If you wanted a muscle car dressed up in a tuxedo back in the swinging Sixties, then this was it. There wasn’t another Jet Age American car that could keep up with this one, not when it packed a massive 413 cubic-inch wedge V8 under the large bonnet which made a tyre-frying 390 horses.

Just 625 convertibles were produced for that year which made it a pretty rare sight on the road and those longing for a convertible loaded with luxury amenities snapped it up. It could be had with power everything including steering, brakes, roof, windows, six-way adjustable bucket seats and antenna with FM/AM radio and dual range speakers. But more than all the goodies that were available, enthusiasts bought in because of its sheer performance. It made 658Nm of torque thanks to ‘atmospheric supercharging’ (a rare cross-ram design that had dual four-barrel carbs on over-laced manifolding) designed to create ram induction. It had a top speed of 200kph and could reach 0-100kph 7.1 seconds. Mated to the big-block was the trusty TorqueFlite three-speed automatic (a four-speed manual was optional) operated by a floor-mounted shifter in a centre console.

Find one and it’ll only cost Dh250,000 today.

 

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