American muscle cars are making a comeback. As these become more popular, it’s important to understand what you want in a muscle car. When you’re searching for the perfect car, keep in mind the following considerations.

Old or New

Old or New

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One of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether you are more interested in an old muscle car or a new one. Deciding this will help point you in the right direction for your perfect car. However, even once you decide whether you want old or new, there are even more things to consider in this category.

For example, are you interested in a car that needs to be completely renovated? This is going to take a lot of work, but at the end you’ll have something amazing that purrs like a kitten and looks like nothing else. This is a great option for those who love classic cars and enjoy doing work on their own vehicles. On the other hand, if you go with an old car, you can find options that don’t have a lot of wear and tear. These may only need a few renovations or none at all. However, classic muscle cars that don’t need to be completely rebuilt are more expensive.

Speed

Speed

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If you’re looking for a muscle car with speed, there are a few options. The best-rated classic muscle car for speed is easily the 1966 427 Cobra. This car comes in at 425 horsepower and got 12.2 at 118 miles per hour. Just down from that is the 196 Corvette 427 which got the same horsepower but only came in at 12.8 at 112 miles per hour. When considering newer cars, the 1997 Viper GTS comes in at 12.05 at 116 miles per hour and 450 horsepower. Rated second is the 2002 Corvette Z06 has 405 horsepower and comes in at 12.5 at 114.9 miles per hour.

Rarity

Rarity

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Are you looking for a muscle car that is different from all the rest? Getting a rare muscle car is going to cost you a pretty penny, but if you have the money and the desire, it’s worth it. Some of these are impossible to get, such as the 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T with a 426 Hemi engine, simply because there were only two built. If you can get your hands on one of the two, you’re a lucky person. However, this same body style with a standard engine is still pretty rare, with only 296 produced. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is a more modern muscle car that doesn’t have a lot in production. With only 2,000 of these cars built, it’s not going to be easy to get.

There are a lot of options you need to consider when choosing the perfect muscle car. When finding the right car, make sure that you keep in mind the specs that are most important to you. Whether that is speed, engine, style, or year, this will help you ensure you get the perfect car.