What is the ultimate muscle car?

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Muscle cars are over the top vehicles by nature. More power, bigger engines and faster quarter mile times have driven the advancement of muscle cars even before the term became popular in the early 60s. We want to know what you think is the ultimate muscle car.


No one agrees on what car was the first true muscle car. Some say it is the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 or the Hudson Hornet, others say it was an earlier car, or a later one. Even if we don't know exactly what the first muscle car was, as car lovers most of us have a good idea of what a Muscle Car is. We want to know what you think is the ultimate muscle car.

When it comes to defining exactly what is or is not a Muscle car, we get into tricky territory. For the purposes of this question we are going to say a two door (pre 1955 four doors make the cut), rear wheel drive, relatively high powered vehicle that was conceivably within the financial grasp of a normal person when it was sold new. From the Chrysler 300s of the 50s to the Mustangs and Camaros of today, we want to know what you think is the ultimate muscle car?

To me the ultimate muscle car would be the 1970 Dodge Super Bee. I would opt for mine with the super rare 426 Hemi which produced 425 horsepower that year. A four speed on the floor would a requirement. Although I don't mind the red color of the car above, mine would have to be Plum Crazy Purple with a black interior. The Super Bee's distinctive 1970 redesign was not well received and accordingly, didn't sell that well. Considering the fact only 36 Super Bees were built with a Hemi that year, I can't even be positive such a car was ever made. Even so, the distinctive styling, bright colors, and fire breathing Hemi of the car I envision are what I consider to be the ultimate muscle car.

Now that I've told you about the ultimate Super Bee of my dreams get your mullet jokes and Joe Dirt references ready (or don't) and tell us what you think is the "ultimate muscle car".

(Photo Credit: Rex Gray)


All these posts with only one mention of the Dodge Dart and it's the wrong one. The Dart was no muscle car, it wasn't even a pony car. But there was a particularly potent version made with Dodge's most famous motor.

It was called surprisingly, the Hemi Dart, and it was "Muscle Car" distilled. The came absolutely poverty-spec, save for the big bad 426 Hemi.