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Muscle Car: The Ten Best All-Time Models

If you’re into cars, you’d love seeing a muscle car on the road. Classic-looking, they were built for anything but nimbleness as they were all rather big and heavy. However, they came with attitude, were definitely powerful and reflected all that was to love about the American auto industry between the years of 1960’s to 1970’s.

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Just for your reading pleasure, here is a list of the people’s most loved models of all time based from the poll that GenCept conducted to their readers. Note that this preference list is according to ascending order.

10. 1970 Buick GSX

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The 1970 Buick GSX was made to top the impressive potent Buick GSX 455 big-block coupe. With a 360 horsepower and an enormous and enduring 510 lb-ft of torque, this car definitely created a remarkable impression that GM was enthusiastic about exceeding its 400-cubic-inch limit. It came in yellow or white colors with the racing stripes this muscle car is famous for.
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9. 1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe

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Way before the Firebird that Burt Reynolds used in his classic flick, “Smokey and the Bandit,” there was an earlier version of the said muscle car. The pioneering models were considered to be the best then in the market. Its 1968 product had an array of engines which included a loud and clear 400-cubic-inch V8 that’s just perfect for a horsepower of 335.
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8. 1969 Plymouth RoadRunner

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This car that literally runs down the road had zero wheel covers and a fiberglass hood that can be lifted off. With a 440 engine that could run at 390 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque at 3200 revolutions per minute, it comes quite close to the Hemi ‘Cuda but at an engine speed that’s a bit lower — nearly as fast but, at least, more economical in rate.
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7. 1970 Chevelle 454 SS

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At 454 cubic inches which translates to around 7.4 liters, this muscle car was all about pure engine and great power starting with a good base of 360 horses but dig this… it could zoom up to a total of 450! With such an impressive engine, it was epitome to how far the power of a muscle car can go, and until now it still holds the highest rate in terms of production rate.
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6. 1965 Pontiac GTO

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Also known as the “Goat” and with much affection mind you, this car had a 389 cubic-inch engine, featured a full 335 horsepower and came with an alternative for the owner to go for an add-on of 25 ponies. Its brakes were rather faulty and steering was also weak so it was hard to control. Despite that flaw, the Pontiac still had the ability to run up to 60 miles per hour in no less than six seconds.
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5. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda

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Pimped with a new look, this barracuda muscle car was sold as five high-powered V8 models with an amazing 425 horsepower to match. As its name implies, it had a nose that contributed more to its overall weight. This in turn had others question how effective its handling would be, but when this beast ran down a quarter mile in a low range at 13 seconds, that pretty much shut everyone up.
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4. 1970 Boss 302 Mustang

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If you could dub a car as “serious”, the Boss 302 would definitely get the title. What with its high revved engine at 290 horsepower made to race against its Camaro rival. Intended for Trans-American racing, this car was good to go for a zero to sixty mile per mile run well below seven seconds. Have the rev gone beyond 3500 and you were in for the fastest joy ride of your life.
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3. 1969 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro

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The pioneering models of the Chevy Camaro were intended to excite car buffs, and what a successful feat this was! Much like the Boss 302, this car was made to compete in the Trans-American racing as well. At 302-cubic-inch in engine, it featured a 290 horsepower rate complete with F41 suspension, front disc brakes and a 4-speed gearbox.
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2. 1969 Dodge Charger

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Another muscle car which largely gained popularity because of the past hit TV series, “Dukes of Hazzard,” this beastly muscle car’s early model was the R/T which had a 440 magnum under its hood that gave an intense 375 horsepower. Its later model, the 426 Hemi, came with an engine that was almost a ton heavy but at an amazingly super power of 425 horses.
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1. 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500

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Garnering the highest percentage of the votes, which is no surprise because what made it a hit years back still remains to our present day. Named after its creator Carroll Shelby, it came out in the market in the year 1967, earning a place in showrooms. It was equipped with a 428-cubic-inch police interceptor engine and a rather conservative 355 horsepower rate. What made this car different though was that it wasn’t designed for any racing as it was actually intended to be a vehicle suitable for everyday use. This was what made the Shelby name rise to fame.

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8 thoughts on “Muscle Car: The Ten Best All-Time Models”


  1. samuel richards says:

    1969 Road Runner was the best had one and ran good in the day.

  2. 69 roadrunner 383 blueprinted motor.Metallic green.


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