Automobile manufactures can be limited in their ability to really maximize the performance of their vehicles to suit the needs of a niche market of enthusiasts. That is where the aftermarket tuners step in. Names like Shelby and Yenko are familiar names for hardcore car folks, and sometimes the modified cars end up being more desirable than anything that came from the factory.
The badging on this Camaro makes sure you know who tuned it. (Photo Hagerty)
They weren’t the only two though. Nicky Chevrolet and Royal Pontiac were both dealers who used the same formula of leveraging a relationship with a manufacturer to produce the strongest muscle cars on the street and track by dropping in larger engines than the manufacturer intended or tuning the available engines to tire scalding power levels.
Obviously there are more tuners out there that fans know and love. We want you to sound off and tell us who your favorites are. New or classic, what shop took the factory effort and gave it that extra oomph it needed? Let us know below.