The 60s and 70s were great decades for American Muscle. Here are our top picks when looking at power and beauty.
1964 Pontiac GTO
The 1964 Pontiac GTO was considered the pioneer in muscle cars in the 60s and 70s and was able to go from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. The GTO also had a trap speed of 99 Miles Per Hour. "GTO" stood for Gran Turismo Omologato; this sleek sports car was the dream of many during the mid-60s.
1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
The 1967 Shelby was considered the ultimate in muscle car perfection and was built with race car looks but modified for use on the street. This bad boy has a 427 cubic inch V8 engine and has a top horsepower of 800.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
The Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was another car issued during the late 60s that had the speed that enthusiasts crave. With 425 horsepower and an incredible power train design, the Plymouth Road Runner is a muscle car that was built solely for performance. This car can go fast despite its rather pedestrian looks.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
With 500 horsepower, there were only sixty-nine total 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 made. Though few in number, these babies have got some power, topping out at a 5.3 mark in the 0-60 range.
1969 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet
This addition ushered in a new wave of interest in Mustangs. Although marketed at 335 horsepower, many speed enthusiasts felt that this Mustang could achieve closer to 410 horsepower.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
This beauty boasts a 454 cubic inch engine with a mind boggling 500 units of horsepower. The 1970 Chevelle can go from 0-62 in six seconds flat.
1971 Plymouth Hemi’Cuda Convertible
With only eleven units produced, this 425 horsepower Plymouth quickly became a highly sought after collector's item. One unit recently sold at auction for a cool $4 million.
1973 De Tomaso Pantera
This muscle car was pioneered by Argentinian race car driver Alejandro De Tomaso, who sought to combine American muscle with Italian charm all in one-sports car. This car quickly became a favorite among celebrities, including Elvis Presley.
1965 Shelby GT350
The 1965 Shelby GT350 is an example that had upgraded engine parts which combined for explosive power. This is another rare piece; only 500 of these were made.
1965 GT K-code Fastback
This car came equipped with a 289 cubic inch high performance engine. With this option however, Ford knocked nine months off of the warranty; they must have known that customers were going to drive this car pretty hard.
1968 Dodge Charger R/T
The 1968 Dodge Charger R/T is truly a man's car. Featured in such movies as Vin Diesel's "Fast and Furious" series, the Dodge Charger has stood the test of time in popularity. Everyone during the late 60's wanted a piece of the action that this muscle car would bring.