18 of the coolest factory hood scoops | Hagerty Media
Lots of cars look their best when they're prepped for racing: lowered, stripped down, and bristling with widgets that cheat and channel the air. Naturally, auto designers love to bring some of those racing accents into the showroom, and one of our favorite styling elements that's trickled down from the tarmac is the hood scoop. https://www.hagerty.com/media/lists/18-of-the-coolest-factory-hood-scoops/
Call me partial, but I love my oversized 'Gorilla' nostrils on my last of the line '02 Pontiac Firehawk. Esp over the '68 Olds 442 under bumper curb bangers. Just sayin' Over all any that don't look like someone slapped it on as an after thought works for me.
Very surprised not to see the 1969 Hurst Olds hood scoop listed here, as well as the 1969 AMC Hurst SC/rambler hood scoop. Probably two of the top 5 most unique appearing factory hood scoops of all time. Either of these could have easily replaced the mundane-looking late model Mustang scoop cited in the article.
Thank you for using the Chrysler A12 Roadrunner on the photo. Not only is it the most functional scoop ever produced (not the Challenger T/A) due to how high it sits above the static air boundary layer so that it actually scooped forced air, but it is iconic for being part of the only mass produced fiberglass lift-off hood ever to see mass production. If you wanted to check the oil at the filling station, you were going to need the pump attendant’s help setting that hood on your roof!
The cowl induction for the 1970 Chevelle was the coolest from the driver's perspective, just fun to see it pop up when you floored it. However, I am a sucker for the 1970 Challenger T/A hood scoop to just look at.
I always liked the Shaker scoop on my '70 Boss 302 Mustang, which I am pretty sure was the same scoop pictured on the Mach 1, but without the "Cobra Jet" labels. And it was functional, with a vacuum operated trap door in the bottom that opened up at higher throttle, and manifold vacuum held it closed at lower. Of course, mine stayed open all the time because the vacuum line was missing.
You left out the best one of all, the hood scoop on the 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport...hands down. My second pick would be the Mach 1 hood scoops on the 71-73 Mustang Mach 1's. The scoop on the late 60's Dodge Dart/Plymouth Roodrunner's has to be the ugliest scoop on a car and does nothing to improve the looks of the cars....quite the opposite in fact.
Had a '70 RA III and a '72 H/O 455 trans am. I loved the functional ram air. Solenoid operated it would snap open about 3/4 throttle as I recall. Not sure what the real HP gain was, but the increased intake noise and seeing it snap open was just too cool. Miss those cars
My favorite is the N94 fiberglass hood that came on the 1970 Challenger T/A. It was very effective and looked awesome. Initially included in the T/A package beginning in February 1970, it was then in April made a regular option on any 4-barrel V8 Challenger except the Special Edition. It was a regular production option again in 1971. One of the rarest Mopar muscle cars is the 1970 Challenger R/T with the N94 hood covering a 426 Hemi underneath. Although the exact number built is unknown, only two have been documented.
First any hood scoop that is functional. Extra points for shaker. Although the 1967 Z/28 cowl plenum rates up there - only some stripes as a give away to the true nature of the package. There were several makes that used cold air to feed a sleeping giant. Very few clues that a stoplight encounter might leave you seeing tail lights and wondering what just happened. Like running into an L69 W-30 F 85.
Actually, there was a functional "Ram Air" option. And it's easy to convert the non-functional 1970-1975 hoods. The non-functional hoods had the ductwork and slots for the ram air screens but the fiberglass hadn't been cut out of the end of the scoops.
Amazing what you can do with a Dremel and a steady hand!
Hardest question yet!! The problem is those scoops define the cars. A '67 corvette scoop would look down right silly on a Shelby and could you imagine a Mopar 6-pak scoop on a 442? Just wouldn't look right.
So, my vote is a "no vote" on the grounds of leading the witness!! 😉