Muscle Cars 1966



We will cover all the intermediate muscle cars from 1966. These include the GTO, 4-4-2, SS396, GS, Cyclone GT and GT/A, Fairlane GT and GT/A, Hemi Charger …

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  • My grandfather bought a Fairlane GT-A new in 66, my dad bought the car from him sometime in the 70s and still has the car today. It’s mint and only has about 35k original miles.

    Travis Edmiston April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Heh heh. You’re so PG-13 Mr G

    Davis Wall April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I grew up in a 66 Chevelle though it was not a “muscle car”. My dad is 80 and tells stories claiming it was a high rpm 327 (7200) 4 speed with bead welded letters MT on both the engine block and transmission. He would regularly stop light race big blocks and lead by 1-2 car lengths.  Dad placed a down payment on a Camaro but saw the Chevelle at a Ford dealer. He inquired about the car and was told it was purchased in UT by an older gentleman and spun out twice while traveling to Florida. Dad expressed an interest and they pulled off the lot rack and let him drive it. After a few runs dad wanted it but relayed the down payment at the Chevy dealers. Salesman ask who he made the payment to; turns out he was his friend and made a call. Dad took ownership of the 66, soon the word got out about the car starting racking up a few street light wins. Challengers demanded to look at the motor claiming it was a big block with a 327 sticker air cleaner. Dad took it to his local mechanic to see what made this car outperform others. That where he learned of the MT lettering and 7200 rpm verified by a tachometer. The mechanic said it had a 327 block but the heads were not 327 and the carb was not stock as well.

    I’ve searched the internet for this MT reference but nothing comes up. All I can verify is as a child, every time I straddled the drive tunnel with each hand resting on the buckets, dad would say “boy sit down” and when I didn’t he would dump the clutch and acceleration would pin me back into the seat.

    If anyone could shed history on this, it would be most appreciated..

    M K April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • The 426 hemi was advertised at 425 hp but was really 350 hp as installed in the car. In fact ALL muscle car engines were over rated by 20% until 1972 when the real as installed in the car net was used….and still used today. A 2021 Dodge with 5.7 V-8 puts out 375 hp, 25 more than the old 426 hemi did. The fact that this is not covered in this videos makes it rather pointless and misleading.

    chad haire April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I out grew "muscle cars" when I learned I could put 23 thousand pounds of thrust tween my legs ,, Fly Navy.

    Ray Whitehead April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Damn I miss my Nailhead. Most polluting design ever, but produced so much torque.

    Common Sense Realist April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • If you are cosidering a video on 1967 muscle cars I have a lot of personal and driving information to share on the 1967 Camaro SS/RS. In late 1966 I owned one of the first of the 350s of this type that was built.

    CJ S April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • My car as a young Marine was a Pontiac Catalina, 421 dual four barrel, got it used from my step dad. 5.5sec to 60 on acceleration, was hauling a heavy body. But top end was over 125, I got scared and throttled back after that, steering was horrible. It was kicking out about 400hp. Car companies in the sixties were producing monster engines. However, steering and road feel was terrible. Gas was less then 30 cents a gallon, and in East Texas I could buy it for as low as 19 cents. Good thing, Cuase it just gobbled up fuel.

    Ray Whitehead April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I have a 66 in my yard. Less than 20*

    bob brooks April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Great vid, Greg. Love it👍

    Daniel Owen April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • i owned a dark green 1966 dodge coronet with the 318 engine. it was the best car that i have ever owned. one reason is torsion bar rear suspension. the bars are constantly showing the tires where they belong,and with authority. hard into a corner there is no creepy pushy leaning
    and sagging. for a couple of years in north east Ohio when we had snow storms i would go get my best friend and we would drive around on un-plowed streets with almost worn out tires. no problem and i never got stuck. torsion bar suspension and that the car sat comfortably high.
    especially when we were in it.

    Hulado April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • in the real world the GM cars would all break their drivelines  and the Fords would be slower but still driving.  Ford top loaders and C6 trans were great and don't forget the ford 9 inch rear gear set ups.    Pontiac even used the Ford 3 speed top loader in the 67 Firebird with V8 option, not sure about the 6 sprint.  that said always thought the 442's looked great.

    radioguy1620 April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Awesome info, well done !

    Paul Dolan April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • "a scantily clad Greg dancing in a cage"
    WTF?

    I had a 1966 Chevelle SS. I got it in the early 80s. I never had the original 396. I ran a 350 4 bolt until I had a 427 built and beefed up for it. I am not going to get into a horsepower argument because the horsepower the engine created was never effectively put at the tires. The suspension and aerodynamics were such crap that the car would have flown away if it had wings before the engine reached the red line. This is what happens when you are a conceited idiot that tries to build a 1/4 mile car for top end.

    I might just get me a GOaT when I pay off my Camry. I found several places that sell 66 GTOs (non original) for 20-30k. So damn slow compared to the new Mustang GT Premium, but there is still something magical about old muscle cars.

    DefendUSA1776 April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I just clicked your likes up to 667 from the stubborn 666 Greg, you're welcome.

    Martin Taper April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I had a 1971 AMC Javelin SST Karmann. Does that count ? I lived in Holland at the time. Trouble is by the time it got to 100 mph I had already run out of Holland .
    Its a very small country. (BTW I worked for Shell. Royal Dutch)
    I absolutely lap up your content on Planes and Cars. Maybe you read as many mags as I have over the last 50 years.
    At junior School I was so horrified with how long WW2 went on for that I actually started counting the days , for the next two years, before I realised I had better things to do.
    I get the feeling you are the one other person who just might have been as nerdy as me to even contemplate doing the same at such a young age. I hope so. Please keep it up.Thank you,

    taketimeout2 April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Still waitin on your 392 hemi video!!!

    Jim Harriman April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • but those solvent based paint would beat any paint on today's water based paints with orange peel. I love those yellow paints. Nothing compares today. Solvent is too polluting to spray.

    goognam goognws April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • In 1966 through 1969 I regularly attended the drag races. All of the popular fast cars of the day could be seen there. The 390 Fairlanes and Comets were beaten constantly by the GTO's and Chevelles. The 390 unless it sported the 408 HP option was a boat anchor. When I was engine shopping in 1968 shelled out the considerable extra money for a 427FE.

    Lance Lawson April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I found your car film by accident and I love it! I would like to see a film about the last of the bigger Mustangs as compared to these cars of the 60s. I bought a '71 Boss 429 Mustang that had been ordered by some guy who backed out of the deal, or was killed before delivery. I was told both stories and that Ford built only built two of them As a soldier, I could finance it for as long as my current enlistment. It had the funny heads with convoluted valve covers. I took it to Germany on my first tour and blew the doors off everything and clocked the car on the Autobahn at well over 185 MPH. I also ran the car on it's stock Polyglass wide ovals at the ring in under 10 minutes. I wrote this as I listened to this video! I love it.

    Stewart Davies April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • My first car was a 1967 fairlane GTA. I loved that car!!! That car was indestructible!!! C6 and a 9 inch differential! Great for an 17 year old guy, whos hard on things! The guy I bought it from raced it with a 427 in it! I could have bought that engine from him for an extra $2000. I kick myself for not springing for that engine!! I did however keep the fiberglass factory hood with the scoop up front.

    Jim Harriman April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Great video thank you
    I am old enough to remember the Muscle car era and even to have driven many of them a little
    Younger people may not appreciate what these cars meant to the public generally
    If one looks back from the 60s only 10 to20 years to say the mid 50s or even 40s many "family cars"didn't have enough power to, for instance, maintain highway speeds while climbing the hills on even major roads and streets and had top speeds well under 100 MPH
    Suddenly cars had more than enough power
    My Dad's very middle of the road prosaic family sedan; 4dr 1963 Chevy Bel Air with the 283 V8 and 2 speed automatic which was pretty much the ultimate stodgy car would cruse all day at 80mph
    Would do 0-60 fast enough to enter the expressway without trouble and had a top speed faster than even he wanted to drive it
    These Muscle cars were the same cars–sort of –just with more stuff and bigger engines, even though basically the same general type of engine(V8 4 cycle gas etc) even if you genuinely had no desire to buy one you could see yourself in one, you could mentally put yourself in the driver's seat and
    It captured the public's imagination

    Steuart White April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Advertising Head: Our next video project will have a video about an evil professor kidnapping women and forcing them to be go-go dancers, and our hero needs to drag race to save them.
    Chevy Executive: But how does that sell cars?
    Advertising: Cars?

    mike hunt April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I realise that this very much a video by an american to a largely american audience on an amaerican subject, but many, if not all of these cars are iconic for euro's too (albeit those of a certain age 🙂 )
    With that in mind, when composing the comparative charts on the lap and quarter mile times, could you throw in some contemporary euro cars such as the E type, or Lotus Cortina to give us some kind of perspective?
    I think a 3.8 E Type did a 14.8 !/4, for instance, putting these cars in a more wide spread perspective.

    56Seeker April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • The cross ram intake was available on the 1st gen Z28 Camaros. Dual 650 cfms

    Atreid3s April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • After devouring your airplane videos, I only recently discovered your Muscle Car videos. What a treat! Your narration of these videos reminds me of the late great Rodger Huntington- my favorite automobile writer of all time. Whenever I read an article from him I always felt like I was getting some kind of inside information, and that's how your videos make me feel. And your voice reminds me of Richard Neer from WNEW-FM back in the 70's and now WFAN sports talk in NY. Please keep these videos coming!!

    Classic Muscle Car Exhaust April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • The GTO and SS really would do that to a Ford 390… even if in a Mustang… note the torquey '66 GTO is also quicker than the over cammed SS stoplight-to-stoplight distances every time… Chevelle needed full 1/4 to get ahead… even bigger cammed 375 HP engine may even have been worse with a 3.55:1 rear…
    The '64 GTO had the 405 HP (actually 480 HP) dual quad Super Duty 421" with dual quads replaced with tripower for correct looks…

    BuzzLOLOL April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • The sad thing is I wonder just how many people bought these cars only to find out their driving skills were not up to the performance levels. Sometimes fatally. As to the 66 GM engines with multiple carburation. You state the Corvette as being the only one allowed to use multiple carburation. What about the 1969 Z28. I thought its 302 could be ordered with dual quads. Or was that a dealer option? Yah Wikipedia says off road dealer part.
    Onw wonders just what these cars would have been like if some of the experimental engines made into production. The Ford 427SOHC, the Pontiac OHC, the Chevy twin cam big block, and the Olds 32 valve. The Ford while some were built calling it a production motor is like calling an AMC Indianapolis aluminum 209 cid turbo charged V-8* a production motor.

    *supposedly the highest horsepower engine to ever run at Indianapolis, for sure up to that time. Wickedly fast on the front and back straights. But had handling problems in the corners.

    mpetersen6 April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • But, but,,, my 66 LA block Barracuda!??!

    SadWings Raging April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • I see you like deleting comments from people you dont agree with….

    chad haire April 2, 2021 5:04 pm Reply

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