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Early Muscle: 1961 Pontiac Ventura

Early Muscle: 1961 Pontiac Ventura

Pontiac VenturaIt is hard to pin down the first actual muscle car; some have asserted that it is the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, which was built with speed in mind, with an overhead valve V8 placed in a mid-size car with a relatively lightweight body. A lot of observers cite the next big step in the evolution of the early muscle car to be the introduction of the 1955 Chrysler C-300 with its 300 horsepower Hemi engine that could go from zero to sixty in 9.8 seconds and reach a top speed of around 130 miles per hour.

The Chrysler 300

When people hear the vehicle name “Chrysler 300”, they are typically thinking about the near-luxury sedan that has become popular in the past dozen years or so.  What some people don’t realize, though most classic car enthusiasts do, the Chrysler 300 was originally released in 1955 and would become one of the muscle car industries ancestors.