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The Best Cruising Muscle Cars

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In only a few short months, summer will be here and the longing to cruise into the long sunny evenings comes ever closer.

In our modern times of slower moving traffic, there is an argument for the muscle car being the ideal cruiser where you don’t necessarily need a condition one car or a rarity to get the same amount of joy.
From some of the land yachts of the 50s to some of the cheaper muscle cars of the 80s and 90s, you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a fantastic summer cruiser.
The advantage here is that speed is not a pre-requisite. You need a V8 engine, but as this is about a cruiser, it means arguably you should be able to get more for your money.

Below are some possible picks to consider.

Chevrolet Bel Air Impala.

A 1957 or 1958 Chevy Bel-Air is usually the model to go for, with the bullet taillights and standout fins. It has the obvious V8 engine, and is probably the poster boy for the summer cruiser. Long, low and looking like it should always be featured in some sort of parade.

Cadillac Series 62 Convertible.
The stretched out Cadillac is probably the most recognizable cruiser, huge in every way.
19 feet long, this car shouts cool elegance, especially in our modern times.

The Ford Thunderbird.

The classic 1955 to 1957 Thunderbirds fetch the most money, but you can get an ideal 70s Thunderbird cruiser for a reasonable price.
T-tops are the way to go, but many of the solid tops make a fine cruiser.

Dodge Challenger.
Just like the rest of the most popular makes from the muscle car market, Dodge Challenger prices are shooting up, but if you shop around, you can still find a base model for a reasonable price.
An example with a 383cu. engine will do the job, but there is nothing like the bigger 440cu. or legendary hemi engine to show your relaxed, cruising authority.

Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z.

Camaro IROCs are still in the price band where you can pick a decent model for a reasonable amount.
Without some serious upgrades, you’re not going to get record quarter-mile times, but you can get a reasonable cruiser, if you don’t mind the 80s and 90s styling.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette

As Corvettes have been produced are literally millions of years, there are plenty of examples out there which will service as a fine cruiser.
Late 60s models (C3) can be picked up for a reasonable price.
A 427 engine with side pipes are the coolest, but cost the most, but base models don’t have to break the bank.

There are other less common muscle car examples from Oldsmobile (442) and Mercury (Cougar, XR-7) that won’t break the bank and will act as a fine summer cruiser, but the message here is to be able to get a ride for a reasonable amount of money where you feel loud and proud.

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