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.)
1961 Pontiac Catalina 2-door sedan with race-ready Super Duty 389-cid engine.
1963 Dodge 330 2-door sedan with 426-cid dual-4-barrel-carb engine, aluminum front body parts.
1964 Plymouth Savoy 2-door sedan with 426-cid “wedge head” twin-carb Super Stock engine.
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 2-door sedan with 350-horsepower 327-cid engine.
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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