I don’t collect a lot of American cars, but maybe I should. They work, they’re not temperamental, and when you get into a fender bender in one, it’s not gonna cost you $20 grand. Try that in an old Lamborghini.
In my opinion, these are the sexiest ones ever:
1. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Unlike most American cars of this era, this one's not a big, ugly boat. It's compact and angular, with great lines and awesome performance. It's the great American muscle car. End of story.
2. 1989-1993 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
Jay Leno turned me on to this one. You don't see 'em any more, they're kind of under the radar. This generation of ZR-1s were powered by a 4-cam engine built by Mercury Marine, an outboard boat motor company. Unlike the other cars on this list, I don't think these 'Vettes are gonna skyrocket in value anytime soon. But they sure look cool.
3. 1971 Plymouth Barracuda
There's nothing sensible about this car. It's crazy—just look at that shaker scoop. Even better, Plymouth made 'em in far-out colors like "Plum Crazy Purple." American insanity!
4. 1965 Shelby GT350R
This was essentially a racecar built by Ford and Shelby which you could just buy and race. They only made 35 of 'em. A few years ago my buddy Donny tried to get me to buy one for $150 grand. Now they're worth $750 grand. I should've fucking listened to him! I don't get into the modern Shelby stuff. They're big and scary, but you don't wanna hang out with 'em. They're like big, drunk frat guys now.
5. 1966-1968 Bizzarrini Strada
OK, I'm cheating on this one. The Strada's Italian, but it's powered by a small block 327 Corvette motor. It's a crazy beautiful piece of Italian sculpture with an unbreakable American engine. I mean, how can you go wrong?
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