One of the most exciting periods in auto history was the production of the American Muscle Car.
The first muscle car can be traced all the way back to 1949.
The 60’s and 70’s might have produced the most classic muscle cars, but the 2015 Dodge Challenger proved that muscle cars are making a comeback.
Let’s take a look at the Top 10 American Muscle Cars Of All Time.
10. 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88
Arguably the first muscle car in the world, Rocket 88 is unique because it took advantage of a trend in automobile that is as American as apple pie – hot-rod.
After World War II, it was not uncommon for former military engineers to buy old cars, take out the heavy loads inside and put in a new ferocious V8, leaving them with a ridiculously powerful machine for its relative weight.
At some point the Old team realized they could benefit from this practice, offering a version purchased in stores for customers who could not build their own hot-rod. The result was the world’s first factory-built muscle car.
9. 1955 Chrysler C-300
Based on the New Yorker and named for its nominal power, but also the spiritual ancestor of today Chrysler 300.
In his introduction, the C-300 was a world champion, producing a huge 300hp at a time when the most cars have less than 200. In addition, its engine cubic-inch (5.4L) 331 was a revolutionary hemispherical combustion chamber, where the brand name “Hemi” Chrysler wine. He dominated the race in the United States, despite its weight of two tons.
8. 1963 Dodge Dart Ramcharger
Remember the famous Chrysler Hemi engine in the C-300?
Well, a few years later, it was grown and spewing power of 425 horsepower! Again, this was long before anyone could approach this type of figure. He was always available years later, too. While the dart was a geek cut appearance that looked more like home parked in the driveway of a secretary outside the dragstrip, this has not prevented the accumulated trophies – that had gained a lot. Frankly, this car defines everything a muscle car should be – discreet, unpretentious, and ready to overcome all the pressure of a pedal.
7. 1964 Pontiac GTO
As the Chrysler C-300, the GTO was based on a much smaller car (Pontiac Tempest), and was available only as an adjustment of the option at first.
This car was badasss in every way and broke a lot of rules. First, she was raped by General MotorsStanding Orders Prohibiting bigger engine of 330 cubic inches in midsize cars; the GTO, or “goat” as he was nicknamed, had a 389 engine above. In addition, it has come to define what would be “muscle formula as” modern – a hardtop two basic gates, made in America, and filled with lots of V8 evil.
6. 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR
The Shelby Mustang GT500 KR or “King of the Road” was rated at 335 horsepower but was actually powered by no less than 400 ponies.
The King gained iconic status almost immediately. The moniker was discontinued for the 1969 model year, only a few months before Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford.
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5. 1970 Buick GSX
The GSX debuted in 1970 – right at the top of the power of the horse’s wars – and was filled with what would be the greatest engine of Time: A V8 of 455 cubic inches.
7.5 liters of fuel! Somehow, “only” 360 hp product but also produce better diesel-510 lb.-ft. (690 Nm) of torque. Although it is unlikely that we will ever see a great engine of this type in a new Buick (unless they begin the construction of reservoirs), it is good to know that, such nonsense was possible once.
4. 1970 Plymouth Belvedere GTX
Have you observed how the GTX and the two previous cars in this list were built in 1970?
In fact, ’70 was the pinnacle of wars of power and the GTX is no exception. The GTX was loved even more thanks to the variety of crazy colors can be specified in order to: Vitamin C Orange, Tor-red, lime light, violet.
3. 2015 Dodge Challenger
No matter how the cars of the 70s and above good, the sad truth is that despite producing an ungodly amount of power, which are not very effective and your tires could not really put this power in action.
Now, however, it is a completely different story, and the new Challenger (and charger) Dodge are here to put everything right. Each churns 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque – more than twice what the original 1970s did – showing that Chrysler remains on top of the pile, all these years in the line. Just be sure to purchase additional tires if ever behind the wheel.
2. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss
The Mustang did not start life as a true muscle car. Over time, however, it became bigger and bigger, and his seventh year (1970). “Chief Nine” (as fans call it) was special because the engine is embedded in an approval that was originally planned for NASCAR.
We say “filled” in the literal sense, since the car had to be modified for this massive power plant in the form of the hood. There was a substantial 375 hp and is extremely valuable today only 859 machines are increasingly produced with this engine.
1. 1970 Chevy Chevelle 454
If true invincibility is wanted more than a quarter mile, this was the only option in 1970.
The Chevelle 454 produces an incredible 450 horsepower spinning wheels. Although it may seem ridiculously disappointing today, at the time, it was enough to let the need for a change of underwear. Most larger muscle car engines were initially built for the race and the 454 was no different; the engine is based on the successful 427 used Can-Am race – a famous contest for its lack of regulations on the size of engine, aerodynamics and almost everything else.
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