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The Complete List Of Muscle Cars

What is a muscle car?

There are many different definitions of what qualifies as a muscle car. The broadest definition is any car with a large and powerful engine and a beefed up suspension. Upgraded interiors, fancy paint schemes and nicer wheels and tires are also usually part of the package. Using this definition, huge cars like the 1970 Impala and even compacts like the 1964 Chevy Nova made the list. There is even room for pony cars like the Camaro and Mustang. The mighty Corvette qualifies as well.

Purists narrow that definition considerable and only include midsized cars as muscle cars. These cars include the Chevrolet Chevelle, the Dodge Charger, Plymouth Road Runner and the classic Pontiac GTO. Other performance oriented car categories include: pony cars and American sports cars. Pony cars include the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. American sports cars include the Chevrolet Corvette and the Dodge Viper.

Below is a list of the American performance cars broken down by category and years manufactured. Note that we used the “Muscle Cars” label for both the full sized, compact and, of course, midsized cars. For this list we have expanded the strictest definition a little. We have also included a list of pony cars and sport cars. Taken together, this lists represents the best performance oriented cars ever produce by American manufactures.

Complete List Of Muscle Cars

Classic Full-Size Muscle Cars Classic Pony Cars
1961–1970 Chevrolet Impala 1968–1970 AMC AMX
1959–1969 Ford Galaxie 1968–1974 AMC Javelin and AMX
  1967–2002 Chevrolet Camaro
Classic Mid-Size Muscle Cars 1970–1974 Dodge Challenger
1968–1974 Buick Gran Sport and GTX 1965–2004 Ford Mustang
1984-1987 Buick Grand National and GNX 1969–1970 Mercury Cougar
1965–1973 Chevrolet Chevelle 1964–1974 Plymouth Barracuda
1964-1973 Chevrolet El Camino 1967–2002 Pontiac Firebird & Trans Am
1983–1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS  
1966–1974 Dodge Charger Modern Pony Cars
1968–1971 Dodge Super Bee 2010-Currnet Chevrolet Camaro
1966–1969 Ford Fairlane 2008-Current Dodge Challenger
1968–1974 Ford Torino 2005-Currnet Ford Mustang
1966–1972 Mercury Cyclone  
1968–1971 Oldsmobile 442 American Sports Cars
1967–1971 Plymouth GTX 1953-Current Chevrolet Corvette
1968–1974 Plymouth Road Runner 2004-2009 Cadillac XLR
1964–1974 Pontiac GTO 2005-2006 Ford GT
  1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird
Modern Mid-Sized Muscle Cars 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird
2004-Current Cadillac CTS-V 1992-Current Dodge Viper
2006-Current Dodge Charger  
2004-2006 Pontiac GTO  
Classic Compact Muscle Cars  
1962–1976 Chevrolet Nova  
1968–1976 Dodge Dart  
1970–1976 Plymouth Duster  


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The Complete List Of Muscle Cars 2015-08-14 12:09:46 Cyclone KJ
Commented by Cyclone KJ    August 14, 2015


Agree with post, Pre-1974 for "Real" Muscle Cars. It does look like missing some from several manufactures, like the 64-65 Comet Cyclone. How was the data gathered or is it just opinion? Everyone has what they perceive as their favorite muscle cars. Some would classify the Tri-5 Chevys as Vintage muscle cars as well as the mid 50's Fords. Modern Mid-size or maybe full size the mid 90's Impala SS the Mercury Marauder. But its a good list to base off of

The Complete List Of Muscle Cars 2015-07-20 13:59:10 Randy
Commented by Randy    July 20, 2015


List says 1968-1976 Dodge Dart. Missing 1967 Dart. 1967 GTS Dart which is also rare.

The Complete List Of Muscle Cars 2015-05-29 14:19:27 fast Muscle Car
Commented by fast Muscle Car    May 29, 2015

The 24 Best Muscle cars of all time

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The Complete List Of Muscle Cars 2014-10-23 15:29:18 Edgar
Commented by Edgar    October 23, 2014


a muscle car should be consider only if its under 1975. The new cars now in days are to flashy and to bling out. They dont make cars like they use to.. one of my all time favrite is a 1973 road runner..those are bad ass I saw one at it was bad. The other fav is the 1972 pontiac firebird. love that car.

The Complete List Of Muscle Cars 2014-03-14 19:31:35 skullz
Commented by skullz    March 14, 2014


and skylark? and rivieira ? and 300c ? and xb falcon ? and monaro ? and coronet ? and chevelle ? and toronado ? and rebel, and........... (a long list !) so.....complete list....euh....

The Complete List Of Muscle Cars 2013-10-29 14:44:29 Seth
Commented by Seth    October 29, 2013

69' Daytona

What about a 69' dodge daytona.

The Complete List Of Muscle Cars 2013-01-01 01:22:43 Tim Stoker
Commented by Tim Stoker    January 01, 2013

Question about '72 Nova photo

Does anyone have any info on the red,white,and blue '72 Nova in the "Nova photos" section at the bottom of the '72 Nova page ? I owned this vehiclefrom'74-'76 and am interested where this photo originated and what info accompaniescthe photo wherever it was lifted from. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can render. Today is the first time I actively sought info on thid car,I was amazed to find it so quickly...