Muscle Cars

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Known as the Ramcharger and immodestly billed as the “hottest performing power plant to come off a production line,” the 1963 Dodge 426 was the next step up from the 413 V-8 of 1962. Learn about this Max Wedge design.

The 1965 Dodge Dart GT 273 had bucket seats and attractive chrome details. Learn more about the design and performance of this junior muscle car.

The 1966 Dodge Coronet Hemi boasted blistering acceleration and was called one of the fastest sedans ever. Learn more about this Dodge powerhouse.

The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 440's all-new body sported a flowing roofline and new grille. Learn more about the specs of this Dodge muscle car.

The big story for the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 was new front-end styling, including a new grille. Get valuable details on this Dodge muscle car.

The 1971 Dodge Charger Hemi was a radically new Chrysler intermediate. But not many folks ticked the Hemi option: just 85 Chargers were built with it in ’71.

Advertised as a "tough little devil," the 1971 Dodge Demon 340 was a light, inexpensive performance alternative. Get detailed specs for the Demon.

The 1966-67 Comet Cyclone GT is a good example of Mercury's strengths and weaknesses. Find out why muscle car fans understandably overlook this classic car.

The 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator had a new 351 cubic-inch V-8, and matte black grille and headlamp doors. Get detailed specs on this muscle car.

The 1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 was a broad-shouldered heavyweight with the biggest engine in the stable. Get detailed specs on this muscle car.

The 1971 Mercury Cyclone sported a 429 Cobra Jet V-8 and a choice of transmissions and rear axles. Get detailed specs on Cyclone's final model year.

The 1965 Dodge Coronet Street Wedge's engine could churn out 365 horsepower. Coronet would be the focus of Dodge’s hottest street and strip efforts. Get vital details on this intimidating muscle car.

Perhaps the toughest little overachiever ever to harass the traditional muscle intermediates was Chevy's Nova Super Sport. Learn about the 1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS in this muscle car profile.

When General Motors authorized engines up to 400 cid in its intermediate cars, Buick seized the chance to create its first muscle car, the 1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport. Learn about this muscle car.

A blend of sports car and muscle car, the 1967 Shelby GT 500 succeeded in satisfying a maturing taste for high performance. Learn more about the 1967 Shelby GT 500 in this muscle car profile.

With a bright gold stripe proclaiming its glorious return, a Hurst-modified Olds 4-4-2 muscle car enjoyed its second season in 1969. Check out the performance numbers on the 1969 Hurst/Olds.

Plymouth addressed the need for a unified performance image in 1967 with an executive-class hot rod that leaned a little on the Poncho for its name: the Plymouth Belvedere GTX. Learn about this muscle car.

The Dodge Charger 500 was built to win at the track. But the Daytona version, with its massive rear spoiler, was more memorable. Check out photos and specs of the 1969 Dodge Charger 500 and Daytona.

Plymouth got a version of the Chrysler muscle car with the giant rear wing in 1970, and the Road Runner Superbird would not be soon forgotten. Check out photos and specs of the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird.

Small-block engines in the 1971 Chevelle line signalled changing times for muscle cars, but big-block power was still available. Find out what was under the hood of a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454.

"Muscle cars" are American automobiles with lots of power, modest weight, and blazing acceleration. The term was coined in 1964 when Pontiac introduced a potent 389-cubic-inch V-8 for a midsize car. The option turned a tame Tempest into a snarling GTO.

With a 440-cubic-inch engine that had three carburetors and flashy styling, the 1969 Dodge Super Bee Six Pack was a truly complete muscle car. Learn more about the souped-up offerings in the 1969 Dodge Super Bee Six Pack.

The Fairlane Cobra was a surprising muscle car: It didn’t look as good as others in its class, but it performed better than Ford’s typical fare. Learn about the 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra 428.

The 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 had a race-inspired engine, a specially tuned suspension, and fine handling. Despite all that, this muscle car was a bust in the showroom. Find out why.

It was noisy, it was rough, it was everything buyers wanted in a muscle car. Find out more about the engine that made the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi so popular.