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The Antique Car Era occurred during the Brass Car Era and Electric Car Era at a time when automotive pioneers were trying to adapt gasoline engines to most anything on wheels. Antique cars were the first mass produced vehicles with gasoline engines, immortalized by Henry FordÃ‚Â´s "Model T". They were at the forefront of quality control, standardized parts - and the industry itself. The muscle car, sometimes referred to as the American muscle car, can be any vehicle with a high horsepower to weight ratio. They came about when car lovers figured out that the lightest vehicle with the biggest engine would go the fastest. Consumerism hit a feverous pitch following World War II and veterans led the charge for new vehicles. Meanwhile the American automobile manufacturers were facing an invasion of new Japanese imports with the promise of better gas mileage so they responded with relatively light weight cars like the Mustang, Camaro and Plymouth Fury. And then speed freaks figured out that the big V8s used in the gas hogs like the Lincoln, Cadillac and Imperial would make the lighter cars fun to drive!
Detroiter by Frederic BONNEAU Photography