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As with today’s Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, today’s Dodge Challenger is a modern muscle car that is inspired by — as well as compared to — the legacy of its 1960s forebear.
The SS model is equipped with a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine offered both as a 6-speed manual and an 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 Impala was distinguished from other models by its symmetrical triple taillights. 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 taillights.
By the late 1960’s, classic muscle or “big block” cars focused on smaller models so that 1969 became the last model year for the Chevrolet Impala Super Sport series.
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—this is in Lake Mills, Wisconsin— Ford trucks from the 1950s era still work alongside today’s newest models. In 1983, F-100 production ended and, in addtion to work, the F-150 found a new focus on lifestyle and comfort. Starting in the 1980s, Ford truck customers could select custom paint packages and the blue-oval Ford emblem was affixed on the grille for the first time.
There’s a good reason the 2021 Ford F-150 is one of the most popular trucks. Its solid performance and durability have few competitors in the modern truck market. The XL (versus the XLT for example) is a more budget-friendly option. 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 for an incredible value.