The 25 Baddest Muscle Cars Mar 16, 2017 by James (Driver Weekly)

We all have our favorite muscle cars for different reasons: power, glory, style. Frankly, there’s no wrong answer when you drop a big engine in an American car. Here are 25 of the baddest muscle cars in history selected for different reasons including performance, prestige, and rarity.

There is our list of the best muscle cars:

1. 1964 Pontiac GTO

2. 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500

3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

4. 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

5. 1970 Oldsmobile 442

6. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

7. 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

8. 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS409

9. 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

10. 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang

11. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454

12. 1968 Plymouth Road Runner

13. 1968 AMC Javelin

14. 1970 Pontiac GTO The Judge

15. 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

16. 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

17. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

18. 1970 Plymouth GTX

19. 1969 Dodge Charger 500

20. 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

21. 1968 Mercury Cougar

22. 1970 AMC Rebel Machine

23. 1970 Ford Torino Cobra

24. 1969 Dodge Super Bee

25. 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

1964 Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO wasn’t the first muscle car, but it defined the start of a new era. Dropping a big engine in a smaller car was nothing new, but Pontiac was the first to purposefully market a midsized car with a big motor and a bigger attitude. In 1963 General Motors banned factory-sponsored racing and Pontiac needed a street-ready supercar that could compete with smaller cars from Chevrolet, Plymouth, and Dodge. John DeLorean, Bill Collins and Russ Gee stepped up to the plate with the idea for a “Super Tempest” based on the A-Body Pontiac Tempest.

While corporate headquarters had ordered their divisions to use small engines in the mid-sized A-Body, Pontiac used a full-sized 389ci Pontiac V8. Emphasizing the car’s brash design, DeLorean christened the new hot rod the “GTO” in blatant imitation of the famous Ferrari 250 GTO. The “Goat” rolled into dealerships as an options package on the 1964 Pontiac Tempest with a bad attitude and undeniable power. The 325 horsepower hot rod roared from 0-60 in 7.7 seconds. While criticized for its slow steering, the GTO’s undeniable popularity launched a wave of muscle cars.

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