We know some may not agree with this top 5 list of muscle cars, I get that. This list is compiled of muscle cars voted most popular by car enthusiast. Whether you agree or disagree they are all gorgeous!
Not counting the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, which some count as the beginning of the muscle car era, we start here with the 1967 GTO. In 1964 General Motors had a bad against putting a large motor (anything over 330 cubic inches) into a small car. Pontiac quietly put a 389 cubic in V-8 into a Tempest as an option and called it the GTO. The response from the public was so positive the car won over the General Motors executives and they dropped the ban. This cleared the way for Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick and Pontiac muscle cars! The 1967 GTO was the first full model year of availability of ram air through a functional hood scoop on the GTO. This beauty was a 400-cubi inch V8 delivered 360 horsepower!
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
Not an ounce of subtlety in this bad boy! The 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was pure explosive brawn. This car sported 425-horsepower, 426-cubic inch Hemi V8 engine. This was popular with the drag-racing crowds. Before the 1968 Road Runner was released Plymouth licensed the Road Runner name and likeness from Warner Brothers. Going even further they developed a horn imitating the cartoon bird’s “beep-beep” sound.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
This big-dog wasn’t a huge hit right off the bat. With its 429-cubic inch V8 engine delivered 375-Horse power it was still dwarfed by others on the top muscle car lists. What makes it notable is it was basically hand-built. The standard Mustang without extensive modifications, the Boss motor wouldn’t fit. Ford farmed out its assembly to a Michigan based company to meet the needed motor space. When looking at the Boss very little made it distinguishable other than the hood scoop and trunk mounted spoiler.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The 1969 Camaro ZL1, fewer than 70 ever built this beast is legendary. For decades this Chevrolet offered the most powerful engine sporting a 427 V8 even though most testers pegged the output as being much higher.
1970 Buick GSX Stage 1
The 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 abandoned Buick’s traditional style. Only 488 of these were offered with the Stage 1 upgrade. This car had a 488 cubic inch V8 this engine boasted 510 pounds per foot of torque delivering 360 horsepower.
There you have the top 5 muscle cars as voted by popular vote. We know you each may have your own top 5 muscle cars, this is just a small example of American Muscle cars. Love them or hate them it is truly an example of American craftsmanship at its best!