Bare-Bones Muscle Cars - Entry-Level Muscle


Muscle cars exist for one reason: To get down a straight two-lane blacktop as quickly as possible. But automakers have long paired performance options with convenience or luxury features, which invariably increase price and weight. And they’re easy to justify. After all, air conditioning and power switches are handy and only decrease speed marginally.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/09/23/entry-level-muscle-cars


Around 1977 I knew a lovely young woman who had a silver Tempest T-37, the only one I’ve ever seen. It had a 3" chrome emblem behind the wheel arch on the front fenders that said “T-37”. That was it. Talk bout understated. She told me her husband had bought her the car and she didn’t know what anything about the “T-37”. Fantastic yet it’s all true!


That’s a great memory. I personally love understated cars simply because if the other person knows what you’ve got, it really shows that they know their stuff!


I too had a 1971 T-37, gold over tan, 350, TH350. Thoroughly enjoyed that car. Truly understated, ran extremely well, and was a solidly built car. It had bias belt tires when I bought it and tended to wander. I put a set of radials on it along with chrome wheels and baby moons. After that, I absolutely loved it. Great car and great memories.


Looks familiar.
361 HP


While I personally think that the 67 is the prettiest Nova, at the beginning of the 67 model year the 275 hp 327 was best that could be bought. It wasn’t until mid year that Chevy offered a 325 hp version of the 327 that was the same as the 350 hp version except for a Q-Jet and a cast iron intake. It was only the 66 that offered the 350 hp 327 and the lightest and quickest would be the 2 dr post Chevy II.


Entry level cars and big motors = maximum fun. The X body Nova’s are reasonable for now and perfect for small block strokers or Big Block shirt pullers. As with most GM models the parts are reasonable and in great supply and choice’s. This model body style is a late bloomer but blooming it is.