The term muscle car is of American origin, and refers to any American-made two-door vehicle designed for high performance and high speed driving. However, not all muscle cars are equal.
Some muscle cars were so famous that car enthusiasts buy replica car kits just to have something similar. Others didn’t do so well, but typically the faster and more powerful, the more popular the car. Here’s a list of the five most powerful muscle cars of all time.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
This car is what happens when standard car makers feel the need to meet NASCAR regulations in a casual vehicle. Fewer than 1,400 were built between 1969 and 1970, which makes this one of the rarest muscle cars out there as well.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
This is not only the rarest Chevrolet in history, it’s the most powerful. Only 40 of these cars were ever built, and their speed on the road and track gave them a huge reputation. Today’s Camaros are named after this model, although they may not carry as much horsepower.
1970 Buick GSX Stage 1
Even back when Buick entered the muscle car scene, it was still a luxury brand. These cares were not only some of the most powerful, they were among the most expensive and spacious of all.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
Countless car enthusiasts consider the Chevelle one of the peak cars of the muscle era. This car quite literally blew the competition away, and even looked fast when it wasn’t, thanks to its curved roof giving off the illusion of speed, even at a standstill.
Shelby AC Cobra 427
This car was certainly ahead of its time. One of the absolute fastest and rarest on the market, it’s still highly coveted among car enthusiasts today. A Shelby Cobra kit is priceless, although true enthusiasts could most likely tell the difference. This car was certainly one of the single most powerful in the muscle era.
Whether it was Buick or Chevrolet, the era of these cars was all about faster and more powerful. Some cars even exceeded 900 horsepower, something almost unheard of today.