American muscle cars are often viewed as Marmite in the UK; you either love them or hate them. These cars, also known as muscle cars, are often quite crude, can’t really go round corners and are a bit unrefined, on the flip side of this though, muscle cars are extremely fast in a straight line, are very loud, and have looks that turn heads everywhere. Whether you love or hate American classic cars, read on to find out more about three of the most famous muscle cars in the world.

 

Ford Mustang

classic ford mustang Photo courtesy of Steve Arnold

The Ford Mustang has been in production in various forms for over forty years and are some of the most loved cars out there. The first models were introduced in 1964, that said however, the models from the 1970’s until the latest fifth generation model in 2005 have been considered by many as substandard. The most desirable models of all were produced in the 1960’s, and arguably the most desirable Ford Mustang is the 390GT Fastback. It was this model that featured in popular films such as Bullitt and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Over the years, every Ford Mustang produced has featured a V8 engine of varying displacement and power, and all have been rear-wheel drive. The Ford Mustang is one of the most desirable American classic cars on both sides of the Atlantic, and good models can easily fetch upwards of £30k.

 

Dodge Charger

1968 Dodge ChargerPhoto courtesy of Richard Wadd

 

The Dodge Charger was the contemporary of the legendary Ford Mustang and always lived somewhat it its shadow. That said however, these muscle cars still have a huge following, and still offer some of the same thrills in terms of power and pantomime as the Ford Mustang. These two muscle cars were introduced around the same time as each other, and as such were often seen as rivals. The Dodge Charger found fame in films such as Bullitt and its most famous role as the General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard.

These muscle cars were some of the first to focus on being sporty and having two doors rather than accommodating families (something which the recent models have not done). Available in several engines sizes to begin with, the largest being a 6.3L Hemi V8. A six cylinder engine was introduced at a later date.

 

Pontiac GTO

1969 Pontiac GTOPhoto courtesy of Chad Horwedel

The Pontiac GTO is one of the original muscle cars and slightly pre-dates its rivals. In some ways it set the way for cars at the time. Both UK and US enthusiasts consider these classic cars to be the highest quality, and as such are in quite high demand. Like the Ford Mustang, the Pontiac GTO has been in production for over forty years but it is the early versions that are the most sought after. Like all American classic cars of this ilk, the Pontiac has a powerful V8 engine and offers good straight line performance. Prices for these cars in good condition are very similar to those of the Ford Mustang, and buyers should expect to pay more than £30k.