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5 Forgotten Muscle Cars That Fell Off The Face Of The Earth

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By John Terry

Some muscle cars are obvious favorites such as the Dodge Challenger, Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Challenger, but there are certain vehicles out there which were either produced in limited numbers or didn’t sell, which are still classics, just not that well known.

Here are a bunch of classic muscle cars which you may want to consider which are just out of the norm.

1. 1964 Studebaker Avanti R3

Built between 1962 and 1963, the Studebaker Avanti was a strange car in many ways.
Not exactly a muscle car, but it did have the early trades. A 289ci. engine with a supercharger and a winning time at Bonneville Salt Flats. It was a fast car, but never sold in great numbers.

2. 1965 Pontiac 2+2

The Pontiac 2+2, was made between 1964 in 1967, firstly as a trim option on the Pontiac Catalina, but then on the body chassis as a full-size car.
It had a 421ci. engine, good for 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.
The ‘2+2’ came from European cars from the seating arrangement of two upfront and two in the back.
Fast and luxurious, it was ultimately overshadowed by other cars from the Pontiac line.

3. Mercury Comet Cyclone
The Mercury Comet Cyclone was produced between 1960 and 1977.
It housed a 289ci. engine, with 50 limited-edition versions having a 427ci. good for 425HP.
Originally based on the Ford Falcon, then the Ford Fairline. It had basic lines wasn’t the most popular of the Mercury lineup, but ironically one example driven by 91-year-old Florida woman, had over over 562,000 documented miles in 2012, only been retired as the lady started to have bad eyesight.

4. Ford Ranchero 500

This ride is on the list as it mainly overshadowed by its Chevy counterpart the El Camino. Produced between 1957 and 1979, the pickup went through 7 generation changes and was a solid mover in its day.
The most muscle version came in 1968 with a 428ci. V8 engine good for 335 HP.

5. Oldsmobile Rallye 350

When it comes to Oldsmobile, the 442 usually gets the limelight, but the 1970 Oldsmobile Rallye 350 should also be of note.
Only available in Sebring Yellow, it had color matching bumpers on wheels which gave it a custom look.
It had a fibreglass W-25 cowl induction hood with a350ci. V8.
Good for 15.27 seconds in the quarter mile at 94 mph.
Just over 3500 were sold in 1970 after a year of production.

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