Rare Muscle Car List: 20 Cars That Are A Fortune To Find

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The short-lived 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird is one of the classic American muscle cars from its generation. A highly-modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner, it arrived with iconic graphics and horn. Aside from looks, it is a machine of power, carrying a top of the line 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi engine. The auto company built only 135 units of this car with still a handful existing today. Hence, this rare muscle car is difficult to find and expensive to buy.

Actually, this car was Plymouth’s quick answer to Dodge’s plans. At that time, Dodge aimed to release a more aerodynamically sound car, which was a better version of the Charger. Plymouth quickly finalized the design and its engineers immediately tested prototypes on track. In July 1969, Plymouth started building a mock up for the Hemi Superbird. However, they faced the challenge of making it more aerodynamic and the challenge was not that simple. They made many changes to solve the challenge and the outcome has become one of the greatest cars ever.

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The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 is a rare muscle car with a total of only 69 units ever coming out. Hence, getting your hand with one of these is difficult if not an impossible. Aside from being rare, it is also a powerful car. Chevrolet equipped it with a COPO 9560 ZL1 engine option. This made the car a legendary vehicle whose origins was in the fire-breathing L88 427 CI big block racing engine. Chevrolet did extensive use of aluminum in the block, heads, intake, and ancillary pieces wile using steel in other parts. Therefore, it became the most exotic American production engine ever built to that time.

With a powerful engine block, the Camaro ZL-1 produced a whopping 550 hp. Thus, it exceeded its almost ludicrous factory rating of 430 horses. With only 69 made, it has become even rare with incorporating a Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual transmission. Out of the 69, they used 20 units for professional racing then the rest were available for public purchase. Its initial public price was $7,200, which was extremely high back in the day. Although many people were hesitant to buy the car, many units found lucky owners.

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The 1967 Ford Fairlane 500 R-Code is mid-size rare muscle car that has hints of GM’s intermediates all over. Ford is famous as a performance brand but back in the day, it missed many opportunities to show off. Due to its release of Falcons and Escorts, it somewhat missed taking the majority of the muscle car market. Although it dominated thte Le Mans with the GT40, it lacked the basics that can hook muscle car enthusiasts into buying all of its cars.

The same goes for its limited edition Fairlane. Ford released only 52 units of this car. They remodeled it due to the increasing size among muscle cars at that time. Although it lacked a little compared to its competitors, this rare muscle car was an icon internally. Hence, Ford used it as basis for upcoming Torino and Cobra line ups. Moreover, this car offered just right performance, thanks to its dual quad carburetors with a horsepower reaching 425.