Muscle cars were incredibly fast for the 60-70s. 5-6 seconds to 60 mph, thanks to massive V8 engines. Sometimes people wants more to participate in drag races – and car producers released a special versions made specially for competitions. Let’s find out which stock muscle cars were the fastest and coolest. Here is our top 7 fastest muscle cars, made in USA in the golden age of muscle cars.
We don’t mention Shelby AC Cobra and Corvettes – mainly because these cars are in different league – they weren’t affordable and was much like modern supercars. If we do so, they would definitely be placed first.
#7 1970 Buick GS Stage I 455
Extremely rare modification of Gran Sport from Buick has massive 455 cubic inch engine, with improved camshaft, new cylinder heads, 4-barred carburator and other improvements. Claimed power output rating was 360 HP, but actually had around 420 HP. One of the fastest muscle cars, however due to weight, not the fastest one.
#6 1969 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet
After release of big-block Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, Ford need to answer this challenge and make Mustang actually powerful and able to compete with its GM rivals.
428 Cobra Jet modification of Mustang powered by 428 cubic inch V8 engine with bigger valve heads, rated only 335 HP. However, it was largely underrated, further tests showed power output of around 400 HP.
#5 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
No wonder that cheapest and lightest Road Runner is in our top list. Equipped with 426 cubic inch Hemi engine, producing 425 HP, it could run the quarter less than 14 seconds with exit speed of 105 mph. What else do you need from a muscle car? Moreover, the Hemi engine was considered as one of the best engines of that era.
#4 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
What will be if you mate compact Camaro chassis and monstrous 7-liter V8? The result is quite predictable – you will get insanely fast car. ZL1 Camaro was actually an option, 427 cubic engine with aluminum cylinder block rated 430 HP, and what is more important – weigh the same as 327 block. This is the fastest first generation Camaro ever built.
#3 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6
One of the most popular muscle car ever – we already mentioned it at least once in our best muscle cars top rating. Chevelle is famous by brutally powerful engines in combination with cool design. Especially 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454, as you might guess – 454 means engine’s displacement, and it is huge – comparable only with Buick’s 455 engine. LS6 454 engine of Chevelle had 4 barrel carburetor, upgraded pistons and steel cranks, higher compression which in result leads to enormous power of 450 HP. LS6 was the option package, just like Camaro’s ZL1.
#2 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 426
‘Cuda of 1970 is the perfect example of 426 Hemi engine usage. Now it is a collectible, but very fast indeed. The performance is similar with the same year Road Runner, but Hemi Cuda has better suspension and other minor improvements. Engine output was officially rated 355 HP.
#1 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 440 Six Pack
We already mentioned Road Runner, the 1970 version with Hemi engine. However, it was not the fastest Plymouth, in our rating of top fastest muscle cars first place holds 1969 Road Runner with enormous 440 cubic inch engine with 3 carburators with 2 barrels each. This modification also has lightweight trimming and hood scoop and was made for Super Stock Drag Series. You could imagine the performance.