American Muscle Cars

American Muscle Cars

By David Urmann and Wasim Ahmad

American Muscle Cars
Image by sv1ambo (1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird coupe) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
American automobile models produced between 1960s and 1970s are called muscle cars. These vehicles are called “super cars” during that period. The term “muscle cars” was initiated by the horsepower race. Credits were given to John Z. DeLorean who was the president of Pontiac division. He violated General Motor’s policy by putting large engine to small cars. This gave birth to 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO which started the muscle cars explosion.

The popularity of DeLorean’s project inspired General Motors and its competitors to produce their muscle car brands. The 1960s muscle car brands include Barracuda, Road Runner, Camaro, Superbird, Cyclone, Firebird, Super Sport, Toronado, and Mustang.

Muscle Car Engines

I. V8 Engine

V8 muscle engine was developed by General Motors. It was the first one to use a high compression overhead valve. It assembled eight cylinders in two sections in one crankshaft. The use of single crankshaft gave the muscle cars faster speed and acceleration.

II. Hemi Engine

Chrysler developed this engine in the 1950s. Hemi came from the hemispherical shape of the combustion chambers. The design of the chambers allows the engine overhead valves to be positioned at an angle. The position of the valve gives an optimum flow of the fuel into the engine.

Popular American Muscle Car Models

1965 Pontiac GTO

This is the first model that started the American muscle car craze. It runs from 0-60 mph at 6.6 seconds. It has V8 engine with 389-cid. This car weighs a staggering 3,470 lbs. The total number of units sold was 32,450.

1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport

This model is the first one to use 401-cid V8 engine and has convertible’s beefed-up frame. Performance is 0-60 mph at 7.8 seconds and weighs 3,200 lbs. The total number of units sold was 69,367.

1967 Pontiac GTO

This is considered as one of the most stunning muscle cars of all times. Certain features include 400-cid V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, optional hood-mounted tach and power front disc brakes. It runs from 0-60 mph at 6.6 seconds and weighs 3,425 lbs. The total number of units sold was 81,722.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

This is one of the most unique models of Mustang. This car was built to satisfy the rules of NASCAR. It has V8 429-cid and runs from 0-60 mph at 6.8 seconds. Features include husky tires, suspension tweaks, and wide front track. It weighs 3,870 lbs. The total number of units sold was 858.

1969 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro

This model has one of the most desirable looks in the muscle car era. The unique feature of this car is its cowl-induction hood. It has a 302-cid V8 engine. It runs from 0-60 mph at 7.4 seconds and weighs 3,765 lbs. The total number of units sold was 20,302.

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

This is one of the most extravagant muscle cars ever produced. It has a 440-cid V8 engine with a single four-barrel carburetor. Certain features of this model include big rear wing and wind tunnel shaped snout. It runs from 0-60 mph at 6.7 seconds and weighs 3,841 lbs. The total number of units sold was 1,920.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda

The features of this car include sporty interior with four-speed manual transmission and 426-cid V8 engine. It runs from 0-60 mph at 5.6 seconds and weighs 3,900 lbs. The total number of units sold was 666.

1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

The features of this car include 454-cid V8 engine, F41 suspension, power front disc brakes, five-spoke wheels, blackout grille, and cowl-induction hood. It runs from 0-60 mph at 6.0 seconds and weighs 4,000 lbs. The total number of units sold was 9,502.

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Is Your Muscle Car Cool Enough?

Is Your Muscle Car Cool Enough?
By Robert Kibbe

AMC-AMX (Orange Julep) image by Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
AMC-AMX (Orange Julep) image by Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Ahh, to be cool. Little kids grow up having no concept of “coolness”, and then they hit the 6th grade. From that point on, being “cool” is on the top of their to-do list. Muscle cars are perpetually cool. They’ve been cool since day #1, and their legend has grown ever since. A friend of mine (who grew up in the 1960’s) recently commented that there is nothing on the road as cool as a muscle car, and he said it in a way that that made it seem as certain as the fact that 2+2=4. The question I wonder is, how do you know if your muscle car is cool enough?

Just like the hallways of high school, one could argue that there is a pecking order of coolness when it comes to muscle cars. Being popular seemed to help make some people cool, but many cool people were never popular. Muscle cars are the same way. (As a side note I’ve seen a few of the popular kids from high school later in life…..and they don’t seem quite as cool as I remember.)

Having a popular model car (like a Mustang) gives it an instant coolness factor, while having a less popular model leaves it up to the car’s merits to determine it’s coolness. Let’s take a look at 3 muscle cars in particular and judge the Cool Factor…and then you can determine if it’s cool enough for you to drive!

Car #1 – 1st Gen Camaro (1967-1969)

1st generation (1967-1969) Camaro’s were popular the day they were unveiled. They were Chevy’s answer to the Mustang and were similar in that they were built off of an economy car (the Chevy II…where as the Mustang was built off of the Falcon). You could get one with a small block, a big block, one ready to drag race, or one ready to run the road course (Z/28 style). Just order it up and be sure to book a date for Friday night…which won’t be hard to do. They’re still popular today and are one of the most sought after by collectors and hot rodders.

High School Equivalent: The QB of the football team. Athletic. Great looking. He can bench press….uh, a Camaro. Girls dig that.

Car #2 – 1966-67 Dodge Charger

Early generation Mopars are kind of the Apple ‘Mac’ of muscle cars. A small percentage of muscle car guys love them with utter devotion and would drive nothing else. To them, driving a Ford or Chevy would be like cheating on their wives. That being said, the ’66-’67 Charger is a very cool car just from a styling and feature standpoint – the gauges alone are awesome – but it’s not for everyone. It didn’t sell with the popularity of the ’68-’70 models (or live on eternity thanks to the Dukes of Hazzard), but it does have it’s fans and can definitely hold it’s own against the competition.

High School Equivalent: The Captain of the Drumline. Not everyone knows him, but those that do know he’s got rhythm from head to toe. He’s jammin’ on drums with his buddies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Car #3 – AMX

And then there is that other guy. American Motors cars were always kind of a fifth wheel. Some of their passenger cars were dorky looking (the Pacer, the Gremlin, the Matador, etc.), but the AMX was genuinely good looking. It was just a little different than the norm, mainly due to it’s short wheel base (VERY short) and the fact that it was a 2-seater!

High School Equivalent: That one guy that wore a leather jacket and shades. No-one knew his name. I think he’s a famous artist now.


So just why is it that we’re trying to determine if a muscle car is cool enough for you to drive? Well, quite honestly…what other reason would you have to drive one? They’re brash, noisy, smelly, and can be hard to drive at times. They hate being driven slowly and give you feelings of sheer joy and simultaneous terror while being pushed to the limits. They need constant wrenching and “tweaking” just to stay in fighting shape. Why on earth would you put up with all of that when you could drive a nice happy Toyota Camry? You know why….because just like the Fonz, muscle cars are cool, and coolness rubs off. So, in the end, if you think your muscle car is cool – it is. That’s all that matters. It’s cool enough. Remember though, if it’s popular, it’s probably already cool, but just like high school….some of the coolest people were never popular.

Robert Kibbe
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Muscle Cars For Sale – The Art Of Finding a Bargain

Muscle Cars For Sale – The Art Of Finding a Bargain

By Jon Yarbrough

Muscle Cars for Sale
1967 Ford Mustang image courtesy of Pixabay

Due to the recent popularity of Muscle Cars the price on these vintage rides has increased dramatically. The current demand is also making it harder to find a good deal on a classic muscle car, but if you know where to look it is still possible to get your hands on one at a price you can afford.

Your local Newspaper

This may seem like an obvious place but you can still find good deals on muscle cars from local newspapers. In most cases local sellers are not muscle car collectors and do not have an idea of what these cars could be sold for in a national market, this leaves the door open to find a steal right in your backyard, but you have to be quick, these cars have a huge demand. You can also use your local paper to place want ads; this will get potential sellers to call you. This is great because you’re not competing against others that are searching the classifieds to find a deal on muscle cars. You will most likely get calls from people who were not even thinking about selling until they seen your ad.

Online Classified Ads

Online classifieds can be a great place to find your muscle car. The prices may be a little higher than your local market but you can still find a good deal. Just use caution with these, and be sure you contact the seller so you can talk to them one on one and get more details.

Get In Your Car and Drive

This is possibly the best way to find an unbelievable deal on a classic muscle car, but it also involves the most work and it is not for everyone. Right now there are thousands of muscle cars sitting in barns, under carports, and out in yard just waiting on you to find them. Many times the owner of these cars will not part with them because even thought they have not even touched the car in years it carries some sort of sentimental value, but if you catch one on right day you can usually get an amazing deal on a classic muscle car for much less than you would pay anywhere else. You just have to get out there, find the cars, and convince the sellers to part with it.


This is my personal favorite place to find a bargain on a muscle car. Even though this is a national market you will find local sellers (unaware of the national market prices) placing their valuable ride for sale on ebay. You will definitely have competition for these rights but with careful bidding you can land yourself a great deal on your dream muscle car. is a site that list muscle cars that are for sale on ebay, the list is updated several times daily so you are sure to find the classic ride you are looking for.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to own the muscle car of your dreams. Check you local papers, visit online classified sites, Drive around your area, and check on ebay. If you do these things you are sure to find the classic muscle car you are looking for.

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Classic Cars and Breakdown Coverage

Classic Cars and Breakdown Coverage
by: Carl Phillips

Classic Cars and Breakdown Coverage
Plymouth Valiant image courtesy of Pixabay
Owners of classic cars have typically put in thousands of dollars of parts and labor towards care on their car. And, occasionally, they love to take their car out of the garage and on the road for a spin. But few have thought about what happens if their car should break down while they are on the road.
Breakdown coverage, or roadside assistance coverage as it is sometimes called, is more important for a classic car owner than for other motorists for a couple of reasons.One, many classic car owners only drive their cars infrequently or on special occasions. Over the winter, they may keep their car in the garage and only bring it out once the weather turns milder. Who knows what, if anything, has gone wrong to affect its mechanics or handling ability during the months that it has been in storage? As a consequence, when you do bring it out, you have less confidence in its road abilities than you do in a car that you drive everyday.

Secondly, in most cases, your classic car is a bit more valuable than your everyday car. As a result, if your car does break down on the roadside, you might need a special type of assistance and auto shop to get you back on the road again. Specialized classic car coverage might provide that whereas normal breakdown coverage would not.

According to industry statistics, less than one out of every five classic car owners carry breakdown coverage for their car. Many have avoided thinking too much about it because they simply assume that breakdown coverage for a classic car would be too expensive.

Unfortunately, for those who go as far as getting a quote from many insurance companies, this is exactly true. Which is odd, because, as a rule, unlike many typical car owners, classic car owners are very meticulous about taking extremely good care of their car and keeping it in good running condition.

That’s why, if anything, the charge for their roadside rates should be less. At any rate, this shows why it is important to shop around for a company that has experience in insuring classic automobiles. Such a company will be glad to quote you reasonable rates.

Other car owners have avoided purchasing this type of insurance because they were not aware of the advantages that such coverage would offer. Automobile hobbyists are a special breed. And, while it is true that most owners of these cars could probably fix the car themselves if given the proper tools, parts, and equipment – when on the road, these things will probably not be available to them.

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Top Five Classic Muscle Cars

Top Five Classic Muscle Cars
By Brian Edwards

Top Five Muscle Cars
1966 Dodge Charger image: by Jeremy3030 [CC2.0] via Wikimedia Commons 
Today the term muscle car refers for all sorts of cars with large engines and great performance. However, “back in the day” it described mid-sized automobiles that had big engines stuffed between the fender wells. Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs were not considered muscle cars by the purists. Even today many gear heads only consider the mid sized cars from the 1960’s as true muscle cars. Everything else is a sports car, pony car or just a plain old car.

So what was the most important of these original muscle cars? We have chosen five of the most popular cars for a retro comparison to determine the king of the hill. The selectees are the 1961 Chevy Impala SS, the 1964 Pontiac GTO, the 1964 Ford Fairlane, the 1966 Dodge Charger and the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. Let the showdown begin.

1961 Chevy Impala SS

Many consider this the first true muscle car. A 409 cubic inch motor was dropped into the Chevy Impala and a legend was made. With the help of the Beach Boys and their song about the car (‘She’s so fine, my four-oh-nine’) it became an icon for the baby boomers. Chevy’s marketing for the car described it as designed “for young men on the move…(who) won’t settle for less than REAL driving excitement.”

Performance was very good for the era with Motor Trend driving one from zero to sixty on seven seconds and completing the quarter mile in 14 seconds at 98 mph. The car became a legend.

1964 Pontiac GTO

The GTO was another marketing success for General Motors. Although the car was not the fastest car on the market it quickly became successful as an all a round muscle car. It was relatively affordable, relatively fast and relatively handsome. Many consider it the first modern muscle car. Although that is debatable, it is definitely the first successful muscle car in terms of sales.

Performance was very good with Car Life and Motor Trend both measuring zero to sixty times of less than seven seconds and quarter mile times of around 14 seconds.

1964 Ford Fairlane

In 1964 the Fairlane was redesigned and the tail fins were removed. Other improvements included upgrades to the suspension in order to improve ride-quality. Interior enhancements included full carpeting for the floors and turn signals that turned themselves off after the steering wheel was turned. However, the big news for 1964 was the Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt was one of fastest dragsters ever produced by a manufacturer. Ford stuffed a heavily modified 427 cubic inch engine with two four-barrel carburetors mounted on a high-riser manifold into the relatively light weight Fairlane. The car had a ram-air induction system with air vents mounted in openings in the grill left by deleting the inboard headlights.

Other modifications included: equal-length headers, a trunk-mounted battery, fiberglass hood, doors, fenders and front bumper, Plexiglass windows, and other lightweight options included deleting the rear door window winders, carpeting, radio, sealant, sun visors, armrests, jack, lug wrench, heater, soundproofing, and passenger side windshield wiper. Performance was amazing.

Gas Ronda dominated NHRA’s 1964 World Championship by running his Thunderbolt through the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 124 mph. Later, the NHRA changed the rules to require 500 models of a car to be manufactured for Super Stock competition, and Ford, which had been losing $1500 to $2000 on each Thunderbolt sold at the sticker price of $3900, gave up. In the end, it was the NHRA and its ability to change the rules that stopped the Ford from dominating the drag strips for many years.

Although the Fairlane faded form Ford’s performance spotlight as the Mustang took off. It came back in 1966 and 67 as a very nice looking car. Large engines ‘encouraged’ great performance numbers also.

1966 Dodge Charger

Although it resembled a Coronet with a fastback, the production Charger carried design cues from the Charger II concept car. Both maintained the swoopy fastback that was very popular during the mid-sixties. The electric shaver grill used fully rotating headlights that when opened or closed made the grill look like one-piece. Inside, the Charger used four individual bucket seats with a full length console from front to rear. The rear seats and console pad also folded down which allowed for more cargo room inside. In the rear the full length taillights carried the Charger name.

The car was radically different than anything else on the road and when fitted with a street Hemi it was one of the fastest cars on the road. A Hemi equipped car could do zero to sixty in less than seven seconds and the quarter mile in about 14 seconds. It was a big and radically designed car. And best of al, it was fast.

1968 Plymouth Road Runner

By 1968, muscle cars had become fast, luxurious and expensive. The young people that consisted of the primary market for these types of transportation had been priced out of the market. Plymouth recognized this and exploited to its fullest potential. First, the stripped down a Belvedere to its most basic form and then gave it a large motor. Then the marketing department found a simple way to change the image of the car from that of a bare bones racer to a unique automobile. A popular cartoon character and a unique horn was all that was need to bring this car to the masses.

The Road runner was an instant success. The combination of affordability plus outstanding performance had won the day again. Performance was remarkable with 13 second times for the Hemi and 15 second times for the base engine in the quarter mile.

The Winner

All five of these muscle cars were trend setters in their day. But the one that appeals to this author as the greatest of the early muscle cars is the 1966 Dodge Charger. It was a radical departure from the past with its fast back design and the four passenger bucket seats. It just looked like a muscle car. Performance was strong and the price was reasonable. The 1961 Chevy Impala Super Sport is a close second and if more had been made it may have actually won this little compression.

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History of Muscle Cars in America

History of Muscle Cars in AmericaHistory of Muscle Cars in America
By David Urmann and Wasim Ahmad

History of Muscle Cars in America
GTO image courtesy of Pixabay

A “muscle car” is a term referring to the high performance variety of automobiles. This term usually refers to Australian, South African and American automobile models. It is generally a 2-door mid-sized vehicle with a rear wheel drive. It also has a powerfully large V8 engine and sold at a very low price.

The very first one that came out was produced between 1960s and 1970s. In most cases, the two main purposes of muscle cars are for racing and street use. They are different from GTs and sports cars. These have two seats or 2+2, intended for touring and road racing. These are different from the muscles cars because of the small size, special nature and high cost. There are varied opinions as to whether compacts, high-performance cars as well as pony cars qualify as classic muscle cars.

The country of origin and age of a car determines if it is a classic muscle car or not. The use of the term “muscle car” occurred only after the end of the vehicle’s production. During the time when the production of muscle cars is still at its peak, the American media regard them as “super cars.”

History of American Muscle Cars

Some say that the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 from 1949 was the very first breed of muscle car. It aroused the public interest for its power and speed. It featured a powerful and innovative engine, consequentially America’s very first high-compression overhead valve or V8. This engine is present in the earlier Oldsmobile body. A magazine for muscle cars said that putting a V8 engine in the hood of a typical car and running faster like a sports car belongs to the Oldsmobile.

Some manufacturers showcased a performance of limited edition and flashy models. Chrysler is among the first ones that led such vehicles to become popular. An inspired mixture of Hemi luxury car trappings and power found in Chrysler’s 1955 C-300 became the newest attraction of NASCAR. This particular model became “America’s Most Powerful Vehicle” due to its 224 kW or 300 horsepower.

The model is also one of the best selling cars of its century. The C-300 has the ability to accelerate from 0 up to 60 miles per hour or 97 kilometers per hour within 9.8 seconds. The car can reach up to 120 miles per hour or 200 kilometers per hour. After two years, another fast car became available in the market. This honor belongs to the Rambler Rebel. As said by Motor Trend, Rambler Rebel is the fastest American sedan.

Muscle cars gained popularity in the 1960s. It happened when major companies such as Plymouth, Chrysler, Ford and Dodge battled in drag racing. The Dodge 1962 Dart Max Wedge, for instance, can run a quarter of a mile drag strip with just 13 seconds. This 1962 Dart Max Wedge can run more than 110 miles per hour or 170 kilometers per hour.

Muscle car productions from other manufacturers such as Pontiac, Chevrolet and Oldsmobile occurred in 1964. Between the years 1964 and 1965, Mopar introduced its 7-liter or 426 cubic inches V8 engine, special trim and sift linkage with shifted transmission. Ford released its Thunderbolts model in the same year.

We still see these vehicles today but the owners seldom use them. They have a second car which they use to go to work everyday. Meanwhile, the muscle car is stored in a safe place in their garage, kept as a collection.

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Professional Muscle Car Restoration Versus Do It Yourself Restoration

Professional Muscle Car Restoration Versus Do It Yourself RestorationProfessional Muscle Car Restoration Versus Do It Yourself Restoration
By Lamar Burns

Facts About Restoring Muscle Cars
Impala image courtesy of Pixabay

Are you the owner of a muscle car? If so, would you like to have that muscle car restored? Muscle car restoration is a great way to get the car of your dreams, while restoring your car’s original beauty. If you are interested in having your car restored, you have a number of different options. Those options involve doing your own restoration work or hiring a professional to do it for you. If you have yet to make a decision, it might be a good idea to examine the advantages and disadvantages of each.

When it comes to do it yourself muscle car restoration, the main benefit is that will get to have your car restored exactly the way that you wanted it to be. Since you know what you want, there won’t be any miscommunication or other problems that could result in something other than your original desires. Although this is a major benefit to do it your car muscle restoration, you will find that it is one of the few. There tends to be more disadvantages to do it yourself muscle car restoration than there are advantages.

One of the biggest disadvantages to do it yourself muscle car restoration is experience. How many muscle cars have you restored in the past? Although it is possible to learn, do you want your first learning experience to be on your “baby?” If you have your heart set on restoring your own muscle car, it is best if you first undergo some training, such as a course offered at a local college or restoration shop. A poor quality restoration job can have a negative impact on your car, both with its appearance and its value, which is why it is advised that you do not attempt your own muscle car restoration without the proper training, experience, and knowledge first.

As you likely assumed, there are a large number of advantages to having your muscle car professionally restored. One of those benefits is experience. If you take your car to a muscle car restoration shop, there is a good chance that your car will be worked on by highly trained and qualified individuals. Even with this good chance, it may be best to ask about previous work experience or even request to see photograph samples of other recently restored muscle cars.

Muscle car restoration parts are another benefit of having your muscle car professionally restored. Although it is possible to find your own muscle car restoration parts, it can sometimes be difficult to do, especially if you are looking for unique parts for a unique car. In most cases, it is easier for a professional muscle car restoration expert or business to find muscle car restoration parts. This is because most have developed relationships with restoration part sellers or scouts. Not having to find your own muscle car restoration parts may be able to save you a considerable amount of time and money.

Of course, there are also a few disadvantages to having your muscle car professionally restored. One of those benefits is the cost. A professional muscle car restoration does not come cheap. The amount of money will vary, depending on who you choose to do business with, as well as the amount of work you are having done on your car. Despite a relatively high price, it is almost always worth it in the end. In addition to getting the car of your dreams, you car may also seen a slight increase in value.

Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of each of your options, you may be better prepared to make a decision. No matter which decision you make, you will likely be pleased with your initial decision, to have your muscle car restored in the first place.

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Muscle Car Restoration: What It Can Do For You

Muscle Car Restoration: What It Can Do For You
By Lamar Burns

Muscle Car Restoration
Ford Mustang image courtesy of Pixabay

Are you a muscle car owner? If so, how long have you owned your vehicle? If you have owned it for quite some time now, you may be looking for a change. This change doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go out and buy a new vehicle, but it may mean changing the car that you have. If you have a well-known and popular type of muscle car, you may not want to change your car too much. In fact, you may want to think about restoring it back to its original beauty. This process is known as muscle car restoration. If you have yet to think about muscle car restoration, you are advised to do so. After a close examination, you will learn that there are a number of things that restoration can do for you and your car.

Perhaps, the best thing that muscle car restoration can do for you is give you that change, which you may have been looking for. It is no secret that car owners often become bored with the vehicles they have, even if those cars are muscle cars or considered their owner’s “baby.” It is also important to note that muscle car restoration projects come in all different sizes. If you want, you can have a specific portion of your muscle car restored or all of your muscle car restored; the decision is yours to make. This means that you can essentially decide how much you would like to spend on having your muscle car restored, as well as how much of a change it would take to make you happy again.

Muscle car restoration can give your dream car. Although there is a good chance that you take great pride in your muscle car, it might not necessarily be the car of your dreams. There are many car owners, even muscle car owners, who wish that one thing or another was different with their cars. Muscle car restoration can allow you to get the car of your dreams. Although muscle car restoration often involves restoring a car back to its original state, there is another popular form of restoration. This type of restoration is often referred to as “resto-modification.” “Resto-modification,” involves restoring a car, while modernizing it at the same time. For example, if you would like to add in a navigation system, this is still, in a way, considered a form of muscle car restoration. “Resto-modification,” gives you your dream car, without altering it too much.

Although it is most important to examine what muscle car restoration can do for you, it is also important to examine what it can do for your car. Muscle car restoration may be able to increase the value of your car. Of course, for this to happen, the work needs to be professionally done. That is why it is important that you know who you are dealing with when you hire another individual or company to restore your muscle car for you. A poor quality restoration job might not increase the value of your car, but it might decrease it!

As stated above, muscle car restoration can give your dream car and possibly increase the value of your muscle car. If you like what muscle car restoration can do for you, you are advised to speak with a muscle car restoration expert for additional information, including information on the many benefits of having your muscle car restored.

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1968 Plymouth Road Runner Specs

The B-body 1968 Plymouth Road Runner is from Plymouth’s first generation Road Runner line which was based on the Belvedere and ran from 1967 to 1970.

1968 Plymouth Rad Runner Specs

By: Laure Justice

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Muscle Car
By sv1ambo (1968 Plymouth Road Runner convertible) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Information

Body Style: The earliest ’68 Road Runners were only offered as a 2-door B-pillared coupe, meaning there was a pillar positioned between the front and rear windows; but later in 1968, Plymouth started to offer a pillarless hardtop model.

Engine: The 1968 Road Runner was offered with a 383 cubic inch displacement (CID) V-8 that had been enhanced with the addition of high-performance 440 Magnum/Super Commando cylinder heads; the one engine option offered on the 1968 Road Runner was the 426 Hemi.

Transmission: The standard package’s transmission for the ’68 Road Runner was a manual four-speed, with different gear ratios for the 383 and the 426 Hemi, but the three-speed TorqueFlite A727 automatic was available as an option; note that the TorqueFlight was a column-shift unit to accommodate the bench seat.

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Dashboard
By sv1ambo (1968 Plymouth Road Runner convertible) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1968 Road Runner as a Muscle Car

The 3475-pound total body weight 1968 Road Runner was a muscle car, designed for performance and fun over comfort, with rubber floor mats instead of carpeting and a bench seat.

The Road Runner was built for speed in a time when fuel efficiency wasn’t a major consideration for car buyers and it only got about 10.2 miles per gallon; but what it lacked in fuel efficiency, it made up for in power with a top speed of about 137 miles per hour.

The stock 383 CID/335 hp Road Runner could go from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.1 seconds. from the 383 – 335 hp and 426 Hemi / 425 hp could go from 0-60 in a mere 5.3 seconds.

Plymouth purchased licensing rights for the cartoon’s road runner likeness, name, and beep-beep sound to name and promote this sleek, mid-sized performance car.


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Muscle Cars 101

Since you’re here on this site, chances are you already know what muscle cars are – and you probably even have a favorite muscle car or two in mind (right?) but I just want to throw this basic introduction to muscle cars out there.

Muscle Cars 101

By: Laure Justice

68 Yenko Camaro: Muscle Car
By Dana Hurt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

What Are Muscle Cars?

Rather than toss my own definition of a muscle car at you, I’m just going to pull out a couple of dictionary definitions.

According to Merriam-Webster, a muscle car is “any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.”

The definition from Encarta Dictionaries is a bit plainer, Encarta defines a muscle car as “a flashy car with a big engine, designed to look like a sports car.”

The First Muscle Car

While the majority of popular muscle cars came out of the 1960s and 1970s, there are cars as far back as the pre-war 1936 Buick Century or the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 that are cited as the earliest cars of this genre.

1936 Buick Series 60 Century: First Muscle Car
1936 Buick Century Muscle Car image courtesy of Sicnag

Popular Muscle Cars

I searched and searched for the most popular muscle car, and while there were numerous models that came up again and again, there was no single clear winner, so I compiled the lists from multiple sites and I’m going to share the models that came up the most often.

While there was an unreal number of cars that turned up in my research, there were only five that made multiple lists:

  • 1968-1970 Road Runner
  • 1967-1969 Camaro ZL-1
  • 1966-1970 Chevelle SS
  • 1968-1969 Nova SS
  • 1969 Mustang
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Some of my personal favorites didn’t come up in multiple “most popular muscle car” lists from my research, so I’m bummed that they didn’t make the cut for this particular article, but they are still popular and will be turning up in future articles here on the site.

How about you, was your favorite muscle car covered in this short list?

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