It is just natural for people to seek for different things in cars. There are those who desire to have the comfort and prestige afforded by high-end luxury vehicles, while others simply want the style provided by exotic models. Then there is that unique group of daredevils who crave for a little danger and excitement in cars. This last group is well known for their love of American Muscle Cars. They hardly care for the usual needs such as comfort and luxury, but are driven by a quenchless thirst for raw power and extreme performance reminiscent of the 1960s and 70s American cars.
So what exactly is an American muscle car? This powerful ride can only be described as an all American-made two-door car with a hard top and a V-8 engine. There are many 4-door muscle cars and even convertibles but to earn the title they must meet two core demands: They must be made in America and have a V-8 engine. The engine actually defines the muscle car. It should be 8 cylinders and nothing less. Horsepower is everything in a muscle car.
Muscle cars are no longer a thing of the past. A good number of American car makers have released, or re-released, original versions of the 60s and 70s muscle cars. Fine examples include the GTO by Pontiac and the new Chargers and Challengers launched by Dodge. However, models of the new generation of muscle cars are not considered as the real thing by die-hard fans, primarily because for a car to deserve the muscle designation it must be 30 years old or more but less than 49. Anything younger doesn’t count and if older than 49 years then it’s an antique.
The following list gives an insight into the ten rarest American muscle cars with special emphasis on the model years and other important factors.
10. The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird
There were actually 135 of this muscle car produced in the year 1970. The car was a modification of the Roadrunner line of Plymouths designed for racing. The Superbird, designed after Dodge’s Charger Daytona, featured a Hemi 426 cubic inch engine and high performance parts. It was well known for its high mounted spoiler that looked like a wing and a horn that mimicked the sound produced by Looney Tunes’ Roadrunner cartoon character.