Garage and Barn Finds Could Bring You a Massive Price
In the days of the American Muscle Cars (1960s-1970s) these cars were built with one goal in mind; win a drag race. This meant the typical muscle car of the time did not have sophisticated chassis adjustments or tooling to make them great on a race track, but when it came to straight line power and speed these cars could not be beat. The muscle cars of this era had a two door design in a strong and powerful body style that put fear into the hearts of lesser species of automobiles. During this era muscle cars were actually very affordable but now many of these will fetch a high price. It might be time to take a look in your garage or out in the barn to see if you have a veritable gold mine hiding in the dust and dirt.
Considered to be one of the most prominent and proud muscle cars of the era the Chevelle with the big block 454 engine offered up 450 horsepower at the time. This was the most power under the hood of any muscle car of the time and one that is restored to near perfect conditions will cost around $80,000 today.
At a current price around $75,000 this car came in only two colors – Apollo White and Saturn Yellow. Powered by a 455 Stage 1 V8 engine this bruiser made 370 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque to turn a quarter mile at 13.38 seconds in a car that was a limited production model and show us a true classic of the era.
The Barracuda was the best offering every from Plymouth and 1970 was its peak. The car coughed up 425 horsepower out of the 426 Hemi engine. This car was a gorgeous vehicle to see with sleek lines and a powerful build that ensure the car was a true muscle monster. Because only 119 of these were made the current market would bring you a price near $450,000.
This beast came from the idea from Ford to have its new racing engines brought into NASCAR. Powered by a 429 engine that made 375 horsepower the Boss could do a run to sixty in 6.8 seconds and reach the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds. With only 858 ever build for this year with this engine setup the Boss brings in a price reflective of the name at $220,000.
As much as there are still many of the 1969 Camaros on the road today, only 69 were ever made with the ZL1 specs on them. This big 427 engine produced a monstrous 500 horsepower which gave it the ability to reach sixty mph in only 5.3 seconds. This beautifully built and bruiser of a car could bring you a price as high as $451,000.
With a ton of performance to go with the awesome power this was a car that would handle track duties as well as give you the straight line speed you desired. The engine was a 455 ci V8 that offered up 370 horsepower to race on the strip. Only 96 were ever built and these are truly a car that many have desired for several years. In today’s market you could get a price of $160,000 for one.
The Road Runner Superbird looked a lot different from the other muscle cars with a huge wing on the back and a narrowed nose on the front that came to a sloping point. This car was powered by either a 426 Hemi or 440 Commando engine and offered a unique appeal of the different style than other muscle cars of the era. If you have one of these you might be able to receive $200,000 for it.
Even though the muscle car era was supposed to be over by this time Pontiac offered up a Firebird that certainly should be considered a muscle car. This car offered the power of a Ram Air IV 455 ci engine with a bold style and massive straight line power. This car made the Firebird popular and can still bring you a price of nearly $80,000.
As one of the most powerful and famously awesome cars ever the Corvette was built with the power and performance to be a great track car as well as an awesome muscle car. There were only two of these built in the ZL-1 form with the 427 engine. Out the door it rated 420 horsepower but could be tuned to a massive 585 horsepower for racing.
As one of the original muscle cars this was one of the greatest cars every built by Pontiac. With a 400 ci V8 that has special heads on it the car was powerful and could be easily tuned up to what you wanted. This car looks mean and ready to smash a gavel on any car that dares to compete against it. If you have one you might be able to receive a price near $80,000 for your Judge.
Now that you see how much a great classic muscle car can gain you it’s time to head out to the barn and garage and see if you have one of these beauties hidden under some dust. On the other hand, you may even be able to choose one of these as your next great build and take one from a scrapyard for next to nothing and bring it back to its former glory.