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Although it was based on a successful NASCAR racer, the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II was designed to appeal to a street audience. Check out photos and specifications of the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II.

It had a very limited production run, but the Camaro ZL1 may have been the fastest muscle car Chevy ever built. Find out more about the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Deft new styling used for a single model year was not the only reason that the 1969 version would not go down in history as “just another Camaro.” Learn more about the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396.

While the R/T 440 Six Pack wasn't the most powerful version of the Challenger, it was close enough to make it the best value. Check out photos and specs of the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack.

Like many muscle cars, the AAR 'Cuda was spawned from a racer. This one, though, didn't try to be like its track cousin. Find out why the 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda was pure street rod.

Plymouth had something to please everyone in its 1970 Barracuda, with five V-8 engines from which buyers could choose. The Hemi was the baddest of all. Find out about the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda.

The 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO 427s were among the most feared muscle cars of any day. And they didn't need any badges. Learn more about the ’69 Chevelle COPO in this muscle car profile.

With the right modifications, the 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 could become one of the most dominant muscle cars on the street. Check out photos and specifications of the 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396.

The Chevy Nova was built as a muscle car that could sneak up on people. But the SS 396 version made that impossible. Find out how the 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396 gave itself away.

The Ford King Cobra was designed to take back the track, but it didn't make it past the prototype stage. Check out photos and specs of the 1970 Ford King Cobra.

When Buick finally got around to producing genuine muscle cars in 1965, it came as little surprise that they were among the most luxurious of the breed. See profiles of the best Buick muscle cars.

Chevy muscle cars were at the very heart of the classic era of all-American big-cube high performance. Check out the very best Chevy muscle cars.

Dodge muscle cars were winners at America's dragstrips long before they took their place among the country's fastest and wildest street-going supercars. Check out the best Dodge muscle cars here.

Ford muscle cars counted among their ranks some of the better all-around performance machines of the supercar era, but it took some time for the blue oval boys to put it all together. Learn more.

The phrase "Mercury muscle cars" sounds like a contradiction in terms. Ford's upscale division, after all, was positioned to battle the Buicks and Oldsmobiles of the world. Learn more about Mercury muscle cars.

Oldsmobile can trace their lineage back to the original muscle car, the 1949 Olds Rocket 88, as the first volume-production American automobile built according to the formula that came to define muscle cars. Learn more.

Plymouth muscle cars spanned the spectrum from fanciful to fearsome -- and sometimes displayed both qualities. In the 1960s and '70s, Plymouth was transformed into a destination for big engines and big thrills. Learn more.

Pontiac is credited for ushering in the classic era of muscle cars in the 1960s. Find out what made Pontiac muscle cars so great, and see some of the best hot rods produced by the carmaker.

While other muscle cars were putting out special editions in 1969, Buick focused on beefing up the engine in its GS 400. Learn more about the optional enhancements in the 1969 Buick GS 400.

With its fat tires and suspension tweaks, the 1968 Shelby Cobra GT 500-KR out handled all but pure sports cars. Learn more about the GT 500 in this muscle car profile.

The gaudy 454-cubic-inch engine that Chevy unleashed in the 1970 Chevelle signaled the high point and the coming end of the muscle car era. Check out photos and specifications of the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454.

As the street version of a race-ready car, the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A was decked out to be a distinct (and conspicuous) machine. Check out photos and specifications of the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A muscle car.

Dodge brought back the venerable Charger for one last year in 1970. The uplevel R/T Hemi made it a worthwhile decision. Check out photos and specifications of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi.

The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 was designed to beat the Chevrolet Camaro. The twist was that the Boss was built by the same guys who had developed the Camaro. Check out photos and specifications of the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302.

By 1970, the Ford Torino was getting up in years and had grown in length and weight. But that actually helped it perform like a muscle car. Learn more about the 1970 Ford Torino Cobra.