The Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO, Dodge Charger and the Ford Torino are some different types of muscle cars. The Oldsmobile Rocket 88 and the Chevy SS Nova are also popular muscle cars.
The 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 with its 135 horsepower V-8 engine is the first in a long line of muscle cars. It featured a dual overhead high compression cam engine for the first time in the American automobile industry. The 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang with its 271 horsepower was lightweight and powerful. Later models pack up to a 435-horsepower engine with 320 pound-feet torque. Likewise, the Pontiac GTO of the same year with its four-barrel carburetor and many upgrades saw new sets of trim options in later years.
The Dodge Charger started off as a muscle car in 1966 when its fastback with a Hemi V8 packed in 425 horsepower. It declined over the years into a hatchback and then an aggressively styled sedan. Recent times have seen the Charger revamped back to rear-wheel drive and Hemi power. Its latest SRT8 form is good for 470 horsepower and adds exterior changes that include dual hood scallops, dramatically pronounced fender flares and higher trim levels with a deck lid spoiler.