8 November 2013

Royal Muscle

As the American muscle car era approached peak muscularity in the last years of the 1960s, Detroit's Big 3 all produced machinery that would stand the test of time in terms of outright performance, attractive styling, and overall badassery. These 10 cars epitomize all that was great about that period, and as a result, they're as difficult to catch on the auction block as they were (and still are) on the track.

1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA
Engine: 426-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 375 hp
Transmission: 4-sp manual
0-60 MPH: 7.1 sec.
1/4 Mile: 14.09 sec. @ 102.85 mph
Number Built: 858-859 for 1969
MSRP: $4,925

1968 SHELBY GT500 KR
Engine: 428-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 400 hp
Transmission: 4-sp manual/3-sp auto
0-60 mph: 6.9 sec.
1/4 Mile: 14.04 sec. @ 102.73 mph
Number Built: 933 coupes/318 convertibles
MSRP: $4,473 coupe/$4,594 convertible

1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1
Engine: 427-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 500 hp (advertised 430 hp)
Transmission: 4-sp manual/3-sp auto
0-60 mph: 5.5 sec.
1/4 Mile: 10.41 sec. @ 128.10 mph
Number Built: 69
MSRP: $7,200 approx.

1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6
Engine: 454-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 450 hp (advertised 430 hp)
Transmission: 4-sp manual/3-sp auto
0-60 mph: 5.8 sec.
1/4 Mile: 13.81 sec. @ 103.8 mph
Number Built: 153–201
MSRP: $3,797–$3,866 (sport coupe)

1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429
Engine: 429-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 375 hp
Transmission: 4-sp manual
0-60 mph: 7.1 sec.
1/4 Mile: 14.09 sec. @ 102.85 mph
Number Built: 858-859 for 1969
MSRP: $4,925

1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88
Engine: 427-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 430 hp
Transmission: 4-sp manual
0-60 mph: 5.2 sec.
1/4 Mile: 14.10 sec. @ 106.89 mph
Number Built: 116
MSRP: $5,813

1969 CHEVROLET YENKO sYc CAMARO
Engine: 427-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 425 hp
Transmission: 4-sp manual
0-60 mph: 5.7 sec. est.
1/4 Mile: 11.9 sec. @ 114.5 mph
Number Built: 199–301
MSRP: $4,245

1969 DODGE CHARGER 500 HEMI
Engine: 426-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 490 hp (advertised 425 hp)
Transmission: 4-sp manual/3-sp auto
0-60 mph: 4.7 sec.
1/4 Mile: 13.80 sec. @ 105 mph
Number Built: 84
MSRP: $4,508

1969 CHEVROLET COPO CAMARO
Engine: 427-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 430 hp
Transmission: 4-sp manual/3-sp auto
0-60 mph: 5.4 sec.
1/4 Mile: 13.5 sec. @ 102 mph
Number Built: 500–700 U.S. (79 Canada)
MSRP: $4,500 est.

1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER SUPERBIRD HEMI
Engine: 426-cid OHV V-8
Horsepower: 425 hp
Transmission: 4-sp manual/3-sp auto
0-60 mph: 4.8 sec.
1/4 Mile: 13.49 sec. @ 106 mph
Number Built: 135 (58 4-sp/77 auto)
MSRP: $4,925

10 Reader Comments

  • 1
    shawn mpls November 14, 2013 at 10:11
    Upon the view point of a Pontiac guy,you have missed a few of the fastest cars.The legendary ram air IV ram air II and the ram air V...............being the car of the year in 1968 was which car??Yes a Pontiac! please next time start with the odd ones because it sounds like this writer should switch to Hot Rod magazine to please the massses doge ford and of course chevy.
  • 2
    Bruce Fraziers Bottom WV November 27, 2013 at 15:16
    1969 1/2 Plymouth Road Runner 440 6bbl. 12 second car. Faster than any stock Hemi.
  • 3
    Henry Sailer Hartford Ct January 16, 2014 at 11:44
    1967 plymouth GTX 440 4 speed.
  • 4
    Tim Lansing, Mi September 17, 2014 at 15:48
    Shawn, If you mean Motor Trend Car of the Year was a 1968 Roadrunner. Check the front Page of the Detroit newspapers.
  • 5
    Steve Rochester N.Y. October 2, 2014 at 03:44
    1970 Dodge Coronet Deluxe 500 R/T conv. this car was ordered, this car is a coronet body on the Charger R/T package with a HD. Super Bee racing frontend & 440 engine with a Ram Air hood has a 3-sp.auto, thus is stock white Stripe , no decal on strip they say 14.sec. out of the plant
  • 6
    Scott Nichols United States April 29, 2015 at 16:41
    1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA was rated at 425 HP (not 375) as were all street hemi's of the day.
  • 7
    ken United States April 30, 2015 at 01:29
    Wow, are those specs right for the 69 ZL1 camaro-1/4 mile in 10.41? Dam, that is fast
  • 8
    Tom Weitzel United States April 30, 2015 at 08:51
    Stats for the '70 Hemi Cuda and Boss 429 are all identical (including the number built and MSRP)- this can't be right!
  • 9
    Joe Central VA August 5, 2015 at 20:54
    Just love any of the above, though I'd never afford any of the lot. To those who say modern cars have better 0-60 numbers, granted (save for those Hemis). But modern iron does not feel half as fast as any of these beasts.
  • 10
    Mike P CA November 23, 2016 at 16:51
    Love the muscle car pics! Have owned a 1968 Ford Ranchero that started with a 390 engine then upped it to an Edlebrock equipped 427. It was quick back in the day, 60 in the fives. Haven't raced it since 1970, still have it and show it at local shows. People are amazed that I'm the original owner.

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