We kicked off 2016 with a list of the 10 Rarest Muscle Cars ever produced. The list was comprised of mostly Dodges & Plymouths with some General Motors representation, yet was totally void of ant Ford vehicles. The feedback I received from our readers was positive, so I decided to compile another Top 10 list for February. This month’s topic is the Top 10 Fastest Muscle Cars as ranked by Muscle Car Review magazine.
This is basically a straight-out drag race of cars from the muscle car era (1964 to 1972), and how fast the ran 1320′. The only stipulation is that the aftermarket tuners (Yenko, Nickey, Berger, Baldwin Motion, etc.) are not included.
- 1966 Shelby Cobra / 12.20 sec @ 118 mph / 427 ci – 425hp
- 1966 Corvette / 12.8 sec @ 112 mph / 427 ci – 425hp
- 1969 Plymouth Road Runner / 12.91 sec @ 111.8 mph / 440 ci – 390hp
- 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda / 13.10 sec @ 107.12 mph / 426 ci – 425hp
- 1970 Chevelle SS / 13.12 sec @ 107.01 mph / 454 ci – 450hp
- 1969 Camaro ZL-1 / 13.16 sec @ 110.21 mph / 427 ci – 430hp
- 1968 Corvette / 13.30 sec @ 108 mph / 427 ci / 435hp
- 1970 Plymouth Road Runner / 13.34 sec @ 107.5 mph / 426 ci – 425hp
- 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 / 13.38 sec @ 105.5 mph / 455 ci – 360hp
- 1968 Corvette / 13.41 sec @ 109.5 mph / 427 ci – 425hp
The only real issue I have with this list is that they presented the “advertised” horsepower numbers, rather than the actual figures. For example, a 440-6 pack pumped out about 430hp, while the Buick 455 Stage 1 was good for at least 420 ponies. Like everything auto related, it’s up for debate.
Anyway, the Big 3 did what they had to do to sell cars and keep the customer happy. If that meant under-advertising horsepower numbers to keep the buzz-kill insurance companies at bay, then so be it.
A quick glance at the list shows that the light bodies coupled with big engines, was the formula for success on the street and strip, back in the day. While technology has improved the overall efficiency and horsepower output per cylinder, there is no substitute for the harmonic sound produced by a free-breathing, unbridled, non-computer assisted big block. Long live the politically incorrect, environmentally unfriendly, American Muscle Car!