These muscular engines and beautiful muscle cars come from America and make men dream
No offense to the greenest of you, muscle cars continue to dream men in 2018! Born in the 50s in the United States, these cars with a muscular engine (as their name suggests) have become true legends. And not only in Uncle Sam’s country!
But first, what is a muscle car?
These power-driven cars have their origins in the United States and Australia after the Second World War. The passionate young generation of speed now has the means to afford these models relatively cheap.
Most of the vehicles are medium-sized and relatively lightweight vehicles with an oversized engine (usually a V8) that can display up to 425 horsepower. Thanks to their low weight and high power, the muscle cars offer exceptional performance. They enjoyed fame between 1964 and 1974, only to reappear in the 2000s.
The 10 most beautiful muscle cars
While the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger are the best known (the Ford Mustang is often referred to as a pony car), other models have made history. Here are the ones that are, for us, the 10 most mythical cars of the last 50 years.
1. Pontiac GTO
If it is certainly not the best known of the general public, the Pontiac GTO deserves the first place of the top 10. And for good reason: released in 1964, it is the first vehicle officially recognized “beautiful muscle cars”.
2. Ford Mustang
We have already mentioned this mythical model several times on Masculine. And the latest version and it is still as successful.
One of the most famous is the Ford Mustang Boss 429. Its 7-liter engine and 375 horsepower were immortalized by Steve McQueen, in the film Bullitt
3. Chevrolet Camaro
In front of the Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro is the other star of the cinema . In her yellow and black dress, she breaks the screen in Transformers. It is one the best beautiful muscle cars in history.
But in its 1969 version, it leaves no one indifferent either, rich in its engine of 7 liters and its 430 horses. Today, the latest version of the ZL1 Camaro houses a 6.2L V8 LT4 engine and develops 650 horsepower.
4. Plymouth Barracuda
We can not talk about muscle without mentioning the Plymouth Barracuda, its 7.2-liter engine, its 425 horsepower, and its surprising colors. Not to mention its Shaker Hood, the huge central air intake located on the hood. Completely crazy, she is a real icon in the USA.
5. Dodge Challenger
If it caused a sensation with its white version in 1970, the Dodge Challenger remains more extreme than ever in 2018. Synonymous with excessiveness, the version SRT Hellcat Redeye hides under the hood a V8 engine HEMI compressor of 808 horses, for a couple of 959 nm. It is one the best beautiful muscle cars in history.
6. Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette had a great success in the 50s. It was thought to see it disappear from circulation but the current Corvette Z06 is a little jewel very popular: a 659 horsepower V8 and 130,000 euros. If his “big sister”, the 755 horsepower ZR1, is not bad either, we still have a soft spot for the Stingray with its V6 466 hp, a bit more … authentic!
7. Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Iconic, symbolic, mythical. We could line up the qualifiers for the Pontiac Firebird, whose 1974 455-horsepower Trans Am SD version is the last true muscle car. The American way of life in all its splendor.
8. Dodge Viper
The Dodge Viper, developed in the late 80s, had a career similar to that of the Challenger … before disappearing. If the models of the time and those rated a big V10 continue to seduce the most passionate, the Viper could well return to the front of the scene by 2020 with … a V8! It is one the best beautiful muscle cars in history.
9. Pontiac Firebird
No, we are not talking here about the model mentioned a few lines above. But rather the third generation and Coupe Pontiac Firebird born in 1982, which owes its notoriety and success to the famous series K2000.
10 … and 11. Ford Falcon and Buick GSX
Yes, we cheat a little, but never mind! We could not do an article on muscle cars without mentioning the 1973 Ford Falcon or an American manufacturer as emblematic as Buick. And how to forget the GSX of 1970? This is certainly 11 cars instead of 10, but the choice was really too difficult! Those are the best beautiful muscle cars in history.