Muscle Cars: A Brief History

Halden Zimmermann’s latest blog post

by Halden Zimmermann

Muscle cars are defined by a loud engine, a bulky tough frame and fast speeds. Many fans of muscle cars would rather a classic old muscle car than any new sports cars that have come out today.

Pontiac had been given the credit for making one of the very first muscle cars. This car was the 1964 GTO, a variation of the Tempest. This car had 389 cubic inches as well as a floor shifter as opposed to the standard shifter in the column of the car. It also housed a massive V-8 engine. Although this was one of the first, there were many different options  and styles for muscle cars once car makers realized how popular they were for the youth of that era.

1964 Pontiac GTO

1964 Pontiac GTO

Muscle cars were huge with the youth of that era because of the coolness and rebelliousness that the car made the buyers feel. Even though most manufacturers jumped on board and made their own muscle cars, people were unhappy to hear about the weights and prices of these muscle cars. This caused manufacturers to make cars known as “budget muscle cars.” These were produced in the mid 1970’s, with engines as big as 454’s. This engine was one of the largest ever made, which caused a slight increase in sales but safety was starting to become an issue with the common consumer.

Another major reason sales of muscle cars plummeted was due to the fact that insurance companies refused to insure them because of how powerful and unsafe they were. This and many other things led to the extinction of these massive beasts of cars.
Although muscle cars are not being made anymore. People pay top dollar to own these pieces of history and sport them around town for the guaranteed head-turn they’ll receive from most everyone on the street.

from Halden Zimmermann

2 thoughts on “Muscle Cars: A Brief History

  1. The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro is guaranteed to stir emotion in the hearts of enthusiasts. In Z28 guise, the ’69 Camaro had a small-block 302-cubic-inch engine designed for Trans-Am racing; it was officially rated at 290 horsepower, though its true influence was known to be much more. It also featured F41 sport suspension, standard front disc brakes and a Muncie 4-speed gearbox. It wasn’t the biggest, fastest monster on the street, but overall, it was a great package and left little to be desired.

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    It’s hard for a car buff not to crack a smile — or at least an impish grin — at the sight of a classic muscle car. These overpowered iron beasts were built to deliver a beating and to take one. They were always willing and able to burn some rubber. And they were anything but agile. Big, heavy for the time, loud and rude, muscle cars embodied everything that was great about the American auto industry of the 1960s and 1970s. In a recent poll of our readers, we asked, “What’s your favorite muscle car?” Here are the results, listed in ascending order of preference, as well as an overview of what made each beast special.

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