Welcome to 2016!
While 2015 did have its slow moments, similar to driving an ’87 Yugo in the fast lane of the interstate, I’d have to say that overall the year whisked by faster than an SSC Ultimate Aero TT running the quarter mile (9.90 sec @ 144 mph)… perhaps it has to do with perspective and age.
January symbolizes a fresh start, a clean slate, optimism. With that in mind, let’s get the blood circulating and publish a definitive Top 10 list. As you know, lists are subjective and are always at the center of a spirited debate. Think about it… has anyone ever agreed 100% with a Top 10 List of any kind? Absolutely not. Therefore, I present you with a thought provoking, conversation starting, opinion rattling list of Muscle Car Top Tens.
Rare Muscle Cars
First up for debate is the Top 10 Rarest Muscle Cars. Now before you start compiling your mental list of Shelby Cobras, Yenko Camaros and the like, be rest assured that they are not on the list. (Now that I’ve got you hooked… you’re ready for a good debate, aren’t you?)
The cars that appear on the list are factory production muscle cars that John Q. Public could’ve ordered from their favorite local dealership without requiring a racing license or an insider at the corporate office. Many of the cars listed below were at one time in the private collection of Otis Chandler, who had the foresight and means to accumulate this most enviable ensemble.
1) 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T: Convertible, 426 Hemi, 2 produced
2) 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T: Convertible, 426 Hemi, 2 produced
3) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1: 2 door coupe, 427 ZL-1, 3 produced
4) 1970 Plymouth RoadRunner: Convertible, 426 Hemi, 3 produced
5) 1970 Dodge Super Bee: 2 door pillared coupe, 426 Hemi, 4 produced
6) 1966 Dodge Coronet 400: Convertible, 426 Hemi, 6 produced
7) 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda: Convertible, 426 Hemi, 7 produced
8) 1969 Pontiac Trans-Am: Convertible, 400 RamAir IV, 8 produced
9) 1968 Dodge Coronet: Convertible, 426 Hemi, 9 produced
10) 1970 Dodge Challenger: Convertible, 426 Hemi, 9 produced
There’s not a snowball’s chance in Hades that I ever would’ve thought that 8 of the 10 cars on the list were from the Dodge/Plymouth stable, let alone that Ford didn’t even have representation. While Hemi convertibles are widely represented on this list, they also embodied everything that a muscle car didn’t want; higher price, additional weight, and for the most part, a lower top speed. Taking all of that into consideration, it is of little surprise that Hemi convertibles are the most rare of all muscle cars.