Do Muscle Cars Still Exist? They Are Alive and Well.

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By Dave Ashton

An article written at states the case of ‘Do Muscle Cars Still Exist?’ which in some respects is quite puzzling, but I understand the train of thought.

The article gives a brief background into the conception of the muscle car and how pony cars such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro often gets lumped in with the same definition. Today rightfully, it would be almost impossible to recreate the amazing array of muscle cars that we had in the 60s and early 70s, but that is truly down to the golden period in time when so many manufacturers and models seem to coincide. Back then, we had AMC, Buick, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac and Shelby producing golden greats. As companies get swallowed up and integrated, so do their golden models, but not forgotten.

It’s true that the nearest to a purebred muscle car these days comes in the form of the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The Dodge Charger in four-door form simply misses out due to its two extra doors, but even though the lineup is far fewer now than in the past, muscle cars are still alive and well and the vintage market is still amazingly strong even after 40+ years.

The big three muscle car makers are still producing some of the classics such as the Mustang Cobra Jet and Challenger Drag Pack, but per scarcity and limited numbers doesn’t mean that the muscle car breed itself is not as strong as it has ever been. We just have less makers.

New muscle cars are here to stay
We really have to thank Dodge for the introduction of the SRT hellcat and the Dodge Demon, which has definitely given the muscle car world a shot in the arm and brought back some of the horsepower wars and the excitement, stuffing as much power into what will be a regular roadgoing coupe. movie franchises such as the Fast and the Furious and the Transformers have also pushed muscle cars into the present day.

The Ford Mustang now available in right-hand drive now means that Europe and the like can experience a muscle/pony car on my own terms and from recent reports sales of the new Mustang was starting to outstrip domestic vehicles.

Adapt with the times
Like any range of vehicles that have been around for the length of time of muscle cars, they have to adapt to the latest automotive environment. All the big three now offer four-cylinder versions of their muscle cars, but the mighty V8 still stands tall along all their lineups.

It’s likely that we won’t see again the complete array of muscle car makers that we did from the 60s and 70s, but we will start to see old model names start to reappear just as we did with the Dodge Demon. The muscle car market will keep on thriving as long as people have a need for speed and raw engine power that can reach supercar levels in a production vehicle.

Long live the muscle car!

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