Muscle Cars

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The Big Bang in muscle car's evolution is the 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO. "The Goat" generated a cult following and sent rivals scrambling to come up with similar machines. Learn about the Tempest GTO.

The Chevrolet Chevelle's climb to muscle car stardom began with a couple of mid-1965 maneuvers to recapture lost ground. The result was the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. Learn more about this muscle car.

In some ways, more turned out to be less in the 1966 Chevelle SS 396. However, its comfortable seats and sporty styling made this muscle car a great daily driver. Learn about the Chevelle SS 396.

With freshened styling, the 1970 Road Runner was an integral part of Plymouth's "Rapid Transit System" -- the advertising tagline applied to its bawdiest muscle cars. Learn more about the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi.

In 1968, GM's midsize lineup got new bodies, and two-door models got a shorter 112-inch wheelbase. That meant big styling changes for the muscle contingent, including the Buick GS 400. Learn about this muscle car.

Refinement was the byword for the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396. And despite stronger competition, Camaro sales increased by 14,198 units for '68 to 235,147. Learn more about this muscle car.

Recognizing the GTO's growing popularity, Pontiac promoted it from a Tempest option to a full-fledged model for 1966. The GTO rewarded Pontiac with record sales of 96,946 units. Learn more in our profile.

In 1967, Buick's muscle car got a genuine 400-cid V-8 and marked the occasion by a change in name, from Gran Sport to the GS 400. Unfortunately, sales languished. Learn about the Buick GS 400.

In 1967, Dodge introduced a muscle car whose initials stood for Road and Track. Without disturbing the Coronet's lines, the R/T Hemi added enough performance cues to make its meaning clear. Learn about the 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi.

In 1964 Oldsmobile needed a response to the Pontiac GTO, and it came in the form of the Cutlass 4-4-2. Find out more in this profile, which includes photos and specifications of the Cutlass 4-4-2.

Horsepower was the name of the game in the early 1960s, so Dodge beefed up its biggest engine to 410 bhp and stuffed it into this muscle car. Check out photos and specs of the 1962 Dodge Dart 413.

AMC, best known for its economy vehicles, was late to the muscle car game. But the automaker arrived with a flourish, producing some of the great muscle cars of the late 1960s. Learn about AMC muscle cars.

The 1967 Pontiac GTO stands as one of the most beautiful muscle cars of all time. Without disturbing the matchless lines of the '66, stylists created an aesthetic triumph. Learn more about this muscle car.