American Muscle Cars: Crown Jewels from the Golden Age

Oh, what a time to be alive. The early ‘60s all the way up to the mid-’70s were the golden age of American muscle cars. The entire decade was essentially a free-for-all as far as big engines and a lack of fuel emissions laws.

Classic rare American muscle car, vintage blue Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT-500 Fastback on a pier in Mallorca
Classic rare American muscle car, vintage blue Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT-500 Fastback on a pier in Mallorca. Source: 123rf.com

This meant that new muscle cars came out left and right, each one bigger and badder than the last. By the time the ’70s rolled around, the industry had begun to change. New laws and strict regulations sadly meant that these cars were a dying breed.

Let’s take a look at some of the sexiest, fastest, and rarest American muscle cars from the golden age!

1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet

Ford produced its fair share of pony cars in the past, but nothing turns more heads than the 1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet. This model was a more powerful version of the Mustang and came with a powertrain worthy of its strength.

1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet
1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet. Source: hemmings.com

Powered by the 428-CID V8 engine, Ford claimed that the car “only” had 335 horsepower, but in reality, its output was closer to 410 horsepower. This model was important because it made people interested in Mustang once again, which had been falling behind the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. Today, this Mustang is worth is $150,000.

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible

Out of all of the American muscle cars from this era, the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible remains one of the most sought-after muscle cars in history. Out of all of the Barracudas that ever came out, this model remains the crown jewel of them all.

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible. Source: mecum.com

It’s not only aesthetically attractive, but it’s powered by 425 cu in. V8 engine that produces 425 horsepower. Just to give you an insight into how rare it actually is, one model was auctioned off for a whopping $3.5 million in 2014.

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