At the time that many classic cars were built in America, the innovations implemented by them seemed minor. However, they proved to be revolutionary for car technology. Many of the most important vehicles built in the U.S. since the end of World War II are overlooked to this day. Here are just a few underrated American classic cars and trucks.
1955 Chrysler 300: Many experience car enthusiasts will tell you that this vehicle was the first “muscle car”, even though conventional wisdom says that it was actually the 1964 Pontiac GTO. The 1955 Chrysler was called 300 because with the Carter 4 barrel carburetors, solid lifter camshaft, and a larger-than-usual exhaust, the engine generated 300 horsepower. This was the first modern American production engine to do so.
1949 Oldsmobile “Rocket” 88: This vehicle was the first mass-produced, popularly prices, thoroughly modern, OHV V8 to take hold in the marketplace. The first Oldsmobile V8 was rated at 135 horsepower- enough to make the 88 one of the quickest cars of its era and a dominating presence in early stock car racing.
1973 Dodge D-100 Club Cab: Pickup trucks were originally just thought of as work vehicles, and today many still are only used for functional purposes. However, this vehicle started a revolution in how pickup trucks were used in America- not just as workhorses but as personal transportation. This truck was the first of its kind to have enough weather –protected room that you could take your groceries home in the rain, and also featured two small jump seats to add extra passengers.
These are just a few of the most underrated American classic cars and trucks. Many car enthusiasts cite other American cars they believe are underrated as well, such as the 1981 Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant, the 1960 Ford Falcon, and the 1977 Chevrolet Caprice.
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