In Pre-Muscle Cars & GTOs, you can read about how the Pontiac GTO was the first true muscle car. It used a relatively large V8 engine crammed into an intermediate body shell, with performance the prime aim. Although there had been plenty of high-performance V8s well before the GTO came along, they did not come into the same big engine/small car category, but performance was certainly part of their appeal. Muscle cars are a world-famous phenomenon, owing their outrageous existence to a very simple formula. Take a mid-sized sedan, nothing too complicated, upmarket, or fancy, then add the biggest, raunchiest V8 that it is possible to squeeze under the hood, and there it is! If you are interested in the world of the automobile, this Muscle Cars series is for you. Each book encourages and motivates the young reader to explore this intriguing and iconic part of the car industry beginning in the 1960s.