Our readers know cars. So when we asked them to cast their votes on the top 10 American cars, they delivered. Without further delay, here is the official Guy Manningham countdown of some of the greatest cars to ever rumble American highway.
#10 – 1970 Buick GSX
Nicknamed “The Hemi Killer,” the 1970 Buick Gran Sport turned many heads that year, including Motor Trend when they said this beauty was, “…the quickest American Production Car we have ever tested.”
#9 – 1970 Boss 302 Mustang
Originally produced for the Trans Am racing series, the Boss 302 Mustang quickly made its mark. It got it’s name when designer Larry Shinoda was asked about the top secret car he was working on, to which he replied, “the boss’s car.” When Parnelli Jones dominated the field, winning the 1970 Trans Am title, the Boss name stuck.
#8 -1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
One of the most sought after muscle cars, the Camaro was General Motors’ response to the Mustang. The ’69 Camaro was designed to look more aggressive in order to appeal to a younger demographic…which it did.
#7 – 1970 Z28 Chevy Camaro
Car and Driver called the ’70 Z28, “an automobile of uncommon merit… a car of brilliant performance….” It was obvious that Chevy was shifting gears when 1970 came around. This car jolted them into the next decade.
#6 – 1967 Pontiac GTO
Inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato), the American GTO took off like wildfire, despite controversy over it’s name and violation of several General Motors’ policies.
#5 – 1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe
Production reached a milestone of over 100,000 Firebirds leaving the factory in 1968 while making great additions to appease the growing number of muscle car enthusiasts.
#4 – 1969 Corvette Stingray
Patterned after the Mako Shark II concept car, the Stingray is definitely in a league of it’s own in terms of curb appeal. Corvette sales took a verticle leap in ’69 due to this beast being out there and the newly emergence of muscle car enthusiasts.
#3 – 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500
You may recognize this horse as “Eleanor” in Gone in 60 seconds (well not this exact car). A mad scientist blend of sports car and muscle car, the ’67 Mustang GT500 revolutionized the auto industry.
#2 – 1970 Chevelle 454 SS
Dubbed one of the quickest muscle cars ever built, the ’70 Chevelle SS is a beast in a category all its own. With over 450 horsepower, no production engine ever had a higher factory horsepower rating.
#1 – 1969 Dodge Charger
Immortalized in The Dukes of Hazzard, this badass was seen raising hell in Hazzard County by millions of motor heads. If it wasn’t for that show, who knows how the ’69 Charger would have placed on this list. But who cares? It’s still the most bad ass muscle car in my book.