As a serious collector of antique and classic cars, Mark Pieloch has chosen to focus his collection on American vehicles. By narrowing the range of the Pieloch Classic Car Collection primarily to the elite muscle cars manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s, Pieloch can highlight the exceptional quality and styling of these powerful vehicles. Automakers like Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge created a new paradigm for U.S. vehicles and created the enduring legend of the open road.
Most experts trace the birth of the American muscle car to the 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO. Based on the existing Tempest model and designed by John DeLorean, the vehicle featured a package of upgrades that included a powerful V-8 engine. This enhanced power plant produced 350 horsepower and could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds, making it one of the fastest cars available at the time. In 1966, the GTO was released as a standalone model and received critical and popular acclaim in the automotive world.
Although the heyday of the muscle car was during the 1960s, advances in engineering have allowed even better acceleration and increased power for many modern vehicles. The Pieloch Classic Car Collection incorporates popular vehicles manufactured during the 1950s, 60s and 70s with a few elite cars of more recent vintage. Pieloch’s ongoing work in preserving and collecting these vehicles will allow future generations to explore and experience the beauty and power of classic and antique American cars for many years in the future.