The Full Power: 5 Most Iconic American Muscle Cars
What do we know about American cars? It’s likely that they are very popular among travelers – you can easily pick up a DIA rental car in Denver to have a wonderful trip around the USA. However, this is not all. American cars feature incredible power.
At one time, powerful supercars in the USA were just as popular as Coca-Cola in the first decades of its appearance on the market. The golden time for the powerful cars was the 60s of the last century, when the Americans released a lot of amazing muscle cars.
Unfortunately, toughening environmental standards for car emissions, as well as rising fuel costs, put an end to American muscle cars. But is there any chance that the legendary muscle class will return to the car world? In fact, this is possible. With the advent of new electrical technologies into the world, it’s possible that in the future we will see a revival of the former glory of the most powerful American supercars. But in order to see the future, we should know the story. Thus, here’re some of the legendary American muscle cars…
1967 Pontiac GTO
Many people still consider this model the first muscle car in history. Probably, this statement can be argued, but it’s impossible not to agree with the fact that the car became one of the first 4-wheeled monsters.
In 1964, the car was equipped with a V8 engine with the volume of 6.4 liters, which produced 325 hps. Not too much by today’s standards? And now keep in mind that we are talking about 1964. Later, the engine volume was increased to 6.6 liters, and its power increased to 360 horses, which helped cars reach 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds – this is a good result even for modern vehicles.
It’s curious that Russell Jim, who was responsible for the development and improvement of engines at Pontiac, also participated in the creation of the GTO. Another person involved in the development is the senior engineer of the company John De Lorean – the one who then founded the DMC Company, which released the legendary DeLorean DMC-12 appeared in Back into the Future film.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
In the mid-60s, Chrysler posed a difficult task for its subsidiary called Plymouth – to build a supercar capable of driving classic drag races for a quarter mile (402 meters) in less than 14 seconds at a price for the average consumer of not more than $3,000.
The goal was achieved, albeit at the cost of simplifying the interior, as well as removing other elements of luxury. But this fact didn’t bother the Americans, who bought up 45 thousand of such cars.
Many still consider the Road Runner to be an ideal muscle car, and its hottest version was the 426 Hemi, equipped with a 7-liter Hemi engine providing 425 hps of power and 664 Nm of torque.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
Ford Mustang has become synonymous with the era of muscle cars and still remains one of the most coveted and affordable sports cars in the world. Not so long ago, Ford celebrated an exit of the 10 millionth Mustangs from the assembly line.
Despite entire generations of classic Mustangs, only few are comparable in value to the Boss 429 version manufactured between 1969 and 1970. After all, each car was assembled manually, and less than 1,400 of these cars were produced in total.
On the other hand, the engine in this version was not the most impressive – its 7-liter V8 developed 375 hps. But, the uniqueness of this car was in other things, and it still remains one of the most desirable exhibits in the collections.
1970 Buick GSX Stage 1
For several years before the release of GSX Stage 1, Buick tried to impose competition on the key players in the muscle cars market, and didn’t always succeed. But gradually the car in the GS version was finalized, eventually getting the GSX version – one of the most striking cars in US history.
This beast on four wheels was equipped with a V8 engine capable of providing 455 hps of power and 690 Nm of torque. Even in modern times, these are incredible numbers, and at that time, the Buick GSX Stage 1 engine produced the highest torque among all American sports cars. Moreover, this record was beaten, only 33 years later, in 2003, with the Series 2 V10 Viper.
However, only 687 GSX cars were produced, which didn’t make it widespread then, but made it one of the most coveted for collectors now.
1968 Dodge Charger R/T
For many muscle car fans, the Dodge Charger is the perfect car. What makes it unique is its specific sleek design, which is very similar to the iconic bottle of Coca-Cola.
The R/T index means ‘Road/Track’ capabilities – the car can be used both on ordinary roads and on racing tracks. The car was equipped with a special suspension and a powerful Magnum V8 engine with 375 hps, and some were also equipped with a Hemi power unit.
In order to understand how popular the car was, it’s enough to say that a total of 96 thousand such cars were sold.