While not a muscle car in the traditional sense, the introduction this week of the new Chevy Camaro Z28 got me thinking about the whole concept of stuffing a big block into a small space. You know, sort of the way Dr Who’s Tardis works, only with dual exhaust. Straight line performance was the muscle car’s raison d’etre, making describing one as kind of a drag actually quite the compliment.
The heyday of the muscle car was arguably the late sixties, when it seemed every American car maker was shoving a big V8 under the hoods of just about every mid-sizer that it could find. The concept however, goes back much earlier, some contend to the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 which married the nation’s first high-compression OHV V8 with a body originally intended to only carry a six.
Today, the idea of the traditional muscle car is but a fond memory, as even small cars with big engines need to be as polished in the turning and stopping departments as they are in the pin you back in your seat category. Still, that leaves a plethora of GTOS, 442s, Thunderbolts, Chevelle SS and others from which to pick your personal pedestal topper when it comes to cars that flex their muscle. So, what is your all-time favorite muscle car?
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