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5 Most Sought-After Muscle Cars

Since the 1960s, muscle cars have given auto enthusiasts a ride for their money. Between the powerful engines, sleek, angular lines, and charismatic designs, there is nothing quite as striking as these iconic models on the road. Today, nostalgia carries the prestige and value of these classic motors with unmatched fandom. Collectors across the nation strive to have one of these top-models comfortably situated in their garage, even if its just to admire. The problem is finding a muscle car thats in pristine condition. This reality can pose a challenge for first-time collectors. 

In this post, we’ll dive headfirst into the makes and models that continually drive consumer demand, including what a number of these models retail for at car auctions and online dealers nationwide. 

Top 5 muscles cars that collectors look to buy

Below are some of the most sought-after muscle cars in existence. They are the bread and butter of their generation, and have impressed collectors and car enthusiasts alike for their performance, design, and robust horsepower. With the exception of a few notable mentions, these top 5 muscle cars spark some of the best memories for American drivers.

Chevrolet Camaro

For experienced drivers, the Chevrolet Camaro packs a powerful punch. Even the base model came equipped with a V-8 engine and 290 horsepower. Step it up a model and you’ll find yourself behind the wheel of the Z-28, which delivers improved handling and a well loved design. However, the 1969 ZL1 is a real collector’s fantasy. This Camaro is one of the rarest in the world, and remembered fondly by car enthusiasts for its road racing notoriety. Most marketed Camaro models retail for $90,000-$100,000, on average. 

Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO was perhaps known for being a favorite among younger drivers. It’s price tag and responsive performance made it a win/win for drivers wanting to feel the need for speed without paying the price. As an early member of the muscle car era, it experienced various transformations and a new wave of popularity by the late ’60s. In present times, collectors can get their hands on a GTO rather easily, but the prices will vary. 

Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevrolet Chevelle, specifically the 1966 model, is one of the most sought-after muscle cars on the market. Auto enthusiasts treat the Chevelle like a precious gem, a true racing vessel with a whole lot of power under the hood. By the 1970s, the SS trim had up to 450 horsepower and could accelerate to 60mph in just 6 seconds. Back then, this class muscle car was a statement-making ride. And today, interested buyers still find a way to restore it back to its glory. Some collectors add emblematic racing stripes and clean-cut interior finishes to bring it back to its heyday. 

Oldsmobile 442

The 442 was originally introduced to the automotive market as an optional package for the F-85 and Cutlass models. It wasn’t before long this 1971 muscle car made a name for itself on its own. It became a much adorned muscle car in automotive history and gets its unique name from the car’s four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts. Take one look on Ebay, and you can see prices jump up to $100,000 for quality restorations. 

Shelby GT — a muscle car like no other 

Back in the day, the Shelby GT was a standout competitor. It was a valiant pioneer of speed and performance. With a V-8 engine and 360 horsepower, it became every drivers’ dream car. There is not a single car collector who wouldn’t take the time or money (if optional) to have this beauty in their collection. It’s rarity back then is still something that resonates with car enthusiasts in the U.S. today. Although, it’ll cost you upwards of $100,000-$350,000 for premium restorations, those who love the GT know its well worth the price. 

Where is the best place to find muscle cars?

The internet opened a world of opportunity for collectors and car enthusiasts across the world. Years prior, it would take knowing the right person at the right point in time just to step foot in a collectors’ garage. After an hour of watching American Pickers, you’ll come to understand that muscle car collectors are not as rare as you think.

Today, car enthusiasts can make connections through Facebook, Instagram, and e-commerce sites like Ebay. Not to mention, once you find a collector you trust, you’ll likely form a bond like no other. Finding an elite restoration takes some patience. Expectations won’t always live up to what retailers advertise. Therefore, it is important for newbie muscle car collectors to spend time researching before making a big investment.  

Do you have a passion for muscle cars? Tell us what make and model is your favorite below.


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Michaella Malone
Hello! My name is Michaella Malone. I am a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in English. I am a freelance writer with varied experience in ghostwriting, blogging, and resume building. I have additional knowledge in creating content for ESL curriculums.

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    1. 65 Riviera last of the nail heads

    2. I am interested in a
      sixty Seven GTO Four

      GT Speed.

    3. I love the 69 Mark 1 Mustang and my 95 Ford F150.

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