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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.

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1971 Dodge Demon 340

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


1969 Chevy Camaro Z28

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was likely the most desirable Z28 of all. Find out why, view photos, and see specifications in this muscle car profile. See more »

1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am combined sports-car handling and muscle car power. Discover how, and view photos and specifications. See more »

1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet

The 1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet might have been the quickest Mustang ever. Find out about this muscle car, and see photos and specifications. See more »

1969 Mercury Cougar

Mercury raised its muscle car profile with the 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator. Learn how, and see photos and specifications of this muscle car. See more »

1971-1974 AMC Javelin AMX 401

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. See more »

1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

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. See more »

1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

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. See more »

1962-1965 Plymouth 413/426 Wedge

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

1965 and 1966 Plymouth Barracuda 273

The 1965 Plymouth Barracuda 273 was the best-selling car in Plymouth's 1965 lineup. Get vital facts on this muscle car, including detailed specs. See more »

1967-1969 Plymouth Barracuda 383/440

The 1967 Plymouth Barracuda's engine bay was widened to make room for the big 383- and 440-cid engines. Learn more about this powerful Barracuda. See more »