1969 Chevrolet Corvette
Quarter Mile Time: 13.56 Seconds
The 1969 Corvette belonged to the third generation Vettes produced by Chevrolet. The components of the engines and chassis were largely carried over from the previous generation, although the body and the cabin were redesigned.
The cars are powered by a 427 L88 engine rated at 430 horsepower and mated to an automatic gearbox. The quarter mile sprint is completed in 13.56 seconds at an average of 111.1 miles per hour.
In 1969, a total of 116 cars were produced with the L88 engine option. These rides were meant to be racers, so they don’t have radios or heaters, and most had transistor ignition, special front and rear suspension, and heavy duty brakes.
As for the other details, the Stingray badge appears on the front fenders on top of the four vertical fender vents. The front cornering lights are round and the fenders are unflared.
The backup lights have been integrated into the center tail lights. The diameter of the steering-wheel was reduced by an inch for more thigh clearance.
Interior control knobs and door handles were redesigned, and a warning light was added to notify the driver if the headlights didn’t open completely. The ignition now appears on the steering column and a key lock replaced the door depression button used in 1968.
Standard featured include a center console, all vinyl upholstery, headlight washers, front and rear disc brakes, and wheel trim rings.
1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Quarter Mile Time: 13.54 Seconds
The 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 came at a time when OPEC, the federal government, and Big Insurance were keen on eliminating the practice of mounting V-8s into two-door cars that were adorned with stripes, badges or cartoon characters.
Only 252 first edition Pontiac Trans Am SD-455s were produced for the 1973 model year; hence, they are seldom spotted today. Moreover, fewer Super Duty 455-powered Trans Ams survived over 40 years at the hands of their owners who were eager to test the car’s exceptional handling and its 13-second quarter-mile capabilities.
The SD-455 was in fact a thinly disguised race engine featuring four-bolt mains, forged pistons, reinforced block, nitrided crankshaft, forged connecting rods, and even a provision for a dry sump oiling system.
The cylinder heads of the SD-455 were a free-breathing design based on the Ram Air IV heads. The standard 7.5-liter unit generates 250 horsepower at 4000 rpm and 370 ft-lbs at 2800 rpm.
The figures are good enough to hustle the car to the quarter mile mark in 13.54 seconds at an average speed of 104 mph. These muscle cars are now highly coveted sought after, though they are difficult to find with all of their original mechanical components and body panels in good condition.
1969 Charger 500
Quarter Mile Time: 13.48 Seconds
In 1968, the Charger R/T failed to trounce the Ford muscle cars (the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II and the Torino Talladega) on the high-banks oval-tracks.
Based on wheel wind tunnel tests, the gaping mouth triggered drag while the tunneled rear window resulted in lift. To address the problems, Dodge engineers mounted a 1968 Coronet front grille and made the rear window flush with the rest of the roof.
The changes made played a significant role in allowing the Charger 500 to decimate the quarter male in 13.48 seconds at an average speed of 109 miles per hour.
The original Charger 500 prototype was actually a 1968 Charger R/T equipped with a 426 Hemi mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The prototype featured a B5 Blue paint job with a white stripe and a white interior.
Dodge introduced three models in 1968 and the Charger 500 was one of them. The standard powerplant was the 440 Magnum, although factory record showed that the 426 Hemi was standard.
The Charger 500 was offered with the Torqueflite as standard, along with the list of standard perks on the R/T. The Torqueflite is the patented name of Chrysler’s automatic transmissions.
Dodge was able to produce 500 Charger 500s, of which only 67 were powered by the 426 Hemi engine; 27 were equipped with a four-speed gearbox and 40 with an automatic transmission.