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  • Benny

    The best muscle cars are the ones the public purchased. The true red light to red light warriors were the 454 and 396 Chevy cars, the FE427 and 424CJ Ford cars, and the 440 and 383 MOPAR, the Pontiac Firebird and of course the GTO.
    BOSS cars and HEMI cars were very rarely seen. I think the ’68 HEMI Road Runner was the only HEMI model with more than 1000 units built. Z-28 and BOSS 302 were road racers not built for hard acceleration from a dead stop. The 2-seat cars listed were not part of the same market segment and priced beyond the means of the average American. COPO and other low production or limited production cars should be excluded. How can a car be the best American muscle car when it wasn’t even offered to the general public? Replace these exceptions with real muscle cars – cheap, powerful and readily available cars built for straight line acceleration. Replace the road racer Z-28 with the drag racing ’67 SS/RS Camaro 396. Replace the round track ’69 BOSS 429 with the nicer, cheaper, quicker and more available ’69 428 Cobra Jet Mach 1. The Road Runner was one of the most popular MOPARs – why list a COPO car limited to 69 units instead of a muscle car icon like the Road Runner? How about an early Fairlane or Galaxy powered by the legendary FE427 that dominated the early 60’s? If you feel you must have a small block, then use the BOSS 351 and not the BOSS 302 or Z-28 302. The BOSS 351 was available, it was quicker than most big blocks muscle cars, and it could be ordered fully loaded.

    • mike

      Well said Benny I totally agree!

  • cj

    Personaly, I love the lines muscle and int of the 1969 camaro copo/chevy orange with white racing stripes, weeeee

  • kmoney

    Well, the Cobra and the Corvette are NOT really muscle cars and I had a Chevelle SS 396 back in the day but I can tell you from my experience drag racing on Friday and Saturday nights, (and just about every car on this list showed up at one time or another) the top cars were the Hemi Cudas and the RoadRunner with the 440 six pack. If either one of those showed up we were all racing for second best.

    • Dog Warrior

      Kmoney is showing you all the truth and you brothers aren’t digging it. I’ve run with them all back in the day. I didn’t have one but Mopars ruled at the end of the era. The crown would change from year to year but Mopar wore it at the end.

  • Gabeluh07

    1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 was the best muscle car. Nuff said.

    V-8
    Max BHP: 355 bhp @ 5,400rpm
    Max Torque: 420 lbs.-ft @ 3,200rpm

    It was beast and still is.

  • issabendeck1

    quit the argueing, the best muscle cars ever, are any of the ones that use the VENERABLE CHEVY SMALL BLOCK the KING OD ENGINES the MARVEL OF INGENIERING for your info IN THE EARLY 60 S THEY ALL WERE USING BIG AND AMALL BLOCKS FROM CHEVYS THO CADIS AND TODAY THERE ARE SMALL BLOCKS USING BIG BLOCKS DISPLACEMENT SOMETHING ONE OF A KIND THING MMUSTANGS AND DODGE ARE GREAT BUT gm IS THE BEST PERIOD

    • Mike

      A small Block Mopar could kick GM’s small block’s A.. (and sometimes their big blocks too) so enough about the “tough” 350’s they are just another grenade from GM.

  • Time Clock

    Checking out the first one, I thought Ferrari will be in top 3, but its all the old American muscle looking cars. Nice.

  • Bryce

    Look this list is a good list but it’s based on opinion so don’t make a huge deal I say give an opinion of what u think is the best everybody has favorites idk the vette and the cobra are on the brink between muscle and sports but still are amazing cars

  • kmoney

    Everyone else here is going looks or favorites, I’m telling you based on my experience draggin on Friday and Saturday nights with my Chevelle SS396, if either guy with the Hemi Cudas had their car running on those nights, they owned. The only competition they had was each other and the guy with the 69 Roadrunner 440 and just about every car on this list showed up eventually.

  • odilo

    why i not found dodge charger in the list????
    i think it is one of ten top muscle car. .

  • plan9au

    Maybe a re-title to top 10 American muscle cars….there a couple we made here in Oz that would have to be considered at least the Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase 3 or the Holden Monaro GTS 350.

  • Pedro

    I could kill just to get a change to drive a Boss 429

  • Paul

    I think the author did a pretty good job considering there are so many valid choices.

    However, I don’t see why he had to choose a specificly-optioned model in the given line. It would be better (IMHO) to pick the top ten models that exemplify the whole musclecar era as seen by the masses. I also agree with the other posters concerning the Corvette and Cobra… these are true sports cars and not many people saw them on the street, let alone drove them.

    With that said, here is MY list of the top ten muscle cars (that were seen/driven/modified) by the masses:

    1- Tempest GTO (renowned for starting it all)
    2- Chevelle
    3- Mustang
    4- Camaro/Firebird
    5- Charger
    6- Duster/Demon
    7- Challenger/Barracuda
    8- Dart
    9- Roadrunner
    10- Javelin

    These cars were most popular on the street back then (in whatever flavour they came in). Sure there are lots of other makes/models that might make honorable mention, but THESE were very popular models and sold in relatively large numbers.

  • matt

    this top ten was done by a chevy moron. & all these cars are killed by elite jap scrap now & thats why they are losing value…the kids couldnt care less for the cars we love.

  • terrixd2000

    Rock On! The 1969 Dodge Charger with a hard top, 5-speed and Hemi! Rock On!

  • Deb

    My uncle had a green and black hemi cuda when I was a kid, I wanted that car BAD!

  • Mark

    All of the cars mentioned were and still remain GREAT Muscle Cars!!! With that said I would like to have seen the “66 ChevyII Nova L-79 mentioned. (remember Grumpy Jenkins) I use to own one and wish I still did.

  • Tyler

    The author is giving Chevy some extra love. 5/10 of the list is chevy… please be a little less biased.
    Also not a single dodge badged car? This is a list of your favorite muscle cars. I hope you consider updating this list.

  • Enrique

    WTF,
    Put charger, challenger and cuda on the three first places.
    And don’t mention any pony cars.

    • Mike

      I agree with you about the Charger and the Cuda, and Challenger but then you say not to mention Pony Car’s? well the Challenger and Cuda fall under the “Pony Car” nameplate this is from the manufactures not Myself it’s THEIR definition of a “Pony Car” Cuda’s Challengers, Mustangs, and Camaro’s and all considered “Pony Car’s” by the big 3.

  • Gary

    A mucsle car is a intermediate size car with a large engine not a sports car like the vette or a pony car like the mustang and camero

  • matt

    now this is a muscle car list , personally it should be longer

  • Jup

    The world does not mean ‘America’ ladies and gents…
    Have a look at some Aussie muscle

  • Garry Inboden

    Why leave the 69 SC/Rambler off the list? It was the best bargain!!! For every ten dollars spent YOU got 1 hp, and for every10 pounds of weight in the car YOU had 1 hp to carryit

  • Tammy

    what about the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, Pontiac firebird trans am,1966 Ford mustang and 1970 Camaro.