Cars are not just a means of transportation but also a means of sport and entertainment ever since they were invented. Off-road racing is a popular sport which includes racing the cars on unsurfaced tracks. The cars are specially designed to have bigger wheels and suspension systems to endure the rough tracks. Off road racing tracks are made up of riverbeds, sand, rocks, gravel, mud, or other natural terrains.
Since the 1960s and 1970s, the muscle cars have been quite popular and specially modified cars were used in off-road racing as well. In the old times, these cars were known to be loud and fast and as they were built with steel so they were also bulletproof.
The list of off-road muscle cars is a long one which includes cars from Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge. Let us look at some of these amazing off-road muscle cars.
Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
The Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt is a limited production car which came in 1964. This car has been made as a factory experimental drag race the only automobile. About 100 units were made which were designed in a way to combine the light weighted and intermediate sized body of Ford with a high rise V8 engine. The car has a 2-door sedan body and is a rear wheel drive. It was known for its Ford Big-Block FE 427 V8 Engine and a transmission of 4-speed manual Hurst shifter.
Dodge marketed a full sized car in the 1950s by the name of Coronet which was initially the division’s highest trim line car. Later on, in 1955 it got shifted to the lowest trim line section and after 1965 went to the intermediate sized model section. The car is a little crown and has ornaments which are fixed on a metal ring. The car had a 2-door coupe but later on the 2-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, and other versions also hit the market. It has a Gyromatic or fluid drive transmission and has a 230 cu engine. This car was an excellent all-round driver. The car got titled as the “super/sleeper of the year”.
Chevelle is a middle sized car produced by Chevrolet. The car was introduced with different body styles including 2-door coupe, sedans, station wagon, and convertibles. The sporty versions of this car hit the market in 1973. It was one of those cars which stood out from the pack. Having 375 horsepower wrapped inside a 396-cid engine gave this car its significance. Another great part of the package is F41 heavy duty suspension. The car came providing 3-speed manual and 4-speed manual transmission choices.
There are many other cars which are also preferred by off-road racers including the Pontiac GTO, Ford Galaxie, AMC rebel machine, Buick Wildcat, Oldsmobile Starfire, Pontiac Ventura, and Oldsmobile Jetstar 1 to name a few. The off-road racers are on the lookout for the best cars and keep on modifying their existing ones. The car maker industry is also hands on in competition for providing professional, state of the art, perfectly designed cars for the off-road racing.