Street Machine was first printed in September, 1975. Challenge Publications was the publishing company, and Edward Schnepf was the publisher. The company also published Rod Action, Air Classics, Sea Classics and other titles.
As the factory muscle car era was winding down from 1972 to 1974, many (and mostly younger) men purchased these often undesirable cars and created wild street machines using the best performance technology. Both Car Craft and Hi-Performance Cars were already well established publications and had shifted from traditional pre-1948 hot rods into the factory performance space. Between 1973 and 1976 there was an explosion of new publications with a muscle or performance focus, and Street Machine was one of the early and higher quality titles.
When established, LeRoi "Tex" Smith was the executive editor, and he groomed Brian Brennan to take over as editor. This switch occurred very soon after the title was begun.
The magazine originally ended with the Spring 1980 issue. But is was resurrected by the same crew at Challenge Publications in June 1987. Ten additional issues were published through December, 1988.
Note that an Australian version of this title was created after this one ceased production in 1980.
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A total of 50 issues was printed from September, 1975 through December, 1988 excluding the break from 1981 to 1987. Cover images are for both the first and second iterations of this title. All cover images are complete.