What’s your idea of a perfect ride? Luxurious? Sleek? Sporty?. If this is what you’re looking for, then we have just the list for you. “The best American muscle cars of all time within your budget.”
A muscle car might be defined as simply a high-performance vintage looking car made in the U.S.. But to its fans it’s much more than that. Today, the term muscle car refers to any large American V-shaped eight-cylinder rear-wheel drive (RWD) car priced relatively low. It has a powerful engine with high horsepower ratings and can be either a two or four-door model. The first muscle car was made in 1950 by Oldsmobile. But it was not until 1964 that the term was widely used. Chrysler then came out with their new line of Dodge and Plymouth and named them “muscle cars” . They called them since they were more powerful than previous models.
Let’s look at some of the Muscle cars of the U.S.A. .
1972 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 ($36,000)
The Oldsmobile was one of the first makers of Muscle cars in the world in the 1950s. The first models weren’t powerful enough. The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 manufacture began in 1973 and continued till 1980. The standard engine for the 442 was a 455-cui 7.5-litre V8, producing 365 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque. The 442 is one of the coolest large muscle cars ever made, one which is still available at an affordable price.
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1965 Ford Mustang ($19,000)
The car launched in 1964 and was the greatest hits of all time. This Muscle gave other manufactures a tough competition. A 2.8-liter inline-6 from the Falcon powers the Mustang. But this was quickly rectified with a V8 in the form of the 4.7-liter generating 289 HP.
1970 Ford Maverick ($10,000)
The car came after the Mustang. The car came with a price tag of just $1,995 which at the current date is worth around $12,000. The Maverick is a great cheap muscle car, even when it is fitted with a 6-cylinder engine which only produced 155 hp.
1967 Dodge Charger ($28,000)
The Charger’s base engine was the 318 with a 2-barrel carburetor. With demand for big V8s, Dodge released the 440 Magnum engine in the Charger in 1967. This muscle is capable of generating 425 HP for the top model which is the 426 Street Hemi.
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1966 Plymouth Barracuda ($18,000)
This muscle comes with a choice of slant sixes or the new 273 cubic inch LA V8 that put out 180 hp. The Barracuda has two inline-6 engines, also featured in the Valiant and on which the Barracuda was based. It was Chysler who added the 4.5 L V8 generating 180 HP.
1980 Chevrolet Camaro ($16,000)
The Camero is the first for 1980 aged 4.1 L inline-six to be replaced with a 3.8 L V6 engine. The 120 HP 4.4 L in V8 engine became an option on the base, RS and Berlinetta models this year. Prices ranged from the base V-6 Sport Coupe at $5,498 to the Z28 at $7,121.
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