The Best Muscle Cars and Why They Reign Supreme

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The word “best” is quite the subjective adjective. It is a remark that tantamount to a state of being better than everything or anything else. It’s the superlative or a paramount of sorts. But when we asked several car aficionados, collectors and fans, we realized there must be such a thing as the best muscle cars as their answers revolved around the following list. Take a look.

·      1970 Buick GSX

The GSX came with an A-body chassis and was available in two aptly named colors: the Apollo White and the Saturn Yellow. It had a prominent full length black stripe, which was outlined in red pin stripes, that crossed over to the standard equipment rear spoiler. Its wide oval tires, quick ratio steering and anti-sway bars, front and rear and quad-link suspension attached to a limited-slip rear differential, floor shifter, full black interiors and bucket seats complete the package.

·      1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi

Does the name ring a bell? Sure it does because this vehicle was named after the Looney Tunes character. Plymouth bought said rights for a $50,000 which at the time was already pretty monumental. On top of that, it spent $10,000 for developing its unique horn sound. Every car needs character. But more than that, this muscle car makes it to our list because of its performance. It’s dubbed as a back to basics machine with a choice between the 383-cid, 335 horsepower four-barrel V8 engine and the 426-cid 425 horsepower Hemi engine.

·      1967 Pontiac GTO

Like a true bad boy, Pontiac broke the rules as it fitted a 389 cubic inch V-8 engine into its Tempest and referred to it as the GTO. At the time, General Motors called for a ban against huge engines in smaller cars but with the GTO’s 360 horsepower and unmatched charm, executives from General Motors were won over and had the ban lifted.

·      1987 Ford Mustang 5.0

The last of the best muscle cars in our list was born out of Ford’s reinvention of its earlier mid-range pony car. With its modern feel, 225 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, the E7TE heads, forged aluminum pistons with valve reliefs and its ability to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just a matter of 6.3 seconds, it won over so many hearts both then and now. Besides, don’t we all love the Mustang? It just never grows old. Ever.

 

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Mustangs in the Big Screen

Mustangs are one of the highly celebrated muscle cars in the world. Collectors vie for it and pretty much everyone else does. In fact, the said vehicles have graced the big screen so much that we’ve lost count. With that said, we’ve asked the team over at Classiccarlabs.com for their list of five unforgettable Mustangs in the big screen and here is what they had to say.

1965 Mustang Convertible in ‘A Cinderella Story’ (2004)

Starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray, A Cinderella Story is about Sam Montgomery, a teenclassic-car-labs-mustangage girl exploited by her wicked stepmom and bullied by her stepsisters. At the school’s Halloween dance, Sam loses her phone and gets a prince who happens to drive around with a pale blue 1965 Mustang Convertible.

1966 Mustang in ‘The Princess Diaries’ (2001)

Based on Meg Cabot’s novel of the same name, the Princess Diaries is about 15 year old Mia Thermopolis who happens to have just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. Her only wish however is to navigate through high school in peace, get her crush to notice her and to finally get her 1966 Mustang all fixed in time for her 16th birthday. Who knew princesses love muscle cars, right?

1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible in ‘Bull Durham’ (1988)

An American romantic comedy sports film, Bull Durham stars Kevin Costner as a fading ballplayer who happens to drive a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible. The film was partly based on the minor-league baseball experiences of its writer and director Ron Shelton and the players and fans of the North Carolina minor-league baseball team of the same name.

1968 Mustang GT390 in ‘Bullitt’ (1968)

Steve McQueen stars Lt. Frank Bullitt, a hardened police detective who is determined to find the criminal that killed the witness under his protection. In one of the car chase scenes around San Francisco, McQueen drove a 1968 Mustang GT390 against a black Dodge Charger.

1964 ½ Convertible in ‘Goldfinger’ (1964)

Many Bond films have featured the Mustang but Goldfinger gets the chops for having the chance to show it off first. Sean Connery plays the fictional MI6 agent James Bond who investigates Auric Goldfinger’s smuggling as well as his plans to contaminate the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox. The film featured a white 1964 ½ Convertible driven by one of the beautiful female assassins.

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