The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is a celebration of stock and original cars, but nobody can deny that the vast majority of Muscle Cars were modified by their owners to go faster or look unique.    Dan Vasic reached out to owners of “Day 2” cars, which are cars modified basically when they were new… hence the term “Day 2”.   These cars have period correct parts and modifications, and are a cool look back at the performance parts of the day.   
 
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The Brothers Collection features some stunning Muscle Cars that were the first ones off the line, as well as some of the "lasts" as well.   This 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible is one of those cars, as it is believed to be the last Judge convertible built for the '69 model year.   It's powered by the 366 HP Ram Air III 400-cube V8, and wears a special order color.

This week, we spotlight a car from The Brothers Collection we found at the Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals. It’s a freshly-restored 1969 Pontiac Firebird featuring the original 400 cubic-inch Ram Air IV V8 and Muncie 4-speed transmission. It’s a very good-looking but basic car, which is one of the reasons why we really dig it!

The 1969 Pontiac Trans Am was the first of this legendary line of Muscle Cars, and we spent some time with a Ram Air III 4-speed version for this episode of Muscle Car Of The Week from The Brothers Collection.

http://www.musclecaroftheweek.com - 1973 was past the prime for most Muscle Cars, but this 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 begs to differ.    The Super Duty 455 engine was a special heart for a rare bird, and this car is a great example of one of the last great first generation Muscle Cars from Pontiac.

 

There are certain muscle cars that are wildly famous even though they have astoundingly low production numbers. This week's car is just such an animal. Here, we present the very first of the 8 1969 Pontiac Trans Am convertibles ever produced. All eight were painted white with blue stripes, but seven had blue interiors, and one had a white interior.  Four are automatic transmission cars, and the other four have manual gearboxes. This car has the blue interior, and options like power windows and a power convertible top. It is powered by a RAIII Pontiac 400 and has just received an immaculate restoration.  We spoke with restorer Gary Riley at the 2015 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals about the uniqueness of this amazing car in the Brothers Collection.

 

It's no secret that Muscle Car performance was on the decline after 1970 or so, but Pontiac engineers pressed on when they created the Super Duty Trans Am package, which was still a screamer in 1974.    The SD-455 was a remarkable engine, a legit race-bred machine among the plummeting compression ratios and horsepower levels of other V8s of the day.  This is a great example of a low-mile and correct 1974 SD-455 Trans Am from the Brothers Collection.