The Ten Most Underrated Muscle Cars

For every Chevelle SS, Road Runner, and GT500KR there's a host of other muscle cars that don't get their fair share of the spotlight. Let's take a moment to appreciate ten that don't get their due often enough.

10.) AMC Rebel Machine


It's a car called "The Machine" with a red, white, and blue paint job and a 390 cid V8 that made 340 HP. What's not to love?

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9.) Ford Torino GT

These mid-sized coupes were surprisingly fast, especially when equipped with the 429 Cobra Jet motor.

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8.) Jensen Interceptor


Ok, so the British Interceptor was marketed as a GT car, but if it isn't a muscle car in spirit then I don't know what is. It's Carrozzeria Touring design looks like an Italian AMC, and you could have one with a 440 cid Chrysler V8 and a Torqueflite automatic. Muscle car, indeed.

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7.) GMC Syclone


In a Car & Driver test, this pick-up truck was recorded as being faster than a Ferrari 348ts. Right, so for $26k in 1991 you could buy a pickup truck that could outrun a Ferrari.

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6.) AMC Gremlin Randall 401-XR


Ah, the much maligned Gremlin: an economy car designed on a barf bag. They were kind of terrible, but when you dropped a 401 cid V8 in them and gave them to Randall Engineering, magic happened. You got a car that could run high thirteens in the 1/4 mile for just $2995 back in 1972.

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5.) Shelby Maverick


Here's one that's exceedingly rare – the Shelby Maverick, of which 300 were sold only in Mexico. There are only a handful of pictures of the car, all found right here. They were Brazilian-made Ford Mavericks with 302ci V8s, and some extra Shelby bits.

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4.) Studebaker Super Lark


Supercharged 302 V8 that made 335 HP and 320 ft/lbs of torque put in a car that only weighed 3,000 lbs in the R3 version? Sign me up. This was one of the first true muscle cars, coming out right around the same time as the much heralded GTO.

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3.) Mercury Cyclone


There's no love lost for the Ford Fairlane, but we can't forget about it's interestingly styled brother, the Cyclone. Car & Driver tested a Cobra Jet 428 equipped Cyclone in 1969 and it took a brief 5.5 seconds to hit 60.

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2.) Dodge Demon/Plymouth Duster


The 340 Demon and its Plymouth Duster brother were not the most powerful muscle cars of their time, but their relative light weight could give the big boys a serious run for their money.

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1.) Buick GS 455 Stage I


510 lb/ft of torque. I repeat, 510 lb/ft of torque. That's all you need to know.

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