1969 was one of the most popular years in car manufacturing ever. A lot of cars that came out of 1969 are still very popular today and very desirable for collectors. Chevrolet had Camaros, El Caminos, Impalas, Corvettes, and C 10 trucks. Oldsmobile had 442's. Dodge had Chargers, Challengers, and Daytona's. In The Dukes of Hazzard, the Duke cousins drive the "General Lee".
The General is an orange 1969 Dodge Charger. According to Ben Jones, there were 320 total General Lees used throughout the filming of the entire series. They were equipped with 383 small block stroker motors and a full roll cage. Dodge was very well known for the "Hemi" around this time frame. 426 cubic inch with hemispherical heads, they were unlike any other motor. Pushing 426hp to the rear wheels, dodge has a hard time with the bodies of the cars splitting due to the motor turning the car so hard. They would split right behind the rear doors and literally break the car in half. Now with traction bars this doesn't seem to be a problem but it was well known when they were new.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Late 60's models of cars were when chevelles novas and camaros became very popular. Nova came from the Chevy II and became a very wanted model. With big blocks and over 400hp with 4 speed low gears on the floor they were great off the line and great for 1/4 mile drags. Daytonas came out around 68 and were made into super B's. The manufacturers and dealers couldn't get them sold and were basically giving them away. Today those cars are worth more than $200,000. Dodge came out with new challengers and charges both with the option of small block and big blocks. Dodge came out with their hemi motors which were 427 cubic inches pushing over 400hp stock out of the factory. Even today late 60's and early 70's models cars are used for professional drag racing equipped with full roll cages, wheelie bars, and nitrous oxide and are capable of pushing more than 3000hp. The most popular is "Murder Nova" which is featured on the TV show street outlaws. Now with full fiberglass body kits they can be lighter and still have 3000hp running straight to the rubbed tear end with full slicks.
Friday, January 8, 2016
From the time cars first came out there has been a lot of change in specifications throughout all makes and models. Around the early 60's is when cars started coming around that were built for performance and made to last. They most definitely weren't meant for long distance driving but if you wanted to just drive in something that you knew you could count on it having power, these cars were the perfect fit. Chevrolet introduced the Chevelle in 1964 to keep up with the Ford Fairlane. Chevelle used a 396 ci small block to come out with their first chevelles before moving to big block 454 later in the 60's throughout certain models. The 60's were the years when chevy started to be known for their performance and their reliability. This when the rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet became very clear. A large amount of people chose early and then were very opinionated on which one was better. From then on it was a fight in which make was better all around.