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The Most Powerful, High Performance Cars of the 1960s

As the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour is set to begin soon, many car enthusiasts are getting ready to view some impressive, high-performance vehicles. The 1960s ushered in the era of muscle cars. Here are three of the most powerful automobiles from that decade.


1962 Dodge Dart 413

1962 Dodge Dart 413The 1962 Dodge Dart 413 was the car that made Mopar unforgettable.

Under the hood, it contained a 413-cid V8 engine that produced over 400 horsepower.

This “Max Wedge” version featured two four-barrel carburetors and a standard three-speed manual transmission.

Thanks to its lightweight structure and exceptional power, its torque and acceleration were hard to beat.


1968 Dodge Charger

1968 Dodge ChargerIn 1968, Dodge redesigned its Charger. It contained a hidden headlight grill, a curvy body and a refined tail. Over the next two years, the styling changed very little and was the basis for the car made famous in the television show “The Dukes of Hazard.

The 1968 Charger came standard with a 375 horsepower 440 Magnum engine that could easily overtake anything on the road. An option for higher performance included a 426 Hemi, which provided as much as 425 horsepower.


1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

1969 Pontiac GTO JudgeTo boost Pontiac’s reputation as the top muscle car manufacturer, the brand’s designers went to work and created the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge. This car was made to go head-to-head with the Plymouth Road Runner. Besides its extremely attractive exterior body, its performance was incredible as well.

The Judge contained a 366 horsepower Ram Air III engine that included high-flow D-port heads with free-flowing exhaust manifolds. To this day, the Judge is a testament to the wild world of muscle car competition during the 1960s.


Any of the above vehicles would be a welcome sight at the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour. They demonstrate the spirit of the event and showcase the most powerful offerings of the 1960s.


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