If the American automotive industry ever experienced a “golden age”, it would definitely be the early 60s, right up to the 70s. Muscle cars were in high demand, and production increased significantly, while more features were added to them. For customers seeking high power and super torque, there were quite a few options.
Here are some of the best cars in that era – take a look:
1964 Pontiac GTO
Any car enthusiast, like Robert St. Thomas, will be aware of the fact that this vehicle was considered to be the first American muscle car. It had a trap speed of 99 miles per hour and could go from 0 to 60 in just 6.6 seconds. GTO was an acronym for Gran Turismo Omologato, and this plush sports car was certainly the dream of many back in the mid-60s. This muscle car has a 389 cu in (6.4-liter) V8 engine with an output of 325 horsepower at 4,800 rpm with an optional “Tri-Power” carburetion that could generate an enhanced output of 348 horsepower. There was a lot of debate regarding the name and some apprehensions regarding its performance in the market, but the GTO silenced everyone by becoming one of the most legendary muscle cars of all time.
1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
With a name like that, it is no wonder that the 1967 Shelby became a resounding success! It was touted to be the perfect muscle car, as it was structured to look like a race car, but its features were built to withstand driving on the street. Regardless of its clean, organized design, the car came with the pulse of American muscle coursing through its veins. This model had a limited number of cars built during production, which makes it one of the rarest American muscle cars in history.
Since it was primarily built for using on the street, despite looking like a race car, this Cobra still holds acclaim as one of the most fantastic cars ever. It is powered by the Cobra’s top-of-the-line 427 cu. in. V8 Shelby engine, while a couple of Paxton superchargers were added to the mix – this gave it extra clout and doubled the output to a whopping 800 horsepower.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Whenever you come across the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, or ask someone who had actually driven this car back in the 60s, you will notice that it has the privilege of being of the one speediest and most powerful American muscle cars of all time. The brainchild of drag racer Dick Harrell, this vehicle was primarily developed for drag racing and had a 427 cu in big-block V8 engine called the ZL1. The powertrain ensured the Camaro gave the desired performance output of 500 horsepower, so the car could go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.3 seconds.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
Issued in the late 60s, the Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was quite popular even though it had a name inspired from a Looney Tunes character. However, this car was all business and performed brilliantly. It had a standard powertrain with a 383-cid, four-barrel V8 engine with 335 horsepower, or you could opt for a stronger 426-cid Hemi engine with 425 horsepower. Needless to say, the Road Runner Hemi was one of the top choices in terms of muscle cars as it offered a back-to-basics package that included all features of a muscle car without unnecessary frills.
These are some of the most coveted vehicles belonging to the 60s – these muscle cars have style, looks, features, and gave stellar performance at the same time, which is why they are still in great demand.