The 1960s and '70s changed the world of automobiles forever. After the birth of muscle cars, big names such as Chevy and Ford soon became synonymous with some of the famous American muscle cars to date. Here they are...
60. 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2
Original price: $2,910
Current average value: $5,400
The Pontiac Catalina went under the transformation of a lifetime in 1965 in order to keep up with the competition. Having been cruising the streets since 1950, Pontiac certainly kept up times by remodeling the frame in the "Coke bottle" style and enlarging the base of the wheels.
But let's talk engine. Just like the Pontiac GTO, the Catalina came with a buyer's choice of three different engines. Standard builds offered 338 horsepower, whereas a little extra cash could get you a 421 four-barrel engine with 353 horsepower, or 421 HO clocking 376 horsepower - take your pick.
59. 1968 Dodge Dart GTS
Original price: $3,189
Current average value: $10,100
According to many muscle car enthusiasts, the 1968 Dodge Dart GTS is what some would call a "compact" muscle car. While it wasn't seen at the time as Dodge's sleek ride on the market, it gained huge popularity amongst young buyers and made a name for itself on its performance.
But most of all, the Dart wedged itself a spot of its own on the 1960s price pyramid. With Plymouth on the affordable side and Chrysler popping champagne at the top, the Dart bridged the gap between the two brands and snagged a buyer base of its own.
58. 1963 Plymouth Valiant
Original Price: $2,340
Current average value: $10,700
During its 16 years on the market, the Plymouth Valiant gained a stellar reputation for its reliability and lifespan. In fact, it was believed to be one of Chrysler's best-sellers during the era of muscle cars throughout the 1960s and 1970s. According to Road & Track magazine, it was "one of the best all-around domestic cars."
In fact, it was such a success, it wasn't even relying on the Plymouth name - it was first marketed without the maker's brand at all. This history-making cars can be found on the second-hand market for anywhere from $10 grand to almost $20 grand, depending on the condition.
57. 1961 Ford Thunderbird
Original price: $4,170
Current average value: $11,600
By the end of the 1950s, Ford was dominating the personal luxury car game thanks to the T-Bird model. But the company took their popularity all thanks to the risky decision in upping their seating from two-person to four - and man, did it ever work. The Thunderbird was a continuation of this success.
The luxury car hit the streets in November of 1960 and wowed car-lovers thanks to its sharp nose and eventually gained the nickname, the "bullet-bird." Over 62.5 thousand were reportedly produced, so there's a fair chance that you can find one of these bad boys still on the market today.
56. 1967 Ford Mercury Cougar
Original price: $2,851
Current average value: $11,600
Thanks to their smash success with the Mustang, it seemed to many that America was in the palm of Ford's hand during the 1960s. But even with all that popularity, they still wanted to diversify with their other brands. So Mercury created the Cougar and made a statement with the engines.
The 1967 model came with a V8 standard engine, but there was a twist: the 428 cubic inch, seven liter FE V8. This bad boy cranked out 335 horsepower, but not at the expense of luxury. In addition to the world-class power, the Cougar was also Ford's first car to have a controllable sunroof.
55. 1964 Mercury Montclair
Original Price: $2,957
Current average value: $13,650
With models dating back to the mid-1950s, the 1964 Mercury Montclair represented a fresh new facelift that came with the fourth generation of the model. From grille designs to "Breezeway" rooves, the Ford-owned model found a way to stay relevant with the times.
The base model was loaded with a 390 cubic-inch V8, which clocked 266 horsepower. Other versions boasted anything in the range of 330 to 390 horsepower, with one engine model even reaching 425. Today, these powerful steeds can be found on the second-hand market for roughly $13,500.
54. 1966 Plymouth Barracuda
Original price: $2,556
Current average value: $14,000
The powers of a 235 horsepower engine never cease to amaze. Thanks to the serious hardware packed into this next car, it was able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds. And while other muscle cars are hard to come by, according to Popular Mechanics, this model is more common than most would think.
Lucky for us, that means a higher probability of scoring one and at a lesser price than some of the other 1960s classics. And don't let the name fool you, there's actually a difference between the Barracuda and the 'Cuda - and it's alllll in the engine, baby.
53. 1963 Studebaker Superlark
Original Price: $2,315
Current average value: $14,050
Come 1963, the Studebaker Superlark got a makeover to end all makeovers. In response to the criticisms, the design team ditched a number of elements that were holding the model back in the market, as many believed that it maintained a 1950s feel. But all that changed thanks to some key alterations.
One of the most unique new stylings included a vanity mirror and makeup tray on the passenger's side for date nights or touch-ups on the go. Despite its classic status today, the car model didn't fare well on the market, resulting in its retirement in 1966. Keep scrolling for more muscle cars of the past...
52. 1964 Pontiac Tempest
Original Price: $2,904
Current average value: $14,300
The Pontiac Tempest was such a great addition to the General Motors family that they rolled it out not once but twice. From 1960 to 1971 and again from 1987 to 1991, this entry-level compact made quite the impression on multiple occasions. Especially the second generation that hit the streets in '64.
The 1964 Tempest went bigger and better on the design front. It was enlarged to a intermediate-sized car and kept up with some of the sleek and angular traits associated with muscle cars of its time. Today, this rellic of the past is valued at approximately $14,000.
51. 1968 AMC AMX
Original price: $3,395
Current average value: $15,700
AMC was up against some heavy-hitting rivalry during the 1960s. Between the Mustang and the Corvette, AMC was struggling to stay afloat in the flooded market. But that's where the 1968 AMX line came in. It was the hope that this new spin on the great American muscle car could help them steal the spotlight.
And if the label couldn't get anyone's attention, its engine sure could. According to the United States Auto Club, the AMC smashed two records in January of 1968. By their records, the AMX was able to reach a max speed of 189 miles/hour and even 200 miles/hour. This may not be a Mustang but it's sure got horsepower!
50. 1969 AMC Javelin
Original Price: $2,500
Current average value: $16,000
AMC's 1969 Javelin model was a testament to its time. It featured all the fixings of a muscle car of the era and focused a great deal on the design elements on the exterior body. From new wheels to graphic designs, this sleek ride was quite the attention magnet - and still is.
For an extra bit of cash, the Javelin could also be customized to the standards of the legendary race car driver, Craig Breedlove. From roof-mounted spoilers to electric new colors and simulated "exhaust" rocker trim, AMC certainly did its part in marketing to a younger demographic with this model.
49. 1968 Ford Mustang GT
Original price: $2,602
Current average value: $17,600
From the moment the 1968 Ford Mustang GT hit the streets, it was making history. Not only is it a member of the OG Mustangs, but it also had its 15 minutes of fame after its appearance in the 1968 classic film, Bullitt. That's right, this car has the stamp of approval by Steve McQueen himself.
And like most cars from McQueen films, the value and popularity skyrocketed just like the cinema ticket sales. The original Mustang used in the film sold for a whopping $3.7 mil, but these days an average, non-McQueen 1968 Mustang has a value of just over $17.5 grand!
48. Mercury Cyclone
Original Price: $2,768
Current average value: $17,800
From 1964 to 1971, Ford's sub-company, Mercury, saw great success with the Cyclone model. During its time on the market, the Cyclone went through four different generations including the Comet, Cobra Jet, and the Spoiler. It grew a great deal since breaking onto the scene as an option for the 1964 Comet.
As the generations came and went, engine changes were made. For example, while the model started with a 289 cu inch in 1964, it wrapped up its time on the market with a 351 cu inch engine in 1972. Keep scrolling for more of America's most legendary muscle cars from the past...
47. 1964 Ford Falcon
Original Price: $2,400
Current average value: $18,000
The 1964 Ford Falcon was the face of the second generation of Falcons that Ford put out between 1964 and 1965. In efforts to keep up with their major competitors, Ford also offered something referred to as a "Sprint Package." For a little extra cash, buyers could snag a Falcon with extra mods.
They included a stiffer suspension in addition to a louder exhaust to create a bigger presence while cruising the streets. While the model eventually wrapped up production in 1970, these retro cars are still sold at auctions. Their median price runs at roughly $18,000, depending on condition.
46. 1971 AMC Matador
Original Price: $3,493
Current average value: $18,000
From the hardtop, sedan, and station wagon models, the 1971 AMC Matador broke onto the scene in 1971 and caught the attention of passersby. It debuted a number of design changes and was seen as a major "facelift" to the brand, which was facing marketing troubles due to past models.
While a sharp decline in profits resulted in AMC retiring some of its other muscle car models, the Matador kept the spirit alive thanks to the "Machine Go" package. This add-on provided buyers with larger engine options and classic muscle car decals and designs like the former AMC model, the Rebel Machine.
45. 1970 Chevrolet El Camino 454 SS
Original price: $2,769
Current average value: $18,400
One quick glance at that picture, and it's clear this Chevrolet model was half-car, half-truck. But the truth is that the 1970 El Camino 454 SS was actually so much more than that. Decked out with innovative design, the sporty car was literally impossible to miss.
And it actually has its 454 V8 engine to thank for that. The speedy car delivered almost 500 horsepower, which meant it could go from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 5.0 seconds. And with its sleek, sporty design? Living life in the fast lane never looked cooler.
44. 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado
Original price: $6,631
Current average value: $19,000
With only 2250 models ever built, the 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado made its mark back in 1966 and has only grown in popularity as one of the original muscle cars of its time. It played a part in the Eldorado legacy that started in 1952 and carried on all the way until 2002.
Beyond its rare status on the market, the Fleetwood Eldorado caught America's attention as one of the country's most luxurious models that money could buy. And with a 7.0 liter, 16-valve 429 CID V8 engine powering the sleek design, this Cadillac continues to be on car-lovers lists to this very day.
43. 1964 Rambler American
Original Price: $1,979
Current average value: $19,269
American Motors Corporation came out with the Rambler American back in 1958 to join the ranks of compact cars making a statement on the streets of the United States. And this car did just that. Between convertible and four-door options, this ride gained a big name for itself for a small price.
In fact, this model was often the lowest-priced car in the entire country. But what was affordable now has aged into a muscle car classic. Today, these V8 engine-stacked rides can be found at auction houses for roughly $20 grand, depending on their condition of course.
42. 1965 Buick Skylark
Original Price: $2,552
Current Value: $20,000
Sure, speeding around town is nice and all. But how about a smooth ride? When it came to the 1965 Buick Skylark, that's exactly what passengers couldn't get enough of. Sporting a 300 cubic inch V8 engine, Buick pulled out all the stops to keep up with its many rivals.
And it appears their efforts paid off. An estimated 70,000 consumers hopped behind the wheel of the 1965 model, according to reports. From its affordable pricing to its stylish finish, it's no surprise Buick's very first muscle car is still beloved by collectors today.
41. 1963 Buick Wildcat
Original Price: $3,849
Current average value: $22,500
1963 was a big year for the Wildcat. No longer a member of the Invicta series, the Wildcat started the year as its very own series. It was seen as a direct competitor to Oldsmobile's Starfire of the full-body sport class and featured classic design elements such as the metal trim paneling.
The Wildcat brought a great deal of versatility to the market and came in a variety of designs including the hardtop, convertible, and four-door sedan. However, despite its popularity, the model only lasted from 1963 to 1964. Want to see more muscle cars of the past? Keep scrolling...
40. 1968 Oldsmobile 442
Original Price: $3,127
Current Value: $24,000
With a car that good looking yet not steeply priced, it might seem almost too good to be true. But as far as the 1968 Oldsmobile 442 is concerned? What you see is what you get. With a 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and 2 exhausts (hence the name), the shiny car was once a beast on the road.
Thanks to its 375 horsepower, the powerful vehicle was able to go from zero to sixty in roughly 7 seconds. Perhaps that's why the innovative muscle car is one of Oldsmobile's most best-selling models to this very day. Just like our next blast from the past. Keep scrolling...
39. 1962 Ford Galaxie
Original price: $2,667
Current average value: $25,250
This next whip was a testament to its time. While Ford knew that a full-sized model wouldn't get buyers as excited as other sleeker designs, the managed to drum up interest thanks to the car model's name and its connection to the Space Race that dominated everyone's attention in the 1960s.
The Galaxie offered options to suit each kind of buyer, with models sporting a two-door, four-door, and convertible design for an additional price. It was Ford's response to Chevrolet's Impala and made a statement of its own thanks to the 6-cylinder engine and softer edges.
38. 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds
Original Price: $3,341
Current average value: $26,000
The relationship between Oldsmobile and Hurst Performance was straight-up gold. In fact, the Hurst components were such a success on the 442 models that the two auto industry companies teamed up to produce the Hurst/Olds, special edition versions of the 442 and Cutlass Supreme.
It first hit the market in 1968 and quickly caught car lovers' attention with their 390 horsepower engine and four-barrel Rochester Quadrajet 4GC carburetor. The model ran until 1984 and can has aged to reach an average value of $26 grand on the auction market.
37. 1967 Dodge Coronet WO23 GSX Stage 1
Original Price: $3,199
Current average value: $27,500
While the Coronet name was a tried and true model in the Dodge family since the 1950s, not all of the models were meant for commercial purchasing. In fact, the 1967 Dodge Coronet WO23 GSX Stage 1 was specifically built for racing in the stock class. And that meant that they were a rare build.
According to reports, only 55 of them ever left the plant and had a successful run on the tracks with legendary driver, Warren Barnett. While few in numbers, Dodge gave it their all with this model when it came to under the hood. Each car was stacked with a Hemi 426ci engine.
36. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Original price: $2,290 (base)
Current average value: $28,400
The 1950s were the birth of lots of timeless classics: rock & roll, drive-in movies... and the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, of course. The classic muscle car morphed into one of the most beloved and distinct models of the era. And perhaps with good reason.
With its larger body style and signature tailfins, the sleek ride was bound to turn heads no matter where the road took it - literally. From a late-night drive to a bite at the local diner, cruising around in the '57 must-have was the ultimate flex.
35. 1969 Chevy Nova SS 396
Original Price: $2,524
Current average value: $28,600
When asked about his experience designing the Chevy series, Chevrolet designer, Clare MacKichan said, "There was no time for experimentation or doodling around with new ideas." It was one of Chevrolet's fastest design turnarounds - but the hard work certainly paid off.
By the time the 1969 model came around, Chevrolet had built an empire, and the Nova was one of its shining glories. Under 2000 of the models were produced, resulting in their rare status on today's market. But with a little luck and the right price, this four-cylinder muscle car could be yours.
34. 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Original Price: $2,984
Current average value: $29,100
It was safe to say that the big automobile companies in America at this time were all fighting to keep up with each other's design trends. And after Ford put out the intermediate Fairlaine model in 1962, General Motors made the call to respond with an expansion in their senior compacts in 1964.
Hence, the 1964 model of the Oldsmobile Cutlass. The model's second-generation design featured bigger and better elements across the board, including a larger wheelbase and heavier build. And with a reported 167,000 sales that year, it clearly worked. Today, they sell for roughly $29,000.
33. 1970 Plymouth Duster
Original Price: $2,172
Current average value: $31,500
While it only lasted six years on the market, the Plymouth Duster made a huge impact in the world of muscle cars. It was introduced as a semi-fastback two-door coupe equivalent of Plymouth's Valiant. It was also meant to compete with Ford's Maverick and the AMC Hornet.
According to reports, 192,375 Plymouth Dusters were made at Plymouth's four assembly plants and included both manual and automatic transitions. Newer models may have stopped, but you can still purchase one of these sleek rides for roughly $31,500 around the U.S.
32. 1970 Ford Maverick
Original Price: $1,995
Current average value: $33,995
If only cars were as affordable as they were back in the '60s and '70s! Back in 1970, Ford put out the Maverick model and advertised it at a competitive price of less than two grand. This was their attempt at competing against new Japanese auto rivals including Datsun and Toyota.
It was dubbed the "Import Fighter" and even featured a nameplate designed to resemble the horns of cattle. They came in two and four-door body styles and were widely popular at the time. Today, they're a muscle car classic and go for an average of $34k.
31. 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX
Original Price: $3,178
Current average value: $34,650
While the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere may have cost $250 more than the Pontiac GTO back in the late '60s, there was a clear benefit to coughing up the extra dough. Unlike GM models, the Plymouth Belvedere didn't have engine restrictions, and it packed a 440-cubic-inch engine.
The model came in both two and four-door models, in addition to being available in sedan, hardtop, convertible, and station wagon designs. Today, these iconic muscle cars can be found on the auction market for anywhere in the $30 grand neighborhood, depending on their condition.
30. 1962 Dodge Polara
Original Price: $2,960
Current average value: $35,418
For loyal muscle car enthusiasts, 1962 is often known as the year that models were of a smaller and more compact frame. This country-wide design shift was reportedly inspired by Chrysler's president misunderstanding Chevrolet's chief's plans for the coming year.
And so, models like the 1962 Dodge Polara and countless others debuted a slimmer look. The Polara came in a variety of designs during its era, including a convertible, four-door sedan, hardtop, and Max Wedge engine option in order to market against Ford's Fairlane model.
29. 1958 Plymouth Fury
Original price: $3,032
Current average value: $35,900
If by some chance our next classic car doesn't ring a bell? Perhaps the name "Christine" should do the trick: the 1958 model grew even more popular by 1983 when the car was adapted into the horror film, Christine. But let's backtrack as to what truly makes it so great.
From the sporty design to the high-performing engine dubbed the "Golden Commando," it's no surprise: Plymouth had intended to compete against Chevy's Bel Air. The only difference? With only about 5,303 models ever made, the Fury has grown to become that much more rare among car collectors today.
28. 1968 Plymouth Road Runner
Original Price: $2,870
Current average value: $30,800
While a classic muscle car came in a set-in-stone style, the true innovation was in the engine. And as many believe, no one did engines quite as uniquely as Plymouth - especially when it came to their Road Runner. This sleek ride had its own exclusive V8 model engine that helped it stand apart.
Sales for the Road Runner reportedly doubled compared to predictions, ranking the new model as the third most popular muscle car in 1968. Its smash success inspired the creation of the Road Runner's cousin model, the Super Bee in addition to newer generations up until 1980.
27. 1968 Dodge Super Bee
Original Price: $3,027
Current average value: $40,000
Ever spend any time behind this 2-door coupe, and it's clear what makes it stand out from the rest. With a 426 cubic inch Hemi V8, the muscle car brought a whole new meaning to, well, muscle cars. Thanks to its special design, the speedy car could reach speeds of 60 mph in just over 6 seconds. But that's not all.
With only 125 Super Bees using a Hemi engine ever produced, the collectible might just be one of the rarest makes yet. And with its top-notch tires, sporty design, and heavy-duty suspension, we'd be lying if we said we wouldn't want a go behind the wheel.
26. 1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible
Original price: $5,841
Current average value: $55,000
Despite being one of America's most beloved muscle car makers, Chrysler knew how to keep the people wanting more when it came to their convertibles. Back in 1960, the automaker manufactured only 248 of these sleek rides throughout the entire year - and they've become quite the collector's item.
Aside from winning countless awards at yearly muscle car fairs and displays, this 1960 classic has remained a popular model because of its innovation. It was the first-ever model Chrysler piloted with the ram-induction intake design. From the dual 4-barrel carburetors to the 30-inch runner manifolds, this car changed the game.
25. 1970 Ford Torino Cobra
Original Price: $3,270
Current Value: $56,000
It's no accident Ford's 1970 Torino Cobra reigns as one of the best American muscle cars to date. In fact, the decked-out sports car was so impressive, it managed to find its way to the big screen in 2008's Gran Torino. As for what makes it stand out from the rest?
With an estimated 360 horsepower and four-speed manual transmission, the 2-door sports car was as easy on the eyes as it was on the race tracks. And we're not the only ones who feel that way. The timeless model was actually dubbed Motor Trend's car of the year upon its release - and we can see why.
24. 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Original Price $3,635
Current Value: $70,000
We clearly know by now that Chevrolet was no rookie when it came to serving muscle cars. But just how good did their 1971 Camaro Z28 measure up? The very first of their 2nd generation Camaros, the stylish model would eventually serve as an inspiration for cars that followed.
That's right, look familiar? That's because Chevy brought back the vintage design when it came to their 5th generation Camaros, which made their official debut back in 2010. With an estimated 340 horsepower and revamped grills, the 1971 model made a more feasible everyday car.
23. 1969 Pontiac GTO The Judge
Original Price: $3,940
Current Value: $80,000
The name of our next model might have derived from a popular comedy skit, but trust us when we say its specs were no joke. Pontiacs GTO "The Judge," inspired by a sketch from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, was one of the most prized muscle cars of its time. Why, exactly?
For just a few extra hundred bucks, the special package was worth every penny: various decals, a rear spoiler, and wider tires were only some of the edgy upgrades included. And with 366 HP, a 4-barrel Quadra-jet carburetor, and free-flowing exhaust manifolds? The verdict is in: The Judge is iconic.
22. 1963 Corvette Stingray
Original Price: $4,037
Current Value: $100,000
When Corvette called up famed engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov to design their 2nd generation Stingray? They knew exactly what they were doing. Fast forward to today, and the iconic muscle car's reputation practically precedes itself. Hang on while we explain why.
With sleek body panels, precise steering, and a lightweight feel, the trendy coupe was as cool as it was dependable. Not only could it reach a 360 HP, but its innovative new weight distribution also called for seamless maneuverability. Not to mention, if the King of Rock & Roll once had one, how bad could it be?
21. 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
Original price: $4,500
Current value: $120,000
Looking to feel like royalty? Look no further than Ford's 1968 Mustang Shelby GT500KR. Not only does the 'KR' literally stand for 'king of the road,' but the swanky model's got the details and design to actually back it up. As for what those are, exactly?
One of the hottest cars of the '60s, the GT500KR came decked out with lots of fine detailing. From the fiberglass hood to the 428-cubic-inch engine to the HP (listed as 355 but realistically over the 400-mark), the classic sports car's reign was clearly well earned.
20. 1968 Dodge Charger Hemi R/T
Original Price: $4,110
Current Value: $150,000
Recognize our next car? There's good reason. Not only was the 1968 model a revamp of the beloved Dodge Charger, but it, too, found its way onto our screens. Back in 1968, Steve McQueen was just as impressed as we were about the car, his film Bullitt used it for one of its scenes.
The sleek sports car came stacked with over 425 horsepower, a shiny new look, and refined tail. Whether it was being taken out for a joy ride or driven around by Hollywood movies stars, it's no surprise the sporty car was the talk of the town - and still is.
19. 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air IV
Original Price: $4,906
Current Value: $150,000-$200,000
One quick glance at that snap, and perhaps it's no surprise it was originally used as a show car. From the distinct stripe on its hood to its smooth, sleek finish, the sporty coupe certainly knew how to turn heads. But the 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air IV's interior was just as impressive.
Instead of a typical V6 engine, the innovative vehicle came boasting a 400 cubic inch V8, making it as dependable as it was desirable. In fact, the model was so special, Pontiac produced only 88 of them. Perhaps that's why it'll cost ya a pretty penny to get behind the wheel of one today.
18. 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang
Original Price: $4,798
Current Value: $180,000
Most of us are already well familiar with the word "mustang." From the minute Ford debuted the classic model back in 1964, it was instantly a hit. But just a few years later, it was back and better than ever: the 1969 Boss 429 offered the same specs Ford buyers knew and loved - but with a twist.
Advertised with 375 HP, the upgraded model was designed to compete with Chrysler’s 426 Hemi. And that's exactly what it did. Featuring a rear sway bar, the first Mustang to ever do so, Ford pulled out all the stops to make it as reliable as possible. And with less than 1,000 of them ever made? Consider this one a treasure.
17. 1970 Buick GSX
Original Price: $4,880
Current Value: $185,000
Our next car was simply unmatched. No, really. For over 3 decades, the 1970 Buick GSX boasted the highest torque output thanks to its 500 lbs-ft ranking. And while Dodge's Viper stole that title in 2003, trust us when we say this model is still worth every penny.
Available in 2 unique color options, Saturn Yellow and Apollo White, the high-performing vehicle came with an array of optional upgrades. Safe to say, from its distinct body design to its dependable performance, the muscle car was and will continue to be adored by car collectors everywhere.
16. 1970 Plymouth Superbird Hemi
Original Price: $4,298
Current Value: $150,000-$200,000
Ever wonder what a car named "superbird" would look like? It's safe to say Plymouth nailed that one on the head. With a rear stabilizing wing, the flashy sports car was as over-the-top as it came. And that's exactly why people couldn't get enough of it.
Inspired by Dodge's Daytona, the rare model came with a 426 Hemi V8 that generated a 425 HP and almost 500 lbs of torque. Not your everyday car, huh? That's because it was originally intended to dominate NASCAR as a race car. And while Plymouth managed to accomplish exactly that, that also makes it double as a coveted collectible.
15. 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
Original Price: $3,900
Current average value: $197,400
While some of the great muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s were meant for commercial purposes, others were meant to shine on the race track. And the 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt was a perfect example of a sleek build that was designed for NHRA drag racing events.
Only 100 of these cars were ever produced, making it one of Ford's rarest models. However, even more rare were the 49 models that were crafted with four-speed manual transmission. With such a rare status, it's no surprise that these cars can go for upwards of $200 K.
14. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
Original Price: $4,348
Current Value: $200,000
With a name like "Baracuda," Plymouth's 1970 highly sought-after muscle car is truly a force to be reckoned with. With upgrades to its grills and headlights, the model's sleek design made for an even more coveted vehicle than its Plymouth predecessors. But don't quote us on that one.
Look no further than Hollywood, where some of the biggest stars have been seen cruising around in the flashy model. Though with only a couple hundred 'Cudas ever manufactured? Kevin Hart, among other proud owners, had to splash out lots of money for the 425 HP-producing collectible.
13. 1971 Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette
Original Price $10,500
Current Value: $230,000
Hundreds - if not thousands - once dreamed of getting their hands on this collectible after its official debut at 1969's New York City International Auto Show. But that never happened: only 12 models were made during its years of production, making it one of the rarest muscle cars around the globe.
But its limited availability isn't the only reason the Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette is still coveted to this day. From its 500+ HP to its luxury design - including its stereo system and storage space for luggage or golf clubs - car engineer Joel Rosen knew exactly what he was doing when he designed the shiny toy.
12. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Original Price: $7,200
Current Value: $500,0000
$7,000+ might sound like a steal for a muscle car today. But back in 1969? It was unheard of. Safe to say, Chevrolet made their flashy Camaro ZL1 worth every penny. From its speed to its power to its sleek design, the coupe - which only saw 69 models - literally had it all.
"When a car has the right options - color, chambered exhaust, and four-speed - and is in exceptional condition with known provenance and factory documentation, a world record result can result," collector car dealer Colin Comer explained. Sure enough, the ZL1 has set records, holding the title as perhaps the best Camaro ever made.
11. 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona
Original Price: $5,903
Current Value: $900,000
What do the 1970 Plymouth Superbird Hemi and our 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona have in common? They were both meant to dominate the race tracks. Safe to say, this 1969 collectible did that - and then some. Hang on while we break down the record-breaking collectible.
Featuring a 23-inch stabilizer wing and a unique "nose cone," the car practically soared through the tracks. And with only about 500 Hemi Daytonas ever available to the public? The flashy sports car makes for one of the most rare vehicles - and will set one back almost a million, if not more.
10. 1970 AMC AMX/3
Original Price: $14,000
Current Value: $1,000,000
No, we're not looking at a Lambo or swanky European sports car. But we certainly wouldn't have known any better, and there's actually good reason for that. Designed by Italian car engineer, Giotto Bizzarrini, the AMC AMX/3's body was as luxe as they came.
Powered by an AMC 390 V8, the stylish coupe generated about 340 HP and received a hopeful response from consumers at the Chicago Auto Show. Unfortunately, that didn't last long. After AMC's financial struggles, the muscle car was pulled from the market, with only 5 prototypes released. Talk about a rare find.
9. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6
Original Price: $4,000-4,500
Current Value: $1,200,000
It's no surprise the Chevrolet Chevelle was dubbed the "King of the Streets." Over the years, the classic car has morphed into perhaps one of the most recognized makes among car enthusiasts. And from its attractive specs and even more attractive price? Well, what's not to love?
"The future may never see a car like this. It is one of the brutes, and all it needs is a way of staying in contact with terra firma," Hot Rod Magazine explained at the time. From its famous 454 big block V8 engine to its sleek design, the Chevelle was indeed the ultimate muscle car.
8. 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi Convertible
Original Price: $4,900
Current Value: $1,500,000
When Dodge birthed the Challenger Hemi back in 1970, it was like nothing they'd ever done before. So much so, that the model had its own tailored instruments, including a speedometer designed for the fast lane (150 mph/240 kph) and an 8,000 RPM tachometer.
Sure enough, it wasn't long before it took the public market by storm. In the years that followed, consumers couldn't get enough of the speedy car. But fast forward to today? And it's even more coveted. In fact, the rare collectible will set one back well into the millions.
7. Shelby Cobra 427 (AC Cobra)
Original Price: $7,500
Current Value: $1,500,000 to $2,000,000
There's a good chance one's heard of our next collectible before. After all, it's become one of the most iconic sports cars in American history. Whether one's caught it in Ford vs. Ferrari or speeding along the highway, the luxury coupe is perhaps as powerful as they come.
Ironically enough, though, it wasn't smooth sailing when it came to bringing the Cobra to life. Carroll Shelby took lots of time and patience (and rejection) before managing to perfect the speedster - including its famous Windsor 221-cubic inch, 3.6-liter V8, of course.
6. 1965 Shelby GT350R
Original Price: $4,584
Current Value: $500,000 to $850,000
Maybe it was from Ford Vs. Ferrari. Or maybe, its title as the first Mustang to land first place in a major race. Whatever the case may be, there's a good chance the name "GT350R" already rings a bell for car enthusiasts. But if it doesn't? Here's what makes it so legendary.
While the "the object of the GT350 program was to beat the Corvettes in SCCA racing," as engineer Chuck Cantwell explained, it went on to do so much more: it completely shaped the way Americans viewed cars, Mustangs in specific. At a time where performance was everything, the sporty coupe put Shelby's name on the map.
5. 1971 Shelby GT500
Original Price: $8,000
Current Value: $1,000,000
Powered by a 428 cubic inch engine, Shelby's GT500 was even mightier than its predecessors. Not only was it said to pack a 600 horsepower, but the flashy model was also stacked with all the modern amenities. And there's a good chance it actually looks familiar.
The iconic sports car was so special, it was put on display in the blockbuster film Gone In 60 Seconds, where it earned the nickname "Eleanor." From its Hollywood debut to its horsepower, the 1971 model had all the ingredients for a fan-favorite. Sure enough, fast forward to today, and it'll cost ya about $1 million.
4. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible
Original Price: $4,348
Current Value: $2,000,000 to $3,500,000
Sure, one look at that original price tag, and the 'Cuda convertible seemed like an affordable option. But today? Make no mistake about it: the 1971 Plymouth Hemi' Cuda Convertible is one of the most sought-after, rare collectibles - and it has a whopping price tag to match.
During its 2 years of production, only 17 models were made available to the public. With a 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 engine and sleek design, the rare collectible was always destined to turn heads. Safe to say, its value has only increased over the years, and it's bound to start a bidding war at any auction.
3. 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
Original Price: Not sold to mass market
Current Value: $2,200,000
How does traveling 500 miles at an average speed of 142 miles per hour sound? For most of us, joyriding at dangerously high speeds wouldn't end well. But when it came to Shelby's GT500 Super Snake? Things couldn't have gone smoother. In fact, the speedy car managed to keep 97% of the tread.
After the automobile mastermind wanted to design a sports car faster than its competitors yet also safe on the tracks, the Super Snake was born. And it took the car world by storm. Not only did the legendary muscle car sell for over $2 million back in 2019, but it currently reigns as the most expensive Mustang in the world.
2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible
Original Price: $6,600
Current Value: $2,400,000 to $3,300,000
When engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov was brought on by Chevy to help design their latest models, no one could've predicted the impact he'd make. During his time under their wing, the European mastermind blessed consumers with endless must-have vehicles. Which brings us to the Corvette L88 convertible...
From 1967 to 1969, Chevrolet produced only a couple dozen of the sleek sports car. Stacked with a 427-cubic-inch big block engine, the model was destined to dominate the race tracks. But in doing so, it soon morphed into one of the most sought-after collectibles to date. That's right, the L88 will cost ya as much as $3.3 million.
1. 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX2000
Original Price: Not sold to mass market
Current Value: $13,750,000
What truly makes a collectible a collectible? When it comes to the Shelby Cobra CSX2000, its rich history is everything. The 1962 model marks the first Shelby Cobra had ever made, which also marks a special - if not, priceless - value when it comes to car enthusiasts.
Exactly how much are we talking? The legendary vehicle went up for auction back in 2016, and let's just say history was made that day. Selling for a whopping $13,750,000, the flashy sports car became the most expensive car ever sold in America. Was it a good deal? We'll let you guys be the judge of that one...