10 parked muscle cars that need to get back up

10 parked muscle cars that need to get back up

The four most loyal fan bases consist of muscle car fanatics, JDM fanboys, European schoolboys, and supercar enthusiasts. JDM proponents swear they have the most valuable cars in existence, the Euro crowd is obsessed with appreciating Beemers, supercar enthusiasts… well, they struggle to accept some supercars inferior to the rest. Where does that leave powerful muscle car fanatics? Well, apart from the recently unveiled Ford Mustang, there is not much left of it in the modern world.

Most muscle car fans inevitably have to look back and reminisce classic cars. We sympathize with them, so we’ll be taking a look at some of the greatest muscle cars that no longer exist. We’ll talk about how great they are, and maybe discuss the possibility of a future revival.

10 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

The Plymouth Road Runner was built between 1968 and 1980. Throughout its lifespan, there have been three different generations built as well as a few different special editions, but the 1970 Superbird stands out from the crowd.

The Superbird was found to accommodate the rules of NASCAR homologation, which is the main reason behind its giant rear wing, in fact. Not only did it have a distinct body kit, but its powertrain was exceptional as well. The most powerful engine found in the Superbird was a 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 that was rated at 425 hp…However, that was somewhat conservative given that it actually produced close to 550 hp.

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9 Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevrolet Chevelle was arguably the most powerful car of its time. There were also three generations of Chevelle built, but in this case, the most premium version of the Chevelle wasn’t the epitome of design exaggeration, instead the handsome 1970 SS.

Under the hood is brewed up to 454 cubic inches of a V8 with 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. All that power was sent only to the rear wheels, and if they could not blow their tires out, the Chevelle SS could hit 60 mph from a standstill in just over 5 seconds, and sprint for the quarter mile in less than 14 seconds — even faster. From Lamborghini Countach.

8 Buick Grand National GNX

Buick decided to break the muscle car tradition with the Grand National GNX. Sure, it kept the same overall muscle car silhouette, but it cut two cylinders from a conventional V8, and brought forced induction into play.

The engine that hid under the hood of the GNX was a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 with 276 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. Through muscle car magic, the GNX managed a 0-60 time of just 4.4 seconds – the equivalent of a new Toyota Supra – and a quarter-mile time of 13.4 seconds.

7 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

We have some good news, and some bad news. The good news is, we’ve already experienced the revival of the Pontiac Firebird with a digital rendering. However, the bad news is that Pontiac is a discontinued auto company, which means the chances of seeing a modern Firebird Trans Am are unlikely. It is worth noting that a company called Trans Am Depot bought the rights to use the Trans Am name from General Motors. They make Trans Am trained models based on the Camaro, but that’s probably the closest to the real thing.

There have been three installments of Firebird Trans Am, but our heart certainly lies in the first edition ever created. After all, he was the star of Smokey and Thieves. It had a 400-cubic-inch V8 that put out 345 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque and could complete a quarter-mile towing in about 13.7 seconds.

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6 Pontiac GTO Judge

We have to mention right at the bat that there was an attempt to revive the Pontiac GTO in the early 2000s, but frankly, sales were fickle. The original Pontiac GTO would go down in history as the GTO badge’s best muscle car, especially in the GTO Judge’s trim level.

The 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge took up to 400 cubic inches of a V8 that put out 370 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. This allowed the Judge to compete against the likes of the Ford Mustang Boss 302, and its intimidating exterior design was just delightfully on top of the cake.

5 Plymouth Hemi Koda

The Plymouth Barracuda existed between 1964 and 1974, a time when muscle cars were at their height. It combined all the traits that make up a great muscle car: extravagant colours, sloppy handling, a powerful V8 engine and the interior big enough to take an orphanage on a field trip. However, there was one performance model, the ‘Cuda. The apostrophe made a world different.

Like many of the other pony cars on the list, the Cuda also featured a legendary 440 cubic inch V8 engine. This specific engine produces up to 390 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, the 1970 Cuda could complete the quarter mile in 14 seconds and hit 60 mph from a pit in 6 seconds flat.

4 Buick Gran Sport

The Buick Gran Sport may not be as popular as some of its competitors, but it still earns legendary status nonetheless. The 455 cubic inch V8 found in the Gran Sport is also the largest V8 powerplant to have on today’s list.

455 V8 engine with 350 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. With all that power, the Gran Sport can run a quarter mile in 14.5 seconds and a 0-60 time of 6 seconds. Buick is still making cars, so there may be a slight glimmer of hope for the Gran Sport’s return, even if it’s an EV.

3 Ford Thunderbird

Just like the aforementioned Pontiac GTO, Ford also tried to revive the Thunderbird name, but it was also a failure. The original Thunderbird was the answer to the treacherous Corvette. It was available in either a solid coupe or convertible form.

The base model of the first-generation Thunderbird had a 292 cubic inch, 206 horsepower V8 strapped under the hood, but it eventually grew in size and got a supercharger, too. Thus, it had a 312 cubic inch supercharged V8, and that particular engine developed 300 horsepower.

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2 Dodge Viper

That’s right, Dodge killed the Snake as we know it. As the world heads toward electric and green energy, creations like the V10-powered Dodge Viper are being left in the dark. Now, some people argue that the Viper is more a sports car than a muscle car, and if you’re referring to later generations, we totally get it. However, if we take a look at the first generation Viper, it is simply an evolutionary muscle car.

The first generation Viper didn’t have airbags, door handles, windows, roof, or any form of traction or stability control. Oh, and who could forget the demonic 487.6-cubic-inch (8.0-liter) V10 tucked under the hood that unleashed 400 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Yes, the original Viper was a muscle car, and very dangerous at that. Rostislav Prokop, one of our digital artists, has created a modern-day electric rattlesnake, check it out!

1 Chevrolet Impala

To finish our list today, we have one of the most iconic muscle cars of all time, the Chevy Impala. Ten generations of Impalas were built. Some of the notable features throughout its 68-year life include the 1963 Impala Z11, the first Impala SS built during the 1960s, as well as the 1996 Impala SS.

The Impala name as we know it has been killed off for two years, and since then, there has been no word from Chevy if they will revive the beloved muscle sedan, unfortunately. It couldn’t hurt to keep dreaming, right?

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