Here at the Cool Rides Online Blog we like to devote Mondays to Muscle Cars and feature some of the best muscle cars from the past. Last week we featured three of the greatest muscle cars of the 1950’s. Today we take a look at the three greatest muscle cars of the 1960’s.
No decade is more commonly associated with muscle cars than the 1960s, and with good reason. Many of the greatest muscle car models of all time were born in the ’60s, and the later years of the decade were arguably the peak of the craze. Check out the three best cars of the defining decade of muscle cars.
Muscle Car of the 1960’s #1 – 1964 Pontiac GTO
In many ways, the 1964 Pontiac GTO represented the true birth of the muscle car. Though purists may trace the muscle car all the way back to the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, the GTO represents the origin of the muscle car philosophy: Drop a massively powerful big block engine into a light, intermediate-sized frame and price it so that it’s affordable to everyone. With a 389 cubic inch V-8 engine featuring either a four-barrel carburetor or a beefy Tri Power setup, the ’64 Pontiac GTO got the muscle car era off to a tremendous start.
Muscle Car of the 1960’s #2 – 1968 Dodge Charger R/T
When the average person envisions the quintessential muscle car, chances are it looks a whole lot like the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T. With a boldly redesigned body and a roaring 375-horsepower 440 Magnum V-8 engine, the Charger R/T was and still is a striking example of the muscle car at its most refined. The 1968 Dodge Charger was so iconic, in fact, that it made a memorable appearance in the Steve McQueen classic Bullitt. According to possibly apocryphal reports, the Charger was so much faster than McQueen’s Ford Mustang during filming of the iconic chase scenes that crews had to use narrower tires to slow it down. Enough said.
Muscle Car of the 1960’s #3 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
In an era known for raw American power, perhaps no car flexed more muscle than the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Though only 69 were ever manufactured, the Camaro ZL1’s exceptional combination of power and style make it one of the finest examples of a muscle car ever produced. The ZL1 was intended primarily for drag racers, and as such it packed as much power as Chevy could possibly squeeze out of its custom-built 427 cubic inch V-8 engines. The engines were hand-built in a process that took more than 16 hours, and the end result, though rated at a conservative 430 horsepower, actually produced a blistering 500 horses. With a light frame and meticulous production standards, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 represented the gold standard for American muscle cars.
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