Talk to any American car enthusiast and ask them for their definition of a true muscle car, and I can almost guarantee they’ll all give a different answer. I’m not sure why, but there seems a general consensus that if it’s American, before around 1985 and V8, then it’s probably a muscle car.
There are of course die-hard American muscle car fans like John Murray – a life member and past president of the American Muscle Car Club, current owner of a genuine LS6 Chevelle, Buick GS 455 and this magnificent Oldsmobile 442 W-30. John’s one of those guys who can tell you exactly what muscle cars are all about.
He’ll no doubt tell you that a muscle car is a high-performance vehicle, generally mid-sized, with a large powerful engine, usually a V8, intended for maximum acceleration on the street or drag strip and predominantly of American origin produced between 1964 and 1972.
Muscle cars are quite distinct from sports cars, which are generally smaller, intended for high-speed touring and possibly road racing. High-performance full size or compact cars are arguably excluded from this category, as are the breed of compact sports coupés inspired by the Ford Mustang, typically known as pony cars, although few would dispute a Boss 429’s credentials as a muscle car. Read the rest of this entry »
The March issue of Classic Car magazine has just hit bookstore shelves and comes packed full of articles and news on the NZ classic car scene. Grab a copy today before they’re all gone.
In this month’s issue our cover car is a muscle machine – an Oldsmobile 442 W-30. It’s an immaculately kept American classic that makes use of a 7.5-litre engine to produce a whopping 339kW of power. Other feature stories include a close look at ex-Fair Go front man Kevin Milne’s 1930′s Tanner caravan and we have a complete event report and photos from the annual NZCC Classic Car Weekend. We go on a road trip down to the Huka Lodge in a brand spankers Chrysler 300C SRT-8 and conclude our look back at the 1971 saloon car racing season. Our Motorsport flashback returns us to March of 1971 for Howden Ganley’s F1 debut and Trevor Stanley continues his tour around the South Island. For all those Targa Bambina fans out there, we have a handy map and entry list to the upcoming event. Read the rest of this entry »
THIS COMPETITION HAS EXPIRED
We couldn’t find a model of a ’70s Olds 442 – as featured on this month’s cover – but after digging through the hundreds of superb kits in the Lindberg range, we discovered this construction kit of an earlier, 1967 442. This 1:25 scale model comes with everything you need to build a great model of this rare US muscle car (assuming you have a few model-building skills) and, of course, this is the W30 version complete with that car’s well-known forced induction system.
Thanks to the good guys at Toymod, the NZ AUTOart distributor, we have one example of this Lindberg Olds 442 kit to give away to a lucky reader. Simply answer the following question.
What is the derivation of the ‘442’ model name (read the cover story from the magazine to find the answer)?
Competition closes on March 26, 2011.