The United States is a country that has seen the birth of great legends within the automotive world. The 1950s, 1960s and 1970s were especially fruitful for American companies that designed, manufactured and sold cars that would mark a before and after within the industry. So, in remembrance of those impressive machines, we have listed some of the most iconic American classic cars in history. Don’t miss it.
1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
Talking about American cars is almost equivalent to talking about the Ford Mustang. And if we talk about classic American cars, it would be a sin not to mention the 1967 Ford Mustang, one of the jewels of the American market (some have reached incredible numbers in some car auctions). This iconic model is considered by many to be the best designed Mustang of that era and even of history. And it’s hard not to agree with them, as it’s a car that played a major role in the development of the local industry in such important areas as design, performance and value for money.
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
Another car that we cannot forget if we talk about the American automotive history is the Chevrolet Camaro, a car that was born in 1967 to face the Mustang and that, since then, has become its most direct rival. The Camaro came out with a choice of packages, but the most popular and iconic was the SS package that included a 6.5-liter 330-hp V8 engine. Aesthetically, the Camaro SS was particularly attractive and sporty (air intakes on the hood, special side stripes, ss logo on the grille, etc.), as well as having a silhouette very similar to that of the Mustang.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
The Dodge Challenger was one of the most popular sports cars in the United States during the early 1970s, as well as being part of the group known as the “Pony Car”. Its wide range of engines, models (Hardtop, Convertible, R/T and Rally) and the many extras offered allowed it to be positioned as the fashionable sports car. But if there was one that stood out especially that was the Challenger R/T (Road and Track) that developed 335 horses thanks to its 6.3 liters engine, in addition to equipping suspension and sport brakes.
1969 Pontiac GTO
It is difficult to talk about classic American cars without mentioning muscle cars, and it is also difficult to refer to muscle cars without mentioning the Pontiac GTO, as it was the main precursor of the category. The first generation of this voluminous Ferrari-like car (inherited the GTO acronym from the Ferrari 250 GTO) was born in 1964, but it was the second generation that became a true icon, thanks to the incorporation of the Fastback bodywork and the launch of “The Judge” and “Ram Air” versions.
1955 Ford Thunderbird
The latest on this list of historic Yankees is the Ford Thunderbird, the quintessential American classic car. It was presented at the 1954 Detroit Motor Show and in 1955 it began to be marketed. Under the hood it hid a 4.8-liter V8 with 198 hp, although the most striking thing is its spectacular and luxurious aesthetic that, to this day, still arouses passions because who hasn’t ever dreamed of having a 50′ pearl like this one parked in their garage?
After reading this list, some of you may be thinking about restoring an American classic in the style of Hollywood movies. We won’t say it’s a bad idea, because it’s not, but it’s advisable to take into account some aspects when embarking on such a project. The first thing is that, if you live in Europe, the possibility of finding spare parts and pi