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Top 8 American Muscle Cars

by Kiza 3 months ago in vintage

The 60's and 70's are known as a time of powerful cars that are still loved in all parts of the world.

1960-1970 - A short period in human history when a breakthrough in technology was made, Gagarin flew into space, Jacques Picard sank to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and ordinary people enjoyed the music of The Beatles and Vysotsky's songs. But this time it is also known by powerful cars that are loved to this day in all parts of the world. We present you the rank of the best musce cars of the "golden age" of the American automobile industry.

The brutal and muscular bodies of the rear-wheel drive coupe "hid" the huge V8 engines under the hood, with a capacity of 300 or even all 400 "horses", which made them kings at a distance of a quarter of a mile. Here you will hear such legendary names as Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, Pontiac Trans-Am, Dodge Charger, and others.

1964 Pontiac GTO

First on the list is the famous 1964 Pontiac GTO muscle car. In many ways, this car was considered a "pioneer" in its class. The idea behind it was to take the largest engine available and place it under the light body hood. The Pontiac GTO was born as a street race car. In this case, the car got a 6.4-liter V8 and 325 hp. at 4800 rpm. Acceleration to 100 km / h took 6.7 seconds and the top speed at the 1/4 mile finish was 161 km / h.

1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

Next on the list is the limited edition Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake 1967. Despite its simplified and sleek body design, compared to its brothers, this car has gained huge “pumped” muscles. At the heart of the Shelby Cobra was a 7.0-liter V8 engine producing 410 horsepower. But by adding some extras and a compressor, Carol Shelby created two unique “jet” cars with 800 hp. strength. The latter accelerated to 100 km / h in 4.0 seconds, and the top speed exceeded 260 km / h.

1968 Dodge Charger R / T

Another champion on the list is the legendary "athlete" and "film actor" - 1968. Brutally and aggressively - the car of a real man is just like that, 47 years later, many drivers believe. The charger is known for its "hidden" headlights, long stern and many chrome elements on the body. Under the hood was a 7.2-liter Magnum V8 that produces 375 hp, and a 7-liter Hemi engine with a herd of 425 horses was also available.

1970 Plymouth Road Runner

The Hemi engine was also installed on the famous Plymouth Road Runner, associated with a cartoon character from Looney Tunes. The car looked simple enough, but at the same time hid its high-performance potential. There was nothing in it that could interfere with the enjoyment of driving in everyday life, its owners assured.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Don't forget the awesome 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This car was rightly considered one of the fastest and most powerful in its time. The 7-liter Big Block with eight cylinders produced 500 hp. power and goes from 0 to 100 kmh in 5.5 seconds.

Mustang 428 Cobra Jet 1968

One of Camar’s main competitors was the Ford Mustang. At that time, the most powerful was the 1968 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet. The projected 7-liter V8 engine with sporty settings rear wheels power 410 horsepower.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

In addition to the Camaro, Chevrolet had another equally famous and attractive muscle - the Chevelle SS. The 1964 model had a rather simple and unattractive design. The peak of popularity came in 1970, when the new striking body design and the 7.4-liter V8 found themselves under the same roof. The engine generated 450 hp. power and 678 Nm of torque. Acceleration to a hundred took 5.9 seconds.

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

One of the rarest muscular cars at the time is considered to be the 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible. The tandem of a 7.2-liter engine and a four-speed manual transmission allowed it to accelerate to hundreds in 5.6 seconds, and the top speed was 251 km / h. It was a worthy response to the eminent muscular Ford and Chevrolet cars. A total of 11 units were produced. Today, they cost between 1.3 and 4 million dollars per copy.

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