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Top 10 Classic American Muscle Cars

Best Muscle Cars

Perhaps one of the most exciting periods in automotive history was during the production years of the classic American muscle car.  Muscle cars were big, loud and ultra-powerful rubber burning machines.  During the 1960’s and 70’s the American automakers progressively became more competitive with their muscle car offerings. Each year it seemed Ford, Chevy, Chrysler or even AMC would out-do the competition in terms of brute power and aggressive exterior styling.  Since we love muscle cars we thought it would be fun to create a list of the all-time top 10 best muscle cars made on US soil.  Obviously this is merely our opinion so we don’t anticipate all readers to agree with the inclusion of all of the muscle cars on this list.  Since muscle cars are widely considered to have more than 2 seats; the Chevy Corvette, Shelby Cobra and other very powerful, fast cars from the era were omitted from this best muscle cars list.  Make sure to cast your vote on which of these you think is the greatest muscle car.  View a Complete List of Classic Muscle Cars.


1964 Pontiac GTO Tri-Power

White 1964 Pontiac GTO Pictures

Quick Stats:

348 Horsepower

428 ft-lb of Torque


1971 Buick GSX with Stage-1 Performance Pack

Yellow 1970 Buick GSX Pictures

Quick Stats:

360 Horsepower

510 ft-lb of Torque


1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Red 1970 Mustang Bboss 302 PicturesQuick Stats:

290 Horsepower

290 ft-lb of Torque


1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

Blue 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS Pictures

Quick Stats:

360 Horsepower

500 ft-lb of Torque


1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Red 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 Pictures

Quick Stats:

290 Horsepower

290 ft-lb of Torque


1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Purple 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Pictures


Quick Stats:

425 Horsepower

490 ft-lb of Torque


1969 Dodge Charger R/T-SE

Orange 1969 Dodge Charger RT SE Pictures

Quick Stats:

425 Horsepower

490 ft-lb of Torque


1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR

Black 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Pictures

Quick Stats:

360 Horsepower

440 ft-lb of Torque


1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 Coupe

Black 1969 Pontiac Firebird Coupe Pictures

Quick Stats:

330 Horsepower

430 ft-lb of Torque


1970 Plymouth Road Runner

Orange 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Pictures

Quick Stats:

335 Horsepower

425 ft-lb of Torque

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  • CorruptionIsGoodInPhilly

    My vote is ofor the 69 Chevelle SS!

  • Sharjeel Hassan

    Excellent post. Keep posting such kind of information on your blog.

  • Only 69 made. Hardly mass produced….

  • True, but those aren’t classics.

  • GNX is a V6, and doesn’t meet the strict definition of muscle car. Also not in the classic era. Superbird is listed up there, just under a different name. 😉 Same car though.

  • Carla (cudagrl67)

    For me it will always be the CUDA Hemi of course, hardtop,convertible it doesn’t matter!

  • Kent Bacon

    The king of the road chevelle camero z28 is a bitchen ride

    • james

      Camaro is a pony car not a muscle car.

  • Fast Muscle Car

    A nice top ten run down of muscle cars.

  • Fast Muscle Car

    some nice muscle cars you having the list there.

  • Thomas Maniscalco

    Cuda and shevell ss

  • james

    That’s not a muscle car. It’s a two seat sports car.

  • anonymous

    You say 1964 gto but posted a pict
    ure of a 1965 lol

  • Jaden Winchester

    Not a muscle car, but one of the sexiest cars ive ever seen is the 1930 Bugatti type 41 royale. square body with the class of the thirties is just overkill.

  • April Veach

    I will forever love 70 Chevy Chevelle SS454.

  • Donewithconservatives

    I had a Chevelle SS 396 back in those days but i can tell you from first hand experience, and every one of those cars were there, the Hemi Cudas only real competition on Saturday nights were from Mopar 440 six packs. When the Hemis were running. They spent a lot of time out of tune, for one thing.

  • Adrian Elliott


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