Classic Muscle Cars 101

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It makes sense that as adults we want to recreate that excitement by buying and reconditioning the muscle cars of our childhood dreams. Think you know about the basics of collecting, refurbishing and enjoying classic muscle cars? Take this quiz to find out!

Of the 69 Camaro ZL1's originally produced, how many stayed on the market?

Though it was the fastest car ever produced by Chevrolet, a high price kept the ZL1 from doing brisk business. But in the end, the 50 engines needed to qualify for racing were built, and the experiment ended with 12 engines being removed and about 30 cars returned to the manufacturer.

The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T was the first car to carry the "R/T" designation. What does that stand for?

The Coronet R/T was introduced with a 440-ci motor, upgradable with a 426 Hemi, and was considered suitable for both road and track.

Of these colors, which was never an offering for the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda?

The 1970 Plymouth Barracuda was offered in colors ranging from Plum Crazy (the most popular) to Panther Pink (only 39 ordered).

The Dodge Charger's famous flip-out hidden headlights were removed in 1973. Why?

The flip-out lights on the Charger were removed when Dodge decided to rebrand the model as a particularly sporty family car.

The 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, considered by some to be the first real muscle car, carried a 303 cubic-inch V-8. How much horsepower could a driver expect out of this fresh new engine?

The Olds Rocket 88 led the pack in 1949, with a now-laughable 135 horses.

Although factory tests dictated that the high-rising rear spoilers on the 1969 Dodge Daytona and 1970 Plymouth Superbird actually hindered driver speed, why were they not lowered?

Due to the NASCAR rule that cars must be available for public use, the high-rise spoiler couldn't be lowered without hindering use of the trunk -- even though racecar drivers wouldn't be using the trunk for any real purpose, the spoilers had to stay high.

Of the two custom 1966 Shelby 427 Cobras installed with twin Paxton Superchargers, one was famously created for Bill Cosby. What ultimately happened to this vehicle?

Bill Cosby eventually sold the car, around which he created a classic stand-up routine -- the next owner ended up in a lake.

The much-beloved 1969 Pontiac GTO was nicknamed "The Judge." Where did the name come from?

Pontiac General Manager John DeLorean named the car after hearing, "Here comes da Judge," a catchphrase on the show "Laugh-In."

The 1964 Pontiac GTO -- "The Goat" -- is one of the most famous models among collectors and newbies alike. But what does GTO actually stand for?

GTO stands for "Gran Turismo Omologato," basically meaning that it was specially created for road wear and speed. This designation was first given to the Ferrari 250, inspiring competition between drivers and manufacturers that continued for years.

The Chrysler 426 had a famous Hemi engine nicknamed after an animal. What was it?

Due to its large dimensions and heavy weight, the engine was nicknamed the "elephant engine." When it was first produced in 1964, it was the biggest engine used in NASCAR.

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