Ask ten people what their most popular classic car is and you're likely to get ten different answers. Every car enthusiast has a particular favorite when it comes to the classics but there are a few rare autos that always get mentioned in top 10 lists. Chevy Camaros and Bel Airs, Ford Mustangs and Pontiac GTOs are often cited as favorites by classic car collectors and drivers but you can also find the rare 1969 Dodge Charger and Chevy Chevelle on the list. Most of the top classic cars tend to be muscle cars and here's a brief snapshot of the top three muscle cars.
Chevy Camaro - Launched in 1966 by General Motors is classified as a "pony car" though some versions qualify as muscle cars. Compact, affordable and lightweight, the Camaro was designed to compete with the very popular Ford Mustang and featured a new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform, options for 2-door coupes and convertibles and a choice of an inline-6 or 396 cubic inch V8 engines. Camaros have been through five generations of models and the current 5th generation model was inspired by the very first Camaro design of 1967-1969.
Ford Mustang - The most successful model launch for Ford since the Model A was the 1965 introduction of the Mustang. This compact and powerful car created the "pony car" class of American automobiles that were marked by long hoods, short rear decks and powerful V8 engines. Originally designed as a two-seat roadster, the Mustang was eventually changed to a fastback 2+2 model that traded trunk space for increased interior volume. Prior to its launch a Mustang was featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger and also won the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design in 1965, the first car to ever win the award.
Pontiac GTO - In 1963 Pontiac employees Russell Gee, Bill Collins and John DeLorean had the idea of creating a new version of the successful Pontiac Tempest model but instead invented the iconic GTO muscle car. Looking to appeal to the speed-minded youth market the first GTO was an option package for the Tempest and available in two-door coupe, hardtop coupe and convertible body styles. The car featured a 389 cubic inch V8 engine, a single Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust system. The car was an instant hit and Pontiac manufactured several versions until 1974 when new emission standards put a halt to muscle car production.
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