With the 2016 election finally over, we congratulate our new commander in chief in the hopes that some big changes will be coming to the country. That being said, we feel like this election was one due to the fact that so many Americans who normally don’t vote went out and showed their patriotism by voting this year. Americans care about freedom, and what better way to show our support than to put out a quick list of some of our favorite American-Made cars. Here are 7 American-made cars that scream freedom!
Number 7: Ford Model T
What better way to kick off this list than with what is likely the most influential car in this country’s history. The Model T was produced in 1908, and was deemed to be the first affordable car in US history, the car that opened up travel to the common middle class American.
The vehicle was the first car to be mass-produced, with Ford using assembly lines instead of hand-crafting the vehicles. This opened up several jobs for the company, and allowed more vehicles to be produced than any other company at the time, in fact by the time the 10 millionth car was produced, 50 percent of all cars in the world were Fords.
Ford believed that the Model T was all the car a person would, or could, ever need, and because it was so affordable costing Americans somewhere between 345-900 dollars depending on the production year ($3,500-$21,600 by 2016 dollars).
Number 6: The Chevrolet Impala
In 1958, Chevrolet introduced the Impala. Designed to be a luxury version of the Bel Air hardtop and convertible, the vehicle was slightly longer and wider, and provided buyers with some sweet luxury features that remained affordable for the everyday American.
When it first debuted, the vehicle screamed America. While standard models came with an Inline 6 cylinder engine, as you moved up the line you could opt for a 4.6 litre Turbo Fire V8 that produced 185-290 horsepower. The top of the line model was called 348 Turbo-Thrust that produced from 280-315 horsepower. The names alone make me feel like finding one of these older Impalas and yelling America at the top of my lungs while holding sparklers.
The Impala shared its body with some of GM’s other cars throughout its production, and to this day is still the best-selling vehicle in Chevrolet’s lineup, even with a reduction in popularity in recent years.
Number 5: The Ford F-Series
There’s no way the number one selling truck in America couldn’t make it on to this list. The Ford F-Series is a series of light and medium duty trucks produced by Ford starting in 1948. The F-Series is still the number one selling vehicle overall in the United States today, beating out the competition from other big names like Dodge and Chevrolet.
The most popular of course is the F-150, the smallest in the lineup. The reason why is it is an affordable, American-made truck that has a range of options from a regular cab with a short bed all the way up to a super crew with a full-size bed.
One of the coolest things about the F-Series is that not only is it produced in variants for everyday use, but Ford’s Racing division has also created several variants designed for tuning and racing, such as the Ford Lightning and the SVT Raptor.
The lightning was produced for a number of years from 1993-1995, but the more popular was the second version which was produced from 1999-2004, which featured a 5.4 litre V8 engine fitted with a supercharger, which produced 380 horsepower, which for the 90’s was nothing to scoff at.
The SVT Raptor is what you can get your hands on in terms of new vehicles these days if you’re looking for that extra power, sporting the option to get a 6.2 litre V8 with 411hp for 2011-2014 model years, and now for 2017 you can get a 3.5 twin turbo Ecoboost motor
Number 4: Pontiac Firebird Trans am
The most popular version of Pontiac’s Firebird, the Trans Am was a specialty package for the vehicle which typically upgraded suspension, handling, and most importantly, horsepower. Released in 1967 alongside Chevy’s Camaro, the Firebird ran with it’s brother until 2002, with several variants and engines thrown in.
Believe it or not, for several years the vehicle came equipped with a giant 7.5 litre V8 engine, which after a while was changed out to share engines with the Camaro such as the famous 350 small block.
The Firebird was made even more famous for its use in Smokey and the Bandit, for which a 1977 model was used, easily making it the most favorite version of the vehicle for most consumers. Sadly its death was foreseen as sales dwindled towards the end of its production run, but still a classic muscle car that is still popular even by today’s standards, as several companies attempt to produce re-structured Camaros to bring back this amazing car.
Number 3: Dodge Challenger
In 1969, Dodge wanted to get into the pony car game, so they built a car on Chrysler’s E-Platform, and used major components of another popular vehicle, the Plymouth Barracuda, to create the Challenger.
Optional engines for this car’s first generation featured a 426cu Hemi V8 with 440 horsepower and a 440cu V8 with 375 horsepower.
Ever behind the famous Mustang and Camaro, the Challenger still held its own against the big boys for several years. The vehicle has been in and out of production, but was revitalized recently with the release of its 3rd Generation in 2008, with the newer models producing some crazy numbers such as the new Hellcat Challenger which sports a 6.2 litre Hemi Engine with 707hp! Nothing says America quite like this vehicle, which gives you the option of actually using a different key-fob which de-tunes the engine to around 500hp for your daily use…but let’s face it, you aren’t going to be using that other fob.
Number 2: The Ford Mustang
The original Pony car! No way we could leave this one out. The first generation debuted in 1965 and is still in production today. The vehicle has had uninterrupted production since it was introduced, and remains the most popular muscle car to this day.
The vehicle has seen 6 generations, each more powerful and cooler looking than the last. These cars were designed for the power-lover in all Americans, and even if you’re a fan of the competitors like the Camaro and Challenger, you can’t scoff at the power the Mustang produces, although you can take a quick laugh at the amount of jokes about crashing into crowds of people.
Nowadays you can find the mustang with some crazy engines like the new 2.3 litre Ecoboost turbo which produces 300hp, or even something ridiculous like the 600hp ROUSHcharged 5.0 V8, definitely a classic way to shout America as you deafen people with the sound of that exhaust note.
Number 1: The Chevrolet Corvette
A more expensive option for most American car owners, the corvette is the best-selling American sports-car ever produced. Then again, there aren’t many out there to compete. Originally sold in 1953, it was designed as a show car that actually gained enough interest for GM to produce the vehicle.
Always designed with a classic Chevy LS motor, the corvette remains a staple in American car culture to this day, with people doing some crazy work on newer models like the Z06 and ZR1 trims which sport large V8’s and the occasional Supercharger, while others keep an older model to cruise around town and take to classic car shows.
Now, not all owners of these vehicles are the stereotypical old, retired men, some are younger in their 20’s or 30’s who want something with power that is a little nicer than a Camaro or a Mustang, and some owners, generally with the nicest looking ones, are women. My own mother still owns a Red 1996 C4 Corvette that is pretty much bone stock and with low miles…despite my efforts to convince her to build the car, even if it is the C4 that most people don’t like the look of.
So there you have it. We know there are plenty of American-Made cars out there, but this list contained some of the most influential American Muscle and Production cars in the country’s history. Now, if only we could all come together and convince the new President that we need to be allowed to import cars like the R34 Skyline over here to the states, and things will be golden. And to be honest, any candidate moving forward who wants to legalize importing certain vehicles will get my vote hands down!
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