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What is the essential sports car?

I always thought it would be exciting to own a vehicle that can blast the doors off anything else on the road today. So I wondered what everyone thinks the best American sports car ever made.
 

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I meant a muscle car/ sports car. It took me a while to get my poll up, I wanted to have thee signature sports/ muscle cars that many think of when answering this question.

The reason I ask this is to get an idea of some great "project" cars. Lately I've been talking to a buddy of mine that restores old 1960-1970 era muscle cars for a hobby, and then sells them to buyers. Anyway, I asked him if he would want to do a project with me and one other person, so I've been thinking of some muscle cars we could do. I listed some newer cars though, since I think many are great American sports cars.
 

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Quintessential American sports car would have to be the Corvette. I voted for the Z06 but I would like to have seen the 69 Stingray ZL1 on the list. :rolleyes:
 

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No Olds 442 on the poll!!!??? (my first pick for a Musclecar) Here's the one Dad bought new...
Sorry Ralph, but I never think of an Olds as being in the sports car business. I can't wait until I find a good muscle car to modify, but I'm not a millionaire, so I'll need to throw out a few of my choices right away.

If I could have any, I'd take the 'Cuda, but I love that new Ford GT!
 

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Sorry Ralph, but I never think of an Olds as being in the sports car business. I can't wait until I find a good muscle car to modify, but I'm not a millionaire, so I'll need to throw out a few of my choices right away.
If I could have any, I'd take the 'Cuda, but I love that new Ford GT!
Like I said, the 442 is a Musclecar, not a sports car. (I wouldn't classify a 442 or GTO as a sports car either) The GTO is as much a musclecar as a 442, and both would not be considered a "sports car"

The beauty of the old divisions (before Olds was brutally killed for no reason) is that each division had a musclecar, and it gave identity to each respectively.......GS, Chevelle SS, GTO, 442.......
 

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Like I said, the 442 is a Musclecar, not a sports car. The GTO is as much a musclecar as a 442, and both would not be considered a "sports car"
I'll give you that, but I personally never think of Oldsmobile as being in the sportscar OR musclecar business, but that's a good example of how much I know about Oldsmobile!
 

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As much as I love the original Corvette Sting Ray (and I'd own one if I could), the 2006 Z06 is a flat-out amazing sports car. Not that I'd kick the others out of my garage, either.
 

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Rotting somewhere in a junkyard, never to return to existence if I can help it :D!

It may be there a while waiting to rot. They're made completely out of stainless steel. Except for the interior of course. lol

I picked the shelby.
 

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If musclecar, 1970 Charger.
I wanted to say the same. But since it was not there I voted for the 71 Challenger. For the price you could get one, you had a whole lot of quality power!!! And good looks!

I believe the 70 Charger was also nominated best American sports car at Top Gear?

And why is a muscle car not a sportscar? Than make it 'sporty' car?

The Delorean was an Irish product...:rolleyes:
 

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The Delorean was designed by an American GM exec. It was built in Ireland because of cheap labor.

This could be an excellent thread. Unfortunately the Sports cars, muscle cars and sport sedans got mixed together. America only has about to Sports cars in production..the Corvette and the GT40. The 2nd being much to expensive to even consider. It's tough with the Corvettes..A '67 big block let everyone know what it was as it literally shook the ground. The Z06 is so much more refined and accomplishes the same thing. I'd love a '67 but as a daily driver I'd have to go with the Z06. I have a '72 Corvette. It's a head turner but a dog performance wise.

 
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