How Much Do You Know About Classic American Muscle Cars?


By: John Miller

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Before the days of fuel efficiency ratings and airbags, there were muscle cars; the brawny spawn of Detroit car makers. Let’s face it, even though you appreciate fancy digital car technology, part of you yearns for the more primitive and powerful era when classic American muscle cars prowled the streets like predators on the hunt.

Muscles cars from the 60s and 70s are still some of the most celebrated vehicles ever made. Even the car names read like asphalt poetry: Challenger, Charger, Barracuda, GTO, Chevelle, Firebird, Boss, Rebel Machine...come on! In what other era would you ever get a legendary car name like “Super Cobra Jet?" You might be interested in these cars, but how much do you really know about these iconic coupes?

The muscle car era wasn’t concerned with safety ratings and gas efficiency. Any young American with a shred of testosterone wanted a brawny machine that could burn rubber and blast through red lights with reckless abandon. But do you really know your GTO from your GTX? And can you remember the vital differences between a Mustang and the Boss?

Put on your seat belt, crank up the Rolling Stones, sidle up alongside us at this red light, and we’ll wager your pink slip that you can’t ace our muscle car quiz. If you're ready, pound the pedal to the metal and let's roll!

The Plymouth Barracuda is often simply known as what?

The first Plymouth Barracuda was available in 1964, and it was produced for a decade. Most devotees simply called it the 'Cuda or HemiCuda.


The Oldsmobile 442 was officially called ____.

The Oldsmobile 442 was called the 4-4-2, and the dashes appeared right on the nameplate. It was later simplified to just 442.


Which manufacturer introduced the Torino?

Ford introduced the Torino in 1969. Most of them were fairly standard consumer cars, but a few were a souped-up version that qualified them as true muscle cars.


What was an obvious visual feature of the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird?

The 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird had a gigantic rear wing and a horn that sounded like the Road Runner character from Looney Tunes cartoons. On a more serious note, it zipped from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.


The Chevy Camaro was introduced as a direct competitor to which car?

It was the '67 Camaro that really shoved the muscle car wars into high gear. It was manufactured as a direct response to the Ford Mustang.


What sort of muscle car was General Lee in "The Dukes of Hazzard?"

The backwoods boys of "The Dukes of Hazzard" drove a Dodge Charger named, General Lee. The orange muscle car had a Confederate flag painted right on the roof.


Which manufacturer offered a famous muscle car called the GTO?

It was Pontiac that offered its legendary GTO. The GTO helped to truly jumpstart the muscle car revolution in the 60s. GTO designation basically meant that you could race this kind of car in the "grand tourer" car class.


What was one of the defining features of the Chevy Nova SS?

The Nova SS was a very small muscle car. Yet, it still had a 350-cubic-inch engine that generated nearly 300 horsepower.


What sort of engine did the 1967 Camaro Super Sport have?

The '67 Super Sport was, of course, a V8 behemoth. Drivers could choose from either a 350 or 396-cubic-inch engine, the latter of which sported a 6.5L design.


Which company produced the Super Bee?

In 1968, Dodge unveiled the first Super Bee, a bargain-priced muscle car. It was a rebadged version of the Plymouth Road Runner, and on the lowest end, the engine was a 6.3L V8 that produced at least 335 hp.


Which muscle car has a "Boss" version?

In 1969, Ford began producing the Boss 302 Mustang, a high-performance version of its famed muscle car. The Boss had a 5.0L V8 engine and a distinctive C-stripe.


Why were some versions of the Super Bee called the "Super Bee Six Pack?"

The Super Bee Six Pack was a Dodge that had three double-barrel carbs. In other words, a six-pack worth of carburetors. The 440 Six Pack produced nearly 400 hp.


The first muscle cars became popular in which decade?

The 60s were a heydey for American muscle cars. The biggest manufacturers took turns trading blows for the biggest, baddest muscle cars on the market, including models of Corvettes, Mustangs and Porsches.


Which car maker produced the Demon?

Dodge introduced a muscle car version of its Dart in 1971. The larger version sported a 340-cubic-inch V8 that produced 275 hp, and the name sparked controversy with religious groups.


Which muscle car also comes in a "Cobra" variant?

Ford introduced the Cobra version of its Mustang in 1993 and manufactured it through 2004. The 1993 "Cobra R" model was a race version equipped with 5.0L V8 engine that could go from 0-60 mph in about 5.7 seconds.


What's a "muscle car?"

A muscle car is a high-performance car. In the heyday of American car manufacturing, the United States produced some of the most famous muscle cars in history.


The Chevy II muscle car is better known as the _____.

The Chevy II is better known as the Chevy Nova. The Nova name was first introduced in 1969. An SS version was available until 1972.


Classic American muscle cars were built mostly for _____.

The true classic American muscle cars were built for straight-line speed. They charged quickly to 60 mph -- and then, much faster, and they were best suited to long straightaways, rather than long-haul driving.


Which muscle car was offered in a special version called, "The Judge?"

Pontiac created an authoritative version of its GTO called, "The Judge," in 1969. It cost a bit more and included details like a spoiler, which didn't really have much of an effect on speed.


Chevy produced muscle cars in an "SS" variant. What did the SS stand for?

Chevy gained fame for its SS, or Super Sport, variants. From the Camaro to the Chevelle, Super Sport editions represented cars that were very, very fast.


Which car maker produced the GTX?

The first Plymouth GTX emerged in 1967. It had a scary-fast 440-cubic-inch, 7.2L engine that could hit 60 mph in just over six seconds.


What does "GTO" stand for?

The GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omologato. It's an Italian term that means a car is ready for racing in a specific car class, and the most expensive GTOs were definitely race-ready.


Why did the 1964 Dodge 426 Hemi have no sound dampening features?

The 1964 Dodge 426 Hemi had no sound dampening features. Heck, it had only one windshield wiper! All of this was to save weight. The lighter the car, of course, the faster it went.


The 1970 Chevelle SS 454 base model produced how much horsepower?

The SS 454 was a huge engine that created about 360 hp on the base model. The 7.4L monster is still one of the most famous muscle car engines ever.


The very first Camaro was offered in how many versions?

The 1967 Camaro was offered in three versions: standard, Super Sport and Rally Sport. The Rally Sport package was just for looks. The Super Sport was for maximum performance.


The Shelby is a variant of which popular muscle car?

The Shelby is a high-performance version of the Mustang. It was first produced from 1965 to 1972. The '67 Shelby G.T. 500 had a ridiculous 428-cubic-inch, 7.0L engine.


True or false: All first generation Camaros were built in the United States.

The first Camaros are American classics, but not all of them were made in the United States. Even in the 60s, Chevy was making its cars in factories around the world, from Peru to the Philippines.


The Plymouth Barracuda was almost named what?

Business types at Plymouth initially wanted to name the Barracuda the "Panda." Somehow, we don't think that would have had quite the same ring.


The third generation Chevrolet El Camino had how much horsepower?

Was it a muscle car or a truck? It didn't matter. The 454 engine cranked out 450 hp, making the El Camino one of the most iconic-looking trucks (which was really a muscle car) in American history.


Which of the following muscle cars came first?

The Mustang is the more well-known muscle car, but it wasn't the first. The 'Cuda actually beat the Mustang to market, but only by days.


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