Top 10 Classic Cars: American Muscle

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Top 10 Classic Cars: American Muscle

There is nothing like the sound, smell and feel of classic American muscle on the road. Whether you are a “car guy/gal” or not, you can appreciate these machines, there beauty and the power they have. These cars helped to shape a generation and this country. Here’s a list of some of the greatest cars born and bred in the USA.

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1970 Plymouth Road Runner

The 1970 model of the Road Runner brought a new sleeker look the car then its predecessors. The 1970 version was also the last year for the vehicle to have a convertible option. The Road Runner was also known as the “Super Bird”, “Hemi Road Runner” and the “426 Hemi.

Specs: 335 Horsepower & 425 ft-lb torque

1969 Dodge Charger R/T-SE

You may know this vehicle by another name, “The General Lee”. This was car that was made famous in part by the TV show The Dukes of Hazard.

Specs: 425 horsepower & 490 ft-lb of torque

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

The Barracuda was redesigned in 1970 and there were now both convertible and coupe options. According to musclecarfacts.com the Dodge Challenger was released at the same time and both had the new E platform.

Specs: 425 Horsepower & 490 ft-lb of torque

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

The Chevelle was one of Chevy’s most popular make in its time and came in either coupe, convertible, sedan or station wagon models. At the time, Chevy’s Chevelle was the fastest of all of Chevy’s models on the road at the time.

Specs: 360 Horsepower & 500 ft-lb of torque

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

First appearing in 1966 the Camaro evolved in to a sportier fashion in ’69. One way it did this was by having deep inset headlights and a deep “V” cant grill.

Specs: 290 Horsepower & 290 ft-lb of torque

1964 Pontiac GTO Tri-Power

The GTO first appeared in ’64 and cost only $4,500 and weighed 3,500 lbs. Today you might be able to buy one for about $30,000.

Specs: 348 Horsepower & 428 ft-lb of torque

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

The Boss 302 was originally produced in ’69 and ’70 and then re-released in ’12 and ’13.

Specs: 290 Horsepower & 290 ft-lb of torque

1971 Buick GSX with Stage-1 Performance Pack

In 1970 Buick offered a high performance package for the GS 445 called the GSX Stage-1. This package started at $1,100.

Specs: Horsepower 360 & 510 ft-lb of torque

1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 Coupe

The ’69 model came in coupe or convertible and had the classic Coke bottle styling. The base model firebird was equipped with a single-barrel carburetor and the OHC-inline-6.

Specs: 330 Horsepower & 430 ft-lb of torque

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR

You may be wondering what the “KR” stands for. The answer is “King if the Road” and that’s exactly what it was in its time. In the film “Gone in 60-seconds” the holy-grail, so to speak, is a ’67 model named “Elanor”.

Specs: 360 Horsepower & 440 ft-lb of torque

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Henry Hernandez is a veteran and classic enthusiast. Henry is the marketing director for an Austin based window tint company https://www.shadesoftexaswindowtinting.com/. You can connect with Henry on Google+.

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