Four icons from the muscle car’s golden age | Mecum Kissimmee Sale

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Back in the ’60s and early ’70s, American car companies knew what the consumer wanted: speed. All of it. 

Need some examples? How about these four American specials offered as part of Mecum’s upcoming Kissimmee 2022 auction January 6-16?

Each come from the golden age of muscle cars–the 1960s through the very early ‘70s–with each branch of the Big Three represented. See you down on the boulevard. 

 

R-code 427-powered Mercury Capri

Although Mercury built some 60 Comets with the R-code 427-cubic-inch V8, only six of those are Capri-trim examples. This 1967 Mercury Capri is one of those six.

And if that’s not enough, this Capri shows only 19,527 miles on the odometer.

Backed by a four-speed manual transmission and a 3.89:1 rear end, the 427 engine is rated for 425 horsepower.

The best part? Aside from “427” fender badges, little else indicates that this Mercury hides a powerhouse of an engine–perhaps making it one of the best old-school sleepers on the market.

 

A GTO owned by the same person for nearly 50 years

If it’s originality you are after, then this 1965 Pontiac GTO just might be what you seek.

Owned by the same person for last 46 years, this GTO sports its factory paint and even its original Tiger Paw Redline tires.

Powered by the Tri-Power version of the 389 V8 engine, the Pontiac also comes equipped with a Ram Air hood scoop.

According to the seller, the car looks to have been “set up for acceleration contests,” indicated by the 4.60:1 gears in the Safe-T-Track limited-slip differential, as well as the optional metallic brake linings. (You gotta stop, too, right?)

 

A “Double COPO” Camaro

What makes this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro a double COPO? It was ordered with both the COPO 9561 L72 high-performance engine package and the COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion Package.

These packages equipped the Camaro with a number of performance upgrades, the most notable being a Corvette L72 powerplant, heavy-duty F41 suspension, front stabilizer bar and three-piece Rally wheels.

Sold new at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this Camaro comes finished in Hugger Orange over a black interior. It also received a black vinyl top and Endura front bumper.

 

The grand finale of the Hemi Charger R/T

Yes, the Charger R/T would live on past the muscle car era (it still exists to this day), but few examples might be as impressive as this 1971 Dodge Charger R/T.

Powered by a massive, 426-cubic-inch V8 engine, this Charger also comes equipped with the Ramcharger hood scoop, hydraulic camshaft and even the A24 Super Track Package that consists of heavy-duty cooling equipment, power brakes, four-speed transmission and a 4.10:1 Dana 60 Sure Grip differential.

Showing only 33,805 miles, this Charger comes finished in Hemi Orange over a black interior.

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ShawnG
ShawnG MegaDork
1/6/22 3:16 p.m.

Three muscle cars and a pony car

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
1/6/22 5:33 p.m.
ShawnG said:

Three muscle cars and a pony car

When Corvettes get lumped in with sedans, its semantics at this point.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
1/6/22 5:37 p.m.

No Jag?

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody UltimaDork
1/6/22 5:47 p.m.

In reply to Woody (Forum Supportum) :

It was too fast for the shutter in the camera

ShawnG
ShawnG MegaDork
1/6/22 5:52 p.m.
Appleseed said:
ShawnG said:

Three muscle cars and a pony car

When Corvettes get lumped in with sedans, its semantics at this point.

Four door coupes and electric cars with "Turbo" badges.

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody UltimaDork
1/6/22 5:55 p.m.
ShawnG said:

Four door coupes

I remember having a hard time with that one when I was a kid, pre - internet, and spent some time looking into it.  I wish I could remember, and I don't like it any more now than I did then, but it's a real thing.

I think it may have had something to do with the shape of the body

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