Are you a muscle cars lover looking for the best muscle cars of all time? You are on the right place.
These ultra-powerful iron beasts are usually big, heavy, fast, rude and loud, and can be a good investment in time. Nowadays, there are only few manufacturers that produce cars that can be categorized as muscle, such as Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini, but there is are a lot of differences between the classics and new ones. Firstly, a muscle car was meant for everyday, but in 70s they upgraded the category with more power. Through the years, boys have always been addicted to their cars, that just happened to be bigger, badder and with a lot more muscle than the standards of usual muscle car. The familiar Ford, Chrysler, Chevy or another muscle car became more and more aggressive and powerful through the years and improved the style also. In this list, Ive putted the top muscle cars of all time.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (1969)
The 69 ZL1 Camaro is one of the rarest muscle cars that hides 500 horses under its hood in an aluminum V-8 engine. This American beast could run 0-6 in about 5.3 seconds and in its time was number 1 favorite on drag races. Through the years, there were many ZL-1s sold, but this package option was never offered again.
Pontiac GTO (1965)
I have already mentioned the Pontiac GTO in Top 5 Old Fashioned Cars, but its my pleasure to write about it again. It is
one of the most powerful muscle cars that come from America that can run a quarter-mile in about 14 seconds. The Goat is considered as very unique and recognizable car by many enthusiasts.
Chevrolet Corvette L88 (1968)
No list for muscle cars can be complete without the Chevys iconic Corvette. The Corvette L88 is an ultimate rare machine and it is similar to ZL-1. L-88 can boot a top speed of about 170 mph from its 550 bhp motor and it was designed specifically for racing. Standard features of everyday cars such as radio or air conditioning were not included in this powerful car, but it is still attractive to the truly muscle cars lovers.
Dodge Charger R\T (1968)
Dodge Charger R\T is a muscle car with sleek body style and 375 horse powers under its hood. It could run a quarter mile in about 15 seconds and it is equally suited for drag racing or street performance (because of the Road\Track designation).
Buick GSX Stage 1 (1970)
A car-drive of Buick GSX Stage 1 offers performance by a huge 455 cubic inch V-8 with 360 horse powers. The ultra-muscle car could run a quarter mile in about 13 seconds and have appeared in only two colors: Saturn Yellow and Apollo White.
Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 (1970)
The Chevrolet Chevelle SS came up with an impressive LS6 454 cubic inch V-8 engine and 454 horse powers. This package was standard for average car buyers and buying it made it one of the most powerful stock cars that anyone could purchase. It is recognizable by its racing stripes and smooth interior.
Ford Boss 429 Mustang (1969)
The Boss 429 was the costliest Mustang that Ford offered at that time that wanted to win NASCAR races. Ford decided to put their race semi-hemi 429 engine into this Mustang, which was the highest-profile car. The car was built mainly for quick races, but it became known for long-haul racing capabilities and smooth handling.
Plymouth Superbird\Dodge Charger Daytone (1970)
The Plymouth Superbird has not so long been onto sale, but it is very rare model. The Superbird had very good aerodynamics featuring a high-mounted rear wing. A special feature this car had was the horn which mimicked the Road Runner cartoon character. Mainly, these are the reason why this racing car appears on our list and many people around the world remember it.
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455 (1973)
The muscle car era officially ended in 1971, but there was a small group of Pontiac engineers that refused to give up. Creating an evolution of the Ram Air IV engine, they offered Firebirds on the market in 1973 and 1974 with 310 horse powers.
Ford Shelby GT500 (2013)
Though the muscle car era ended, the Shelby GT500 brings a brand new start to a new era. This Shelby is one of the best muscle cars with 662 horse powers, 631 lb-ft of torque, 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 that have bested the Camaro in every performance they tested. Oh, I forgot to say, it can boost a top speed of 200 mph. These characteristics make it the fastest muscle car to present and number-one American muscle car.
BONUS: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (2012)
Speaking of the new era of muscle cars, it would be shame for us not to mention this car. Personally, this muscle beast is my favorite car since its appearance in the movie Transformers, but this 2013 Camaro ZL1 with 580 horse powers hidden in its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine is definitely one of the most impressive muscle cars ever. It has electro-magnetic shock absorbers that help its suspension react to imperfections in the road before the driver is even aware of them. The Camaro also features technology borrowed from Chevys Corvette that allows you to floor the gas mid-turn and the computer will distribute the torque for maximum traction.