Classic Muscle Cars

Classic Muscle Cars are typically defined as high-performance vehicles with powerful engines, most made between 1964 and 1975. Learn about more than 100 of our favorites, including Chevelles, Chargers, Mustangs, Road Runners and GTOs.


The sleek lines, powerful engines and machine strength of muscle cars have attracted us since the late 1960s, when performance and design filtered down into the realm of the attainable. So what are the most wanted classic muscle cars today?

See pictures of everyone's favorite fast, powerful, gas guzzling cars from the '60s and '70s. They may not be eco-friendly, but they sure were fun while they lasted.

Although Pontiac was known as a performance leader in the 1950s, it was the Pontiac Firebird that helped solidify that reputation. Learn more in this article about the 1960's Pontiac Firebirds.

The 1960 Chrysler 300F was one of Chrysler's first muscle cars. It came with a big-inch V-8 engine and a dual-quad cross-ram setup that was a visual treat. Learn about this muscle car.

The 1961 Pontiac Ventura 389 is a true collector's car. This muscle car was race-ready with the trademark split-grille. The 389 was all business: combining beauty and function. Learn about the Ventura 389.

The 1963 Ford Galaxie 427 captured NASCAR's 1963 manufacturer's title for stock car racing, mostly due to the car's high-speed aerodynamic advantage. Learn more about this classic muscle car.

The 1963 Plymouth 426 Wedge muscle car engine could be found in a number of the carmaker's models. It was so powerful that it was ill-suited for everyday use. Learn about the Plymouth Wedge.

The 1964 Dodge 426 Hemi had a racing engine that brought this muscle car to the stock-car racing NASCAR winner's circle. The most popular Dodge Hemi was the midsize 330/440/Polara. Learn about the Dodge 426 Hemi.

The 1964 Ford Thunderbolt had a racing engine, bringing this muscle car the stock-car racing 1964 NHRA's Manufacturer's Cup. Its lightweight design earned it the Top Stock crown. Learn about the Ford Thunderbolt.

With fewer than 3,000 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2s sold in 1964, General Motors took the hint when it delivered the 1965 model. Learn more about the 1965 Cutlass 4-4-2 in this muscle car profile.

It wasn't the fastest, but with single-season styling and a unique combination of brake, engine, exhaust, and induction options, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was arguably the most desirable Z28 of all. Learn more.

Firebird and Camaro grew more European in nature with their second-generation redesign, but the scooped and spoilered 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was pure American muscle. Learn about this muscle car.

The 1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet might have been the quickest Mustang ever. It was based on the 428-cid big-car engine. Learn about this muscle car, and see photos and specifications.

Mercury raised its muscle car profile with the introduction of the 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator. Taking its cue from such rivals as Z28 and SS Camaros, Ford introduced the Eliminator in April 1969. Learn more.

The 1971 AMC Javelin AMX 401 boasted a new 401-cubic-inch V-8, which helped it come alive. Learn more about this classic muscle car.

The 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 sported a dual-snout air scoop on the hood and an air-foil spoiler stuck up from the decklid. Get full specs on this Olds.

Features of the 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 included a standard 455-cubic-inch V-8 and four taillamps instead of two. Get full specs on this muscle car.

The flamboyant ram's-horn sweep of its headers contributed to the allure of the 1962-1965 Plymouth 413/426 Wedge. Get full specs on this muscle car.

Chrysler didn’t reach very far when it created its sporty small car in the spring of 1964. The Barracuda was pretty much a Plymouth Valiant from the roofline down, and pure Valiant in power and suspension.

Barracuda became a Plymouth series all its own in 1967. It marked the occasion with a two-inch wheelbase stretch and the addition of a two-door hardtop and convertible to go along with its fastback body style.

The 1969 AMC AMX 390 brough some significant refinements to this developing model, including a 140-mph speedometer and optional leather upholstery. Learn more about this muscle car.

The 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS had special exterior brightwork and 14-inch full-disc wheel covers. To those in the market for a sensible intermediate, this Chevy muscle car looked great.

The speedy 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS had options like upgraded suspension components and sintered metallic brake linings. Learn more about this Chevy muscle car.

During a time of change for muscle cars, the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS had a higher-volume four-year run than any other automobile in its class. Learn more about this popular, high-quality Heavy Chevy.

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.