8 Great American Vehicles That Aren't Muscle Cars #blogpost
There’s more to the American car scene than quarter miles. Here are some great American vehicles that aren’t muscle cars
One: Chevrolet Corvette
Currently a world class sports car, the Corvette has been challenging deep seated European competition since 1953. While it may be cheap it’s really fast. The Corvette ZR1 went around the Nurburgring in 7:19.63, that’s faster than a Ferrari Enzo. It’s all become pretty classy as of late.
Two: Ford Taurus SHO
If you want a real sleeper, you could do worse than the Taurus SHO. The SHO goes back to 1989 and is currently being made as a full sized sedan with over 350 horsepower. Not bad for something based off of a commuter car.
Three: Jeep Wrangler/CJ
Dating back to World War 2, the Jeep has been a legend throughout the world for decades. Two door Jeeps are still being made with solid front axles for off road prowess. “You wouldn’t understand, it’s a Jeep thing”
Four: Ford Raptor
No other off road oriented pickup made such an impact on the car scene as the Ford Raptor. It’s basically a street legal trophy truck with creature comforts. While Dodge and Chevy have tried to play catch up, they haven’t gotten close. Just try not to go too crazy with it, it isn’t a REAL trophy truck.
Five: Pontiac Solstice
Available with a 2.4 liter or 2 liter turbo engine, the Pontiac Solstice and it’s Saturn Sky cousin has been General Motor’s most recent sports car addition. What it lacks in status it makes up in quirkiness.
Six: Pontiac Fiero
Want a Toyota MR2 but want something American? Try out the Pontiac Fiero. Besides the Chevrolet Corvair, there hasn’t been any other mass produced mid engined American car. Available with a 4 or 6 cylinder engine, the Fiero can be some serious back road fun.
Seven: Dodge Viper
Bob Lutz says that the Dodge Viper is the spiritual successor to the Shelby Cobra, and it looks like he’s right. It’s a small sports car with a long hood and a big engine with a tendency to bite back if you don’t respect it. To the chagrin of it’s enthusiasts, the Viper will be ending production soon. Not all is lost, the recent track monster Viper ACR is a proper send off for Dodge’s metal snake.
Eight: Shelby Mustang GT350
The return of the GT350 nameplate for Ford’s Shelby division has been well recieved all throughout the car community. It has a 526 horsepower 5.2 liter flat plane crank motor and completely debunks the myth that American cars can’t turn. There’s a reason so many non American car lovers like the Shelby GT350, it’s basically a Maserati with a Ford badge.
Honorable Mention: Ford Crown Victoria