Factory Lightweights Detroit's Drag Racing Specials

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"Factory Lightweights: Detroit's Drag Racing Specials of the '60s" by Charles Morris. When Detroit's automakers got involved in organized drag racing, they issued a series of rare race-only cars that became legends in their own time. Unbound by warranty and durability concerns, these wild cars featured lightweight additions such as fiberglass and aluminum body parts, Plexiglas windows, and many more weight-saving tricks. Under their hoods were wicked, raucous engines that only felt at home on the quarter mile. This book includes descriptions of the parts, as well as race ‘packages’ available to the public as well as to stock car racers. It includes not only lightweight body parts, but a variety of tricks used to get lightweight racers – like aluminum engine parts, and stuffing a big-car engine into a little-car body.

The book explains how the Big Three came to build these insane cars and describes, in detail, the cars and engines that helped make the 1960s such a unique era in drag racing history. A huge collection of period photographs, many previously unpublished, captures the spirit of the times and shows readers how these cars looked as they ran-particularly important, given that so many of them have been lost to history. This 9 x 9 inch softcover book has 180 pages, with 250 color and 150 black and white photos. Buy now to find out about these ultimate muscle cars.

Cars Covered:

Dodge - Lancer, Dart, D/Dart, 330, Coronet

Mopar Engines - aluminum engine, Ramcharger, Max Wedge, 413, 426, Stage II, Stage III, Race Hemi, Street Hemi, A990 package

Plymouth - Sonoramic Commando, Valiant, Savoy, Belvedere, GTX, Barracuda, Super Stock 413v

Ford - Galaxie, Custom 300, Starliner, Fairlane, Thunderbolt, Mustang, Holman-Moody conversions, 289, 352 Fe (360 hp), 390 (401hp Thunderbird Special), 406 Thunderbird Special, 427, Cobra Jet 428

Mercury Comet & Cyclone 427

Chevy - Bel Air, Z-11, Impala, Chevelle 396, Chevy II (with 283 or 327 swapped in), Nova L-79 with a 327, 409, 427

Olds - F85, Cutlass, 442, W-30, Ram Rod 350 W-31

Pontiac - Catalina, "Swiss Cheese" Catalina, Super Duty, Tempest, LeMans, GTO, 1968 Firebird, 389, 421

1969 S/S AMX
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"Factory Lightweights: Detroit's Drag Racing Specials of the '60s"
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9.00 x 9.00 x 0.44 inches
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Cars Covered:

Dodge - Lancer, Dart, D/Dart, 330, Coronet

Mopar Engines - aluminum engine, Ramcharger, Max Wedge, 413, 426, Stage II, Stage III, Race Hemi, Street Hemi, A990 package

Plymouth - Sonoramic Commando, Valiant, Savoy, Belvedere, GTX, Barracuda, Super Stock 413v

Ford - Galaxie, Custom 300, Starliner, Fairlane, Thunderbolt, Mustang, Holman-Moody conversions, 289, 352 Fe (360 hp), 390 (401hp Thunderbird Special), 406 Thunderbird Special, 427, Cobra Jet 428

Mercury Comet & Cyclone 427

Chevy - Bel Air, Z-11, Impala, Chevelle 396, Chevy II (with 283 or 327 swapped in), Nova L-79 with a 327, 409, 427

Olds - F85, Cutlass, 442, W-30, Ram Rod 350 W-31

Pontiac - Catalina, "Swiss Cheese" Catalina, Super Duty, Tempest, LeMans, GTO, 1968 Firebird, 389, 421

1969 S/S AMX
1969 American Motors AMX
1960-1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960-1964 Chevrolet Impala
1962-1967 Chevrolet Chevy II
1962-1971 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
1965-1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
1968-1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu
1960-1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix
1960-1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer
1960-1971 Dodge Dart
1961-1962 Dodge Lancer
1961-1962 Dodge Lancer 770
1962 Dodge Dart 330
1962 Dodge Dart 440
1963-1968 Dodge Dart 270
1963-1969 Dodge Dart GT
1964-1969 Dodge Dart GTS
1965-1970 Dodge Coronet 440
1965-1970 Dodge Coronet 500
1965-1971 Dodge Coronet
1966-1970 Dodge Coronet Deluxe
1967-1970 Dodge Coronet R/T
1968-1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee
1969-1971 Dodge Dart Custom
1969-1971 Dodge Dart Swinger
1971 Dodge Coronet Brougham
1971 Dodge Coronet Crestwood
1971 Dodge Coronet Custom
1971 Dodge Dart Demon
1971 Dodge Dart Demon 340
1971 Dodge Dart Special
1960 Ford Custom 300
1960 Ford Galaxie Special
1960-1961 Ford Starliner
1960-1963 Ford Fairlane
1960-1964 Ford Fairlane 500
1960-1964 Ford Galaxie
1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500
1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
1964-1971 Ford Mustang
1964 Mercury Comet
1964 Mercury Cyclone
1961-1971 Oldsmobile F85
1962-1966 Oldsmobile F85 Deluxe
1962-1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1964-1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday
1965-1971 Oldsmobile 442
1966 Oldsmobile F85 Holiday
1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Turnpike Cruiser
1968-1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass S
1960-1961 Plymouth Savoy Deluxe
1960-1964 Plymouth Savoy
1960-1966 Plymouth Valiant 200
1960-1970 Plymouth Belvedere
1960-1971 Plymouth Valiant
1962-1969 Plymouth Valiant Signet
1964-1971 Plymouth Barracuda
1967-1971 Plymouth GTX
1968-1969 Plymouth Valiant 100
1968-1970 Plymouth Belvedere Satellite
1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe
1962-1963 Pontiac Catalina
1964-1969 Pontiac Tempest Custom
1964-1970 Pontiac Tempest
1964-1971 Pontiac GTO
1964-1971 Pontiac LeMans
1968 Pontiac Firebird
1968 Pontiac Firebird 350
1968 Pontiac Firebird 400
1969 Pontiac LeMans Safari
1970 Pontiac Tempest GT
1970-1971 Pontiac GTO The Judge
1970-1971 Pontiac LeMans Sport
1971 Pontiac LeMans T37
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