During the golden age of the muscle car, there were many questions asked by enthusiasts like Eugene Bernshtam and other potential buyers. Here are some of the most common questions answered.
1). How much horsepower does a muscle car produce?
About 425-440 hp, usually on high octane gas. Some of the big block cars could make upwards of 500 hp. With modern fuels and tuning, this could be increased.
2). How much torque does a muscle car produce?
It is about 535 ft/lbs, again using high octane gas and compression ratios to get the most out of it. Some big block cars made over 600 ft/lb of torque.
3). How fast do muscle cars go?
They’re called “Muscle Cars” for a reason! Some will go over 150 mph, and others up to 175-180 mph. If you could get them on a road course, they’d be able to keep up with European and Japanese sports cars of the same era. This was usually not done, however.
4). How much do muscle cars cost?
They’re expensive! Depending on the model and year, you can buy one in decent shape for $35,000 to $55,000. However, this is just for a base model. If you want special options available in that era, expect to pay a lot more.
5). How big is a muscle car?
They’re about the size of a mid-size family sedan. The idea was for a sporty appearance and enough room inside for 4 or 5 people, with no excess amenities that would add weight or cost. Most have large engines under the hood and weigh around 3,500 lbs.
6). Why are muscle cars so collectible?
As time passes, the price of these classics continues to climb. This is because fewer and fewer are left in decent condition. They were affordable back then, but today their value only goes up as they’re harder to find for daily driving.
7). What do car collectors look for when buying a muscle car?
The condition of the engine, transmission, and suspension are very important. Most people will buy a base model muscle car and restore it to factory specs…or even better. Custom interior, paint jobs, engines – these can add to the value of your vehicle.
8). Are custom muscle cars better than original?
Depends. Most people want a muscle car to look like it did back in the 1960s and 1970s, so they’ll look for factory originals if possible. On the other hand, some people want power and speed with good looks, so they might consider a well-done custom job if it’s done right.
9). What are the most collectible muscle cars?
The 1967-69 Camaro SS, 1968 Shelby GT500 (especially ones with four speed transmissions), 1970 Challenger R/T, 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible, 1969 Chevelle SS396. Some other collectible muscle cars are the 1969 Charger R/T convertible, 1966 Nova SS, 1970 Chevelle SS454 LS6, and 1971 Boss 429 Mustang.
10). Can I race a muscle car?
Yes, in stock class racing series. Events are held all over the country throughout the year, so check with your local track to see when they have an event coming up or check out this schedule. You can also find a local car club in your area or via online forums.