Muscle Car FAQs


With the many cars and eras of muscle cars, you probably still have a few questions about the vehicles. You might be wondering about the fastest muscle car or the rarest muscle car ever created. To help you learn more about muscle cars, check out some of our following answers to muscle car enthusiasts’ most burning questions. 

What Car Started the Muscle Car Era?

As discussed previously, the first muscle car was the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 in 1949. This vehicle inspired some of the most impressive cars in American history, giving buyers the chance to take some major power with them out on the road.

1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

When Was the Muscle Car Era?

Many automotive historians define muscle cars’ golden age from the mid-’60s through the early 1970s. While manufacturers made muscle cars before then and are still doing so today, this period represented an era when muscle cars reigned supreme.

1965 Shelby 427 cobra

How Did the Muscle Car Change or Influence the Car World?

Muscle cars embody the American ideal of freedom. The cars came with exceptional speed and power, plus an affordable price compared to other high-performance models. A muscle car was perfect for the open road, allowing drivers to gun it. Muscle cars became a symbol of American culture and gave U.S. car manufacturers a new vision for what a performance vehicle could achieve. 

The Ken Miles' flying Mustang GT350

What Is the Most Powerful Muscle Car?

The most powerful muscle car is probably the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, with its impressive 840 horsepower engine. Its current reign as the most powerful muscle car may not last long, with the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 reaching 760 horsepower. Soon, another muscle car may try to snag the top spot for bragging rights.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

What Was the Fastest Muscle Car of the ’60s?

Barely beating the 4.6-second 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of the 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO, the 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 was the fastest muscle car of the 1960s. This vehicle went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and came with high praise for its performance at the time.

1963 Shelby Cobra 260

What Was the Fastest Muscle Car Ever Made?

The fastest muscle car ever created is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Unveiled to the public in 2017 and offered as a 2018 model, the Dodge’s 6.2-liter HEMI produced a staggering 840 horsepower. With this power under its hood, the modern muscle car can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.3 seconds, faster than any other muscle car. 

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

What Is the Most Sought-After Muscle Car?

When you’re looking for the most sought-after muscle car in existence, you can narrow it down by price. A few muscle cars demand a multi-million-dollar price tag. The 1967 L88 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible and the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible both cost over $3 million. 

However, the most expensive and sought-after muscle car is a 1962 Shelby Cobra, which commands a $13.75 million price. This vehicle is the first 1962 Shelby Cobra ever made by Carroll Shelby and his team. 

The first 1962 Shelby Cobra

What Is the Rarest Muscle Car?

The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 2426 Hemi and the 1969 Chevy Corvette ZL-1 are the two rarest muscle cars ever created. Only two cars for each model ever existed, making them both vanishingly rare.


Is a Pony Car a Muscle Car?

While some will say otherwise, most auto enthusiasts agree that pony cars aren’t muscle cars. Both categories share similar characteristics, such as being American-made two-door coupes. 

The primary difference between the two is that pony cars tend to focus on handling, while muscle cars are more about raw power. Pony cars tend to have either small-block V8 engines or a V6 engine and come in a sporty, compact package. In contrast, muscle cars tend to be larger and typically feature a big-block V8 engine.


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If you’re interested in purchasing a vintage muscle car, turn to Arnage Neoclassic Cars. We have an exclusive  selection of Muscle cars for you to choose from.

Browse our exclusive selection of classic muscle cars today. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, and one of our expert sales representatives will be happy to help