In the mid ‘60s up to early ‘70s, every muscle car was able brag about the enormous power they had. As you know every engine’s power is measured in terms of horsepower. Below is a list of the highest horsepower classic cars. Which is your favorite?
*This list is not in a particular order
1971 Corvette Stingray
Corvette introduced its largest engine in 1971. For this release, the 454 was available in two different varieties. First, the LS5 with 365hp and the other one was the LS6 from Chevelle. This engine was capable of producing 455hp with massive 575 lb/ft of torque. If a customer was not satisfied with Chevelle’s heavy body then this aerodynamic car is the best alternative. It’s also 300 lbs lighter.
1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7-Litre
The oldest car on our list. Although this car was not a direct participant in the battle of powers in muscle car era, this 1966 Ford Galaxie has the right specifications to overrun a lot of cars in that era. It was powered with 428 cu in Thunderbird V8 with 345hp. This car was available with 4-speed manual transmission, heavy duty suspension and power disc brakes. With that configuration, this car was a NASCAR racer on the street.
1969 AMC AMX 390
Even if this car was not from a major car company, it can still brag its powers and capabilities on the streets. The AMC was trying to survive in the business and the only option for them was to build scrappy but innovative vehicles. Their last entry for the muscle car wars is this compact hatchback AMX. It was powered by 390 cu in V8 and it’s capable of producing 340hp, it is the best engine that AMC has ever made.
1967 Shelby Cobra
This muscle car really defines power. This lightweight British AC Ace sports car is either powered by a 289 or 427 cu in V-8. In 1967, Carrol Shelby built a supercharged 427 Cobra, this was called Super Snake. The base 427 cu in was rated at 425hp while the Super Snake Twin Supercharged 427 cu in was rated at 800hp.
Road & Track called this car as “The Cobra to End All Cobras” in 1968.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
In 1969, Chevrolet presented a re-designed Camaro to its customers. The 1969 Camaro featured a more aggressive sheetmetal and revised grille. Its body shape was flatter and wider than the previous models and also, it was available with different configurations.
This car can be ordered with the all-aluminum ZL1 engine. This modified 427 cu in can produce 425hp and it accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 5.4 seconds. Although rumors said that this rate could possibly go up to 500. Only 69 Camaro with ZL1 engines are made in 1969.
1970 Barracuda Hemi
The “million-dollar car”. This car is most expensive muscle car from the early ‘70s to ever sell at auction. The 1970 Barracuda’s design was the result of combining the A and B body components and Plymouth gave this car with a variety of available engines. Even the legendary Hemi engine was available on its options, it was rated at 450hp and it could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 5.8 seconds.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
This car was the greatest Chevelle ever made! It was powered with the LS-6 454 V-8 and it was capable of producing 450hp. This car was also admired because of its re-shaped body; it was available in sport coupe and convertible body styles.
1974 Pontiac Trans AM 455 SD
Pontiac was credited as the creator of the first muscle car with the release of the legendary 1964 Pontiac GTO and ironically, Pontiac was also credited as the creator of the last muscle car with the release of their 1974 Pontiac Trans AM 455. This car was powered with 455cu in and it’s rated with just 250hp. However, several modification parts are available to this model and with the right adjustments of cam with a better airflow, the 250hp could go up to 530hp.
1969 Mustang Cobra Jet
A major transformation was happened on this 1969 model of Ford Mustang. This car has re-designed grille, headlight and it also looked more muscular because of its wider body. It was also available with various engines and the most powerful option was the 429 cu in with 375hp. However, a Super Cobra Jet 428 became available along with its race ready parts. This engine was capable of producing 410hp; it was the SD of Mustangs.
1970 Buick GS
This is their version of Chevelle, many people has considered this car as a Chevelle alternative. Although other people say that this car was more stylish than Chevelle. During its past models, Buick offered various engines for this car and in 1970; a significant change in line up was made when they bought a 455 cu in V-8 to its options. It was rated with 360hp with 510 lb/ft of torque. This 1970 GS 455 holds the record for most torque in factory American engine.
Surely, there are a lot of car deserves to be in the list. However, due to it shared chassis or drivetrains; they made the same horsepower and that is why they are excluded.
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