A muscle car generally refers to an American mid-sized car with a very powerful engine and is affordable on most stock markets. The fashion for muscle cars peaked in the 1960s and died out in the 1970s.
A little History…
Man has always wanted to go faster, whether on foot, on a mammoth, on horseback, or in a car. In the 1920s, some suppliers were already offering performance parts for the Ford Model T. But the history of muscle cars begins with the end of World War II (1939-1945).
After the war, American society was reborn. The factories were running at full speed, there was no shortage of money and a breath of fresh air was sweeping the country.
Motor racing was a fun outlet and paying off for manufacturers who quickly understood the meaning of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday”!
The arrival of more and more powerful cars wasn’t accidental. They were more accessible to all budgets at half-time production of the last century and had a great car value.
Famous Classic Beauties
At the end of the Sixties, car racing appeared in the United States. That’s when automakers came up with the idea of the Muscle-Cars.
Aggressive lines, gigantic engines, and insane performance. Here are the top 10.
Caution! You will hear a lot of roars while reading, you might even think of cashing your car and buying a Muscle one.
This muscle car was a huge hit from day one on sale.
First, it had a small engine, then quickly became a legend with the Shelby versions. The ’67 and ’68 models were more aggressive grille and had a fastback line, besides they were the prettiest before gaining weight in 1969.
Like burgers, the Mustang has since become an American idol.
2. Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in North America in 1967.
General Motors produced Camaro as a competitor to Ford Mustang. Although it was a compact car (by the standards of its time), the Camaro was classified as a muscle car – one of the toughest muscle cars of the 1960s.
Camaro was a fast car in the Indianapolis race that year. That made Toyota produce a limited series (The Bumblebee), with its recognizable colors: white with orange stripes.
3. Dodge Charger
Dodge Charger’s aerodynamic design gave it the speed that each car lover looks for, with its impressive rear spoiler, and faired front end with pop-up headlights.
Winner of the 1970 title, Charger was the first to break the NASCAR time record.
4. Oldsmobile 224
4 carburetors – 4 speeds – 2 exhaust, that’s where the name came from. Between the 1968 range of Oldsmobile, 442 was the superstar providing the driver with incredible road holding.
5. Plymouth Road Runner
Road Runner is the name of the famous Greater Geocuckoo pursued by Will E. Coyote, in the Warner cartoon.
While the cost of producing this car was $4000 back then, Plymouth had to pay $ 50,000 for the name. The theme of the Roa Runer was completed with a horn that sounded exactly like the purple bird of the cartoon series.
6. Pontiac GTO, the Judge
Pontiac replaced the engine of its midsize sedan with a huge V8, and voila! They had a muscle car.
Its ultimate version was the 1969 Pontiac: Judge. The Judge had a 370 HP V8, unbeatable when accelerating over ¼ mile.
7. Buick, Skylark GSX
Buick produced this muscle car only in two colors: yellow and white, with stripes. GSX stood above the crowd with its rear spoiler and bucket seats.
Despite all its high qualities, Buick only produced 678 GSX ’70s as it didn’t get the popularity it was supposed to get.
8. Plymouth, Barracuda
Plymouth produced Barracuda in 1964.
The ‘Cuda ’70 was the most representative Muscle Car of its time. that is due to its 7.2l 425 HP engine, its flashy colors with improbable names (Vitamin-C, Moulin-Rouge…), and its crazy options.
9. Chevrolet, Chevelle
Chevrolet turned its midsize car into a muscle ride to compete with Pontiac.
A true icon of its time, the Chevelle SS enabled Chevrolet to restore its image in a niche that was enjoying strong popularity in the late 1960s.
Chevelle was available in coupe and convertible, with a big engine 396 psi V8 developing up to 360 horsepower.
10. Dodge, Challenger
Although the most famous Challenger was the 1970 model, the unbeatable one was the ’71 hemispherical cylinder head version. This beauty had a good big 425 hp V8.
No wonder every gearhead dreams of owning a muscle car. The monstrous engine gives the feeling of power and freedom, and the design makes a stand.
Big American brands have mixed these classic icons with technology, and buyers are more than hungry to get them.
They say each car speaks of its owner, go for what expresses your personality. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you always enjoy your ride.