25 BEST MUSCLE CARS


Publish date: 2016-02-08 17:17:57
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Last Update 26th July, 2016 Richard Rowe came up with his interesting take on what he coined as the ‘Most Badass Classic Muscle Cars’. Will you agree with him? With 1,548 votes and still growing, muscle car fans have shared their neighs and nahs on what is a ‘badass’ muscle car.

For the sake of clarity, Rowe described what it takes for a classic to be included in the rank of the most badass muscle car: “Being bad is more than just going fast… Badness is an aura, a sense of sinister purposefulness that applies less to today’s carbon-fiber hypercars than to rusted machetes and weathered AK-47s. Badness isn’t about finesse or sophistication – it’s about brute force, terrifying power, and single-minded inevitability. Badness says to scoffing cynics, in a voice of grinding gravel: ‘I’m taking you down, or taking you down with me. Your pick.’”

Let see what the people have to say about it with this round-up of 25 best muscle cars, starting with the least badass until the top ranking, King of the Hill among all of them.

25. 1966 Plymouth Satellite

1966 Plymouth Satellite

Specifications:

Name: 1966 Plymouth Satellite

Year(s) Produced: 1965-1974

Number Built: 35,399

Class: Mid-size car

Body Type: 2-door hardtop coupe

Engine:  273 cu in., 4.5 L., V8

Power: 180hp @ 4200 RPM

0-60mph: 5.3 seconds

Top Speed: 140 ,ph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 200.5 in./75.5 in./53.2 in.

Wheelbase: 116 in.

Base Price: US$2,695

Highest Price: US$31,700 (Hagerty)

 

24. 1965 Pontiac Catalina

1965 Pontiac Catalina

Specifications:

Name: 1965 Pontiac Catalina

Year(s) Produced: 1965-1970

Number Built: 92,009

Class: Full-size car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine:  389 cu in., 6.4L., V8

Power: 256hp @ 4600 RPM

0-60mph: 8.1 seconds

Top Speed: 115 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 214.6 in./79.6 in./55.2 in.

Wheelbase: 121 in.

Base Price: US$2,809

Highest Price: US$14,500 (Hagerty)

 

23. 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1

1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1

Specifications:

Name: 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: 9,948

Class: Mid-size, large family car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine:  455.7 cu. in., GM Buick Big-Block V8

Power: 360hp @ 4600 RPM

0-60mph: 5.7 seconds

Top Speed: 109 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 202.2 in./77.3 in./53 in.

Wheelbase: 112 in.

Base Price: US$3,459 (NADA)

Highest Price: US$39,800 (Hagerty)

 

22. 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS396

1969 Chevrolet Nova SS396

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS396

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969

Number Built: 6,103

Class: Mid-size, large family car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine:  396 cu. in., GM Chevrolet Big-Block V8

Power: 350hp @ 5200 RPM

0-60mph: 5.8 seconds

Top Speed: 126 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 189.4 in./72.4 in./52.5 in.

Wheelbase: 111 in.

Base Price: US$2,435

Highest Price: US$25,100 (Hagerty)

 

21. 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

1968 Oldsmobile Hurst

Specifications:

Name: 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1972

Number Built: 515

Class: Muscle car

Body Type: 2-door sport coupe

Engine:  455 cu.in., 7.5L, V8

Power: 350hp @ 4800 RPM

0-60mph: 7.0 seconds

Top Speed: 115 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 201.6 in./76.2 in./52.8 in.

Wheelbase: 112 in.

Base Price: US$3,063

Highest Price: US$128,000 (Hagerty)

 

20. 1973 Pontiac Trans Am

1973 Pontiac Trans Am

Specifications:

Name: 1973 Pontiac Trans Am

Year(s) Produced: 1970-1981

Number Built: 4,550

Class: Muscle car

Body Type: 2-door sport coupe

Engine:  455 cu.in., 7.5L, Pontiac V8

Power: 250hp @ 4000 RPM

0-60mph: 7.0 seconds

Top Speed: 115 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 192.1 in./73.4 in./50.4 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Base Price: US$4,108

Highest Price: US$47,600 (Hagerty)

 

19. 1968 Pontiac Firebird

1968 Pontiac Firebird

Specifications:

Name: 1968 Pontiac Firebird

Year(s) Produced: 1967-1969

Number Built: 8

Class: Muscle car

Body Type: 2-door convertible

Engine:  350 cu.in., 5.7L, Pontiac V8

Power: 320hp @ 5100 RPM

0-60mph: 7.0 seconds

Top Speed: 115 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 188.8 in./72.8 in./50 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Base Price: US$3,102

Highest Price: US$89,600 (Hagerty)

 

18. 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351

1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351

Specifications:

Name: 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351

Year(s) Produced: 1970-1971

Number Built: 1,806

Class: Muscle car, Pony car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine: Ford Cleveland 335-series 351C V-8

Power: 330hp @ 5400 RPM

0-60mph: 5.9 seconds

Top Speed: 114 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 189.5 in./74.1 in./50.1 in.

Wheelbase: 109 in.

Base Price: US$4,124

Highest Price: US$90,700 (Hagerty)

 

17. 1970 Ford Torino Super Cobra Jet 429

1970 Ford Torino Super Cobra Jet 429

Specifications:

Name: 1970 Ford Torino Super Cobra Jet 429

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: (?)

Class: Mid-size to large family car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine: 429 cu in (7.0 L) 385 Series V8

Power: 375hp @ 5200 RPM

0-60mph: 5.8 seconds

Top Speed: 108 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 206.2 in./76.8 in./51.1 in.

Wheelbase: 117 in.

Base Price: US$2,687

Highest Price: US$60,200 (Hagerty)

 

16. 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: 1,487

Class: Full-size car

Body Type: 2-door hardtop coupe

Engine: Chrysler RB-series V-8, 440

Power: 390hp @ 4700 RPM

0-60mph: 5.1 seconds

Top Speed: 119 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 206.6 in./76.7 in./52.4 in.

Wheelbase: 117 in.

Base Price: US$3,076 (NADA)

Highest Price: US$109,000 (Hagerty)

 

15. 1969 Dodge Charger 500

1969 Dodge Charger 500

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Dodge Charger 500

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969

Number Built: 32

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door hardtop coupe

Engine: Chrysler Hemi 426 cu. in. V8

Power: 425hp @ 5000 RPM

0-60mph: 5.5 seconds

Top Speed: 145 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 208 in./76.7 in./53.2 in.

Wheelbase: 117 in.

Base Price: US$3,020

Highest Price: US$208,000 (Hagerty)

 

14. 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT Cobra Jet

1968 Mercury Cyclone GT Cobra Jet

Specifications:

Name: 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT Cobra Jet

Year(s) Produced: 1967-1968

Number Built: 5,882

Class: Mid-size car

Body Type: 2-door hardtop/fastback coupe

Engine: 429 cu. in. (7.0L) OHV 90 degree V8 429

Power: 335hp @ 5600 RPM

0-60mph: 6.2 seconds

Top Speed: 121 mph

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Length/width/height: 203.5 in./ 73.8 in./ 54.5 in.

Wheelbase: 116 inches

Base Price: US$3,205

Highest Price: US$23,300 (Hagerty)

 

13. 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Hemi

1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Hemi

Specifications:

Name: 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Hemi

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1970

Number Built: 24,944

Class: Mid-size car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine: 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi V8

Power: 425hp @ 5000 RPM

0-60mph: 5.6 seconds

Top Speed: 105mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 202.7 in./ 76.4 in./ 54.7 in.

Wheelbase: 116 in.

Base Price: US$3,000

Highest Price: US$67,400 (Hagerty)

 

12. 1970 Plymouth Superbird

1970 Plymouth Superbird

Specifications:

Name: 1970 Plymouth Superbird

Year(s) Produced: 1970

Number Built: 1,920

Class: Muscle car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine: 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi V8

Power: 425hp @ 5000 RPM

0-60mph: 4.8 seconds

Top Speed: 200mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 221 in./ 76.4 in./ 61.4 in.

Wheelbase: 115.8 in.

Base Price: US$4,298

Highest Price: US$371,000

 

11. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Year(s) Produced: 1966-1969

Number Built: 69

Class: Muscle car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine: 427 cu in (7.0 L) L72/ZL1 V8

Power: 430hp @ 5200 RPM

0-60mph: 5.3 seconds

Top Speed: 125mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 221 in./ 76.4 in./ 61.4 in.

Wheelbase: 115.8 in.

Base Price: US$7,200

Highest Price: US$530,000 (Mecum, 2013)

 

10. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427

Specifications:

Name: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427

Year(s) Produced: 1965-1966

Number Built: 5,528

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine: GM Chevrolet Big-Block V-8 427

Power: 425hp @ 5200 RPM

0-60mph: 5.1 seconds

Top Speed: 137mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 175.1 in./ 69.6 in./ 49.6 in.

Wheelbase: 98 in.

Base Price: US$4,084

Highest Price: US$72,400 (Hagerty)

 

9. 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 440-6

1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 440-6

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 440-6

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969

Number Built: 615

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine: 440 cu in, 7.2L A12 V8

Power: 390hp @ 4700 RPM

0-60mph: 6.6 seconds

Top Speed: 130 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 202.7 in./ 76.4 in./ 54.7 in.

Wheelbase: 116 in.

Base Price: US$3,407

Highest Price: US$108,000 (Hagerty)

 

8. 1969 Shelby GT-500

1969 Shelby GT-500

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Shelby GT-500

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969

Number Built: 2,815

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine: 427 cu in., Ford FE-series V-8 428 Cobra-Jet

Power: 335hp @ 5200 RPM

0-60mph: 6.6 seconds

Top Speed: 123 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 186 in./ 71.3 in./ 51.3 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Base Price: US$5,027 (NADA)

Highest Price: US$229,000 (Hagerty)

 

7. 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969

Number Built: 61,980

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine: 427 cu in., Ford FE-series V-8 428 Cobra-Jet

Power: 360hp @ 5400 RPM

0-60mph: 5.4 seconds

Top Speed: 102 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 187 in./ 71.3 in./ 51.3 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Base Price: US$3,122 (NADA)

Highest Price: US$23,600 (Hagerty)

 

6. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 V8

1970 Dodge Challenger RT 440 V8

Specifications:

Name: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 V8

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: (?)

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door hardtop coupe

Engine: 439.7 cu in., Chrsyler RB-series V-8 440

Power: 390hp @ 4700 RPM

0-60mph: 5.4 seconds

Top Speed: 131 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 191.3 in./ 76.1 in./ 50.9 in.

Wheelbase: 110 in.

Base Price: US$4,055

Highest Price: US$70,890

 

5. 1969 Mustang Boss 429

1969 Mustang Boss 429

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Mustang Boss 429

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: 859

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine: 429.2 cu in., Ford 385-series V8 429

Power: 375hp @ 5200 RPM

0-60mph: 5.3 seconds

Top Speed: 110 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 187.4 in./ 71.3 in./ 51.3 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Base Price: US$ 4,740

Highest Price: US$417,000 (Mecum, 2013

 

4. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427

1966 Shelby Cobra 427

Specifications:

Name: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427

Year(s) Produced: 1966-1967

Number Built:

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door roadster

Engine: 427 cu in., Ford FE-series V8 428

Power: 355hp @ 5400 RPM

0-60mph: 4.1 seconds

Top Speed: 135 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 156 in./ 68 in./ 49 in.

Wheelbase: 90 in.

Base Price: US$ 7,495

Highest Price: US$1,750,000 (Hagerty)

 

3. 1967 Pontiac GTO

1967 Pontiac GTO

Specifications:

Name: 1967 Pontiac GTO

Year(s) Produced: 1966-1967

Number Built:

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door sports coupe

Engine: 400 cu in., L74 V8

Power: 360hp @ 5100 RPM

0-60mph: 7.9 seconds

Top Speed: 120 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 206.6 in./ 74.7 in./ 53.7 in.

Wheelbase: 115 in.

Base Price: US$ 3,012

Highest Price: US$53,400 (Hagerty)

 

2. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

Specifications:

 Name: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: 8,773

Class: Mid-size family car

Body Type: 2-door hardtop coupe

Engine: 454.2 cu in., GM Chevrolet L-series 454 V-8 (big-block)

Power: 360hp @ 5400 RPM

0-60mph: 5.9 seconds

Top Speed: 135 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 197.2 in./ 75.4 in./ 52.8 in.

Wheelbase: 112 in.

Base Price: US$ 3,800

Highest Price: US$98,600 (NADA)

 

  1. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Specifications:

Name: 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Year(s) Produced: 1970-1971

Number Built: 666

Class: Pony car

Body Type: 2-door notchback coupe

Engine: 426 cu in. (7.0L), Hemi V8

Power: 425hp @ 5000 RPM

0-60mph: 5.8 seconds

Top Speed: 155 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 186.6.2 in./ 74.9 in./ 50.9 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Base Price: US$ 5,400

Highest Price: US$63,300 (NADA)

So what do you think of this list?

Did we miss out on some of your favorites. Let us know in the comments section below.

References and Photo Credits
http://www.ranker.com/list/best-muscle-cars/richard-rowe?format=GRID 

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