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US Legends Out of Time: Best Muscle Cars and Their Modern Descendants for Speed ​​Enthusiasts

When it comes to cars that are rare on modern roads, it is impossible to talk about any objectivity. Even an attempt to tie your rating to horsepower can yield little. Until 1972, in the United States, engine power was specified by automakers without attachments to regular intake and exhaust systems. The power of such engines was indicated in horsepower (Brake Horse Power), and it is rather difficult to compare it with the usual understanding of horsepower under the hood. In addition, there was no strict control of the rated power of manufactured engines in the country, causing concerns often overestimating the engine’s performance. However, Indy Auto Man’s car gurus have collected a review of the best muscle cars of the timetaking into account engine power, design, number of items produced and sales statistics.

Iconic Muscle Car: Dodge Charger R/T

None of the muscle cars managed to earn the credit and respect that went to the Dodge Charger R/T. This car has become a symbol and personification of the era, the golden age of street racing. Created by designer Richard Seas in 1967, the Dodge Charger would become the prototype for many cars produced in the United States in later years. And the body, whose curves look like a Coca-Cola bottle, would later be called a classic.

Cars with the R/T index (Road/Track) were equipped with the most powerful engines: 440 Magnum (standard) or 426 Hemi (option). Signature features of the top-of-the-range Chargers include the original grille that conceals the headlights and the ability to drive in reverse. You can easily do such a trick if you press both the accelerator and the brake pedal at the same time at the start. The engine power was also sufficient to show incredible results for the time: the car took just 6.5 seconds to accelerate to sixty, and the Charger also managed to become the first car to set an all-time record for maximum speed in NASCAR races – 200 mph.

The appearance of a notorious hooligan, who at the same time is very stylish, could not go unnoticed to this day. True connoisseurs of style and speed can come to the Indy Auto Man used car dealer and find one of the modern descendants of the Dodge Charger for a test drive.

Legendary Ford Mustang: Shelby GT500 Cobra

On the second line is the brainchild of legendary racer Carroll Shelby – Mustang Shelby, who has become almost the personification of muscle cars for all times and people. At the same time, the model is produced to this day, although it makes no sense to compare the ancestor with its descendant: 50 years of evolution have left an indelible mark on the modern model of the Ford muscle car.

The classic 1968 Mustang became the true king of the road, and that’s the message Ford designers sent out when the first Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra hit the streets. Equipped with a huge 7-liter 428 Cobra Jet engine (350-410 hp) was the car the public had been waiting for.

Supernatural Chevrolet Impala SS

The next member of our review hardly needs an introduction. After the shooting of the TV series Supernatural, the 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS is recognized by everyone.

The American fastback coupé with the SS (Super Sport) index was equipped with a 7 liter V8 engine with a maximum power of 425 hp. By the way, this is one of the most expensive cars of its time – the price for them started at $ 5,000.

Buick GSX

Many auto experts love this Buick model, and some authoritative Western publications, such as Cars Magazine, have even included it among their favorites. So in 1984, the first-generation Buick GSX was ranked third in the top 50 fastest muscle cars according to the Popular & Performance Car Review.

In addition to the power and impressive speed, the Buick GSX was an extremely comfortable car, unlike ordinary street racers such as the Dodge Charger. The American company created one of the most balanced sports cars of the 1970s. Under the hood of the GSX was a 455 hp V8 with a torque of 690 Nm, which allowed a car with a considerable weight to easily accelerate. And the reduced weight of the engine and strengthened suspension gave the GSX excellent handling, so it wasn’t scary to drive fast, not only in a straight line, but also when cornering.

Plymouth Hemi Superbird

Initially, the Plymouth brand conceived the introduction of the Superbird solely as a racing car. But in 1970 the model fell into small scale production (only 1920 units were produced), becoming a legend for its time. The Plymouth Hemi Superbird, driven by famed racer Richard Petty, has repeatedly racked up confident victories in the NASCAR series. Although it has not been able to bypass its main competitor and relative – the Dodge Daytona, on the basis of which it was built.

The sports coupe was offered in three different versions, which differed only in engine power. The most impressive option was the V-shaped eight, which produced 425 horsepower. The data on the number of Hemi Superbirds items in the 425 hp version is slightly different: someone claims that only 93 copies were produced, in other sources – 135. But in any case, many connoisseurs and fans of muscle cars would dream of it so a rare exhibit in their collection.

All these muscle cars are the legends of the past. But modern sports cars have everything you need to feel the power and passion of the speed racers while remaining a regular driver. If you’re looking to buy an affordable muscle or pony car, sports convertible or coupe, Indy Auto Man has everything you need.