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Can You Identify the Muscle Car From One Fact?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz
Hear the word muscle car, and immediately a specific image appears in your mind. These are vehicles that are not only powerful — thanks to their massive V8 engines — but they have the looks to match. Oh, and they can cover ground in a straight line pretty quickly and will certainly post some impressive 0 to 60 miles per hour times!
When it first hit the ground running in the 1960s, it didn't take long for the muscle car to become the vehicle that many drivers around the globe wanted to own. An luckily, there were plenty from which to choose during the muscle car boom of the 1960s and 1970s, led by America's 'Big Three' of course!
And they sold like hotcakes. In 1965, the Ford Mustang sold over 500,000 units. By the 1970s, most major carmakers in America had a muscle car of some sort. Well, there is still debate as to whether some models are muscle cars, but if it had a V8 engine, looked mean and was quick, we call it a muscle car. To this day, the Mustang, Camaro, Corvette and Challenger have modern equivalents that continue to push the muscle car through the 21st Century!
So let's see how many muscle cars you can identify with just a fact to guide you. Good luck!
Which muscle car, released in 1969, was commonly called the Boss 9?
The Ford Mustang Boss 429 was a high-performance version of the vehicle, released in 1969 and built through 1970. It is commonly called the 'Boss 9.' Powered by a 7.0-liter 385 Cobra jet V8 engine, it produced around 375 bhp, although owners swear it was more powerful than that!
Can you name the second generation car, released in the mid-1960s, that is now considered a muscle car classic?
One of the most famous marques of the second-generation Corvette is the C2 Sting Ray, produced between 1963 and 1967. This classic had a 3-speed manual transmission with a range of engine options, including small and big block V8s.
It's a case of love it or hate it, but what made this '70s muscle car stand out was its chopped off back end. Which vehicle are we talking about?
The American Motors Corporation manufactured the subcompact class Gremlin between 1970 and 1978. A number of models were produced, but it was the Gremlin-powered either 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8 that are considered to be muscle cars.
Which muscle car is right up there with the Chevy Corvette and the Ford Mustang as a vehicle that muscle car lovers want to own?
Pontiac produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe. This was a serious muscle car and remains a firm favorite with enthusiasts today.
First introduced in 1967, this muscle car evolved from the Skylark. Name it, please.
The Gran Sport badge first appeared on the Buick Skylark in 1965. By 1967, it was a marque all its own. In 1970, the company released the Gran Sport 455, considered by many experts to be one of the greatest muscle cars ever built.
Not all models of this vehicle, produced between 1960 and 1977, could be considered to be muscle cars. The two-door coupe, however, with V8 power was in that class. Do you know which vehicle we are talking about?
Produced between 1960 and 1977, the Ventura had all the characteristics of a muscle car — large engine options, the correct look and much more. The second generation, led by a 2-door coupe, certainly fit the bill.
The fastback version of this car sold over 6,000 models. Name it, please.
The fastback version of the Cyclone sold 6,105 models in 1968 and was certainly a popular muscle car. The Cyclone was powered by a range of V8 engines, including the 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet.
Which muscle car from the options below was produced together with a British racing car company?
Often called the rarest Mustang ever made, the McLaren M81 was the first car released under Ford's Special Vehicle Operations. It was first seen in 1980.
One of the quintessential muscle cars of the 1960s, this brand is still going strong! Add an SS badge and you know you have a mean performer. Can you name it from the list below?
The Camaro was first launched in 1967 and is still a Chevrolet model to this day. This muscle car has seen six different generations. The current Camaro offers three different engine configurations with the SS sporting a 6.2 liter V8 capable of producing 455 brake horsepower.
Which 1970 model muscle car was powered by a 455 cubic inch V8 which produced 370 brake horsepower?
Produced from 1962 to 1970, the Wildcat changed in looks pretty much every year. One thing that remained constant was the V8 engines found under the hood. The final model, produced in 1970, included a new 455 cubic inch V8 which produced 370 brake horsepower.
Can you name the muscle car that offered European styling while keeping a fairly large American-like chassis?
The Riviera stirs up a lot of debate as to whether it should be regarded as a muscle car or not. What is not disputed is its impact on American motoring. With the Riviera, Buick aimed at a European style while keeping the framework of the larger American automobile. Here, they definitely succeeded. The 1965 Riviera added a Grand Sport model, molding performance and luxury.
Blessed with Hemi power, this muscle car debuted before the Mustang. What is it?
The 'Cuda quickly became a popular muscle car from its release in 1964. In fact, it debuted two weeks before the Ford Mustang. Of course, later models featuring the Hemi engine are the most sought-after.
This early 70's muscle car had some charm and was aimed at the younger market, especially with the name. Can you identify it?
The Rebel, particularly the 1970's models, took AMC straight into the muscle car fight. This was a real looker, blessed with a muscle car stance. With “Up with the Rebel Machine!” — AMC's slogan for the car — they were certainly trying to buy into the younger market.
Which of these muscle cars had front-wheel drive?
A front-wheel-drive muscle car? Yes, we give the Toronado muscle car status! Produced from 1966 to 1971, it certainly featured some very unique styling, but under the hood, it had that all-important V8.
What Ford Mustang model was sold in Germany to American servicemen in the 1960s?
This 1965 Mustang, the T-5 was produced in the United States and put on sale in Germany specifically for U.S. members of the armed forces. The Mustang name could not be used as this already belonged to a truck model in the country.
Although early versions of this car where not muscle cars, those that added V8 engines in the late 1960s certainly were. What vehicle are we talking about?
Introduced in 1960 as a full-sized model, the Dodge Dart received numerous changes over the first three years of its existence. It was moved to the mid-sized segment in 1962 and then the compact car segment in 1963. It was in the years that followed that it moved into the realm of muscle cars, particularly with the addition of V8 engine options.
After their massive initial success in the 1960s, muscle cars soon became pricey. This one wasn't. Do you know what it is?
Muscle cars quickly went from fast production cars to fast luxury production cars. The Road Runner was a step back to the early days of the muscle car. Released in 1968, the Road Runner gave buyers everything they wanted in a muscle car at a reasonable price.
Name the modern muscle car that is the most powerful ever produced.
The most powerful muscle car ever built, the Hellcat produces an astonishing 707 brake horsepower thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. Not only does it have an aggressive muscle car stance, but its a looker to match!
Here's another successful muscle car from one of America's Big Three, but can you identify it?
As one of Chevrolet's most successful marques, the Chevelle was produced over two decades between 1963 and 1978. The largest engine put into a Chevelle was a 454 cu in (7.4 L) Big-Block V8.
Which Ford Mustang model was only marketed in America's Golden State?
A limited edition Mustang, the GT California Special saw 4,118 units released and marketed in California only. It was made available in 2009.
Available as a coupe, two-door hatchback and a four-door sedan, which of these is a muscle car from the mid-1970s?
Produced between 1973 and 1975, the Apollo from Buick was available as a two-door hatchback, coupe, and a four-door sedan. The most powerful engine option available to the Apollo was a 350-cubic inch 5.7-liter V8.
A modern throwback to the 1960s, this American muscle car's engine produces 640 brake horsepower. Can you name it?
A modern '60s throwback, this muscle car takes design features from all the classics and packages it together with a 6.4-liter V8 LS9 engine from General Motors which produces 640 brake horsepower. It will set you back a cool $250,000, however.
What is the make and model of a luxury muscle car that was an up-scaled Ford Mustang?
Started by Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, in 1937, the Mercury brand was positioned in between the Ford and luxurious Lincoln brands. Although Ford ended the brand in 2010, some iconic Mercurys were built over the years, including the Cougar XR7, basically an up-scaled Mustang.
Only certain models of this vehicle, which was direct competition for the Chevrolet Impala, would be considered to be muscle cars. Do you have any idea which of these fits the bill?
Built between 1958 and 1971, the Galaxie was so named to take advantage of the space race between the USSR and the United States. This vehicle was in direct competition with the Chevrolet Impala and included a few powerful models considered to be muscle cars, especially those with the Cammer V8 engine.
From the options below, identify the Ford Mustang released in 1984 that featured a 3-door liftback layout.
The Ford Mustang SVO was produced between 1984 and 1986. This three-door liftback was powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine.
What is the make and model of the muscle car released in 1967 and aimed at the more mature buyer?
The GTX was another performance model made by Plymouth and marketed to the more mature buyer. It was built between 1967 and 1971. Around 44,000 were sold by the end of its production run.
A serious muscle car contender from the 1970s, some were powered by the famous Hemi engine. Tell us which muscle car we are talking about, please.
The Dodge Challenger was first introduced in 1970 as a muscle car. The top-of-the-range model from this era was powered by a 6.98-liter Chrysler Hemi engine. Even today, modern Dodge Challengers are sought after muscle cars.
A modified version of another popular muscle car, this vehicle was released in 1969 and powered by a HEMI engine. Please name it.
Essentially a modified Dodge Charger, the Daytona was first released in 1969. The first Daytona was intended as a NASCAR racer and won its first race. Powerplants included a 426 cubic inch Hemi engine which produced 425 brake horsepower.
Perhaps not as appreciated as its famous stablemate, which of these vehicles was powered by a 7-liter 'Cobra Jet' engine?
A mid-sized car model produced by Ford from 1968 to 1976, the Torino's most popular layouts included the two-door sedan. Ford also produced a few Torino models with higher performance specs. Most were powered by 7-liter "Cobra Jet" engine and are considered to be muscle cars.
Introduced in 1962, what was the name of the concept car introduced by Ford that would evolve into their most famous muscle car brand?
Looking nothing like the first-ever Mustang model, the Mustang 1 concept car was first devised in 1962. Built from aluminum, it was a two-door roadster with a 1.5-liter V4 engine.
A regular car model, when given a V8 engine and a additional badge, can become a muscle car. Do you know which vehicle we are talking about?
The Impala SS was a model offered by Chevrolet between 1961 and 1969. The 1969 model was powered by a 427 cubic inch 7.0-liter V8 which produced 335 horsepower. The SS badge only disappeared until the 1990s.
One of America's lesser known muscle cars, can you name the lightweight two-door coupe powered by a V8?
Perhaps one of the lesser-known muscle cars, the Rogue certainly had the credentials. Not only was it a lightweight two-door coupe, but it had all the power it needed thanks to 280 horsepower-producing V8. Unfortunately, it was up against Mustangs, Camaros and GTOs and never really stood a chance in that company.
Released in the mid-'60s, this wasn't a big name muscle car, but many loved it. Which vehicle are we referring to?
Many credit Oldsmobile with the first muscle car built back in 1949. All we know is that the Cutlass 442, released in the mid-'60s, certainly was one. Available as a two-door coupe, convertible and hardtop, of course, it was powered by a V8 engine.
Meant to be a NASCAR racer, this muscle car was known for its huge spoiler! What was it?
Created as a high-speed racing machine, especially for NASCAR, the Plymouth Superbird was also for sale to the public. The first models appeared in 1970 and were instantly recognizable thanks to the massive spoiler on the back.
Which of these Ford Mustang models was a police cruiser?
Bee baaw! Bee Baaw! The Ford Mustang SSP was designed for use by police departments around the United States. It first entered service in 1982.
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