1969 Oldsmobile F85

1969 Oldsmobile F-85 coupe with ram-induction W-31 350-cid engine.

The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show rolled into Rosemont, Illinois, over the past weekend, bringing out hundreds of high-performance collector cars. All the big names were there in abundance: GTO. 4-4-2. Mustang. Camaro Z28. Road Runner. Cyclone. Javelin. Challenger R/T—and so many more from the heyday of street and strip muscle.

But sprinkled amid the nameplates everybody knows were some deceptively plain but just as potent cars. (Collectible Automobile’s Editor-in-Chief gathered this sampling of “wallflowers” that a rival would have ignored at his own peril. -Ed.)

61 catalina

1961 Pontiac Catalina 2-door sedan with race-ready Super Duty 389-cid engine.


63 dodge330

1963 Dodge 330 2-door sedan with 426-cid dual-4-barrel-carb engine, aluminum front body parts.


64 plymsavoy

1964 Plymouth Savoy 2-door sedan with 426-cid “wedge head” twin-carb Super Stock engine.


65 chevelle300

1965 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 2-door sedan with 350-horsepower 327-cid engine.


67 fordcust

Finally, from the show’s “Barn Find” section, where patina is king, a full-size 1967 Ford Custom 2-door sedan with 427-cid engine and 4-on-the-floor transmission.

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