Can You Name All of These Classic American Muscle Cars?

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

The dream of pretty much every car lover, muscle cars came to prominence in the 1960s. 

Do you have a favorite? Maybe it's the original muscle car, brought to the world by Ford in the early '60s, or perhaps it is one selected from a stable of pony cars brought to the world by Chevrolet.  Every major car manufacturer in America had its own model at one time or another.

But what do you think defines a muscle car? Well, without a doubt, you need to start with the engine. If it doesn't have that "V" in its name, it certainly isn't the engine of a car that deserves the "muscle" honorific. 

All muscle cars are either powered by a V6, or better yet, a V8 engine. 

And then, there's the body. 

In the '60s, muscle cars were big, bold and brash, with most taking the form of a two-door hardtop. Some convertible versions were available, and a fastback styling was also loved by enthusiasts.

You would agree, then, a big engine and a certain styling make the perfect muscle car.

Now, would you be able to identify classic American muscle cars from just a screenshot?

It's not as easy as you might think.

Why not give it a go and become the leader of the pack!


Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The El Camino was produced by Chevrolet between 1959 and 1960, and again from 1964 to 1987. Despite the fact that it was a coupe/utility vehicle, the SS ("Super Sport") version was considered a muscle car and was powered by various "big block" V8 motors.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

A mid-sized car model produced by Ford from 1968 to 1976, the Torino's most popular layouts included the two-door sedan. Ford also produced a few Torino models with higher performance specs. Most were powered by 7.0-liter "Cobra Jet" engine and are considered to be muscle cars. The most famous example of the Torino is probably the vehicle used by the title pair of detectives in "Starsky and Hutch."

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The American Motors Corporation produced the subcompact class Gremlin between 1970 and 1978. A number of models were produced, but it was the Gremlins powered by either 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8 that, when put in the vehicle's small frame, are actually considered to be muscle cars.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

As more and more features were offered, muscle cars quickly went from fast production cars to fast luxury production cars. The Road Runner was a step back to the early days of the muscle car. Released in 1968, the Road Runner gave buyers everything they wanted in a no-frills muscle car at a respectable price.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

A highly modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner, the Superbird was created as a high-speed racing machine, especially for NASCAR; it was also for sale to the public. Made for only one year — 1970 — the Superbird was instantly recognizable thanks to the massive spoiler on the back.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Pontiac produced some iconic names in motoring, and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe. This was a serious muscle car and remains a firm favorite with enthusiasts today. Four generations of the vehicle were produced between '64 and '74, with a fifth generation built between 2004 and 2006.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The 'Cuda quickly became a popular muscle car from its release in 1964. In fact, it debuted two weeks before the Ford Mustang. Of course, later models featuring the Hemi engine are the most sought after. (Fun fact: Plymouth executives initially wanted to call the vehicle the "Panda." The vehicle's engineers ultimately prevailed, and history has approved.)

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Produced by the American Motors Corporation between 1968 and 1970, the AMX (American Motors eXperimental) was a sports car in the grand tourer (GT) style. It featured a two-door coupe-styled body and had six different engine options, all V8s of varying size.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Although the Skylark had been around since the 1950s, in 1965, Buick introduced the Skylark Gran Sport. It was available as a hardtop, coupe and convertible and powered by an engine produced for the first time in the 1950s — a 401-cubic inch V8 engine that produced 325 horsepower.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

This is another vehicle that conjures the age-old question, "Is it a muscle car?" Well, the first wave of models, built from 1960 through 1966, certainly looked the part with their two-door hardtop styling. And in terms of power plants, those first-generation Starfire included a massive 7.0-liter V8. That's muscle car territory as far as we are concerned.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Debuting in 2015 and one of the most powerful muscle cars ever built, the Hellcat produces an astonishing 707 horsepower thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Got $60,000 lying around? Then you can own a modern Shelby Mustang. Released in the 2016 model year, It is powered by a 5.2-liter "Voodoo" V8 Ford engine that propels this Mustang to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Produced between 1960 and 1977, the Ventura had all the characteristics of a muscle car — large engine options, the correct look and much more. The second generation, released in 1971 and led by a two-door coupe, certainly fit the bill.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Only available in two limited runs — one from 1969 to 1970 and the other from 2012 until 2013 — the Boss not only was straight in a fast line but could handle the corners as well, something muscle cars were not known for.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The Gran Sport badge first appeared on the Buick Skylark in 1965. By 1967, it was a marque all of its own. In 1970, the company released the Grand Sport 455, complete with its 7.5-liter V8 engine; it's considered by many experts to be one of the greatest muscle cars ever built.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The Camaro was first launched in the 1967 model year and is still a Chevrolet model to this day. This muscle car has seen six different generations. The current Camaro offers four different engine configurations, with the ZL1 model sporting a 6.2 liter V8 capable of producing 650 horsepower and a top speed of 198 mph.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Based on the Chevrolet Camaro chassis, the Pontiac Firebird was its own car and certainly caught the attention of enthusiasts in the mid-1960s. The Firebird was powered by a range of engines, including straight-six and V8s. More than 82,000 were sold in 1967, the first year of production.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The Grand Prix was built by Pontiac between 1962 through 2008. It underwent a number of cosmetic changes during its seven-generation production run, but the first four generations (and the seventh) always had a number of V8 engine options to give it that muscle car appeal.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Many muscle car aficionados call the Chrysler 300 the first muscle car. No matter if you agree or not, the 300, introduced in 1962 replacing the company's "letter series," certainly had the cool factor. This model was produced until 1971. A full-size luxury car with the same name was released in 2004 and is still in production.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Started by Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, in 1938, the Mercury brand was positioned in between the Ford and luxurious Lincoln brands (an entry-level premium brand). Although Ford ended the brand in 2011, some iconic Mercurys were built over the years including the Cougar XR7, basically an upscaled Mustang.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Built between 1964 and 1967, the Catalina 2+2 offered enhanced suspension and bucket seats — along with a 421 cu. in. 6.9-liter V8 that could generate 376 horsepower. The "Catalina" was dropped from the vehicle's name in 1965.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

A performance version of the Valiant, the Duster was a fairly small vehicle for the time. It had a range of engine options and was produced by Plymouth from 1969 until 1976.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The Rebel, particularly the 1970 models, took AMC straight into the muscle car fight. This was a real looker, blessed with a muscle car stance. With “Up with the Rebel Machine!” — AMC's slogan for the car — they were certainly trying to buy into the younger market.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

One of the most famous marques of the Corvette is the second-generation Sting Ray, produced between the 1963 and 1967 model years. This classic had either a two-speed automatic gearbox or three-speed manual with a range of engine options including small and big block V8s. The vehicle got a major overhaul for the third generation when it became known as the "Stingray" (one word).

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

A front-wheel-drive muscle car? Yes, we give the Toronado muscle car status! Produced from 1966 to 1992, it certainly featured some unique styling but under the hood, the first three generations had that all-important V8.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

This '80s muscle car — a variation of the second-generation Buick Regal — quickly took the fight to its more established rivals from Ford and Chevrolet, particularly with the GNX (Grand National eXperimental) edition.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

As one of Chevrolet's most successful marques, the Chevelle was produced over two decades between the 1964 and 1977 model years. The largest engine put into a Chevelle was a 7.4-liter big block V8.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Produced from 1962 to 1970, the Wildcat changed in looks often. One thing that remained constant was the V8 engines found under the hood. The final model, produced in 1970, included a new 455 cubic inch 7.5-liter V8 monster which produced 370 horsepower.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The Challenger was first introduced in the 1970 model year as a muscle car. First-generation Challengers had several different power plants to choose from, including a 7.0-liter Hemi and a 7.2-liter RB V8s. The first generation ended its run in 1974, with a second generation subcompact version following from 1978 through 1983. Since its reintroduction in 2008, more than a half-million Challengers have been sold.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Built between 1958 and 1974, the Galaxie was so named to take advantage of the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the United States. This vehicle was in direct competition to the Chevrolet Impala and included a few powerful models considered to be muscle cars, especially those with the single overhead cam (SOHC) "Cammer" 7.00-liter V8 engine.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The muscle car revolution of the 1960s brought about the iconic Dodge Charger. And still today, the Charger, in its seventh generation, takes on its traditional rivals, the Corvette and the Mustang. The 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Demon has a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI engine capable of producing 840 horsepower.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Although it was introduced in the 1950s by Dodge, it was the mid-60s models that muscle car enthusiasts loved. The 1969 model certainly looked the part, and with a 426 cubic inch V8 Hemi engine under the hood it certainly sounded the part.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The Thunderbird was originally devised by Ford to compete with the first-generation Corvette. Much debate rages whether this vehicle could be considered as a muscle car, but early models certainly displayed many traits adopted by muscle cars in the 1960s. The fourth-generation Thunderbird, for example, offered a 7.0-liter V8.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Although the Nova first entered the market in the 1962 model year, it was in 1964 that it attained muscle car status thanks to the introduction of a V8 engine. The Nova eventually had the full range of engine options available to its bigger stablemate, the Camaro.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The fastback version of the Cyclone was certainly a popular muscle car. The Cyclone offered a range of V8 engines, including the 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet, which generated 335 horsepower.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The Impala is a model that has been offered by Chevrolet during three different runs — from 1957 through 1985, from 1994 through 1996 and from 1999 through the present. The original SS (Super Sport) variant was available from 1961 through 1969. The 1969 model was powered by a 427 cubic inch 7.0-liter V8 which produced 335 horsepower.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Introduced by Chevrolet in the 1970 model year, early models of the Monte Carlo are considered to be luxury muscle cars. Production of the first four generations of Monte Carlos ran through 1988, with the fifth and sixth generations manufactured from 1995 through 2007. The first two generations offered several engine configurations, including a 7.44-liter V8.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Introduced in 1959 for the 1960 model year, the Dodge Dart received numerous changes over the first three years of its existence. It was moved to the mid-sized segment in 1962 and then the compact car segment in 1963. It was in the years that followed when it moved into the realm of muscle cars, particularly with the addition of V8 engine options such as the 7.0-liter Hemi version in the fourth generation.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Modern muscle cars are very different from their '60s cousins. Take the CTS-V, for example, with a four-door layout. That said, this vehicle — a high-performance version of the Cadillac CTS — still breathes fire and is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, an engine based on the LS9 V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Produced between 1973 and 1975, the Apollo from Buick was available as a two-door coupe and hatchback and a four-door sedan. The most powerful engine option available to the Apollo was a 350 cubic inch 5.7-liter V8.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Many credit Oldsmobile with the first muscle car way back in 1949. All we know is that the Cutlass 442, released in the mid-'60s, with its 7.5-liter V8 certainly was one.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

This modern 650-horsepower behemoth gets you from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and clocks a top speed of just under 200 mph. This is thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. And what a looker!

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Essentially a modified Dodge Charger, the Daytona was first released in 1969. The first Daytona was intended as a NASCAR racer and won its first race. Power plants included a 7.0-liter Hemi and a 7.2-liter Magnum V8.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

This was a higher-performance version of the Mercury Marauder, although it also featured a number of internal cosmetic changes as well. The Marauder was manufactured in three different runs, from 1963 to 1965, from 1969 to 1970, and from 2002 to 2004.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Perhaps one of the lesser-known muscle cars, the SC/Rambler certainly had the credentials. Not only was it a lightweight two-door coupe, but it had all the power it needed thanks to a 315 horsepower-producing 6.4-liter V8. Sadly, it was up against Mustangs, Camaros and GTOs and never really stood a chance in that company.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

The GTX was another performance model made by Plymouth. It was upscale, marketed at the more mature buyer, and was built between 1967 and 1971. Approximately 44,000 GTXs were manufactured.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Arguably the most iconic muscle car ever, the Mustang was first released in 1964. It proved one of the most popular debuts ever and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold, which quadrupled Ford’s sale estimates. More than 1 million Mustangs were built in its first 18 months.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

Produced from 1968 to 1971, this muscle car was based on the two-door Coronet. The top-of-the-line Super Bee in 1971 offered a 7.0-liter Hemi capable of 425 horsepower.

Which American muscle car is shown in the image?

A modern '60s throwback, this muscle car takes design features from all the classics and packages it together with a 6.4-liter V8 LS9 engine from General Motors which produces 640 horsepower. It will set you back a cool $250,000, however.

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