A Closer Look at the 3 Most Popular Muscle Car Models

October 30, 2013

Muscle car models from different car makers have, throughout history, been more popular than their standard counterparts. The fascination with muscle cars has existed for decades now, and the trend became especially pronounced from the 1960s and 1970s. The term "muscle car" is usually used to denote any automobile that has an intense degree of performance, a strong engine, rear wheel drive and a sleek, stylish body. Muscle cars have become immortalized in popular culture through books, movies and even songs. Muscle car projects for restoration have become wildly popular with car enthusiasts of all generations while muscle car model kits for the same fly off the shelves regularly. Here's a closer look at the 3 most popular muscle car models.

1. Chevrolet Impala

One of the first names on the list is that of the Chevrolet Impala, built by General Motors. The car was named after the South African species of Antelopes by the same name. The Impala was one of the most popular productions of the Chevrolet Company and this full sized vehicle was a hot seller, especially during the years of 1958 to 1965, when it reached its peak. After the Caprice was introduced, the Impala's price was reduced a notch yet it remained in the upper-middle class affordability margin and continued to enjoy its unbeaten position through the mid-1980s. One of the most distinguishing features of the vehicle was that it had three tail lights.

2. Ford Torino

The Torino produced by the Ford Motor Company was released between the years 1968 and 1976. the Torino was named after the Italian city of Turin. It was established that Turin in Italy was akin to the city of Detroit and hence the name paid homage to the two industrial hubs. The Ford Torino was meant to be a standard car and most of the series was based on the conservative 4 door hardtop/ sedan style formats. But, the Ford Motor Company also came out with a few special models which were especially high performance and had admirable "Cobra-Jet" engines such as the 428 cu in (7 L) and 429 cu in (7 L) variety. Special series like these labeled the Torino as a popular muscle car and firmly established it as a racing car to reckon with.

3. The Oldsmobile 442

General Motors came out with this vehicle under their Oldsmobile branch. The car was produced at the onset of the 1964 model year and was initially launched as an alternative to the F 85 model and the Cutlass model. Since the car hit the right chord with an extensive range of buyers it soon became a model of its own class and remained wildly popular from the year 1968 to 1971. It came in both the 2 door coupe and the 2 door convertible style and was a name added to many other subsequent series such as the front wheel drive Cutlass during the 1990s and the rear wheel drive Cutlass Supreme during the 1980s.

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Related Questions and Answers

Can you Fit Big Block Engines in all Muscle Car Models?

No, it is not possible to fit big block engines in all muscle car models. Whether or not a big block engine fits in a particular vehicle is dependent on the amount of space under the hood and the amount of weight that can be handled by the front axle. Failing to follow the axle load limitations can result in damage to front suspension of your muscle car model, which can render the vehicle inoperable. Before installing a big block crate engine in muscle car models, verify with the seller that the engine is the correct one for your proposed installation and that it will not overload your front axle.

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