Muscle Cars

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In the turbulent '60s, Pontiac wanted a fun-loving muscle car that knew how to drop the gavel on its competition. Find out how they got it in the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge.

Other Chevy dealers modified their Camaro muscle cars, but one got his built at the factory after installing a 427-cubic-inch Corvette engine. Find out more about Don Yenko and his 1969 Yenko Camaro 427.

Ford found much success on the NASCAR circuit in the 1960s, but its Talladega model in 1969 was one of the best of all. Find out how the 1969 Ford Talladega captured the NASCAR crown.

The Mustang Mach 1 gave Ford a peppy muscle car in 1969, but the 428-cubic-inch Cobra Jet version was a star. Check out photos and specs of the 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet.

The Firebird Trans Am is one of Pontiac’s most significant muscle cars, and it began humbly in 1969 as an option package. Find out more about the 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 had been souped up before, but the Hurst/Olds was the first production muscle car to get the George Hurst treatment. Check out photos and specs of the 1968 Hurst/Olds.

With other muscle cars in Dodge’s lineup that cost less or did more, the Coronet R/T grew obsolete in 1969. Learn more about the refined but overlooked 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T.

You couldn’t go wrong in the 1960s by stuffing ever-bigger engines into a muscle car, right? Dodge found out the hard way that you could go wrong. Learn why the bigger engine in the 1969 Dodge Dart GTS didn’t help its performance.

Feeling pressure from other muscle cars, Plymouth crammed a 440-cubic-inch engine into its Barracuda in 1969. Find out what this change did to the 1969 Plymouth 'Cuda 440.

There was always controversy about whether AMC belonged in the muscle car club. But with a larger V-8 for 1970, the AMX proved itself again. Find out more about the 1970 AMC AMX.

It wowed its fans with tight suspension and genuine muscle-car performance. But the 1970 AMC Rebel Machine was fated to last only one year. Find out more about the 1970 AMC Rebel Machine.

Buick, in the last great year for muscle cars, built one of the fastest ever. Learn about the massive 455-cubic-inch engine and see the performance numbers for the 1970 Buick GSX.

From the start, Camaro featured a Super Sport edition as a counterpunch to the Mustang GT. Then, a few months into the 1967 model year, Chevy unleashed the SS 396. Learn about this muscle car.

Although it was based on a successful NASCAR racer, the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II was designed to appeal to a street audience. Check out photos and specifications of the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II.

It had a very limited production run, but the Camaro ZL1 may have been the fastest muscle car Chevy ever built. Find out more about the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Deft new styling used for a single model year was not the only reason that the 1969 version would not go down in history as “just another Camaro.” Learn more about the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396.

While the R/T 440 Six Pack wasn't the most powerful version of the Challenger, it was close enough to make it the best value. Check out photos and specs of the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack.

Like many muscle cars, the AAR 'Cuda was spawned from a racer. This one, though, didn't try to be like its track cousin. Find out why the 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda was pure street rod.

Plymouth had something to please everyone in its 1970 Barracuda, with five V-8 engines from which buyers could choose. The Hemi was the baddest of all. Find out about the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda.

The 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO 427s were among the most feared muscle cars of any day. And they didn't need any badges. Learn more about the ’69 Chevelle COPO in this muscle car profile.

With the right modifications, the 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 could become one of the most dominant muscle cars on the street. Check out photos and specifications of the 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396.

The Chevy Nova was built as a muscle car that could sneak up on people. But the SS 396 version made that impossible. Find out how the 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396 gave itself away.

The Ford King Cobra was designed to take back the track, but it didn't make it past the prototype stage. Check out photos and specs of the 1970 Ford King Cobra.

When Buick finally got around to producing genuine muscle cars in 1965, it came as little surprise that they were among the most luxurious of the breed. See profiles of the best Buick muscle cars.

Chevy muscle cars were at the very heart of the classic era of all-American big-cube high performance. Check out the very best Chevy muscle cars.