So, are you ready to own a 1967 Mercury Cougar? We surely do!
Vintage vehicles and muscle cars are priceless to car aficionados and collectors. They’re a prized possession and even a valuable investment too. It’s no secret that these do not come cheap. With the rarity and the value they possess, they are bound to pack quite a significant price, some way more double than the others given the right combination of factors.
As a matter of fact, the world has come to see hundreds of auctions and deals geared towards them with some raking as high as millions of dollars. Don’t believe us? Check out five of the most expensive cars to date.
#1: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
With only 22 units made, the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is indeed a rare find. One of them, specifically the fourth one manufactured, fetched a whopping $12.1 million in a 2009 auction. The model is particularly famous for winning 4 of the 6 races that made Ferrari win the World Sports Car Championship for Constructors for the 3rd consecutive year. It has a 3-liter, 300-horsepower, V-12 engine with an 8,000 rpm redline. It’s got to be one of the best.
#2: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
With its long hood, two seats and drop top, the Spyder is what sports cars were known for. About 50 Spyders were manufactured and one of these was sold at a 2008 RM auction were it fetched $10.9 million. The car was previously owned by actor James Coburn for over 20 years before Chris Evans, British TV and radio presenter, bought it at the said acution.
#3: 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM
This was one of a kind simply because there’s only one of it ever manufactured. It was specifically made for the 24 hour Le Mans race which is considered to be the world’s oldest endurance race of its kind. In 1962, it was driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien for the Le Mans where it won. It comes with a 4-liter V-12, 400 horsepower front-engine.
Let’s face it. Owning vintage or muscle cars feel quite monumental, fulfilling in fact. Of course, you don’t have to start shedding your bucks and sweating it with a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder or a 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM unless you’re fully capable. You can always start small then build it up from there.