Fastest Classic Muscle Cars: Top 10 List

There is nothing compared to hearing the roar of a Muscle Car zooming down a straightaway. These American made cars are high performance vehicles that were introduced as mid-sized two door coupes with engines having a lot of horsepower during the 1960s. They had been designed for “straight-line” speed.

Classic American muscle cars listed here were available from the 1960s through the 1970s, these were some of the fastest during their time.

1. 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra – 12.2 seconds on a quarter mile at 118 mph. 427 V8 engine with 425 horsepower. In 2007, a 1966 Shelby Cobra was sold in auction for a whopping $5.5 million dollars, of course it had an eight hundred horsepower engine.

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Convertible
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2. 1966 Corvette 427 – 12.8 seconds over a ¼ mile at 112 mph. L72 V8 engine with 425 horsepower. Corvettes have been driven by men who are well known in the racing circuit. Recognizable names such as A.J.Foyt, Roger Penske, Dick Guldstrand, and Jim Hall just to name a few.

3. 1969 Plymouth Road Runner – 12.9 seconds on a quarter mile at 12.9 seconds. 440-6 engine with 390 horsepower. Plymouth negotiated with Warner Brothers the right to use the Road Runner character in naming this muscle car. The negotiation included the use of the “beep, beep” horn.

4. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda – 13.1 seconds on a ¼ mile track at 107 miles per hour. 426 Hemi engine powered with 425hp using a 4 speed transmission. The Barracuda participated in factory sponsored races, one of which was the 1970 Trans-Am Series. The ‘Cuda was not successful; however, they garnered several pole positions during qualifying.

1970 Hemi Cuda
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5. 1970 Chevelle SS454 – 13.12 seconds running on a quarter mile at 107 mph. 454 V8 big block engine with 450hp. Chevrolet came up with the Chevelle in order to compete with the Ford Fairlane.

1970 Chevy Chevelle
Photo by: Rex Gray, Creative Commons

6. 1969 Camaro – 13.16 seconds in ¼ mile stretch at 110 miles per hour. The 427 ZL1 with 430hp engine was initially intended for drag racing purposes. Each ZL1 engine took sixteen hours to build in a sanitized environment. These engines were used for both the Camaro and the Corvette.

1969 Camaro
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7. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette. 13.3 seconds on ¼ mile straightaway at 108 miles per hour. Engine was a 427 V6 engine with 435 horsepower using a four speed transmission. Corvettes are given, or shall we say branded, with many names like LT-1, ZR-1, Stingray, ZL-1, and even the Collector Edition moniker.

1968 Corvette Stingray
Photo by: Phillip Pessar, Creative Commons

8. 1970 Plymouth Road Runner. 13.34 seconds on a quarter mile run at 107.5 mph. Engine was a Chrysler 426 Hemi, 425 horsepower. Plymouth had also offered options for the color of the Roadrunner a customer might want. They were designated as “high impact” colors with such names as Vitamin-C (orange), In-Violet (purple), and Moulin Rouge.

9. 1970 Buick Grand Sport Stage 1. 13.38 seconds on a ¼ mile straightaway at 105.5 miles per hour. Buick introduced the 455 cu in V8 engine with 360 horsepower. This vehicle caused an uproar in the 80s when reports said that this GS 455 Stage 1 of 1970 was faster than any Hemi car produced by Chrysler.

Rare 1970 Buick GS Stage 1
Photo by: Rex Gray, Creative Commons

10. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette. 13.41 seconds in a ¼ mile at 109.5 miles per hour. A 427 cu in, 425 horsepower engine used, less horsepower than previous model mentioned above. Body color of Corvettes varied, ten different colors if you wanted to get a Corvette, the least produced color was black with 708 produced and British green with 4,779 produced.

  • cody Brogan

    The plymouth superbird should be the fastest right?

    • Matthew Murphy

      Chrysler made the fastest race cas back in the day.

  • Albrit

    I had a ’69 Roadrunner 383 V8 , it was a blast to drive !!!!! I loved it, CHRYSLER RULES, Meep,meep !! Would still love to have a Viper V10 R/T ===

  • Albrit

    I had a ’69 Roadrunner 383 V8 , it was a blast to drive !!!!! I loved it, CHRYSLER RULES, Meep,meep !!

  • Albrit

    I had a ’69 Roadrunner 383 V* , it was a blast to drive !!!!!

  • dodge man

    What about the 69 dodge charger rt ? Or the 69 ford super boss “lawn man”

  • Michael

    i would go for the 1970 road runner

  • ed

    the first one is a SHELBY

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  • woLfmanjak71

    yay!! a ford as # 1! my chevy-loving friends would absolutely HATE this!

  • ferrari dominates

    ferrari’s all the way. american cars are slow and ugly while europian cars are made for style and speed. . . just saying

  • Ahmed Ali Ghouri

    Nice Cars

  • A-dawg

    Yo rawdinosaur, You are kinda right, cause the new Dodge charger looks like a Mitsubishi evo. You gotta keep your text short, cause else I don’t understand anything.
    It’s me Andrus, just with a new name

  • Zack Johnson

    I’ve seen all of these cars at a car show

  • joseph angelo tanalgo

    i like the 7th car is so cute and just like a toy

  • rawrdinosaur

    Yo Andrus, the modern day dodge and pontiacs are nothin but crap. yes the dodge challenger is considered a muscle car, however, it is not a reliable one. from the 80’s and earlier, pontiacs were cars that stood up to there name. now they are nothing but rundown versions of the good things that was back in the days. the new dodge’s break down because there mechanics are all chrysler. chrysler too also sucks. pontiacs were put out of production at the end of 2010. but the G8 was put out at the end of 2009. they weren’t bringing in enough money because the design and engine were not worth what the cars were selling for. i do like the antique muscle cars of dodge and pontiac, but get this straight, i DO NOT like the modern day dodge and pontiac cause they’re scrap metal from a junk yard.

  • chevy ford buick plymouth is up there because they r true american muscles their not european and asian pieces of crap american cars all the way!

  • Andrus

    Yo rawrdinosaur Dodge and Pontiac are 2 awesome car brands, from Dodge we got the Charger, Challenger, Ram and the big v10 snake, from Pontiac we got cars like the GTO, Trans am and many other.
    This is what true muscle cars is

  • rawrdinosaur

    Yo, rampage, pontiacs suck and dodges also. thats why they stoped making pontiacs and why dodges keep having to have bail outs by the government.

  • Rampage

    What! no Pontiac’s? How about the 1967 400 Ram Air IV? Or the 421 super duties?