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AMERICAN MUSCLE MAKES A SHOWING AT DESERT CLASSIC

AMERICAN MUSCLE MAKES A SHOWING AT DESERT CLASSIC

Palm Springs, CA

Here are two award-winners from the Desert Classic: In the "American Classic, 1946-1974" class, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette took second place, bested by a quite rare 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury Max Wedge Convertible, a local Palm Springs car which the owner says is the only red/white car built (and, yes, it's for sale). That Max Wedge engine in the Fury is a 426cid/415hp powerplant, certainly fitting the basic "muscle car" definition of a"bigger engine in a smaller car", and surely could put that much older Corvette to shame, at least on a dragstrip --- The 'Vette might take the checkered flag on a road course. It's outfitted with its stock 235 cubic inch Inline-6 cylinder which produced either 150 or 155 horsepower, depending on when the car was actually built (late year models had a camshaft change which increased the horsepower by 5). Believe it or not, Corvettes for that year, the second year of production, were built at St. Louis, MO, and GM expected to sell 10,00 of them that year, but slow sales meant production of only 3,640 cars and final sales of 1954 models of just about 600 units. Price? In 1954, $2,774. The Plymouth is worth about $25,000 today.

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