When the roar of an authentic Detroit classic fills your ears, all thoughts of environmentally-friendliness go out the window with the gas mileage and the speed limits! Let’s revisit the best of American engineering by taking a look at the seven sexiest muscle cars ever to burn rubber on the blacktop:
1. The Real Dodge Charger
We’re not talking about the disappointing modern Chargers; we’re talking about the real thing from back in 1969 when they really knew how to build a car! After all, there was a reason this car was featured in the Dukes of Hazzard and Bullitt. With a Hemi and a whopping 425 bhp that some swear was more like 500 bhp, this baby could move!
2. Oooooh Barracuda!
The 1970’s Barracuda had a lot in common with its namesake. Sleek, with long lines, and quite a bite, this was a popular car in the early '70s. It came with a variety of engines, but the real muscle head prefers the 427ci Hemi.
3. The Original ‘Stang
Although the 1968 Mustang wasn’t quite the first Mustang made, the ’68 Fastback model is what legends are made of. This car was also featured in the car-lovers' favorite movie Bullitt, but even those who’ve never seen this flick drool over the '68 'Stang!
4. Who Didn’t Want a Z-28?
Way into the '70s and the age of disco, the Z-28 was the hot car! However, the '69 Chevy Camaro SS Z-28 was the best according to the standards of serious car collectors. While this car was reminiscent of the Mustang, it’s more rounded lines gave it an even sexier figure!
5. Get Your Goat
In 1964, Pontiac released the GTO, and the era of American muscle cars was born. Most people prefer the 1967 model. Just ask John Delorean of Back to the Future fame! While the Delorean doesn’t qualify as a muscle car, it’s an interesting sidebar that John was behind both famous car designs.
6. Beep! Beep!
It isn’t a coincidence that Plymouth’s most popular car in 1969 shared its name with the most popular cartoon character Road Runner. Plymouth actually paid $50,000 to Warner Bros for the use of the name. Although this was a small fortune in the 1960s, this car more than made up for the expense. This car was certainly fast enough to outrun any coyote!
7. Everyone’s Muscle Car
If you were born after the 1960s, chances are the Chevy Chevelle is the muscle car you’re most familiar with. Although the GTO was made in fairly limited numbers, Chevy pumped out Chevelles like there was no tomorrow. At one time, it seemed like every high school boy had a suped up 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS in the driveway. This car continues to be a favorite!
If you’re lucky enough to have either of these classic muscle cars in your garage, consider yourself lucky- just don't forget the other ones out there, like the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8, that's coming out.
As collectors continue to snap up each one they can find, these vehicles are becoming increasingly rare. Of course, a fully-restored model is worth more than just money; it’s the stuff that dreams are made of! What mere hybrid can compete with that?