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The best muscle cars and what they are worth

Updated on March 14, 2015
1963 corvette stingray split window
1963 corvette stingray split window

Best Muscle Cars

Every boy, and a lot of girls growing up, have a dream car, or a special car that you think, one day your going to have one of those. You picture yourself driving down the road, you hear the noise of the engine, you know that you have the power to kick down the accelerator and it will throw you back into the seat, even if your already doing 80. Some boys outgrow the dream, some don't. The ones that don't, restore these amazing cars so the rest of us can still enjoy them.

Top Muscle Cars

If you don't keep up on classic collector cars, you would never guess what the top wanted and most expensive U.S. car is. The 1971 Plymouth Hemi cuda convertible. There were 11 built, 7 of them were originally sold in the U.S. The car sold new in 1971 for $3700. One of these cars sold in 2007 for $2,500,000 and was said to be a steal for that price. It was expected to sell for over 3 million.

1971 plymouth hemi cuda convertible
1971 plymouth hemi cuda convertible

1964 Ford Shelby cobra 289 roadster

There were 528 of the Mark 1 model produced. The first 75 were made with a 260 cu in engine, the rest were set up with the 289. Many were set up for racing. You can pick a non racing version for around $329,000. A racing version sold for $1.2 million in 2005.

Newer versions of the Shelby Cobra were made with bigger engines and better performance. Shelby was set on making sure the cobra was better than the Chevy Corvette so he was constantly tweaking the drive train to make it faster.

1970 Chevelle ss 454 ls6 convertible

There were 50 of these cars built. This classic collector car out of the factory put out 450 horsepower. To buy one brand new in 1970 would have cost you $4800. Now you can get one for around $400,000.

1970 Chevelle ss 454 ls6 convertible
1970 Chevelle ss 454 ls6 convertible

1971 Pontiac GTO Gudge Convertible

There were 17 of these classic collector cars produced. This one sold in 2007 for $300,000. 1971 was the last year the Judge was made and so few of the convertibles were made that the demand is very high for these cars.

1971 Gto Judge Convertible

1971 gto judge convertible
1971 gto judge convertible

1969 dodge charger RT 440 hardtop

When I was in high school, my best friend had 2 of these cars. He spent most of his time adding and changing the cars. They are now worth $170,000. He beat these cars hard, and he used all the power that was under the hood. One sweet car and a rush to ride in.

He had a 6 pack on one of them, we were going down the highway at aver 120 one time, and he kicked it to the floor and the acceleration threw me back into the seat hard, even at that speed.

1969 dodge charger RT 440 hardtop

1969 dodge charger RT 440 hardtop
1969 dodge charger RT 440 hardtop

1968 Ford Shelby GT 500 KR

530 of these were produced with the 428 cobra jet engine. One recently sold at an auction for $191,000.

1968 Ford Shelby GT 500 KR

1969 Chevy Camaro z-28 ss coupe

This model had the induction cowl hood, the special grill, 4 wheel disc brakes, and more horsepower than you know what to do with.

1969 Chevy Camaro z-28 ss coupe
1969 Chevy Camaro z-28 ss coupe

These were all the cool cars that we were driving when we were growing up. These cars were the cars that everyone could afford at the time. It's hard to look forward 40 years and think that a 2009 dodge Neon will sell at an auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There will not be another bunch of cars like these ever. The classic collector cars in 40 years will be the classic collector cars that are already expensive now, not the average cars that anyone can buy.

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It's cool to see that many of the cars we grew up with are still desirable and worth some good cash. It's also cool to see many of the styles are no coming back in new cars, and seem to be going over well with many younger drivers.

The new Dodge Challenger looks very much like the 1972 Plymouth Barracuda.

The new Chevy Camaro looks very much like the early to mid 1970s Camaro. The lines and the look of the early to mid 1970s muscle cars were cool then and are cool now.


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    • Debraw50 profile image


      4 years ago

      I am a big fan of the muscle cars, and my husband and I have one. The 1980 El Camino. I love to see all of the Muscle Cars. The Camaros, the Mustangs, and the Chargers. The great cars of all times.

    • imoleinc profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice. I owned (and have since shut down due to the economy) a restoration shop and kept up with muscle car facts a lot more than I do now. The only thing I wonder about is that I think the Cobra is an AC Cobra, not Ford. Course, the AC Cobra 427's are also top-dollar collectibles.

      Thanks for the info. Nice hub, for sure.

    • pankang profile image


      9 years ago from Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China

      Good cars, amazing, but I have no a car, even the old one. Feel badly for that, many people are like me, no cars.


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