American muscle cars
29 October, 2016, 12:00 am
Not often do we see American muscle cars running on our roads, you would be pretty lucky to get a glimpse of one but that would probably take a miracle in Fiji for that to happen.
American muscle cars are known as high performance classic sports cars with powerful engines.
We often view these high performance vehicles in movies such as the Transformers where the classic 1976 Chevy Camaro featured as the famous autobot Bumble Bee and also in Fast Five where the 1966 American muscle Ford GT40 featured.
Not all car enthusiasts are into super cars, some might prefer the old school cars that made an impact in the motoring industry in the past. It’s great to notice that car enthusiasts in the country are reviving their love for classic cars and focusing their attention on bringing these beautiful cars to life at car shows and special events. Today we look at some of the most outstanding American muscle cars ever built listed by www.bankrate.com.
1967 Pontiac GTO
Purists not tracing the era of muscle cars to the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 typically mark its beginning with the 1964 GTO.
Skirting a General Motors ban against putting big engines — any engine larger than 330 cubic inches into small cars, Pontiac sneaked a 389 cubic inch V-8 into its tempest as an option called the GTO in 1964 according to Motortrend.com.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
Forget the 90s. Plymouth wanted a bare-knuckle muscle car fighter. With all the subtlety of a jar of nitroglycerin, the Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was pure explosive brawn.
Its one of the all time great performance car names with a 425 horsepower, 426 cubic inch Hemi V-8 engine.
Before unleashing the first Road Runner in 1968, Plymouth licensed the Road Runner name and likeness from Warner Brothers.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429.
The Mustang Boss 429 is what you get when a carmaker need to meet NASCAR regulations. Less than 1, 4000 were built between 1969 and 1970, making the Boss 429 a rare bird indeed.
Enjoying a bid-dog reputation, the Boss 429 wasn’t a giant killer right out of the box. Its 429 cubic inch V-8 engine delivered 375 horsepower.
What makes it truly notable is that it was basically hand-built because the engine wouldn’t fit in a standard Mustang without extensive modifications.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Today’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is named for the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1 and for good reason.
With fewer than 70 ever built, the 1969 ZL1 not only had the most powerful Chevrolet engine offered to the public for decades, it’s the rarest production car Chevrolet ever made.