Cheap Classic Muscle Cars
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For vehicles to qualify as muscle cars, they must have certain features that make them distinct in the opulence they exude, as well as durability and mechanical power.
Most people associate muscle cars as being from the golden period of classic performance cars from the 1960s and 1970s. Back then, manufacturing giants like Ford, Chrysler and GM produced powerful V8 engines for regular cars. They outperformed the ordinary vehicles back then, lasted longer and cost less.
Today, we may have a few more factors that make a muscle car, and a sum of them helped us to identify the best ten muscle cars.
1) Pontiac GTO (1964)
This one really made a fuss back in the 1960s, and it was designed as an optional package. It offered high power performance and marketed for huge consumption. Its V8 engine had a capacity of 6.4 litres.
2) Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 (1970)
It was heavily marketed for its robust 7.5-litre engine and its performance of 500lb torque and 450bhp. It could accelerate by 12mph in every second, making it arguably the fastest accelerating vehicle at the time. The fact that it was popular back then makes it a classic today due to its impressive engine performance.
3) Plymouth Road Runner Superbird (1970)
The major reason why the manufacturers designed this model back in in 1970 was to dominate circuit racing; and it ended up also dominating drag races. It was well marketed, apart from the exceptional mechanical engineering.
4) Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (1967)
This Chevy model was purposefully engineered to beat the performance of the Ford Mustang in marketing, aesthetics, horsepower, control and acoustics. It was meant to take over the motorsports of the time that was dominated by Ford Mustangs. Somewhere along the way, they produced an iconic model with varying engine specs including the 375bph V8 engine.
5) Oldsmobile Rocket 88 (1949)
Yes, this is a really ancient muscle car, and it is all the more classic by today’s standards. Surprisingly, despite its size, it featured a massive V8 engine.
By that time, the engine was a cutting-edge innovation that proves to be the cut for all muscle cars to date, and the Rocket was considered to be a pioneering muscle car.
6) Shelby Mustang GT-350 (1965)
This car enjoyed an exquisite design that lead to a record-breaking two million unit sales within the first two years of its launch. Popularly termed as the "pony car", its horsepower was robust and its aesthetics were richly ostentatious. It was designed as a sports car with an elegant two-door make. Its acoustics were also captivating and neck turning.
7) Chevrolet Corvette L88 (1968)
In 1968, muscle cars were at their automobile hegemony in the USA as well as opulent parts of Europe. This Chevy, therefore, had to have a robust and powerful racing engine as well as excellent body design for enhanced aerodynamics, aesthetics and impeccable durability. It featured a 7.0-litre V8 engine, and enhanced radio and acoustic performance.
8) Ford Fairline Thunderbolt (1964)
This muscle car from Ford was primarily designed to dominate the streets with its pomp, power and elegance. It was unbeatable in drag racing at the time of its release. It featured a 7 Litre engine and a lightweight body, for flexibility, that made it a leader among NASCAR racers.
9) Dodge Challenger Hellcat (2015)
This one outperforms other muscle cars with its 707bph 6.2 litre engine. Its gearbox also outperforms those of other muscle cars. It can accelerate up to 60mph in less than 3.65 seconds.
10) Plymouth Hemi Cuda (1971)
This muscle car was designed for the ideal ostentatious sports experience. It was also made for affordability despite its exquisite engine performance. However, it was very user-friendly and stylish that it is one of the most sought after classic muscle cars from the 1970s.