Car fanatics and other speed enthusiasts will always have something to tell about muscle cars. If asked for a comment, these fans would gladly share their opinions about this type of car. But, how do we exactly define a muscle car? How does it differ with the ones that we have today?
Muscle cars are those high performance automobiles with powerful engines originated in the US. A huge variety of these American-made cars are still available today mostly as collectors' items. Similar to other valued stuff of the past decades, these cars are now worth thousands of dollars as their current market values grow each year.
Amongst those classic muscle cars that are hot in value and are favorites of vintage collectors include the Boss 429 Mustang which was made available in the late 1960's to early 1970's, the 455-cubic inch V-8 engine Oldsmobile 442 W-30, the “fully capable” Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455, the performance player and top dog Buick GSX Stage 1, the 450-horsepower V-8 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, Pontiac's step up offer GTO Judge Ram Air IV, the attractive Ford Mustang GT500KR, the high-profile Ford Boss 429 Mustang, the “ultra-aerodynamic” Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi, the limited edition Plymouth Hemi Cuda, and the hand-assembled Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Other known manufacturers of muscle cars on its golden era include AMC which released the Machine and Mercury with its Cyclone CJ.
Aside from the US, Australia has their own muscle cars variants which also became popular within the same time of the America's. Ford Australia, Holden Dealer Team (formerly part of General Motors) and Chrysler Australia emerged as the top manufacturers of these classic cars.
Top Australian muscle cars include the first to be introduced in the market, the Ford Falcon GTXR, and its first home grown muscle car Holden Monaro GTS 327.
South Africa, United Kingdom and Brazil were also highly influenced by the popularity of muscle cars. The same car manufacturers released popular variants to these countries' growing markets that time.
Pony cars, said to be modified muscle cars which were originally inspired by Ford Mustang, became an instant hit as well. These are affordable, highly- and sporty-styled cars which were eventually became popular making each car manufacturers coming up with their own version such as AMC's Javelin SST, Chevrolet's Camaro, Dodge's Challenger, Mercury's Cougar, Plymouth's Barracuda, and Pontiac's Firebird. While it's still being debated whether pony cars should be put under the muscle car category, other variations of it are considered as one such as those that have powerful engines.
Muscle cars were then revived recently by both Ford and General Motors by continuously producing the pony cars. Ford has Mustang on the lead. Pontiac GTO was also relaunched along with Chrysler's Dodge Challenger all with that modernized muscle car feel.
There's just something about these types of cars that enthusiasts love. Obsessions to its sleek lines, machine strength and powerful engines are just part of what these people are interested with. Even with the release of the newer model and modified variations, what makes the muscle cars a hot item for collectors is the nostalgia associated to them.
Another reason for the popularity of muscle cars is how easy they are to work on. There were no computers in cars back then. Meyers Auto Parts is the best source for finding the right parts for muscles cars parts; their friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist all muscle car mechanics.
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