The Best Vintage American Muscle Cars

The Best Vintage American Muscle Cars

If you were an adult in the 60s and 70s, then you must have loved large mustaches, tight “Elvis Presley’’ pants as well as big bad muscle cars. We wish that we could bring back this era of unforgettable road monsters that boasted of having giant torque-rich V-8s and swag for days. In the 80s, the muscle car revolution went the way of the dodo thanks to numerous regulations and emissions. This golden generation was led by smart heads like Italian engineer Giotto Bizzarrini. This period left an unforgettable mark in the automotive world. It was an era responsible for some of the rarest and most powerful muscle cars the world has ever seen. Fasten your seat belt and sit tight because we're about travel back in time.

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151968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The Mustangs that were available in 1967 and 1968 weren't just famous for winning drag races, they were very popular because they came with a 350 horsepower engine that was a lot of fun. This model had flashier styling and more scoops than its predecessors to match the improved torque and horsepower numbers. The King of the Road or KR as it was popularly known was an improved version that was even quicker, thanks to 440 ft-lb of Torque and 360 Horsepower.

141967 Pontiac GTO


Th3 67 Pontiac GTO came with a 400 cubic inch engine that could be accessed in three categories, high output, standard, and economy. It boasted of being the fastest road car of the time due to its numerous engine modifications; you will get 360 horsepower for the high output engine and 335 horsepower for the standard engine. If this high-class car were in the cast of The Avengers movie series, it would definitely play the role of the Hulk because it was the most powerful car you could buy in 1967.

131970 Buick GSX Stage 1

This GSX was produced at a time when Buick was struggling to popularize its brand; it came with a V8 engine that churned out 510-pound-feet of torque and 370 horsepower. By the late 1970s, Buick had stopped manufacturing this model, but you can still check it out if you visit the yearly Gran Sports National show. Some lucky gearheads walked away with four restored models that were auctioned for $80,000 each.

121969 Plymouth Roadrunner


The Roadrunner went down in history as the automaker’s first muscle car, and just like the other Plymouths, the Roadrunner has the same engine specifications and a basic look. Within no time, the Roadrunner had established itself as one of the most successful muscle cars of its time, selling at $3000 at the time of release. The engine has plenty of juice to sip on; you will get 425 horsepower for the high-performance engine and 335 horsepower for the standard engine.

111970 Dodge Coronet R/T

This vehicle remains to be one of the most popular muscle cars because it is as rare as a Brock Lesnar smile with only four convertibles built, it was also loved for its astonishing 425 horsepower. Just like the 1968 Dodge Coronet, the 1970 version had a gigantic engine that was sized at 440 cubic inches. This road and track vehicle can compete with any other brand of the golden era; in 2014, a customer spent $300,000 on this Dodge Hemi Convertible.

101969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang


The Ford Boss 429 Mustang could produce 375 horsepower, but a good number of people believe that it could deliver more than 600 horsepower. This Mustang was made in 1969 and 1970, but you can still show your friends that you have balls of steel by buying one of them; you might be surprised to know that many units are still in good working condition today. The 1969 version was sold at $417,000 in 2013, but it is valued at over $220,000 in the current market.

91971 Oldsmobile Toronado

Born in the second Oldsmobile generation, this vehicle looks like it can chew and swallow up a whole cow. The 1971 Oldsmobile Toronado generates 350 horsepower from its rocket V8 engine that is 455 cubic inches big; meaning that this road monster is more advanced than its predecessor. Just like many modern vehicles, the Toronado gained admiration for using features like safety airbags, high-mounted taillights as well as a unique dashboard and steering wheel.

81966 Shelby GT350


This Shelby GT350 was a serious high-performance machine that even freaked out some of the consumers who regarded it as a little too hardcore; it kinda reminds of Jason Statham – the toughest son of a bitch in the planet! Shelby made optional, deleted or replaced some of its signature high-performance features to cut costs; some of these features included the rear differential, side exhaust outlets, the fiberglass hood, and the adjustable Koni shocks. Also, there was an optional Paxton supercharger that claimed to increase the output by 46 percent.

71969 Dodge Charger Daytona

The Daytona is the personification of great American muscle cars. Dodge built it for the fastest and longest tracks — it was a star of Nascar races that were on superspeedways. The Daytona came with numerous aerodynamic modifications to increase speed; it had a sloped nose that was a little longer, a flush rear window and a 2-foot-tall rear wing. The production cars can be auctioned for more than $150,000 because they are sought-after collector cars; especially since they pack a legendary 426 Hemi or a 440 big-block.

61969 AMX/3


This vehicle was made as a result of a collaborative effort between different automakers, a stunningly-cool mid-engined exotic vehicle that was engineered by an AMC team, Italian engineer Giotto Bizzarrini and BMW. It had some pretty solid numbers for its time, only needing 5 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph and it produced 340 hp from its V8 engine that worked with a four-speed manual. One of the surviving prototypes was sold for almost $900,000 in 2017.

51970 Plymouth Barracuda

The Barracuda was made between 1970 and 1974; it was a two-door muscle car that was richly packaged with three different engine specifications. The largest specification was a 425 horsepower 7.2 L V8 engine that was 440 cubic inches big. The 1974 model was manufactured as a convertible and full-sized car that was sadly the last year of production. Plymouth made and distributed approximately 440 Barracudas in the car market.

41978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am


The performance of muscle cars had significantly reduced by the late 1970s; this was because of various reasons like stratospheric insurance costs, high gas prices, and emissions controls. However, Pontiac was not affected by these changes in the market because it was reaping from the success of Smokey and the Bandit – a movie that featured the Trans Am in a starring role. In 1978, the much-improved Trans-Am boasted of having better handling and being faster than the Chevrolet Corvette thanks to its and quicker steering, wider 8-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and new tires.

31969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL1

This vehicle is driven by a 430 horsepower engine that can be increased up to 560 horsepower, it had a size of 427 cubic inches. This limited production car is one of the rarest vehicles in the automotive industry, in fact, the company only built three of them including a prototype. The two production cars were made on the request of some Chevrolet employees, its price tag of $10,770 was made in consideration of its elegant design and limited production.

21969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28


The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 went down in history as one of the world’s most desirable Z28 model ever thanks to its single-season styling and distinctive blend of exhaust, engine, brake and induction options; however, it wasn’t the fastest. It came with four-wheel discs as well as standard front disk brakes and a cowl-induction hood. This muscle car was driven by an ohv V-8 engine that delivers 290 ft-lb of Torque and 290 Horsepower.

11970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird

The Hemi Superbird is a limited production car that was designed with the 1969 Dodge Charger in mind; it was fitted with high-performance parts like a V8 engine that is 426 cubic inches big. Being an improvement of the Plymouth Road Runner, the Superbird was introduced to compete with the Ford Torino Talladega. The Hemi Superbird came with a long nose that can rival Pinocchio and a rear wing in the back; sadly Dodge only built 135 of these beauties.