Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration. Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments. I thought I would start with Muscle cars.
The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky. I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance. You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.
This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it. Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65), Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires. The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.
The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues. The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny. 375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew.
OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool. It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire. The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie. Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.