10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

We all know the ‘trinity’ of muscle cars – Mustang, Camaro, Charger. However, there are many other muscle cars (made in the USA) that don’t get the respect they deserve.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

We all know the ‘trinity’ of muscle cars – Mustang, Camaro, Charger. However, there are many other muscle cars (made in the USA) that don’t get the respect they deserve. The muscle car boom off the 1960s and 70s led to the birth of many great cars which today are forgotten and don’t get the respect they deserve. Here is a very minimal list of the 10 most forgotten muscle cars.

1. Equus Bass 770

Started in 2009 in Georgia, and currently in Detroit, Equus Automotive partnered with Panoz making the TOM1, which was displayed eatly in SEMA 2008. Equus later designed the BASS770 which was inspired by 1960s and 70s muscle cars from America. A carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis on aluminum frame, it is light and unique. The engine is and LS9 6.2 litre supercharged v8 and goes as high as 640 horsepower. It has a dual-clutch 6-speed gearbox and does 0-60 in just 3.4 seconds. It is truly a modern supercar’s performance in an old-school outfit.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

2. Pontiac GTO

The GTO was built between 1964 and 1974 and later by GM’s subsidiary Holden from 2004 and 2006. First generation had a two door convertible, hardtop or coupe and had a 6 litre carburetor V8 with 325 horsepower. Second generation had similar chassis options but had a bigger 6.6 or 7.5 litre V8 (!!!). The third and last generation under Pontiac’s name had a smaller 5.7 V8.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

3. AMC Javelin

One of the most underrated car company – AMC. AMC made a number of muscle cars, but none of them made it into being an ‘icon’. The Javelin, made between 1967 and 1974 had lots of engine options – 3.8 and 4.1 litre I6 or 4.8, 5.6 and 6.4 V8, hooked with 3 or 4 speed manuals, 4 speed automatic or a unique “Shift Command” on console. AMC remains the most underrated muscle cars maker despite having a number of muscle cars like Rebel, Matador, Hornet, Ambassador and the Javelin…

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

4. Ford Maverick Grabber

Made between 1970 and 1977 in America it was later built in Brazil between 1973 and 1979. Options for a two door or four doors were offered, which were very light – 1,320 kilos for the two doors and 1,366 for the four doors. It had a twin-barrel 4.9 litre v8 with 140 horsepower or 129 after the emissions strangle. It didn’t have the power, but it did have the look, and it just screams for a better engine. If only Ford would’ve had an option for the mustang’s engine of its time…

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

5. Ford Torino

From 1968 to 1776 the Ford Torino was rather ‘different’ from ford. The unique thing about was that it had a station wagon chassis option, along with a hardtop, fastback, convertible and a sedan. The car was hooked to a 3.3 litre I6 or 5 different V8s – 4.7, 4.9, 6.4 and two versions of a 7 litre. Just imagine a family car with a 7 litre engine, going a fast quarter mile drag race… With kids in the backseat! The Ford Torino is one of the more unique muscle cars and equivalents are super rare.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

6. Dodge Dart

Looking similar to the Ford Maverick, it was made between 1959 and 1976. Like the Torino it also had a wagon option along with 2 and 4 door sedans, 2 and 4 doors hardtop and 2 door convertible. 3.7 inline 6 along 5.2, 5.9 and 6.3 litre V8s were offered hooked to either manual or automatic 3-speed gearbox in the first and second generation, 4-speed manuals in the 3rd and 4th generations. The last generation featured 3 inline-6 engines, and 8 different V8s (!!!) including a 7 litre Hemi.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

7. Mercury Cyclone

Between 1964 and 1972 the Mercury cyclone was sold as a 2 door convertible or coupe. Mercury made 74,286 of them in different forms such as ‘spoiler’, ‘Cobra Jet’ and ‘GT’. Early generations had a 4.7 V8 and later 6.3 as well. Mercury Spoiler II was a NASCAR version with the same engine as the 1969 ‘Boss’ Mustang; it was available for the street or was used for actual NASCAR racing. With just 351 streets ‘Spoiler II’, they are highly collectible and desired.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

8. Pontiac Ventura GTO

Started production in the 1960s as a full-size lowrider style and in 1971 moved to be a sedan or a coupe. The 2nd generation was the muscle type, which had a 4.1 inline-6, two 5 litre v8 and a 5.7 v8. It too had very little gears, a 4 and 3 speed manual, 3-speeds automatic and a 2… Yes, 2-speed automatic. What were Pontiac’s engineers thinking?! Either way, some limited versions were offered as a luxury-muscle car and in 1977 ceased production.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

9. Chevrolet Chevelle

Not as underrated, but worth to mention, the Chevelle had number of generations. The famous of which is the second which was made between 1968 and 1972. The design was changed several times – in 1969, in 1970, 1971 and slightly in 1972. However, the car began production as early as 1963. There were two doors and four doors hardtops, coupes, convertibles, two doors and four doors sedans and two doors and four doors station wagons as well. There was a variety of engines including I6s, Small-Blocks and a big-block v8s. The car ceased production in 1978 and the Malibu was a successor to it.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition

10. Holden Monaro

It’s controversial, having an Australian car on the list, but bear with me on this. The Monaro started production in 1968. A base model featured a 2.6 litre inline-6 engine or a 3 litre inline-6, both taken from Pontiac. The options list included 5 different V8s – 4.2, two different 5 litres, 5.3 and 5.7 litres. The car was also exported to South Africa by GM and was assembled in Port Elizabeth. A second Generation debuted at 1971 and was available with fewer engine options – 2.9 or 3.3 Inline-6 as base models, 4.2, 5 and 5.7 litre v8s. The production stopped in 1977 but was relaunched in 2001 and lasted to 2006.

10 muscle cars that deserve more recognition



I adore the Javelin :D

10/31/2016 - 12:40 |
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It’s definatly one of the most underrated and unloved

10/31/2016 - 12:43 |
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Same here! One of my favorite classics. :)

10/31/2016 - 13:08 |
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Ezra Berg (1994 Buick Roadmaster) (1970 El Camino)

In reply to by Raregliscor1


10/31/2016 - 13:59 |
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I didn’t even know it. But a 4.1L inline-6 should have sounded glorious back then!

10/31/2016 - 19:08 |
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10/31/2016 - 19:30 |
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Derek Raymond

Excellent read!

10/31/2016 - 12:57 |
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I love this Equus!

10/31/2016 - 13:10 |
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The Javelin is one of my most favorite muscle car of all time, with the GTO. Definitely underrated and rare as well. I 100% agree with your list (i didnt even know about the equus but it looks awesome)

10/31/2016 - 13:20 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

The equus is first (and main image) for that reason. Super underrated

10/31/2016 - 13:21 |
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quit CT

The reason the 770 isn’t that famous is that it’s extremely overpriced so nobody bought it

10/31/2016 - 13:47 |
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Carbonfibre and aluminium - it’s a Supercar combined with a muscle car..
Supermuscle car?

10/31/2016 - 13:49 |
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I like it but it’s not a $250k car, for that money someone could’ve bought a Hellcat, Z28, and GT350R altogether

10/31/2016 - 16:02 |
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I agree. They could have made a real name for themselves had they targeted a different demographic. But instead they built a chevy powered car that looks offly close to a mustang. Made it from the same materials that almost all new cars are being made from at half the price. Then had the gaul to call it a muscle car. Part of me is proud to see another American start up car manufacturer that loves old school styling and burly v8s but half of me thinks they are a joke. For 250k i could buy a 68 camaro and send it off to be built as a one off custome that would go faster , handle better , and be more luxurious for that kind of money.

11/01/2016 - 15:18 |
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Equus Bass 770 doesn’t really meet requirements for muscle car regarding the price. Muscle cars should be relatively cheap.

10/31/2016 - 13:48 |
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But it does need a mountain of respect it’s not getting, which is what this point is about

10/31/2016 - 15:00 |
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Cruising Down The Street In My Eight Six (Squadron HachiRoku

In reply to by MikeEM

if you call 45k for one that is fully restored “cheap” than so be it

10/31/2016 - 15:01 |
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Spence 1

But almost no one can get the Equus :(

10/31/2016 - 13:50 |
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GTO = Instant upvote. :D

10/31/2016 - 13:56 |
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gto is my favorite
especially in dark blue/purple

10/31/2016 - 13:57 |
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