Restoring, showing and enjoying classic cars have always been an American obsession. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do the same thing if you’re not American. The sleek lines, powerful engines and machine strength of muscle cars, in particular, have attracted people all over the world. But the combination of rarity and nostalgia has made some of those old beauties harder to come by. However, if you truly want to do this, there are some that are easier to restore than the others, so you may want to narrow your options with these top 5 vintage muscle cars.
Back in the day and even up to this day, the 1965 Pontiac GTO is a hit. With its 3/2 BBL 398 V8 engine which produces 360 horsepower evokes speed and style along with its coke bottle curves! Pontiac may be long-dead, but its iconic performance car isn’t, no one can dispute that the GTO was the first proper muscle car. Driving it again would be exhilarating!
You know why many car enthusiast desire this car? It’s because it’s not just some vintage track car, but a car that helped serious racers and enthusiasts improve their own Boss 302’s. This is one of those cars that you’ll shoot yourself with regret if you missed to catch a glimpse of it on the road, especially now that it has become so rare to see one. Not everybody can say they’ve looked at a Boss much less driven it. As long as car servicing can guarantee you that it can be fixed enough to be safe to drive, restoring it will be worth every penny.
Once upon a time, the roads were graced by this 455-cubic inch V8 engine. There’s no denying that it remains the era’s largest engine ever. The GSX was only available in "Apollo White" or "Saturn Yellow." Whichever you chose, it came with big black stripes across the hood, so in case you want to restore this one you may want to keep that since it’s a look that’s very distinct to this muscle car, that and its 7.5-liter engine and capability of 400 horsepower of course.
If you’ve always had a penchant for vintage cars and have always dreamed of driving one but is a little apprehensive about restoration because it’s not easy and it can cost a lot of money, Camaro could be your safest choice. It’s the easiest classic muscle car to build plus there are still tons of small-block Chevy V8s available on every local Craigslist in the country, so building one won’t be as difficult and expensive.
If you’re one of those who got sold by the either of Chrysler’s unusually attractive design and large engines, it would be such a waste to let it collect dusts in your garage. Good thing there are still places, who are most likely classic muscle cars enthusiasts, where even these car’s rarest parts are available. You may not have an all-original, million-dollar Hemi ‘Cuda in your garage, but you can get pretty close.