10 best American muscle cars of all time

American muscle cars have never really taken hold here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good. Here is our pick of the 10 best muscle cars:

  1. Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird – 1970
  2. Pontiac GTO – 1964
  3. Dodge Charger – 1968
  4. Dodge Coronet – 1970
  5. Chevrolet Chevelle SS-1970
  6. Ford Mustang Fastback – 1968
  7. Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – 1977
  8. Dodge Challenger Demon – 2015
  9. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1-2017
  10. Plymouth Hemi Cuda – 1970

1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird

  • 7.0-liter V8
  • 425hp
  • Value: £ 150,000

There is no denying that the Plymouth Superbird looks quite special. That unique nose cone up front and gargantuan rear spoiler makes it look serious, probably because it is.

You see, the Superbird was designed for the world of NASCAR racing. Under NASCAR rules, any car that competes must be a production car and therefore the Superbird has been made available to the public.

1964 Pontiac GTO

  • 6.4-liter V8
  • 325hp
  • Value: £ 50,000

When the iconic name GTO was first introduced, it was an option package for the Pontiac LeMans. It cost $ 295 more when the car was new and for that you had a 6.4 liter V8 with 325 hp. It was not until 1966 that the GTO became its own model.

Along with the bigger engine, the GTO upgrade also brought firmer suspension and more precise steering. The timeless styling was well received when the GTO was released, and it still looks great today.

1968 Dodge Charger

  • 7.0-liter V8
  • 425hp
  • Value: £ 30,000

The Dodge Charger has established itself as a muscle car icon after being Dom Torreto’s car of choice in the Fast and Furious franchise, among other television and film appearances.

The Charger was available with a variety of engines, but the show car had the iconic 7.0-liter Hemi V8. The styling was also a hit, with the flip-up lids on the headlights and the wide grille giving it a real presence on the road.

1967 Dodge Coronet

  • 7.2-liter V8
  • 375hp
  • Value: £ 70,000

The Dodge Coronet was offered in a variety of body styles throughout its production. Buyers could have a station wagon, a convertible or, arguably the best, the coupe. The styling is so 60s with the long hood and bold curves all over it.

There was also an extensive engine lineup, starting with an “economy” straight-six and going up to the 7.0-liter Hemi V8.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

  • 7.5-liter V8
  • 450hp
  • Value: £ 70,000

The Chevrolet Chevelle SS (Super Sport) was Chevrolet’s first effort in a muscle car. When it was revealed in 1964, it was lagging far behind the Pontiac GTO, so Chevrolet got to work to fix it.

By 1970, they had equipped the Chevelle SS with a 7.5-liter, 450-hp V8 engine, which could take it from 0 to 100 km / h in just five seconds. In fact, it was among the fastest accelerating road cars in the world when it was on sale.

1968 Ford Mustang Fastback

  • 6.4-liter V8
  • 320hp
  • Value: £ 70,000

The Mustang is arguably one of the most instantly recognizable muscle cars in the world, it is one of the few available in the UK today. The 1968 Fastback is especially special thanks to its lead role in the film Bullitt.

The car used in this movie was finished in Highland Green and featured a 6.4-liter V8 developing 320 hp. It was such an iconic car that Ford released a modernized tribute for the current model.

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

  • 6.6-liter V8
  • 200hp
  • Worth around £ 20,000 now

Showing up in a movie is a sure-fire way to give a car cult status, and that applies to the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. It doesn’t really look any cooler than that.

The Trans Am was part of the Pontiac Firebird lineup with a 6.6-liter V8 engine producing around 200 hp. It was also available with a removable T-roof and distinctive gold graphics.

2017 Dodge Challenger Demon

  • 6.2-liter V8
  • 840hp
  • Value: £ 137,000

It’s time for the first modern muscle car on the list, and with a name like Demon, you know it’s gonna be a good one. It’s based on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which had 707 horsepower, but Dodge decided buyers wanted something more extreme.

They released the Demon as a car designed for the drag strip. It has 840 hp and is a bit lighter than the standard Hellcat it is based on. The weight saving measures even went so far as to lack a standard passenger seat.

Watch a Dodge Demon drag race with a Porsche 911.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

  • 6.2-liter V8
  • 650hp
  • Value: £ 70,000

The ZL1 is towards the more extreme end of the Camaro lineup, in fact it can almost hit 200 mph with enough room. The Camaro has always faced off against the Ford Mustang, but is just behind the blue oval in terms of sales.

That won’t have been helped by the fact that the ZL1 was recently banned for sale in California and Washington due to the amount of copper used in brake pads. However, that exclusivity may be what makes it so cool.

Discover our American muscle car drag race.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

  • 7.0-liter V8
  • 425hp
  • Value: £ 300,000

The Plymouth Barracuda was introduced just weeks before Ford unveiled the Mustang, however, it never reached the same level of sales. This led to it becoming one of the most sought after classic muscle cars on the market.

The most sought-after model, however, is the 7.0-liter Hemi-powered car. It developed 425 hp, could go from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds, and looked the part with its bright colors and “shaker” hood (so that the engine air intake goes through. through the hood). Only 115 of these cars were built after its cancellation due to stricter emissions regulations.

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