American muscle cars list

There are many different definitions of what qualifies as a muscle car. The most frequent definition is any car with a large and powerful engine, usually V8, and an ordinary suspension and not expensive. Using this definition, huge cars like the Chevy Impala and even compacts like the Chevy Nova made the list. There is room for pony cars like the Camaro and Mustang. And the car should be relatively cheap, so Corvette and Viper is not on the list, besides both cars referred to supercars.

All muscle cars made in US could be divided into 5 groups by class. Old school muscle cars only.

American muscle cars list

Full-size muscle cars
Huge cars with really powerful and big engines like 427 cubic inch. Usually sedans, 2-door or 4-door hardtops.
Full-size muscle cars list

  • 1962–1970 Buick Wildcat
  • 1966–1972 Buick Riviera GS until 1972, then models
  • 1973–Riviera GS Stage1
  • 1965–1969 Chevrolet Impala SS
  • 1965–1974 Chevrolet Bel Air/Chevrolet Biscayne/Chevrolet Caprice
  • 1965-1971 Chrysler 300
  • 1960–1973 Dodge Polara/C-Body platform cars
  • 1965–1974 Ford Galaxie
  • 1962–1967 Mercury S-55
  • 1963–1970 Mercury Marauder
  • 1961–1966 Oldsmobile Starfire
  • 1964–1965 Oldsmobile Jetstar I
  • 1969–1974 Plymouth Fury GT
  • 1960–1963 Pontiac Ventura
  • 1964–1972 Pontiac Grand Prix

Best american muscle cars

Mid-size muscle cars
The most popular performance models are on this list, some gearheads admit that there is the true muscle cars – relatively compact 2-door coupe or hardtops, made to reach quarter mile in less than 15 seconds. It is an example of classic american muscle cars.

  • 1967–1971 AMC Rebel, AMC Matador SST, AMC The Machine
  • 1968–1974 Buick Gran Sport
  • 1970–1973 Buick GSX
  • 1965–1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
  • 1966–1974 Dodge Charger
  • 1968–1971 Dodge Super Bee
  • 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
  • 1966–1969 Ford Fairlane GT/GTA/Cobra
  • 1968–1974 Ford Torino (GT, Cobra, and Talladega)
  • 1966–1972 Mercury Cyclone/Cyclone Spoiler II
  • 1968–1972 Oldsmobile 442
  • 1968–1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass (“Ram-Rod” 350, Rallye 350, W31, SX)
  • 1967–1971 Plymouth GTX
  • 1968–1974 Plymouth Road Runner
  • 1970 Plymouth Superbird
  • 1964–1973 Pontiac GTO
  • 1968-1971 Pontiac Tempest GT-37
  • 1973-1975 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 1969–1974 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ
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Classic muscle cars

Compact muscle cars
Compact muscle cars, which are combined small size and powerful V8 engines. Due to its relatively small weight some of them could beat more powerful mid size models.

  • 1969 AMC SC/Rambler
  • 1971 AMC Hornet SC 360
  • 1966–1974 Chevrolet Nova SS
  • 1967–1976 Dodge Dart GT, GTS, Swinger, and Demon
  • 1970–1976 Plymouth Duster
  • 1966–1970 Ford Falcon
  • 1970–1977 Ford Maverick
  • 1966–1977 Mercury Comet
  • 1973-1974 Oldsmobile Omega S
  • 1974 Buick Apollo GSX
  • 1974 Pontiac GTO

Old muscle cars

Pony car muscle cars
Pony car – the name invented especially for Ford Mustang debuted in 1965. These cars combined relatively small size and compact engines in the basic variants. They are mainly fan cars than performance monsters. Nevertheless, all pony cars had special modifications with big powerful V8s. Such modifications are referred to muscle cars without any shade of doubt.

  • 1968–1970 AMC AMX
  • 1968–1974 AMC Javelin
  • 1967–1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 & SS
  • 1969–1974 Dodge Challenger
  • 1965–1970 Shelby Mustang GT350 & GT500
  • 1971-1973 Ford Mustang 302 & 351
  • 1967–1971 Mustang Cobra Jet
  • 1969–1973 Mustang Mach 1
  • 1969–1970 Boss 302 Mustang
  • 1969–1973 Mustang Boss 429
  • 1971 Mustang Boss 351
  • 1969–1973 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
  • 1967–1974 Plymouth Barracuda
  • 1967–1976 Pontiac Firebird / Trans Am

Best classic muscle cars

Muscle car trucks
The pickup trucks were popular in US for all times. But what if bring a pickup on the base of mid size 2-door sedan and put a 7-liter V8? Such monsters will appear, that is the answer.

1965–1977 Chevrolet El Camino SS
1967–1976 Ford Ranchero
1971–1977 GMC Sprint

Best American muscle cars

Here is the Car and Driver magazine’s list of the best muscle cars. The main criterion is the power of engine.

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Classic american muscle cars

 

List of muscle cars considering the best

  • 1966–1970 Dodge Coronet/Plymouth Belvedere
  • 1966–1971 Plymouth Satellite
  • 1966–1971 Dodge Charger
  • 1967–1971 Plymouth GTX
  • 1968 Dodge Dart SS
  • 1968 Plymouth Barracuda SS
  • 1968–1971 Dodge Super Bee
  • 1968–1971 Plymouth Road Runner
  • 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
  • 1970 Plymouth Superbird
  • 1970–1971 Plymouth Barracuda
  • 1970–1971 Dodge Challenger
  • 1966–1967 Chevy II SS327
  • 1966–1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396
  • 1968–1969 Chevy II Nova SS396
  • 1969 Ford Torino Cobra 428
  • 1969 Plymouth Road Runner/Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack
  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO
  • 1984–1987 Buick Grand National
  • 1983–1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

Classic muscle car list

Motor Trend and Road and Track magazines indentify these cars as a musclecars and it could be named true classic american muscle cars. Some people call it vintage muscle cars list (especially for models made in 60s)

Old school muscle cars

 

Best classic muscle cars list:

  • 1962–1965 Dodge Dart / Plymouth Fury 413/426 Max Wedge/426 Hemi
  • 1964–1965 Ford Thunderbolt 427
  • 1965–1969 Buick Skylark Gran Sport
  • 1965–1970 Dodge Coronet/Plymouth Belvedere 426-S
  • 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS
  • 1965–1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442
  • 1964–1965 Pontiac Tempest Le Mans/GTO
  • 1965–1975 Buick Riviera Gran Sport
  • 1965–1969 Buick Skylark Gran Sport
  • 1965–1970 Dodge Coronet/Plymouth Belvedere 426-S
  • 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS
  • 1965–1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

So, it was the list of all muscle cars.