Five Best Muscle Cars to Invest In
It’s not like many of us will actually have a good shot at owning one of these gems. After all, there’s a reason they’ve increased in value over the decades. And the truth of the matter is that Americans love their muscle. So the good people who own the most powerful and exclusive production muscle cars ever made are likely to never part with them.
5. 1997 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk LT4
The incredibly rare Firehawk LT4 shares the same engine as a Corvette. Only 29 were ever made. It was one of the fastest muscle cars built in the 90’s with 330 hp. The incredibly limited LT4 edition demands a premium price tag. If one ever hits the market, that is. Expect to pay in the neighborhood of 40-50k for one of these rockets.
4. 1994-96 Chevrolet Impala SS
One of the most underestimated muscle cars of their time, the Impala SS is a four-door sleeper. Chev produced a ton of these, which doesn’t exactly help their value. It’s gas-guzzling 5.7 V8 produced 260 stock horsepower, which was pretty impressive for a family sedan. Most are driven into the ground, experiencing either abuse at the hands of young drivers or an early retirement in the scrapyard. Nowadays there aren’t may of these cruising the streets. A nearly perfect Impala SS would run you close to the $20,000 mark, with prices likely to continue to incline.
3. 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra R
The ’93 Cobra R is possibly the most sought after of all the Fox-body Mustangs. As the SVT team’s launch vehicle for Ford its following is almost as devoted as Mormons. Equipped with the iconic 5.0 Windsor V8, it pushed 235 ponies. Purchasers in 1993 needed a true racing licence in order to buy one from the dealer. Being a first run has its attraction it seems, since the following years’ models were more powerful, faster and had additional options, yet aren’t in as high demand as the original. There were only 107 built, so the value of this Mustang Cobra R will only climb.
2. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
“Smokey and the Bandit” featuring The Burt brought the Trans Am to a whole new level of popularity. It’s probably a good thing too as the 6.6-liter definitely wasn’t the most powerful of that time. The 400 cubic-inch big block V8 with an automatic tranny didn’t exactly draw much attention until the mustachioed Burt Reynolds drove the gold and black Screaming Chicken in the cult classic film. Reynolds sold his personal ’77 Trans Am with the ever popular winged hood decal, receiving a blazing $450,000. Even the garden variety Trans Am has tripled in value over the last decade.
1. 1987 Buick Regal GNX
The GNX was built as the last hurrah for the Regal, which also may have been the last time Buick built a car Gearheads actually had eyes for. The limited run saw only 547 built in 1987, underrated at 245 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged V8 threw the GNX down the quarter mile in 13.2 seconds at a top speed of 104 mph. It’s 0-60 mph time is 4.3 seconds, which is still impressive for a production car of any kind not bearing the label supercar. They were the highest performance of the Regal T-type and Grand Nationals, and minty ones have sold for more than $100,000. It’s demand is only going to continue to skyrocket since the generation who couldn’t afford them when they were initially produced are now rolling in disposable income. We’re sure to see outlandish pricing on the GNX in the coming years.
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