- 9. 1967 Shelby Mustang “Eleanor:” $1 Million
- 8. 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1: $1.1 Million
- 7. 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS Convertible: $1.15 Million
- 6. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible: $2.25 Million
- 5. 1967 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible: $3.2 Million
- 4. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible: $3.5 Million
- 3. 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt:” $3.74 Million
- 2. 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster: $5.94 Million
- 1. 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 20000: $13.75 Million
The Most Valuable Muscle Cars that are sold today are mostly from the 1960s. The love for American muscle was the intended use for street racing or as a daily driver. These old-school cars grabbed the attention of car buyers and were ready to run anytime. The performance and power of these cars were unmatched during the ’60s and ’70s, and this is what attracts the enthusiasts more.
9. 1967 Shelby Mustang “Eleanor:” $1 Million
In 2013 at the Mecum auction, the famous Mustang is known as “Elanor” from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” sold for a surprising $1 million. The car was restored by Cinema Vehicle Services. The car sported a Pepper Gray Metallic color and under the hood, there is a 351 cubic-inch V8, with a NOS boost for an additional 100+ hp.
8. 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1: $1.1 Million
The ‘69 Camaro ZL1 sold for $1.1 million under the Hammer. This was one of the #50 of the ‘69 COPO ZL1’s ordered for the production year. The color was Hugger Orange and includes the owner’s manual and original window sticker. It boasts matching numbers with the 427 cubic-inch V8 and an M22 Rock Crusher transmission.
7. 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS Convertible: $1.15 Million
The ’70 Chevy Chevelle SS went to the stage at Barrett-Jackson in 2006 and was sold for $1.15 million. The car had history such as a former NHRA Super Stock drag car – the original Truppi-Kling, Ray Allen raced LS6 Chevelle Super Sport convertible. And was later sold by Allen himself at the auction.
6. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible: $2.25 Million
Sold at Mecum in 2015, this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda was sold for a final selling price of $2.25 Million. What inflated the value, was that it was a personal car of John Herlitz, the overseer of Chrysler’s 1970 E-Body design, also it included the original documents to show it was an executive lease car. The Cuda was driven by a dual quad 426 Hemi V8 and included nearly every option available at the time.
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5. 1967 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible: $3.2 Million
The famed NHRA A/Sports champion 1967 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible sold for $3.2 million, as it was one of only 20 produced for the 1967 model year. Under the hood lies the L88 427 V8 and M22 4-speed manual transmission and retained the factory-correct Marlboro Maroon exterior.
4. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible: $3.5 Million
Again at the Mecum auction in 2014, this 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible was “arguably the most sought-after factory muscle car in the world.” This was sold at $3.5 million which retained the original 426 Hemi and transmission. This was one of the two 1971 Hemi Cuda convertibles produced for the US which featured a four-speed manual transmission.
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3. 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt:” $3.74 Million
Driven by Steve McQueen in the iconic movie Bullitt, the ’68 Mustang was sold in 2020 at an auction for $3.74 million. The car retained the camera mounts used in the shoot. And also was powered by a rebuilt 390 cubic-inch V8 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.
2. 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster: $5.94 Million
The 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster was sold for $5.94 million in 2021. Carroll Shelby purchased this Cobra and owned it until the time of his passing. This was one of only five originally produced in Charcoal Gray. The ’65 was restored in 2019, retaining the original body and chassis, and was powered by a 427 cubic-inch V8 with dual four-barrels and a Toploader 4-speed transmission.
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1. 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 20000: $13.75 Million
This 1962 Shelby Cobra was sold at an RM Sotheby’s auction in 2016, for a record-setting $13.75 million. It is the first-ever Shelby Cobra and was sold by Carroll Hall Shelby Trust. When tested, it ran in 4.2-second zero to 60 with a top speed of 153 mph. Word is this is the most important American sports car in history. The Cobra had a 260 cubic-inch V8 with a four-barrel carb and four-speed manual transmission.
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