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  Muscle cars are a product of the American car maker between late 60's and the oil crisis in the 70's. Those car featured enormous gas hungry engines producing over 500 horse power. Handling was poor but price was cheap and design was agressive. Those cars are now worth over million dollar and they are the symbol of the bold American cars forever. To name a few iconic muscle cars: Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, Pontiac GTO, Chrysler Hemi Cuda...

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Today we have another car to add on our "to be displayed" list for the 2013 edition of SEMA .

After the 1,000-horsepower Genesis Coupe prepared by Bisimoto Engineering and HRE’s 1,200-horsepower surprise , the folks at Ring Brothers revealed the first image of a 1965 Ford Mustang that it nicknamed “Blizzard” and specially developed for the Las Vegas Show.

Few details are known about this special, 1965 Mustang , but according to MustangDaily, it will arrive with a 710-horsepower, NASCAR Sprint Cup V-8 lurking under the hood. The first image also reveals that it is painted white with black and red racing stripes, and features a carbon-fiber hood, roof and front spoiler. The car will also be equipped with special wheels and with large brake calipers painted in red.

We’re sure there is much more that went into building this impressive Mustang, and we will bring you all of the details when Ring Brothers releases it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1965 Ford Mustang.

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It appears that this year’s SEMA Show will be all about powerful cars. Yesterday, Hyundai announced the first details on a 1,000-horsepower Genesis Coupe , and now HRE Wheels has 1,200-horsepower surprise prepared for Las Vegas.

All that HRE revealed about its "surprise" is that is was developed by the team at Pure Vision LLC, and that it will feature the company’s newest wheels. From the picture above, it’s pretty clear that the model will be a heavily modified Chevrolet Camaro Coupe from the 1970s that is likely fitted with a modern V-8 engine.

The vehicle seems to be updated with a new hood, front spoiler and rear wing, all made from carbon fiber.

Everything else we have on this 1,200-horsepower HRE-built monster is pure speculation, but as SEMA inches closer, we’re sure more information will start rolling out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1970s Chevrolet Camaro.

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Developed by the newly established Equus Automotive Company, the new Bass770 is a car inspired by the muscle cars of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Unlike these muscle cars, the Equus Bass770 features all the modern technology that they lacked. You may remember the Singer 911 , which was one the first model to combine these elements, and the Bass770 is the newest arrival to this class.

It is pretty obvious that the Equus Boss770 was inspired by the fastback design of the earlier Ford Mustangs , but it is filled with modern features, like a bespoke, aluminum frame and body, a tailored leather interior with Alcantara and carbon fiber, and a 6.2-liter, LS9 V-8 engine taken from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 .

Buyers can order the Equus Bass770 in its base setup or in one of its six different series — Accent, Accent Plus, Design, Design Plus, Edition and Collection — and prices range from $253,000 to $290,000. The company is also offering a dedicated design program that allows customers to create the model of their dreams.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Equus Bass770.

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Ford unveiled the first Mustang in 1964 as a stylish, affordable and fun-to-drive muscle car. Most customers loved the Mustang, but Ford felt that it could be even better.

This is where Carol Shelby came rolling in to push the Mustang to its limit, and in early 1965 he unveiled the first GT350 — a hard-core performance version of the Mustang. This version was driven by champions like Sterling Moss, so the Mustang soon had the on-track credibility to match its go-fast looks.

Over the years, the Shelby Mustang evolved even further, as they became faster and more powerful, with models like the GT500 and GT500KR "King of the Road."

Prior to his death in 2012, Carol Shelby was involved in the development of the high-performance version of the current generation Mustang. This new-age Shelby, known as the Shelby GT500 , carries a 662-horsepower V-8 and hits 200 mph.

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A few significant updates mark out the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, but boy are they hard to find in this old-looking package. An active air intake and modified lifters join new adaptive dampers and finally some wheel-mounted paddles for the aging AutoStick transmission.

The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 now brings a round 470 count for both horsepower and torque, with a new SRT badge to replace the previous SRT8 labels. This change extends across the entire Chrysler lineup for 2014, where the SRT Grand Cherokee is the first to use a high-torque version of the company’s new ZF transmission.

The Charger SRT carries on with the older five-speed automatic, which is one of the only automatic transmissions from any automaker that can send nearly 500 horsepower to just the back wheels. Worth remembering is that this exact automatic is also a fixture on the SL65 AMG and a few other torque monsters, despite lacking a few gear ratios versus Mercedes ’ new nine-speed auto.

Active cruise control and a few other safety innovations join the Charger SRT for 2014, as does the Super Bee package in a variety of yellow or non-yellow colors. The Super Bee lacks much of the style and tech available on the SRT Premium, which is now a de facto 392 Core with available xenon lights and active mufflers that are not offered on the Super Bee.

Are paddle shifters and the active intake enough to keep the Charger SRT fighting fit versus the Taurus SHO and the forthcoming Chevrolet SS?

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, with info on all its tech and performance updates.

It might be easy to be down on the noticeable lack of changes on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT. Then again, this is the Challenger , a car that looks like it could run the streets during the 70s and still pass of as a modern-day muscle maven.

That’s always been the appeal of the Challenger. It’s got a timeless design that belies the honking piece of awesomeness under its hood. For 2014, we’re still treated to a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s still a lot of horses, at least more than its counterparts from Ford and Chevrolet (hello, Mustang and Camaro !).

So continue enjoying the Challenger, fellas. The 2014 Challenger SRT offers everything you’d want in a muscle car, retro looks included. There might not be a whole lot of additions relative to recent models, but the nostalgia of sitting in a modern-day muscle car with timeless looks is enough to justify the love it deserves.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT


The 2014 Camaro lineup is slowly coming into focus with the debut of the 2014 Camaro Convertible at the Frankfurt Auto Show .

Following up on the 2014 Camaro SS , Chevrolet took the reigns of the new-look muscle car and adapted it quite nicely to the convertible variant There’s something to be said for the improved looks, which we laud Chevy for doing considering that the previous styling was getting up there in age.

But the new Camaro Convertible is more than just its new looks. As its name suggests, the drop-top feature is always a plus, especially in its market. Power wasn’t also compromised in favor of its aesthetics, which should bode well for anybody who wants a muscle car that offers plenty in the styling department too.

Overall, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro delivers on Chevy’s promise to give the muscle car the "most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept vehicle in 2006".

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

When Saleen promised a major reveal this weekend at Laguna Seca, speculation ran rampant that a successor to the mighty S7 was waiting to be introduced.

Well, we didn’t get that, which is a tad disappointing, but what we did get was an equally surprising announcement in the form of the Saleen Heritage Collection, a limited edition series of specially designed muscle cars that pays tribute to the top five drivers that raced in the Mission Bell race at Riverside International Raceway back in October 1970.

The first two vehicles of this Heritage collection were actually released a few years ago - the Saleen Parnelli Jones Ediiton and the Dan Gurney Edition - and now, the next three will be dropped in succeeding order beginning with the unveiling of the Saleen George Follmer Edition Mustang, followed by the Mark Donohue Edition Camaro , and the Swede Savage Edition Barracuda.

The latter two will be unveiled at later dates so for now, the spotlight focuses on the George Follmer Edition Mustang, a car that Saleen introduced over the weekend at Laguna Seca.

If you’re not too familiar with the name George Follmer, a brief history lesson will tell you that the man is notable for having one of the most decorated racing careers back in the 60’s and 70’s. In addition to running the Indianapolis 500, Follmer also competed in Formula One with the Shadow team in 1973, while also racing in NASCAR’s Winston Cup and the Can-Am series where he took the championship in 1972.

Click past the jump to read more about the Saleen George Follmer Edition Mustang

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The 2014 Camaro Z/28 was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show and up to this point, no one outside of General Motors has gotten the chance to test drive it.

Jay Leno is certainly not you random Joe Schmo, so GM saw him fit to be the first civilian tester. Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer for the Camaro, presented the car to JAy and outlined some of the more important details of it, like how he fought to have the slash reinserted into the Z/28 nameplate.

Jay took a nice crack at the new Camaro Z/28, but this is the show car, so GM didn’t allow him to push it too hard. He especially was not allowed to do his trademark burn out at the end of the show. Regardless of him having to baby the resurrected Z, the video is still a hoot to watch and listen too, as that 500-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-8 sure does produce a sweet sound.

Check out the video to see what Jay thinks of it.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

At some point in time, the Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible will be a collector’s piece that will likely cost a pretty penny, especially if it’s the last ever produced.

But that’s well into the future, probably decades away from now.

At the present time, though, the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible still commanded plenty of attention at the recent Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. The whole auction was a resounding success with total sales numbers eclipsing $14.2 million.

As expected, the biggest contributor to that total was the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible, accounting for $500,000 when the hammer fell on its auction. That may seem like a steep price to pay for a car that routinely costs at a little over a tenth of the price that this unique model fetched in the auction.

That being said, nobody else can lay claim to owning the last ever produced Shelby Mustang GT500 and besides, as the last of the lot, the winning owner now has the opportunity to completely customize the car to its full bloom.

At some point in the future, this model could very well be worth way more than the half-a-million the winning bidder paid for the right to own it.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible


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