9. The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
The 1969 Camaro ZL-1 was released as an upgrade of the original 69 Camaro. It had an L88 engine made of aluminum unlike the other models that had sheet metal engines. The engine, according to factory stats, could produce 430 horsepower, but in reality the engine produced 560 horsepower. Since it was made of aluminum, it weighed 500 pounds only. There were only 69 ZL-1s manufactured in ’69. The first twenty cars were used on professional drag racing tracks while the rest were sold to the public for $7,200 a piece. The price was too high for the average consumer so much that 12 of these cars were sent back to the factory to be fitted with smaller engines and made affordable for the general public.
8. The 1967 Ford Fairlane 500 R-Code
The Fairlane was released in 1955 and remained Ford’s only full size car until 1962 when it was redesigned to compete more effectively against other models in the muscle car market. It was in fact Ford’s first muscle car. The preceding Ford muscle car models such as the Torino and Cobra were based on the Fairlane design. In 1967, Ford launched the 500 R-Code. The letter R, which was included in the VIN number, signified that the new Fairlane had dual quad carburetors. The modification gave the Fairlane 500 425 horsepower. It was a popular muscle car despite the fact that there were only 57 of this model manufactured.