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autoevolution's Muscle Car Month

Rumbling muscle cars are about as American as fast food and at least as tasty to the eyes of gearheads as the latter. Coincidentally or not, neither is very friendly to the environment and yet most people can’t help but enjoy both as much as they can.

According to some, the term ‘muscle car’ was introduced to the world by chance, with the original 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO, but automotive historians will probably disagree and make you go back about over a decade and have a good look at the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88. The Olds was simply ahead of its time, pairing the smaller and lighter body of the 76 with the larger and more powerful V8 of the Oldsmobile 98.

The golden age of muscle was during the 1960s and early ‘70s, but recent years have seen a downright massive revival of popularity with monsters like the Challenger Hellcat or the Shelby Mustang GT500.

No matter its origin, the muscle car recipe has always stayed the same, with a cacophonous-sounding V8 being cramped under the hood of a light and compact, by American standards, vehicle. With rear-wheel-drive and a propensity to go fast mostly in a straight line, they've always had a 'king of the road' aura and will always be part of American pop culture.

Somewhat antithetic with last month’s theme on autoevolution, which was all about Earth and green technologies, we’ve decided to dedicate the month of May to some of the most gas-guzzling and earth-shaking type of cars out there, muscle cars. We're pretty sure you'll forgive us for it.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
Modern Dodge Dart Looks Like a Baby Challenger Hellcat
Modern Dodge Dart Looks Like a Baby Challenger Hellcat

31 May 2020, 09:45 UTC / The rendering we have here aims to portray a modern-day Dodge Dart that would stick to the muscle car recipe the nameplate used for its fourth generation

 
Ford Mustang "Split Wing" Is a Downforce Monster
Ford Mustang "Split Wing" Is a Downforce Monster

31 May 2020, 08:10 UTC / This widebody rendering takes the current S550-generation Ford Mustang, which is now fully mature, to a whole new level of customization

 
A Dose of Pure Australian Muscle: A Rare and Famous 1977 Holden Torana A9X
A Dose of Pure Australian Muscle: A Rare and Famous 1977 Holden Torana A9X

31 May 2020, 05:53 UTC / This is one of 100 hatchbacks ever made for the road, one of the 50 surviving today and only one in four in Atlantis Blue. And it could be yours

 
Widebody Ford Mustang "Unicorn" Has Clinched Roadster Top
Widebody Ford Mustang "Unicorn" Has Clinched Roadster Top

30 May 2020, 20:50 UTC / Do you believe in astrology? Because this "Unicorn" Mustang from Korea seems to be named after a galaxy in the Virgo Cluster

 
Dodge Charger "SUV" Looks Beefy, Flexes Its Muscle
Dodge Charger "SUV" Looks Beefy, Flexes Its Muscle

30 May 2020, 18:40 UTC / Fortunately, this rendering is here to put a smile on our face rather than to accompany any sort of excuse for turning the Charger into an SUV

 
Putting Lambo Doors on a Dodge Challenger Doesn't Make It a Supercar
Putting Lambo Doors on a Dodge Challenger Doesn't Make It a Supercar

30 May 2020, 18:40 UTC / At just $1,400, this Lambo wing kit is one of the cheapest mods you can do to the Challenger. You'll probably spend more on tires

 
1970 Dodge Challenger "Highway Star" Rides on Viper Chassis, Coming to SEMA
1970 Dodge Challenger "Highway Star" Rides on Viper Chassis, Coming to SEMA

30 May 2020, 18:20 UTC / Ladies and gentlemen drivers, we are now looking at a in-the-making build involving ingredients from all corners of the Mopar realm

 
1968 Chevrolet Camaro "Drift Animal" Is a Carbureted Small-Block Savage
1968 Chevrolet Camaro "Drift Animal" Is a Carbureted Small-Block Savage

30 May 2020, 16:33 UTC / Here's to hoping that more aficioandos use the story of this first-generation Camaro as inspiration for building muscle car drifters

 
Chevrolet Camaro "Modern Master" Looks Bad to the Bone
Chevrolet Camaro "Modern Master" Looks Bad to the Bone

30 May 2020, 14:08 UTC / This machine started out in life as a... 3D model of a 1967 model year Camaro, with the Chevy receiving a host of modern features

 
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Is a Six-Figure Performer
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Is a Six-Figure Performer

30 May 2020, 12:21 UTC / Yes, this is a numbers-matching example of the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, of which just 2,399 were built, so we're talking about a collector's item

 
Lifted 1972 Dodge Challenger 4x4 Sits on Military Chassis, Yours for $29K
Lifted 1972 Dodge Challenger 4x4 Sits on Military Chassis, Yours for $29K

30 May 2020, 11:51 UTC / Not exactly everyone's cup of tea, but if there's something this 1972 Dodge Challenger turned off-road beast doesn't lack, it's character

 
Dodge Challenger Hellcat "Ram 1500" Face Swap Is a Muscle Truck
Dodge Challenger Hellcat "Ram 1500" Face Swap Is a Muscle Truck

30 May 2020, 11:08 UTC / If you wish to look past the giggles delivered by this pixel stunt, you can consider it an appetizer for the Hellcat-wielding 2021 Ram Rebel TRX

 
2021 Dodge Challenger ACR Rumored Again: Under 4,000 Pounds, Two Engine Choices
2021 Dodge Challenger ACR Rumored Again: Under 4,000 Pounds, Two Engine Choices

30 May 2020, 11:00 UTC / If Dodge actually comes out with the Challenger ACR, should the Shelby GT500 and Camaro ZL1 1LE be scared of its on-track performance?

 
1970 Ford Mustang "Panda Boss" 302 Looks Meaty
1970 Ford Mustang "Panda Boss" 302 Looks Meaty

29 May 2020, 17:25 UTC / The pixel painting that sits before us aims to gift the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 with the type of aero bits normally found on modern custom muscle

 
1966 Pontiac LeMans Coupe 400 V8 Looks Fabulous After Full Resto Job
1966 Pontiac LeMans Coupe 400 V8 Looks Fabulous After Full Resto Job

29 May 2020, 17:17 UTC / A kind reminder of Pontiac's past glories, the LeMans Coupe 400 V8 in the photo gallery is how a nut-and-bolt restoration should look like

 
This Is the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Original Bullitt Movie Car
This Is the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Original Bullitt Movie Car

29 May 2020, 16:47 UTC / While the Bullitt Mustang, which sold for $3.4M back in January, comes in its movie condition and with full records, we can't say the same about this Mopar toy

 
Dodge Challenger "Cyber Bully" Looks Like a Widebody Offender
Dodge Challenger "Cyber Bully" Looks Like a Widebody Offender

29 May 2020, 15:53 UTC / The widebody kit doesn't seem plausible, as it's as close to the tires as the fenders on a Plymouth Prowler. However, it's still game-worthy

 
Chevrolet Camaro "Black Whale" Looks Like a Downforce Monster
Chevrolet Camaro "Black Whale" Looks Like a Downforce Monster

29 May 2020, 15:42 UTC / The pixel portrait we have here comes to give a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro the motorsport potential it never received from the factory

 
Official: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Making a Comeback as "Pinnacle" of 5-Liter V8
Official: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Making a Comeback as "Pinnacle" of 5-Liter V8

29 May 2020, 14:41 UTC / The 1970 Mustang Mach 1 is one of the coolest, most desirable pony cars ever made. But the 2021 model doesn't have the nostalgia of the 2020 Bullitt

 
Unrestored 1970 Plymouth Superbird Looks Surprisingly Fresh
Unrestored 1970 Plymouth Superbird Looks Surprisingly Fresh

29 May 2020, 14:09 UTC / Judging by the photos showcasing the current state of the vehicle, it looks like this Plymouth Superbird was stored in proper conditions