What’s a muscle car? There’s not an exact definition, but most experts agree it is a smaller, two-door car powered by a high-displacement engine usually found in a bigger, full-size sedan.Maybe among the most exciting periods in automotive history was during the production years of the classic American muscle car. Muscle cars were large, loud and ultra-strong rubber burning machines. During the 1960’s and 1970’s the American automakers progressively became more competitive with their muscle car offerings. Each year it looked Ford, Shelby, Chevrolet or even Dodge would out do the contest when it comes to brute power and aggressive exterior styling. Since we love muscle cars, we believed it might be enjoyable to make a list of all-time top 5 muscle cars made in the USA.
Although states like Australia, United Kingdom, and Brazil have made their fair share of classic muscle cars; America is regarded as the undisputed king of classic muscle cars. So what’s a classic muscle car? Not all auto enthusiasts concur on the muscle car definition, but we consider it to be a high-hp coupe with the occupancy greater than two people.
Top 5 muscle cars
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1969
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is considered to be one of the greatest muscle cars ever to be built.
The car is one of the most desired muscle cars by collectors all over the world. Even though it original prices of $7.200 was expensive back at the end of the 1960s, nowadays this car sells for more than $1 million. This car also contains one of the most powerful Chevrolet’s engine ever built, iconic 427 V8 engine, with an aluminum block in place of the regular 427’s iron one. This is also one of the rarest cars, only 69 were made.
- Plymouth Hemi Barracuda 1970
This best of the car is powered by a selection of six and eight cylinder engines, and it also came with an optional dual carburetor. So it no surprise that this car is in the conversation for top muscle car of all time.
The Cuda’s design is highlighted by its big, split grille, outstanding rear fenders, and horizontal, tri-bar taillights. Motor Trend tested the car in May 1970, and it reached 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and ¼ mile in 14 seconds at 102 mph.
- Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 1970
Many people believe that 1970 was the best year ever for muscle cars, and many of them claim that 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 was the best muscle car made that year.
The 1970 Chevelle has a lot in common with 1970 Buick Skylark GSx, sheet metal body parts, both cars are GM automobiles and have interchangeable sheet metal, and they share the same roofline. Chevrolet presented two versions of the car, one with a 454 cubic inch V8 engine- the LS5 that generated 360 horsepower, and the LS6 that hit 450 horsepower.
- Dodge Charger R/T 1968
1968 included a new design for the Dodge Charger. It was added a new hidden headlight grille, recessed backlight, refined tail and curvier body.
The R/T (Road/Track) model came with a 440 “Magnum” and the 426 Hemi was optional. This model also received bumble-bee stripes, and the stripes came in red, white, or black, and could be deleted at no extra cost. Over 17,000 Chargers were sold.
- Shelby Mustang GT500-KR 1968
It is believed that this model is one of the most powerful productions of Mustang ever. Ford and Carroll Shelby believed that previous model G.T. 350 could become even more impressive.And their dream came true when a brand new version of 428 Police Interceptor engine was adjusted with improved breathing heads and large exhaust manifolds, giving birth to the 428 Cobra Jet.
This model also has redesigned grilles, which gave them a distinctive “shark-like” look. This model is truly the KING OF THE ROAD.