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Like Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, today’s Dodge Challenger is a modern muscle car that is inspired by — and compared to — the legacy of its 1960s forebear.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS model is equipped with a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine and offered as a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. The SS is capable of 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque, performing a 0-60 in 4.0 seconds.
From its debut in 1958, the Chevrolet Impala was distinguished from other models by its symmetrical triple tail lights. By the late 1960’s, classic muscle or “big block” cars focused on smaller models. The last model year for the Chevrolet Impala Super Sport series was 1969.
The Impala SS (Super Sport) was introduced as an option in 1960 as an appearance/performance package and soon limited to hardtop and convertible coupe models. From 1964 through 1967 (Impala’s third and fourth generations), the Super Sport was a separate model, with its own VIN prefix — in 1965-67 cars, for instance, 166/68 was the prefix for a V8-equipped Impala SS. From 1962 to 1964, Super Sports came with engine-turned aluminum trim which, in 1965, was replaced by a “blackout” trim strip that ran below the tail lights.
The F-150 started in 1975 as a truck model between the F-100 and F-250 (there was also the F-350). By 1976 it quickly became America’s favorite truck. In towns across America even today, Ford trucks from the 1950s era still work alongside today’s newest models.
In 1983, F-100 production ended. In addition to work loads, the F-150 offered an additional new focus on lifestyle and comfort. Starting in the 1980s, Ford truck customers could select custom paint packages and, for the first time, the blue-oval Ford emblem was affixed on the front grille.
The 2021 Ford F-150 ‘s solid performance and durability have few competitors in the modern truck market and is one of the most popular trucks. The XL is a more budget-friendly option compared to the XLT. The XL’s basic engine is the same as the XLT — 3.3L Ti-VCT V6, 290 hp, and 265 lb-ft of torque. The F-150 XL offers first-rate amenities and excellent performance making for an incredible value.