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The Coke-bottle shape declared that the Cyclone Spoiler was Mercury's first truly unique muscle car. Find out how the 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler set itself apart from its cousins in the Ford family.

The 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 stands as perhaps the best 4-4-2 muscle car that Olds ever produced. Find out how Oldsmobile made the 1970 4-4-2 W-30 into a muscle car classic.

The only thing this muscle car didn't have was a big price tag. Find out how Plymouth used an inexpensive platform, big engine, and wide array of enhancements to make the 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 a hit.

Pontiac poured on so much performance for '63 that only an order from the highest power could slow it down. Unfortunately, that's what happened with the 1963 Super Duty 421. Learn about this muscle car.

Laugh away, but the Hurst SC/Rambler could blow the doors off some pedigreed muscle cars. Too bad AMC had to compensate for its advertising budget by making a billboard of the car. Learn more.

With a new design, the 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 became an instant classic. Its Corvette engine made it a standout among muscle cars. Check out photos and specifications of the 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

With proper exhaust systems, Chrysler's 1965 Factory Altered Wheelbase cars, which included the Dodge Factory Altered Wheelbase, would have been almost street-legal. Clearly, though, they were intended for competition. Learn more about this muscle car.

Chrysler's corporate drag racing efforts reached extreme levels in 1965, with the creation of purpose-built drag machines that personified the muscle-car era's "win at all costs" mentality. Learn about the Plymouth Factory Altered Wheelbase.

Horsepower dropped for the Buick GS 455 in 1971 as the muscle car era began winding down. Find out how the personality of the 1971 Buick GS 455 changed as a result.

Oldsmobile made its premeir muscle car easy to identify on the order sheet in 1971, despite changing attitudes about the genre. Check out photos and specifications of the 1971 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30.

Plymouth was still holding out against the changing tide of muscle cars in 1971, and the GTX benefited as a result. Check out photos and specifications of the 1971 Plymouth GTX 440+6.

The 1968 Pontiac GTO redesign helped the automaker keep its place as king of the highly competitive muscle car jungle. Learn about the styling changes and engine improvements in the 1968 Pontiac GTO.

With the hot new Road Runner anchoring the lower rungs, a familiar name returned to top off Plymouth's midsize muscle ladder -- the ’68 GTX. Learn about this muscle car.

By 1971, the Ford Mustang was starting to grow out of its muscle car roots. The quick, if imperfect, Boss 351 gave the model a fine finish. Check out photos and specs of the 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351.

Pontiac may have broken late from the gate in the pony-car derby, but it quickly makde up ground. Carefully considered alterations made the Firebird 400 perhaps the best sporty compact of 1968. Learn about this muscle car.

The Pontiac GTO was the original muscle car, and the Judge was GTO at its most extroverted. In 1970, few muscle cars made a bolder visual statement. Learn more about the 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge.

"Introducing a sensible alternative to the money-squeezing, insurance-strangling muscle cars of America," said the advertisement for the 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360. Learn about this rare muscle car.

Reliable and affordable, the 1968-70 Chevelle Super Sport outsold every other true high-performance machine of the day, and beat its share, to boot. Learn about the Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 in this muscle car profile.

Dodge Charger's new styling represented a high point for '60s muscle cars. And in the form of a Charger R/T Hemi, its performance justified equal praise. Learn about the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi.

With its standard 340-cid V-8, the 1968 Dart GTS 440 was a worthy member of Dodge's new performance-car group, the Scat Pack. Learn more about the Dodge Dart GTS 440 in this muscle car profile.

Dodge described its '68 Super Bee as "the super car for the guy who doesn't want to shy away from GTOs...only their high prices." But finishing behind in sales must have stung. Learn more.

The 1966 Ford Fairlane 427 was built to rival its competition. Ford developed an all-new 221-cubic-inch V-8 and a bored-out 260-cid engine for the Fairlane. The Fairlane was also used in NASCAR racing during the 60s. Learn more about the Ford Fairlane 427.

The 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am eclipsed the GTO as the automaker's premier performance offering, and sent the rest of the pony field scurrying. Find out about this muscle car, and see photos and specifications.

Car and Driver called the 1966 Plymouth Satellite 426 Hemi "the best combination of brute performance and tractable street manners we've ever driven." Learn more about Plymouth’s ultra-supercar in this muscle car profile.

It was no accident that the manufacturing leader in intermediate muscle put together the finest full-size performance machine -- the 1966 Pontiac 2+2. Learn about this muscle car.