There is no denying the fact that America loves speed and raw power. However, regulations and emission control measures meant that the muscle cars we have today are tamed versions of their predecessors.
The 1960s and the early 1970s was a great time for all gearheads. Car manufacturers were involved in a fierce competition against each other to create the baddest and wildest cars in town. As a result, the users had the option of choosing from different varieties available.
The aging beasts are still alive and kicking as fans around the world dream of driving them one day. Given the variety of muscle cars available, it is imperative for gearheads to be aware of the price and the factors that determine the price attached.
To help you out we have compiled a list of 13 muscle cars that cost a fortune and 5 that cost nothing.
18 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona – $900,000
It was in 1969 that Dodge decided it wanted to compete in NASCAR racing. This is why the car manufacturer produced 503 versions of the Dodge Chargers. The model sold at a price of $900,000 is one of the 503 versions available. It comes with a 426-cubic inch, Hemi V8 that generates 425-hp.
17 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – $1,000,000
The '69 Camaro came with a 427-cubic-inch V8 engine that was similar to the L88 engine present in the Chevrolet Corvette during the same era. Camaro’s engine was made completely out of aluminum to reduce the weight. Although Camaros fetch a price less than $1 million, this specific model gets the figure.
16 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 – $3,850,000
The 1969 model of the Chevrolet Corvette is considered one of its most desirable creations. The underrated power output levels is one of the reasons why the vehicle fetches such a high price. The car generates a power output of 430 hp. The car has also done considerably well in auto shows around the world.
15 1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350 R – $990,000
Anything that Carroll Shelby touched during his time at Ford now has its worth in gold. The 1965 Shelby Mustang is another car that Shelby worked on. The car won 17 consecutive races during the late '60s. With an impressive power of 184 hp, the car is considered one of the most successful cars by Shelby.
14 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 ‘Eleanor’ – $1,000,000
The Shelby Mustang GT500R is one of the three cars that were designed specifically for the famous Nicolas Cage movie Gone in 60 Seconds. The other two cars were destroyed during filming. The design and beauty of the car encouraged the filmmakers to add it in various promotional efforts.
13 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car – $3,080,000
Cars made for auto shows have been crushed since their display. Therefore, it is a miracle that this one has survived to this day. The car was inspired from other cars setting world speed records and was one of the two models made specifically for the General Motors Motorama Show.
12 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible – $3,500,000
The Hemi Cuda is another example of a rare muscle car, as just 11 variants were made of this model. Two of the models came with a 4-speed manual transmission. Over the years the car has retained its original transmission and engine, earning the title of a unique car.
11 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible – $2,250,000
This beautiful version of the Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible series comes with a 4-speed manual transmission and boasts of an eye-catching yellow shade that is called the Lemon Twist. The car also features desirable options such as the existence of the A34 Super Track Pack. The 425 hp V8 engine under the hood is another feature that sets this vehicle apart.
10 1964 Ford GT40 – $7,000,000
This is an iconic car that is loved by many partly because of the legacy it holds. A failed acquisition attempt was one of the main reasons behind the vehicles manufacture. The GT40 is considered an iconic car because of the inspiration story behind its manufacture and its historic run in the Le Mans.
9 Shelby Cobra CSX2000 – $13,750,000
Picked by the legend Carroll Shelby himself, this iconic car was the first AC Cobra that made to the shores of the UK and US. The installation of a Ford VE engine in the car gave it the power that perfectly complimented the luxury the vehicle offered. This is why it costs a fortune.
8 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 ‘Super Snake’ – $5,500,000
The Super Snake Shelby is one of two ever made. The car is equipped with a supercharged 427-cubic-inch V8 placed underneath its hood. The car has a rating of 800 hp. One model was sold to Bill Cosby who returned the car after he was frightened driving it for the first time.
7 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 – $1,150,000
Only 20 models of the car were released, which indicates the worth of the car and the value it holds today. Although not many are aware of the specifics and features of the vehicle, not many deny the iconic value the car holds today. Many vehicles followed this but none had the class and finesses of the SS 454.
6 2016 Zenvo ST1 – $1.2 Million
This is another car that has caught the eye of many around the world. The car is considered one of the best in the world and was manufactured by a renowned Danish brand. The car is considered one of the most expensive muscle cars available today and you need a fortune in your bank account to afford it.
Here is a list of 5 cars that many can afford.
5 2009 Ford Mustang Convertible – $9,000
Ford had to forego the 2009 Ford Mustang because in retaliation, Chevrolet released the 2010 Camaro. This caused Ford to announce the immediate release of the 2010 Mustang to tackle its launch. This does not mean that the car was not worth it as it has a 300 hp VE engine under its hood.
4 Third Generation Pontiac Firebird – $10,000
This was every teenager's dream car during the late '80s and early '90s. The car had a V8 power engine and came with a recognizable design that impressed onlookers around. The muscle car was equipped with a 5.0-liter and a 5.7-liter V8 engine and gave the users a choice of three or four automatic transmissions.
3 Dodge Charger RT – $5,000+
This is a gigantic four-door muscle car that provides the user with extra room and space. The Charger comes with a 5.7-liter Hemi that had a power rating of 340 horses. This might not be as powerful as some of the other vehicles, but considering the price offers it is a good buy.
2 Ford Thunderbird (Seventh Generation) – less than $10,000
This car was the best-selling Thunder-bird that came out of Ford, as over 955,000 models were sold in markets internationally. The cars were the market's favorite during the years 1977 and 1979. The rising fuel costs affected the cars sales eventually damaging its existence on the market.
1 1986-92 Toyota Supra – $10,000
This muscle car came with a 3.0-liter DOHC six-cylinder mill that gave 200 hp to the car and 196 ft-lb torque. The car may not be the best muscle car around, but it is an excellent replacement for the MKIV versions. Around $10,000 is the ideal price for this decent vehicle.
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