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During the classic muscle car era, American cars meant performance. Driving an American muscle car meant driving the baddest machine on the road. Every detail of the cars backed this up. Engine badges gave other street racers a clue as to just how badly they were about to be stomped in a stoplight drag race. Even the striping meant something, and no stripes meant as much as the twin skunk stripes running from the hood to the trunk of Chevrolet’s mighty Super Sports. Regardless of which Super Sport model those stripes graced—agile Camaros with lightweight small blocks and fabulous F41 suspensions, luxurious Impalas with their monstrous big-block engines, or LS6-equipped Chevelle 454SSs with the most powerful engine of the entire muscle-car era—the name “Super Sport” screamed mind-bending performance.
Super Sport: 50 Years of Chevy Muscle relives the complete story of these iconic automobiles, from the Corvette racing prototype of 1957 to the V-8-powered Super Sports of the 21st century. With new photography of all major Super Sport models, this book is the first book to do justice to Chevrolet’s fantastic Super Sports.
On the 1957 auto show circuit Chevrolet unveiled a show car based on its Corvette and dubbed the "Super Sport." The performance car world took one look, and never looked back. A combination of styling and performance upgrades, the SS package could turn something as mundane as a 6-cylinder Malibu into the fire-breathing Chevelle SS396. This book traces the long line of legendary SS models from Chevy’s Super Sport version of its popular Impala, which marked the dawn of the muscle car era, to today’s Impala SS. Featuring the work of acclaimed photo ace David Newhardt, Chevy SS: 50 Years of Super Sport provides a close-up, detailed, full-color look at such beloved muscle cars as the Chevelle, the Camaro, the El Camino, the Malibu, and the Monte Carlo. The book is a fittingly elegant celebration of the cars that redefined “high performance” and defined an era.
Chevrolet displayed a stunning show car on the 1957 auto show circuit based on the Corvette. Chevrolet dubbed the new car the "Super Sport." Though it would be a few years before this fabled name plate would grace a production car, by the time the classic muscle car era began in earnest, the name “Super Sport” would come to define the era. The Super Sport badge graced some of the fastest, most powerful American cars ever built, beasts like the LS6-powered Chevelle 454SS. With Robert Genat’s definitive text and the stunning photography of acclaimed photo ace David Newhardt, Super Sport: 50 Years of Chevy Muscle presents these spectacular machines as they’ve never been seen before.
A lavishly illustrated look at the Chevy Super Sport cars that defined the muscle car era.
Robert Genat is an accomplished author and photographer who has written more than 23 books for Motorbooks. A self-proclaimed “gearhead,” Robert has restored several classic cars. Genat lives in Encinitas, California. David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for Motorbooks’ best-selling titles Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars; Corvette: Fifty Years; Mustang: Forty Years; Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years; and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He lives in Pasadena, California.
About the Author
is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars
, Corvette: Fifty Years
, Mustang: Forty Years
, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years
, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street
. He lives in Walworth, Wisconsin.
Robert Genat is an accomplished author and photographer who has written 25 books for MBI Publishing. A self-proclaimed “gearhead,” Robert has restored two classic cars in the last 10 years (one of which was featured in a nationally syndicated television show), and has recently completed a chopped ’32 five-window coupe. He and his wife Robin own and operate ZoneFive Photo. Genat lives in Encinitas, California.
Table of Contents
Table of contentsIntroductionChapter 1: Genesis of Super SportChapter 2: Impala SSChapter 3: Chevy’s Smallest SS Models—Nova and CobaltChapter 4: Chevelle and Malibu SSChapter 5: Camaro SSChapter 6: SS El Caminos and SS Pickup TrucksChapter 7: Monte Carlo SS