Who doesn’t love dual-exhaust, four barrel carb, and V8 engines! Oh yeah! You got it right. Today’s post is going to be about muscle! Big strong American Muscle cars. Welcome to All U Crave . If you are new here make sure to hit the newsletter section to subscribe to our website so that we can let you know whenever there’s a new post up. OK! Enough of trash talk. Let’s dive right into the list of the top 5 iconic muscle cars. For this list, we will be looking at the best of the best of classic American muscle cars.
Top 5 Iconic Muscle Cars
#05 Dodge Challenger (First Generation 1970-74)
The Challenger may have been late to the party but it arrived in grand style. Sharing a bit of DNA with it’s Plymouth cousins at the Barracuda. The Challenger was intended not just to challenge the Mustangs and Cameros of the world but also the most upmarket Pontiac Firebird and Mercury Cougar. With a pistol grip shifter and a selection of iconic V8 including the 440 Magnum and the hollowed 426 Hemi, the Dodge had little trouble finding power and with an array of trim levels and options, it also had a little trouble finding a market share. Ultimately the fuel crisis that hit the US in the early 70s meant the first gen Challengers time was limited and the model drove off into the sunset in 1974.
#04 Chevrolet Chevelle (Second Generation 1968-72)
For much of history, fast Chevy’s have been a two-car show but for a time the proudest speediest pony and the stable was the Chevelle. The model’s First Generation got around on a baby V8 the 283. But when Pontiac started packing serious power under the hood Chevy responded in kind. Dressed in a glorious new exterior the new Second Generation Chevelle’s came with two why would you bother inline sixes, four kinds of small block V8 and three flavors of big block V8. The most revered models were blisteringly quick SS 454 with 5.4 seconds 0 to 60 time and the hard-charging SS 396 which many would argue was actually faster in the long run. But Chevy actually broke their own rule by giving the Chevelle more power than the Corvette.
#03 Chevrolet Camaro (First Generation 1967-69)
GM knew that the innovative but radical Corvair was never going to attract the same kind of attention as Ford’s Mustang. Enter the Camaro, using the same long hood and short rear profile as it’s competition. The Camaro hit the market in September of 1966. A coupe or convertible standard with a 230 straight 6 or with an unending array of optional V8’s. For those whom basic would never do, there was the Camaro SS or the Rally Sport. But for those in the know, it was the race-ready z28. At 360 horse-power, 400 with the optional four-barrel carb, the z28 was actually so powerful GM only claimed that it had a mere 290 courses. Possibly to give owners a break on their car insurance.
#02 Dodge Charger (Second Generation 1968-70)
Like the Charger the Challenger came into the world looking to take down the Mustang and dethrone the Thunderbird. By 1968 it was now styled in this achingly beautiful bodywork so many have come to love and could be loaded with all the mopar classics including the 343, 440 Magnum and the 426 Hemi. With the choice of two automatic transmissions and two manual transmissions for the RT model. The 440 was just the standard issue but the Hemi was just waiting to be ticked on the options list.
#01 Ford Mustang (First Generation 1964-73)
The Mustang first sprung to life under engineer Donald Frey against Henry Ford II’s wishes. While Ford did finally approve of the model, he did so with the stipulation that Frey will be fired if it failed. Instead, the Mustang was instantly loved and instantly became a target for GM, Dodge and AMC. It also became a perfect platform for power and performance with the model getting larger by the year to accomodate beefier and beefier V8. Carroll Shelby’s hot rodder he led to the GT 350 in 1965 and to the twin four-barrel carb 428 powered GT 500 in 67. In-house innovation birthed the Mach 1 Mustang in 1969 while the Boss 302 and Boss 429 were developed to satisfy Trans AM and NASCAR requirements.
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