You'd love to drive one of these bad boys...
For many of us, few things in life are as sweet and satisfying as a great car. Especially for those of us who live in areas where you simply need a car to get around, driving is an essential part of daily life.
But driving a nice car is about so much more than getting from Point A to Point B. For many people, driving is liberating experience, allowing us to get out of the house and out of our heads for a while to enjoy the open roads and passing sites. For teenagers, driving is one of the first major moments of freedom they will get in their lives, and once they discover the joys of time spent on the road, there is no turning back. Couple that feeling with a powerful, sleek car, and driving becomes a thrilling pastime where you are totally in control… as long as there isn’t any traffic!
Throughout the decades, the muscle car remains one of the iconic automobiles of the world and an enduring symbol of American engineering, style, and spirit. Built for the purposes of power and speed, the great muscle cars of history made no illusions as to what they were designed for. Let’s celebrate these legendary vehicles. Which one was your favorite?
Chevy Nova SS
The Super Sport became the Nova’s performance package in 1968 when 17,564 SS coupes were produced. The car is also known as the Chevrolet Chevy II/Nova.
Chevrolet designer Clare MacKichan actually recalled the creation of the Chevy II, saying “There was no time for experimentation or doodling around with new ideas from either the engineers or from us in design, and it had to be a basic-type car.”
The car itself is pretty small, and it’s actually one of the smallest muscle cars ever to come out of Detroit. They were in production from 1961 to 1979 as well as from 1985 to 1988. They came with several engines and transmission options so that the Nova SS could be configured with a 375 horsepower small block and a heavy-duty M-22 “Rock Crusher” four-speed manual. The car’s successor is the compact model of the Chevrolet Citation and the subcompact model of the Geo Prizm.
Buick Skylark GS Stage 1
Buick Skylark sales were falling by the late ’60s, so the company introduced the Stage 1 option in 1969. Fewer than 1,500 were made that year. Buick wanted to step it up a notch when they introduced the Stage 1 option, and it quickly became one of the most sought-after and powerful vehicles on the market. The limited production of the vehicle came with 340 horsepower. The car ended up being revived later on in the late eighties in the FWD Skylark model with a number of different performance options and upgrades added to the vehicle.
The 1970 GS 455 Stage 1 became iconic in the muscle car world, as well as controversial when it would be named faster than any of the original 50 muscle cars. If you’ve got one of these bad boys lying around in your garage, you better do a good job taking care of it!
This modern muscle was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show and the “street version” put out 950 horsepower. It is a two-door coupe with a 5.4 L Modular 4-valve V8 and Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission. The Shelby Mustang is one of the best high-performance vehicles you can get. It was originally a performance variant of the Ford Mustang, and now it’s been taken to another level. The Shelby 1000 had two different variants.
One was street legal that produced 920 horsepower, while the track version does around 1,100 horsepower. The rear end of the car was replaced with a higher performance 9-inch unit, and the driveshaft was a stronger unit as well. The suspension came with new struts, sway bars, and even bushings. The new hood, rear panel, and splitter were all functional pieces for performance.