It’s unarguable: car nuts love muscle cars. Frankly, we are concerned about those who don’t. They are missing out: The classic curves, angles and defined body lines induce a sense of nostalgia that will bring you back to simpler times. Gripping the wheel to feel the engine purr through your fingertips grounds you. Harmonious exhaust notes tickle your eardrums with every blip of the gas pedal, and the passing scenery clears the mind and soothes the soul.
This experience is no longer limited to those who own one. Here are five of the many vehicles listed on DriveShare that will give you the ultimate muscle car experience.
Michael Ruddell’s 1951 Oldsmobile Rocket 88
Oldsmobile released their new Rocket 88 in 1949 in response to the public’s sudden demand for faster cars. It used the same new Futuramic B-body platform as the previous 76 model, but instead of a straight-six, the 88 was home to Oldsmobile’s latest 5-liter Rocket V-8. The new engine produced 135 horsepower, which may seem diminutive by today’s standards, but back in the day, those numbers were substantial. The Rocket 88’s combination of a relatively lightweight body and a large, powerful engine earned the car its place as the first example of American Muscle, or the automotive industry’s gateway into muscle-cardom at the very least. This car is a true treasure.
Hugo Santana’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
The saying “there’s no replacement for displacement” was never truer in 1970. The 1970 Chevelle SS was sitting atop of the food chain with a big-block 454 that made up to 450-hp from the factory. Hugo’s Chevelle is a prime example of perfection: It has an iconic red and black color scheme, chrome hood pins, a cowl induction system, and will earn attention wherever you go. This particular vehicle has a modern suspension for smooth handling: It is just begging to be driven.
Pierre Alston’s 1968 Camaro SS
Another vehicle adorned with the SS badge and bearing an opposite color scheme of black with red racing stripes is Pierre’s 1968 Camaro SS. Having gone through a recent full restoration, this car is ready for the open road. The original engine was swapped for a 383 Stroker motor. Pierre says the car, “Burns rubber and turns heads,” and we don’t doubt that for a second. The Camaro’s interior appears exceedingly stock. The radio, which isn’t noticeable at first glance, is from RetroSound, a company known for making stereos that look original, but with quality modern internals. However, it’s doubtful you’ll even need the radio: The engine’s exhaust notes will urge you to turn off the tunes and roll down the windows.
Robert Haughton’s 1972 Buick GS 455
Robert’s second generation 1972 Buick Gran Sport leaves its competitors in the dust. The heart of this particular GS was converted from the factory 350-cid engine to a slightly modified 455. After a recent rebuild in 2018, it’s most recent pull on the dyno recorded at 408-hp and 515 lb-ft of torque, and you should expect every bit of that out of this beauty. It’s also equipped with disc brakes, an upgraded cooling system, and a modern stereo. Don’t miss your shot to get behind the wheel.
Chris Gebhardt’s 1967 Pontiac GTO
Seeing this car today, you’d never imagine it was sitting in a salvage yard until 1990 when Chris and his father vowed to bring it back to life. It was a daily driver, and over the years it’s had its fair share of rear differential swaps, carburetors, and tunes. Now it is fully restored and equipped with a cammed Pontiac 400 engine, a four-barrel carburetor, a three-speed automatic transmission, and power steering. The tone of the Flowmaster exhaust has children running to their windows to get a glimpse, while their fathers stare in remorse at their inadequate stock V-6 in the driveway. This car has quite a history, and you can read more about it here(link). With a story just as sensational as the drive, why wouldn’t you want to get behind the wheel?
Joan Friedrich’s 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
After its release in 2016, the Hellcat was the most powerful muscle car ever produced. The SRT-built 6.2-L Supercharged Hemi V-8 pushes out a staggering 707-hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Accelerating from 0-60 takes a minuscule 3.5 seconds, and redundantly has a top speed of 199 mph. While driving one of the meanest American cars on the road, you still can enjoy many features such as GPS, heated and cooled seats, parking sensors, and HID headlights. Joan upgraded her Hellcat with tinted windows and wide rear meats for optimum grip. Thanks to DriveShare, you can check this beast off your driving experience wish list.
[Editor’s Note: We avoided the muscle car vs. pony car debate by withholding the Ford Mustang from this list, but don’t worry: We saved that topic for a different article. Click here.]