American Muscle Cars at the LA Auto Show

Chevy, Dodge and Ford flex their muscles.

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The Corvette ZR1, foreground, pictured in front of the Le Mans winning racing Corvette.
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About $111,525 puts you in the ultimate Corvette.
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And, here's what you'll find once inside..
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A refreshing sight for driving enthusiasts -- a real manual transmission.
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This is the cockpit, from which the driver has command of a 638-hp supercharged V8.
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The car has a visible carbon fiber roof, rockers and splitter, and these 19-inch front wheels -- 20s at the back.
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As for the Le Mans winning race car, it looks like fun to drive, too. The team made up a lap deficit with just six hours remaining to claim first in class at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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Corvette Racing won the GTS/GT1 class six times at Le Mans between 2001 and 2009. The team moved to the GT2 class in 2010 nd GTE Pro in 2011.
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Now, a car that a 10-year-old boy would think looks cool -- which means it's actually kind of cool.
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The Camaro Hot Wheels car is the first thing you see when entering the convention center hall, despite the fact it's behind several other displays.
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That's a Spectraflame finish that gives the car its until-shiny appearance. The name is used by Mattel for the finishes on its original Hot Wheels cars in the late 1960s.
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Jonathan Lloyd
A scale model of the car is available -- http://www.hotwheelscollectors.com/
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The Transformers Camaro is modeled after Bumblebee from the movie.
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The bright yellow paint and black stripe help it avoid Decepticons, probably.
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The Transformer logos are sprinkled about the car.
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The car is offered in Camaro's top two trim levels -- the 2LT and 2SS.
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Or, you could just get plain old red.
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The Camaro convertible as seen from inside the Transformers car.
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The Dodge Challenger 392 SRT8.
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For about $43,700, you get a 470-hp HEMI V8 and this ominous front grille.
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Plus, a racing stripe.
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The manual transmission allows the driver to find that sweet engine note.
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There are several trim levels for the Challenger. In orange, it makes everything else look black and white.
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The Dodge Charger
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And, the Mopar-tuned Dodge Charger with go-fast blue stripe.
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Inside the new Ford Mustang.
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Four Mustang powerplants, including the new Shelby GT 500 (far left) -- 650 hp and 600 ft.-lbs. of torque.
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The Shelby GT500
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Mr. Shelby's 89th birthday is Jan. 11.
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