Five muscle cars that you need to experience

It’s unarguable: car nuts love muscle cars, but who wouldn’t? The classic curves and defined body lines bring back a sense of nostalgia to simpler times. Gripping the wheel to feel the engine purr through your fingertips grounds you. Harmonious exhaust notes tickle your eardrums with every blip of the gas pedal, and the passing scenery clears the mind and soothes the soul.

This experience is no longer limited to those who own one. Here are five of the many vehicles listed on DriveShare that will give you the ultimate muscle car experience.

Joe De La Torre’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

The saying “there’s no replacement for displacement” was never truer in 1970. The 1970 Chevelle SS was sitting atop of the food chain with a big-block 454 that made up to 450-hp from the factory. Joe’s Chevelle is a prime example of perfection: It has an iconic black and white color scheme with red interior, chrome hood pins, a cowl induction system, and will earn attention wherever you go. This particular vehicle also has a 3-speed manual transmission. It’s just begging to be driven.  

Paddy Deighan’s 1967 Camaro

This custom resto-modded 1967 Camaro is sure to stand out in a crowd. With its convertible top and tasteful updates, this car is ready for the open road. The original engine was swapped for a late model LT1 with aftermarket headers and an upgraded cooling system to keep temps down during traffic and spirited driving. The combination of the hideaway headlights, electric blue paint job, and mag wheels give this ride a real aggressive look, compared to the bland cars of today. The vintage air, power steering and brakes will supply you with modern comforts as well as a sense of safety. Drop the top and enjoy the drive. 

Robert Haughton’s 1972 Buick GS 455

Robert’s second generation 1972 Buick Gran Sport leaves its competitors in the dust. The heart of this particular GS was converted from the factory 350-cid engine to a slightly modified 455. After a recent rebuild in 2018, it’s most recent pull on the dyno recorded at 408-hp and 515 lb-ft of torque, and you should expect every bit of that out of this beauty. It’s also equipped with disc brakes, an upgraded cooling system, and a modern stereo. Don’t miss your shot to get behind the wheel.

Chris Gebhardt’s 1967 Pontiac GTO

Seeing this car today, you’d never imagine it was sitting in a salvage yard until 1990 when Chris and his father vowed to bring it back to life. It was a daily driver, and over the years it’s had its fair share of rear differential swaps, carburetors, and tunes. Now it is fully restored and equipped with a cammed Pontiac 400 engine, a four-barrel carburetor, a three-speed automatic transmission, and power steering. The tone of the Flowmaster exhaust has children running to their windows to get a glimpse, while their fathers stare in remorse at their inadequate stock V-6 in the driveway. This car has quite a history, and you can read more about it here(link). With a story just as sensational as the drive, why wouldn’t you want to get behind the wheel?

Evan Wiesel’s 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat

After its release in 2016, the Hellcat was the most powerful muscle car ever produced. The SRT-built 6.2-L Supercharged Hemi V-8 pushes out a staggering 707-hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Accelerating from 0-60 takes a minuscule 3.5 seconds and its top speed is 199 mph. While driving one of the meanest American cars on the road, you still can enjoy many features such as GPS, heated and cooled seats, parking sensors, and HID headlights. This ride is completely stock and thanks to DriveShare, you can check this beast off your driving experience wish list.

[Editor’s Note: We avoided the muscle car vs. pony car debate by withholding the Ford Mustang from this list, but don’t worry: We saved that topic for a different article.]

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