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Pony Cars Through the Ages

Take a closer look at the transformation of some classic pony cars

By: Paul Ferriss / 31.10.2011 / Comments | Print | Email

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    1964 Ford Mustang Convertible
    Based on the Ford Falcon platform, the Mustang began the pony car craze when it made its debut in 1964.
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    1967 Chevrolet Camaro
    General Motors took two years to launch its answer to the Mustang. The first generation Camaro arrived in 1966 as a 1967 model and came with a standard V6 engine.
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    1969 Mustang Shelby GT 500
    Ford’s partnership with the now 88-year-old racing legend Carroll Shelby continues to this day and has produced several high-powered Mustangs.
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    1970 Dodge Challenger T/A
    The Challenger came late to the pony car scene, six years after the Mustang appeared. The original model was based on a Plymouth Barracuda platform.
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    1972 Camaro Z28
    One of Chevrolet’s most celebrated option packages first appeared in 1966. The Z28 was made available to the public so the car would be eligible to compete in the Trans-Am racing series.
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    1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra
    This variant of the much-maligned Mustang II has found a strong collector following.
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    2002 Chevrolet Camaro
    The end of nearly 40 years of continuous production came for the Camaro in 2002, much to the dismay of thousands of hardcore Camaro fans.
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    2008 Challenger
    The revived muscle car made its debut in early 2008 at the Chicago Auto Show and the Philadelphia International Auto Show.
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    2010 Camaro
    Referred to by GM as “heritage inspired,” the 2010 Camaro comes with a V6 engine, but the SS version offers a 6.2 litre V8.
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    2010 Mustang GT
    The only pony car that has remained in continuous production received another small facelift—including bigger tires and an upgraded instrument panel—for the 2010 model year.

Pony cars-a class of American-made compact, affordable cars that are big on style and performance-are back. Nearly half a century after their debut, a trio of retro-styled pony cars have roared back into driveways and dealerships. The Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang (which started the pony car craze in the 1960s) are hotter, hipper and better than ever.

The Camaro, recently resurrected, is one of the few home runs on Chevrolet's product scorecard, and the Challenger, reclaimed from history's dustbin in 2008, is channelling Chrysler's glory days. Meanwhile, the Ford Mustang, which has remained in continuous production longer than any other American car besides the Corvette, got a complete overhaul for 2010.

Enjoy the ride through pony car history, from the 1960s to 2010.

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