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Amazed by high-performance cars, powerful engine or drag racing? With Muscle Cars Wallpapers, you will undoubtedly feel goose bumps whenever you take a look at your screen. Feel the speed, let your adrenaline pump and gun the engine. "Muscle car" describes an American automobile with lots of power and modest weight. The term was coined in 1964 for midsize Pontiacs equipped with a new performance option featuring a potent 389-cubic-inch V-8. The option turned a tame Tempest into a snarling GTO. Right off the showroom floor, a properly equipped "Goat" could run 0-60 mph in under 7.0 seconds -- awesome performance in 1964.
America had produced fast, powerful automobiles since well before World War II. So had various European automakers. But most of these were expensive rarities, purchased by monied upper-crust types with a need for speed. The muscle car was a mass-market child of 1960s America, when youth was king and Detroit ruled the automotive world.
That world was changing radically by 1970, and muscle cars nearly vanished. But they came back in the early '80s to begin an exciting new high-performance era that's still going strong, thanks to huge technical progress since the 1964-70 "golden age." Indeed, many modern muscle automobiles outgun their revered 1960s ancestors yet are thriftier with fuel, pollute much less, and are far superior for handling and safety. In the 1950s, Chrysler unveiled its Hemi engine, and Chevrolet its small-block V-8. These powerful machines broke into pop culture as the Beach Boys celebrated Chevy's "real fine" 409, and there was no stopping the phenomenon.