The engine is a 5.0 V8, better known as a 302, equipped with a whole host of upgrades to make it live up to the legend. A polished Edelbrock intake manifold inhales through a matching 4-barrel carburetor, MSD ignition components light the fires, and there’s a serpentine drive system for the accessories borrowed from a late-model. With chrome valve covers and an Edelbrock air cleaner, it looks highly detailed under the hood. Functionally, things like the aluminum radiator and chrome shock tower braces are a definite improvement. It’s linked to a T5 5-speed manual transmission and an 8-inch rear out back, so there’s no worry that you’ll break it. The front suspension is fortified with new bushings, steering components, and an oversized sway bar. Front disc brakes help it scrub speed effortlessly and the dual exhaust has a nice rumble that is aggressive but never annoying. And the finishing touch are those 15-inch Centerline wheels, but imagine this car rocking a set of Eleanor-style alloys!

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States