There are two ways to view muscle cars:
As immature, childish ways for men to compensate for certain shortcomings or as ferociously fun vehicles designed to take a beating.
I prefer to think of American muscle as falling into the latter category, though I won’t deny the possibility of the former. However you view muscle cars, you just can’t deny that for over 45 years they have invoked a passion unmatched by any other category of automobile.
And now, as a quick summary of the last four decades, I present my list of the 10 best muscle cars ever. Here they are, in model-year order:
Poor handling. Questionable brakes. Sub-par muscle car? Don’t insult the goat, please.
A 428 cubic-inch V8 and some European flair gave the Cougar even more personality than the Mustang it was based on.
The first year of the massively popular and competition-crushing legend.
The 425-hp Hemi engine used in the ol’ General Lee weighed almost 1,000 pounds. Yup, just the engine.
1970 Buick GSX
This one makes the list on exclusivity alone. GM built only 678 copies of this 455-cubic-inch V8 coupe.
Its high-revving V8 engine and 0-60 sprints in the 6-second range made this race-ready ‘Stang an instant classic.
Sure, it handled like garbage, but the 425-hp 426 Hemi engine ate up quarter-mile strips like nothing else.
Specifically, with the 450-hp 454 engine.
Yes, the 2011 version is better because of the return of the 5.0-liter engine, but notice the 40-year span between cars here? This Mustang is the one that made muscle cool again.
Camaro ups the ante in the rejuvenated muscle era with this 550-hp beast.
Are there any other muscle cars you think deserve a spot on this list?