The domination of muscle cars happened during 1960s. With the release of Pontiac GTO, it ignited the fire that started the muscle car wars. Stylish and legendary cars roamed the streets during this period but the most powerful and fastest cars are created during the late 60s, years before the bitter end of the famed classic car wars. Here are the most powerful and fastest cars during the late 60s and early 70s. Do you own one of them?
This car is created to attract the younger generation of muscle car lovers. During its production, Plymouth negotiated with Warner Bros. to give them the rights for using the name and image of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. This car was released in 1968 and it is powered by the 383 cu in “Roadrunner” V-8 engine. This car became famous with its no frills design and another factor for its success was the availability of the Hemi engine to its engine options.
Throughout the 1960s, Buick Skylark was one of the most famous medium-sized vehicles. Even if this car is having a success, Buick decided to upgrade its base engine in 1970. Its upgraded engine has 360hp but with a few tweaks on its camshaft, heads and valves, its power could go up to 400.
This car was named 442 because it has four-barrel carb, four-speed gearbox and dual exhaust system. In 1971, a L69 version was released and it has 3 double-barrel carburetors with a 360hp. This set up could reach a quarter mile in just 14 seconds. The Oldsmobile 442 could cost somewhere near $85,000 in any auction.
A rarer version of this car was produced called the W30. It has a six-pack motor and air induction system, this configuration could achieve 365hp.
The Chevrolet Camaro was released in 1967 and since then, this car became a popular choice for a lot of muscle car fans. The Z-28 version of this car was packed with 4.9 liter V8 engine that has 290hp and it could reach a quarter mile in just 14 seconds. Also, it’s available with 4-speed manual gearbox, power steering and positraction. Powerful versions of Chevrolet Camaro were released in 1969 and one of them is the Camaro ZL1. Its engine with 500hp was entirely made of aluminum and it could reach a quarter mile in just 13 seconds. Also, its recorded top speed was 125mph and it’s one of the rarest Camaros ever. Only 69 units of this car were made in 1969.
This Shelby GT is the only non-American muscle car on the list. KR stands for “King of the Road”, its engine has 480hp.
Currently, this car could fetch $330,000 at any auction while the powerful Shelby Super Snake was expecting to fetch at least $5 million.
Plymouth Superbird 440
This car is exactly the opposite of the Plymouth Roadrunner. This car created a scene with the unusual design of its body.
Along with the Dodge Charger Daytona, the Plymouth Superbird was banned in NASCAR because it has a tremendous power. This car was packed with the Magnum 440 V8 cubic engine that has 375hp but the legendary Hemi engine with 425hp is also available on its engine options. For the past few years, its value was increasing rapidly.
Dodge Charger R/T 440
Who could forget the classic Dodge Chargers? This car starred on the hit TV show called Dukes of Hazzard. This show introduced the most famous Dodge Charger of all time, “General Lee”. Also, this car appeared on the 1968 movie Bullitt and it made one of the best car chases in movies.
Aside from its stylish design, Dodge Charger is also admired for its excellent handling and incredible power. In fact, its value was rising too. Today, a classic Dodge Charger in a good condition could fetch at least $175,000 at any auction.
Originally, the Chevrolet Chevelle was based on a 1961 Chevy Impala. Since 1966, this car is one of the most famous and stylish muscle cars.
From being a stylish mid-size vehicle, this car transformed into one of the most powerful muscle car when Chevrolet announced the 1970 Chevelle SS 454. This model borrowed some of its sheet metal body parts from various GM cars including the Buick Skylark GSX.
The 454 was available in two versions, first one is the standard 454 cid engine with 390hp and the other one is the LS6 that has 450hp. The Chevrolet Chevelle with 454 LS6 engine could reach a quarter mile in just 6 seconds.
Over 4,400 Chevelles with LS6 engines are produced.
Even if this car was released in 1964, it didn’t have a major success. Plymouth Barracuda’s fate was change after it received an engine upgrade in 1970. Plymouth mounted the 7 liter Hemi engine with 425hp to this car and it could reach a quarter mile in just 5 seconds.
Plymouth is not expecting its success, only 652 Hemi-Cuda were made in 1970 and that’s the reason why it’s one of the most sought after classic muscle cars. Recently, a rare convertible Hemi-Cuda was sold at auction for $2 million.
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