This is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird that was driven by Richard Petty, and I saw it at the 2019 Daytona Turkey Rod Run. The Plymouth Superbird is a muscle car that’s based on the Plymouth Roadrunner. The Superbird was only produced in 1970 and is very similar to the ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona. Like the Charger Daytona, the Superbird was used in NASCAR. The engine of this one is a 7 liter Hemi V8 that produces 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a 4-speed manual.
This is Dale Earnhardt’s ’77 Chevy Nova, and I saw it at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach. This is from the fourth generation, which was made between 1974 and 1979 (model years between 1975 and 1979). The engine is a 5.8 liter NASCAR V8 that produces 700 horsepower. The transmission is a 4-speed manual. This Nova was originally a Pontiac Ventura, but was converted to a Chevy Nova for better aerodynamics. This Nova was auctioned off for $209,000.
This is a 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 that was at Ferrari of Tampa Bay in January of 2019. The 458 is a supercar that was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was made between 2009 and 2015 (model years between 2010 and 2015). The Italia GT2 is a race car that was raced in the LM GTE category and made its debut at the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring. The engine is a 4.5 liter V8 that produces 465 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed sequential. This car weighs 2,745 pounds since the body is made of carbon composite, kevlar, and aluminum. The chassis is an aluminum monocoque.
Here’s a 2018 Camaro COPO Hot Wheels Edition that was at the 2019 Mecum Auction in Kissimmee. This is from the sixth generation of the Camaro, which has been in production since 2015 (the first model year was 2016). The COPO is a race version, and only 69 are made annually, and only 29 were the Hot Wheels Edition. The engine is a 5 liter supercharged V8 that produces 580 horsepower. The transmission is a 3-speed automatic. This car does 0-60 mph in 4 seconds and has a top speed of 175 mph.
This is Martin Truex Jr.’s 2018 Toyota Camry, and I saw it at the 2018 Central Florida Auto Show. He was racing with this car in the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. The engine is a 5.8 liter Toyota Camry Racing V8 that produces 850 horsepower. The transmission is a 4-speed manual. The top speed is about 200 mph.
Today’s car of the day is this ’68 Mercury Cyclone that was at the 2018 Daytona Turkey Rod Run. The Mercury Cyclone is a car that was built on the same platform as the Ford Torino. The engine of this one is a 7 liter V8, but I’m not sure how powerful it is. The transmission is a 4-speed manual. It was made as a tribute to Bud Moore and Tiny Lund, and it’s owned by Rich Moore.
Today’s car of the day is this ’59 Chevy Impala that was at the 2018 Daytona Turkey Rod Run. It’s from the second generation, which was made between 1958 and 1960 (model years between 1959 and 1960). The engine is a 5.7 liter V8 that produces 320 horsepower. The transmission is a 4-speed manual. It was driven by Junior Johnson, and it won the 1960 Daytona 500.