The muscle car is an American icon. It personifies America with its tough exterior, killer engine, and outstanding performance. Their rough and tough like Americans are, and they represent a time in the domestic automotive industry when manufacturers decided to build statement cars. What are the top five classic muscle cars in the U.S.? Trinity Automotive bets you’ll be surprised by number one.
5. Pontiac Firebird
The least favorite of the top five list is the Pontiac Firebird but one in good condition is still in high demand. What made the Firebird stand apart from the Trans Am was it had a different nose and a firebird elaborately painted across the hood. KITT from the TV series Knight Rider is mistaken for a Firebird at times, but the vehicle was actually a Trans Am.
4. Chevrolet Camaro
Still built today, the Chevrolet Camaro hit the lots in 1967. This muscle car is known as a pony car, which means it is more affordable and compact than its Corvette sibling. Pony cars still boast plenty of style, and the first and second-generation Camaros looked plenty tough. In 1981, the third generation Camaro offered a hatchback model, which some felt took the “muscle” out of the car.
3. Chevrolet Corvette
Sportier than the Camaro, the Corvette is a true American classic. Owners call their cars their “Vettes,” and you’ll find many customized models on the racing track. If you’re looking for a true classic Corvette, you’ll need to get your hands on a 1953 model; this was when Chevrolet introduced Corvette. Save your pennies, though, because one in good condition is worth half-a-million dollars.
2. Ford Mustang
Did you think this would be number one? We did, too. Nothing is more American than the Ford Mustang… well and the number one muscle car next. Henry Ford brought the idea of owning an automobile to the masses and he led the way in American automobile manufacturing. The mustang is a true muscle car and the first models broke sales records throughout the States.
1. Dodge Charger
Surprise! More people search for a Dodge Charger online than any other American muscle car, and one reason why might be Hollywood. On January 26, 1979, CBS aired the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and America fell in love with the Dodge Charger all over again. This muscle car was featured on the show, and the customized Charger the Duke brothers drove was named the “General Lee.”
Trinity Automotive loves and services classic cars. We are located in White Bear Lake, MN, and you can call us at 651-242-2886.