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The 5 Fastest Muscle Cars

The 5 Fastest Muscle Cars

The smell of rubber burning and exhaust spewing, the scream of tires grinding against pavement and the crowd cheering on their favorite, and the heat and sweat of a summer night filled with adrenaline – that, my friend, is a drag race.

While everyone likes an exhilarating and exciting drag race, seeing no one in front of you when the checkered flag is flashed, holding the coveted trophy or just the having bragging rights shows you are the winner, you have the fastest car – everyone lusts for a taste of that!  That is why I bring you the Top 5 Fastest Muscle Cars according to Muscle Car Review Magazine, ranked based on their elapsed time on a quarter-mile track.

1969 Motor Trend Car of the Year: The Plymouth Road Runner

The peak of the the muscle car era is generally considered to have taken place between 1964 and 1972, and the reason for the decline of these cars wasn’t that they were no longer popular. The introduction of unleaded gasoline led to reduction in engine size and performance, and cars were engineered for better fuel efficiency and emissions reduction rather than speed and power. 1969 was one of the last years for the true muscle car, and it was the second year of production for the Plymouth Road Runner.

Amazing Cars Discovered in Barns

Amazing Cars Discovered in Barns

'69 Lamborghini Miura

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If you thought garages were the best places to store cars, you are correct. Sadly, when people forget to park their cars in their garages, they end up forgetting about them. This is why so many amazing cars are left in unusual places and forgotten about, only to be discovered by passers by who happen to notice the fine lines through all the rust, dust, and grim. Here are a few notable “barn finds”:

The General Lee: The Most Famous Dodge

The General Lee: The Most Famous Dodge

1969 Dodge Charger General LeeIn the world of television and movies, there are just a few cars that are known by more than their brand and model name. Some cars actually have real names. The television show Knight Rider had K.I.T.T., Herbie the Love Bug dominated movies screens for several years, and Lightning McQueen has stolen the hearts of children around the world. But, in the world of television and movie cars, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard has the most recognizable name and reputation.

1969 Barracuda

1969 Barracuda

baracudaThe 1969 Barracuda came at the end of the second generation of Plymouth’s pony car which lasted from just 1967 to 1969. Chrysler introduced the Barracuda in 1964 as sporty performance cars were really gaining popularity in the U.S. 1974 was the last year for the model. In the early ‘70s, performance cars went downhill thanks to stricter safety and emission regulations. The Barracuda was one of many casualties.

Based on the Valiant A-body, the 1969 Barracuda and the other members of the second generation came in fastback, notchback, and convertible body styles. They also received significant restyling as compared to the previous generation of models from 1964 to 1966.

1969 Mustang Mach 1

1969 Mustang Mach 1

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1The Ford Mustang created the class of cars now termed the pony cars. These sporty, fun to drive, moderately performance-oriented vehicles have been popular ever since the first Mustang rolled off the assembly line in 1964. For those who love the classic Mustang but like even more power than a pony can give, there is the 1969 Mustang Mach 1.

1969 Nova SS 396

1969 Nova SS 396

1969 NovaEmerging from Chevy’s classic compact, the 1969 Nova SS 396 proved to be a potent muscle car without a flashy package. It may not have looked like much, but this classic from GM is one of the fastest cars from the classic muscle car era, thanks to clever engineering, a perfect weight ratio, and a powerful engine.

1969 Dart 440

1969 Dart 440

'69 Dart 440The 1969 Dart 440 was a performance-minded model for the fourth generation of Chrysler’s Dodge Dart. Recently revived by Dodge, the Dart originally ran from 1960 to 1976 and provided consumers with a full-size, mid-size, and a compact car during its lifetime. The Dart evolved over the years as demand for smaller and smaller cars increased in the American marketplace.

As a compact, the success of the Dart could not be rivaled by competitors. But Dodge made special versions of the car as well. The 1969 Dart 440 represented the brand’s best performance in a cool muscle car. As part of the fourth, and final, generation, the 1969 Dart 440 GTS was introduced as a performance-oriented model that buyers loved.

1969 Charger Hemi 426

1969 Charger Hemi 426

1969 Dodge ChargerThe Charger was Dodge’s entry into the muscle car segment and it was made on Chrysler’s B platform, based on the Chrysler Cordoba and the Dodge Coronet. In 1966, the first Charger rolled off the line and came with many engine options. One was the powerful 426-cubic inch Hemi V8. The new muscle car from Dodge was the perfect vessel in which to showcase this large, high-performance Hemi. In that first year, just 468 cars were produced with the big engine.

1969 Corvette 427

1969 Corvette 427

69 CorvetteSince 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been America’s premier sports car and the 1969 Corvette 427 was one of the finest models produced for the nameplate. First introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953, the Corvette is one of the longest-lived American cars and has remained been popular with buyers for its style, speed, and power.

69 chevey vetteThe 1969 Corvette 427 came out of the third generation, which lasted from 1968 to 1982. This generation of models was inspired by the 1965 concept car the Mako Shark II. In the concept car that actually ran and was for more than just show, the designers put a 427 Mark IV engine, the same one that powers the 1969 Corvette 427.