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Legendary Muscle Car List: 20 Performance Cars That Are Extremely Rare


The 1966/1967 Dodge Coronet is a legendary muscle car due to its rarity and performance. Prior to its release, in 1965, the muscle car competition among different brands began to heat up. At that time, Ford revealed the iconic pony car, the Mustang. Following suit were brands like Chevrolet, Plymouth, and Buick. Dodge was one of the top competitors back then. Hence, they launched the limited edition 1966 Dodge Coronet convertible.


Dodge initially introduced the Coronet line up in 1949. Since then, it has passed through several changes to improve its stature and also its performance. The 1966 model received a major redesign while the 1967 model got a major facelift from its predecessors and initial trim levels became available. Moreover, the Road and Track (R/T) version of the Coronet first came out in the 1967 model year.

Under the hood, the 1966/1967 Coronet has a 440-cid V8 engine with a 426-cid Hemi option. Transmission choices included Mopar’s excellent heavy-duty three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or a four-speed manual. A rare muscle car, Dodge produced only 21 examples of this car. Due to its rarity, it is extremely challenging to find one today. Moreover, it is expensive to buy and own one.

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 received major sheet metal revisions. Therefore, this classic muscle car arrived with a more squared-up stance following the coke bottle styling. Moreover, Chevrolet redesigned its interiors too. This car immediately shared many sheet metal body parts with the 1970 Buick Skylark GSX. Both are GM automobiles and have interchangeable sheet metal. Furthermore, the two became the only high performance vehicles at that time from Chevrolet that have the same roofline.

The base version of this classic muscle car arrived in sport coupe, sport sedan, convertible, four-door sedan, a couple of wagons, and coupé utility (the El Camino) body styles. More variants came thereafter including different engine options. However, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 is one the most powerful, carrying a 454 cid engine with the optional LS6 version rated at 450 hp. The base engine rated at 360 hp, which was also available with cowl induction.

A limited edition legendary muscle car, Chevrolet built only 20 units of the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6. This good-looking car is very potent such that many would love to see it race. Due to its rarity, finding one today is difficult. Moreover, you have to spend a fortune to get one.

The 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 is one of the most desirable Corvettes that ever came out of the market. However, it is an extremely rare vehicle since Chevrolet released only 20 units of this car into the wild. Chevrolet’s main goal for creating this car was to demonstrate all-out performance on the track. Hence, they customized to deliver such performance while leaving a few things. For instance, this legendary muscle car reached buyers without fan shrouds and chokes. They were a bear to keep running until they came up to operating temperature. Also, they don’t have radio and heater.

This legendary muscle car arrived with 12.5:1 compression, hi-lift cam, and 850cfm 4 barrel carbureto. They intentionally under-rated aluminum heads at 430 hp. Yet, dyno-tested units rated at 560 hp. Under the hood, this car model is considered the ultimate Corvette engine. Apparently, it is even wilder than the L89. They considered it close to a pure racing engine as Chevy had ever offered in regular production. They also dubbed it as an engine not created for the casual motorist.

Due to its raw power, Chevy made several individual options mandatory, including Positraction, the transistorized ignition, heavy-duty suspension, and power brakes. This is to ensure safe use of the legenedary muscle car.


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