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20 Performance Muscle Cars That Are Extremely Rare

The 1966/1967 Dodge Coronet is a legendary muscle car due to its rarity and performance. Prior to its release, in 1965, the muscle car competition among different brands began to heat up. At that time, Ford revealed the iconic pony car, the Mustang. Following suit were brands like Chevrolet, Plymouth, and Buick. Dodge was one of the top competitors back then. Hence, they launched the limited edition 1966 Dodge Coronet convertible.

Dodge initially introduced the Coronet line up in 1949. Since then, it has passed through several changes to improve its stature and also its performance. The 1966 model received a major redesign while the 1967 model got a major facelift from its predecessors and initial trim levels became available. Moreover, the Road and Track (R/T) version of the Coronet first came out in the 1967 model year.

Under the hood, the 1966/1967 Coronet has a 440-cid V8 engine with a 426-cid Hemi option. Transmission choices included Mopar's excellent heavy-duty three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or a four-speed manual. A rare muscle car, Dodge produced only 21 examples of this car. Due to its rarity, it is extremely challenging to find one today. Moreover, it is expensive to buy and own one.

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 received major sheet metal revisions. Therefore, this classic muscle car arrived with a more squared-up stance following the coke bottle styling. Moreover, Chevrolet redesigned its interiors too. This car immediately shared many sheet metal body parts with the 1970 Buick Skylark GSX. Both are GM automobiles and have interchangeable sheet metal. Furthermore, the two became the only high performance vehicles at that time from Chevrolet that have the same roofline.

The base version of this classic muscle car arrived in sport coupe, sport sedan, convertible, four-door sedan, a couple of wagons, and coupé utility (the El Camino) body styles. More variants came thereafter including different engine options. However, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 is one the most powerful, carrying a 454 cid engine with the optional LS6 version rated at 450 hp. The base engine rated at 360 hp, which was also available with cowl induction.

A limited edition legendary muscle car, Chevrolet built only 20 units of the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6. This good-looking car is very potent such that many would love to see it race. Due to its rarity, finding one today is difficult. Moreover, you have to spend a fortune to get one.

The 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 is one of the most desirable Corvettes that ever came out of the market. However, it is an extremely rare vehicle since Chevrolet released only 20 units of this car into the wild. Chevrolet's main goal for creating this car was to demonstrate all-out performance on the track. Hence, they customized to deliver such performance while leaving a few things. For instance, this legendary muscle car reached buyers without fan shrouds and chokes. They were a bear to keep running until they came up to operating temperature. Also, they don't have radio and heater.

This legendary muscle car arrived with 12.5:1 compression, hi-lift cam, and 850cfm 4 barrel carbureto. They intentionally under-rated aluminum heads at 430 hp. Yet, dyno-tested units rated at 560 hp. Under the hood, this car model is considered the ultimate Corvette engine. Apparently, it is even wilder than the L89. They considered it close to a pure racing engine as Chevy had ever offered in regular production. They also dubbed it as an engine not created for the casual motorist.

Due to its raw power, Chevy made several individual options mandatory, including Positraction, the transistorized ignition, heavy-duty suspension, and power brakes. This is to ensure safe use of the legenedary muscle car.

The 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge is the second year installment of this legendary muscle car. It initially came out in 1969 whose name came from a comedy routine, "Here Come de Judge" from a classic TV series. Intended to be a low-cost GTO, Pontiac stripped of features to make it competitive with the Plymouth Road Runner. Initially, they offered it only in Carousel Red, but midway into the model year a variety of other colors became available.

The 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX is famous as the "gentleman's muscle car". The 1967 model year was the first iteration of this legendary muscle car. Plymouth designed it to offer a combination of performance and style. Meanwhile, what made it distinct compared to the regular Belvedere was its special grille and rear fascia, shared with the Satellite, chrome "pit stop" fuel filler cap and optional racing stripes. In terms of performance, it gets power from a 440 cu in (7.2 L) V8 called the "Super Commando 440" rated at 375 hp (280 kW).

The 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda is the third year of the 'Cuda. It received major cosmetic improvements such that they dropped all its resemblances with the Valiant. They also went away from the usual fastback style and released it in coupe and convertible forms. Moreover, the built the legendary muscle car on the shorter, wider version of Chrysler's existing B platform, called the E-body. The car shared the platform with the Dodge Challenger. Under the hood, this car came with five engine options, starting from 275 hp up to 425 hp. A rare car, Plymouth released only 14 units of this model year's 'Cuda.

The 1970 Dodge Coronet is Dodge's highest trimline at that time. The 1970 model year received many redesigns from the past. It also got a mild facelift, which made it look more aggressive than before. The base version was available in coupe and convertible body styles. A rare and legendary muscle car, Dodge produced only 13 units of this model. Hence, getting one today is extremely difficult and expensive too.

The 1969 Plymouth GTX is one of the few muscle cars that arrived with modest styling. During the era of muscle cars, manufacturers built pretty much anything that you want. Hence, there were no two muscle cars completely alike. That is where this legendary muscle car became iconic because even if its design is not as aggressive as the others, it fared well on the road. It really drives fast and won races.

The 1969 Plymouth Road Runner is a mid-size legendary muscle car that has more focus on performance than on looks. During the time of its launch, most muscle cars are moving away from being cheap because they started putting more features and power on them. Hence, they began becoming more expensive. However, this muscle car moved the other way as they released it at as a lower priced, basic trim model to its upscale GTX. Still, a rare car, only units of this car came out of production.

The 1969 Dodge Coronet is a legendary muscle car with only a total of 10 units coming out of production. It is part of the iconic line of muscle cars that first saw daylight in 1949. For over three decades, the Coronet is one of the most popular muscle cars around. The 1969 model was when the A12 package was introduced on the Super Bee. It packed more power, thanks to its 390 hp (291 kW) version of the 440 engine.

The 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II is another legendary muscle car with only a total of 10 units coming out of production. It is a hardtop muscle car who size diminished compared to the previous lineups. It arrived with a powerfull 273 cu in (4.47 l) "LA block" V-8 as standard equipment. The following year, it received a GTX trim, making it more premium and high-performance than it already is.

The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hemi Convertible is one of the most anticipated muscle cars of that generation. Although Dodge produced many Challengers, they only built nine with Hemi engine. Hence, this is a very exclusive car that only a few people got. With this legendary muscle car, they toned down a racing engine that ended up on the street for six years of unrestrained performance.

The 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is a special trim kit for the Firebird. It came out at a time when General Motors is the most famous car manufacturer in the world such that one in every two cars is a GM. However, this special trim was only available on eight units. The trim kit brought upgrade on horsepower, suspension, and handling. Due to its rarity, it was difficult to get one and it is super rare to find today.

The 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi Covertible is an ultra-rare muscle car with only seven units out in the market ever since. It holds the record for being the first muscle car to get sold for over a million dollars, a historical milestone for Plymouth. Many car experts and enthusiasts consider this legendary muscle car as the ultimate muscle car creation. Its looks and performance catapulted it as the Holy Grail among muscle cars then and now.

The 1966 Dodge Coronet 400 is a unique trim for the base Coronet. It is also an ultra-rare vehicle with a total of only six units ever released. This trim is a notch above the base car but with almost the same features as well as a convertible with a power top. Added features are electric windshield wipers, chrome windshield and rear window moldings, and heater and defroster. Moreover, it has the Dodge insignia across the center of the hood and the vertical section on the trunk lid.

The 1970 Dodge Super Bee is part of the first model year of this legendary muscle car. They based the car on the Dodge Coronet two-door coupe but it was a cheaper version. It got its name "Super Bee" because its basis in the "B" Body designation pertinent to Chrysler's mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger. A rare legendary muscle car, Dodge released only four examples of the 1970 Super Bee.

The 1970 Plymouth Road Runner arrived with new front and rear end looks to the basic 1968 body. It ended up to be a success despite it being a limited edition vehicle. Other updates on this legendary muscle car included a new grille, a cloth & vinyl bench seat, hood, front fenders, quarter panels, single-piston Kelsey-Hayes disc brakes, and even non-functional scoops in the rear quarters. Potent, the 440 Six Barrel engine stayed as an option for this muscle car.

The 1970 Plymouth Road Runner arrived with new front and rear end looks to the basic 1968 body. It ended up to be a success despite it being a limited edition vehicle. Other updates on this legendary muscle car included a new grille, a cloth & vinyl bench seat, hood, front fenders, quarter panels, single-piston Kelsey-Hayes disc brakes, and even non-functional scoops in the rear quarters. Potent, the 440 Six Barrel engine stayed as an option for this muscle car.

The 1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1 427 is one of rarest legendary muscle cars around. The Corvette is an iconic muscle car on its own but the ones with all-aluminum ZL1 engine are extremely few. Chevy released only three units of this car direct from production. However, due to its popularity many race cars were later upgraded to include the ZL1 and produced upwards of 750 bhp. Hence, it became an inspiration to many racing vehicles even up to today.

The 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T is one of the rarest muscle cars in the world. Dodge built only two units of this legendary muscle car. Still, it made a name for itself especially on the racetrack. Its engine is very powerful such that many use it on a generation of street machines that only added to the legendary status it enjoys today. In terms of design, this car adapted the now-famous "Coke-bottle" shape that characterized the full-size and intermediate offerings of the period.

The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T is one of the rarest muscle cars in the world. It is tied on the top spot with the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T with two units ever made. This legendary muscle car is the perfect example of a top of the line vehicle during its time. This 440 CI 2-door hardtop is truly gorgeous and has impressive power. Its 440/375 HP Magnum V-8 engine backed by a Torqueflite automatic transmission can truly race.

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