Here is the ultimate list of the top muscle car must haves for car enthusiast’s that are just starting their collection. These 5 cars are expecting to do well in the coming years.
- AMC Javelin 390 “Go Package”.
This car is the best Mustang alternative and in fact, the first generation AMC has its own fan base especially this AMC Javelin 390. In 1970, when AMC improved their 390 V-8, its power was almost the same as Mustang. It was available with cold-air induction, four barrel carb and dual exhaust. Its power output was somewhere 325hp, close enough to go head-to-head with the Boss 302 Mustang. The good thing about this, its design and power comes with low price. You didn’t even have to doubt its capabilities because Team Penske Javelins already competed with Mustang in SCCA Trans AM Series.
- 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454/450 L S6
The value of these cars may already have reached its all-time low but the prices of Chevelle will someday regain its proper value. The ultimate powerhouse for this line up was introduced in 1970 with the LS6. This package boasts a powerful 454 V-8 with an impressive 450hp. It also includes high-compression pistons, rectangle port cylinder heads and solid valve filters. Usually, it comes with Magnum 500 Steel wheels along with the heavier suspensions. There’s no doubt, it was one the most coveted cars from the golden muscle car era and one of the greatest cars of all time.
- 1971 AMC Javelin AMX
I’m sure a lot of AMC fans will be happy about this because another AMC appeared on our very short list. This 1971 AMC is no longer a short wheelbase two-seater and it also comes with the AMC 401cid V-8 that can make a 330hp. It is still a tough contender and a perfect alternative for the expensive Camaro and Mustang. Many people are now unaware of this vehicle and definitely, this car is a head turner!
If you’re lucky enough to find a Go Package its price was somewhere near $30,000.
- 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix 428 HO
This one is largely considered as a luxury car than a muscle car but if you look deep enough to its machineries, its 428 HO V-8 with a monstrous 390hp is much powerful than a ’64 Tri power GTO. This car was characterized by its semi-fastback roofline, long hood, V-shaped grille, vent-less side windows, square headlamps and airplane inspired interiors. The new design of this car translates to increased sales, 112 486 are produced compared to just 31,711 of the previous year.
The price for the 428 HO was about $20,000.
- 1969-1970 Mercury Cougar
Since we’ve been putting several Mustang and Camaro alternatives on this list, it is proper to include this Mustang cousin. The Mercury Cougar’s components are almost the same as Mustang but Cougar’s wheelbase is slightly larger. This car offers comfortable back seats that are suitable for car enthusiasts who like going out with their family. The downside for this Mustang cousin is its spotty build quality. Its chassis was rust-prone so if you’re planning to buy this car, make sure that you’re going to pay good attention on its components regularly. But speaking about its performance, you won’t have any problems with it since its parts are identical with Mustang. Its price was ranging from $6,000 to $19,000.
Do you have plans in starting your collection or building your dream car? Although a number of alternatives to expensive vehicles are mentioned, this list doesn’t encourage you to abandon your plans of buying a Mustang or a Camaro. This list was intended to help those car enthusiasts who have a tight budget.
Enjoy and have fun in collecting and restoring your muscle car’s!