Top 10: America’s Coolest Classic Cars
Cool Classic Cars Of Pure American Stock!
Updated October 17, 2018
Go to any classic car show in American and be prepared to see some pretty amazing vehicles.
It’s always tricky writing an article that attempts to rank which classic car is better than other and it undoubtedly stirs some discussion and debate. With that good-spirited debate in mind, here is our top 10 list of America’s coolest collectible cars.
(All cars listed are from the 1960s)
10. Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
When this classic Corvette rolls down the street — or on the auction block — heads are constantly turning. While there are various renditions of Chevy’s Corvette Sting Ray, each version is considered a top-tier collectible car. They all have a few things in common: Tapered rear deck, smooth curves and an independent rear suspension. Oh, and they’re absolutely stunning.
9. Dodge Super Bee
This limited-production muscle car was built to be Dodge’s low-priced muscle car to compete with Plymouth’s Road Runner. This car has everything the typical American 1960 muscle car would feature: A broad front end, powerful engine and two-door coupe styling. The Super Bee was easily spotted on the road because of its bumble bee tail-stripe and die-cast chrome plated “Bee” medallions.
8. Chevrolet Camaro
This wouldn’t be a true top 10 list if it didn’t include a Chevrolet Camaro. Chevy’s iconic coupe was originally built to compete against the Ford Mustang, and in fact, shared many design similarities with the Mustang. The biggest difference was that the Camaro was designed to fit a wide-range of engines under the hood.
7. Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe
Many people call the Chevy Impala the “family care of the late 50s.” The SS Sport Coupe version of this “family” car changed that idea. This muscle-car was built to hang with the best muscle cars rolling off the line at the time.
6. Dodge Charger
The Dodge Chargers manufactured from 1966-1978 are what come to mind when people think of the American-made muscle car. Interestingly, the car became so popular that a Brazilian Dodge Charger was also built.
5. Ford Torino
This car is so cool that Clint Eastwood made a movie with it as the centerpiece. If Clint thinks it’s cool, it’s cool.
4. Plymouth Roadrunner
Plymouth decided to build a “back to its roots” type of muscle car that could run the quarter mile in 14-seconds and retail for less than $3,000. Both of these goals were met with the Road Runner.
3. Oldsmobile 442
Four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission and two exhausts powered this car, as it attempted to surpass its competition: The Pontiac GTO. At the time, Motor Trend reported that the car could reach a top speed of 116 mph.
2. Ford Shelby Mustang
Thanks to Caroll Shelby’s ingenuity, the Ford Mustang took off and fueled a more than 40 year love affair with the Mustang. This car has been featured in countless movies, including its revival in Gone in 60 Seconds.
1. Pontiac GTO
Known as the king of muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO set the standard for muscle cars in the 1960s. It was, and continues to be the highest example of what a muscle car was meant to be.
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