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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.

The Fastest Muscle Car of All Time

1966 Shelby Cobra 427There is one muscle car out there that has screamed down a drag strip, zipped around a race track and has had the checkered flag in front of them and a plethora of cars in its rear-view mirror.  This is the car that has been named the Fastest Muscle Car of All Time.   Some may think it’s the Mustang, others may argue that it’s a Camaro, and others may argue that it’s a Corvette, but they are all wrong.  The fastest car of all time is the Shelby Cobra 427.

1966 427 Fairlane

1966 427 Fairlane

1966 427 FairlaneFrom 1955 to 1970 Ford produced the Fairlane, a sometimes full-sized, sometimes mid-sized car that was the ancestor of many of the modern Ford brands. The Fairlane was restyled and resized throughout the ‘50s and early ‘60s, by which time it made its place between the compact Falcon and the full-sized Galaxie. By mid ‘60s, and the introduction of the 1966 427 Fairlane, Ford was ready to compete with other American muscle cars.

1966 Corvette 427

1966 Corvette 427

66 corvetteThe 1966 Corvette 427 represented the biggest change to this classic sports car since its introduction in 1953. It was the best Corvette to come out of Chevrolet to that point with better seating for driver and passenger, more space, a better ride and handling, and most importantly, the best level of performance yet. Today, the 1966 Corvette 427 is huge with collectors.

1966 corvette The greatness of the 1966 Corvette 427 begins with the design. The styling came from the Stingray racer from 1959 to 1960. Unique elements on the sports car included hidden headlights, a ducktail aft section, peaked fenders, and a fastback coupe body style. It was by far the coolest looking car on the road in its day.

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.

1969 Camaro LT1 427

1969 Camaro LT1 4271969 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1969 Camaro LT1 427 is a classic car from the pony and muscle car era with a powerful engine and top performance features. Still produced today, the Camaro has been one of Chevrolet’s most successful nameplates. The company first brought it out in late 1966 to compete with the wildly popular Ford Mustang. Chevrolet produced the Camaro through 2002, when it took a short hiatus and returned in 2009.