Skip to comments.The 10 Most Iconic American Muscle Cars
Posted on 08/03/2014 8:08:06 AM PDT by MtnClimber
1. Ford Mustang Where does one even start when talking about the Ford Mustang? This car has become the embodiment of Americas love affair with speed and muscle. This iconic Ford instigated the creation of the pony car classification of automobiles and prompted competing car manufacturers to crank out Americas other favorite muscle cars. For Ford, the Mustang was (and continues to be) a smash hit.
The first Mustang debuted at the New York Worlds Fair in April of 1964. It was originally equipped with a 260-cubic-inch (4.3L) V8 but was quickly upgraded to a 289-cubic-inch (4.7L) V8 in its first year. By 1968, the Mustang was outfitted with a 302-cubic-inch (4.9L) V8. The following year, Ford released several performance packages for the Mustang including the Boss 302, Mach 1, and Boss 429. The speed and power had arrived.
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Olds 442 and AMC AMX.
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I have a 67 Camaro convertible I’m working on, drove for 25 years but now doing a restore.
But my daily driver is my 1957 Bel Air.
poooor me, all I have is old cars with more than 250,000 miles on them :(
Guess I need a new Tesla with about a three year projected lifespan. Course, I can get parts easily and cheap for the old cars, but electricity for a $123k Tesla is free!
Hmmm. Not sure about the list. All great cars but when I think muscle car it’s more the then mid sized cars from the Big Three all with engines over...well over... 350 cu in.
Pony cars eventually get into the muscle car genre but to me they aren’t classic muscle cars.
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It had every model of the Corvette, and how many were produced each year.
I worked at a local drag strip in the early 1970s and the fastest production vehicle I ever saw was the 1970 SS 454 Chevelle. With an automatic transmission a fully stock SS 454 would consistently run the quarter mile in 13 seconds. A fully stock 4 speed version SS 454 was capable of elapsed times in the mid 12 seconds.
I’m gonna be nitpicky here and say that the Mustang, Camaro and Firebird are pony cars, not muscle cars. And where are the Ford Cobra, Plymouth Roadrunner, and Chevy Impala SS?
Also, why did the Grand National only get an honorable mention?
“All great cars but when I think muscle car its more the then mid sized cars from the Big Three all with engines over...well over... 350 cu in.”
I’m with you. I’ve always thought of a muscle car as a 2-door intermediate sedan stuffed full of motor.
Knew a guy in 1990s that was taking forever to restore his 442.
Just out of curiosity, were those times on stock tires? As I recall, the stock rubber on a Chevelle SS wasn’t especially wide.
A friend’s son had a 454 Chevelle.I was driving a 440 Roadrunner at the time.We raced one time and I beat him by 4 car lengths.
I am getting tired of these “TEN MOST” articles on the internets.
Evidently the most clickable articles on the ‘net are “top to” or “10 ways” or “10 most...” Lists. They are always lame-ass regurgitations with open-source photos, designed to get clicks.
Plus, Drive a BMW M5 once and you will never again feel as if anything else has real power or performs correctly.
What a joke... How many guys do I know that spend tens (or in one case over $100,000) of thousands purchasing and maintaining these POS UAW pieces of junk, trying to get the body panels to fit for goodness’ sakes!
Rebuilding carbs! My brother went on and on yesterday about his tweaked-out ‘60s Malibu... Had to spend a few days in the shop again... The thing can barely climb a hill and is easily outperformed by a VW Bug.
Go spend $100K on a GTO. Have fun in the shop. My old ‘83 Jaguar for goodness’ sakes was more reliable than ANYTHING Detroit made from 1960 to 1990.
Why glorify these turds?
In the background is my beloved 98 Durango, aka Canyonero.
Stupid Stupid Stupid. The SS 396 is not in the list and neither is the Corvette. Send that know nothing dingbat back to grad school.
There's no official definition but I would definitely call the bigger engined Mustangs, Camaros and Firebirds both pony cars and muscle cars.
Muscle car to me means a powerful engine. I think thats a good definition.
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