MusclecarClub.com’s List of The 50 Fastest Muscle Cars

“Best Ever” lists are usually 100-percent subjective 100-percent of the time. So when we stumbled across muscle car registry site Musclecar Club‘s massive list of the “50 Fastest Musclecars” we had to take it with a grain of salt. There are a lot of these kinds of lists, usually penned by wholly biased persons who would like nothing better than to see their favorite brand come out on top.

This time around, the MusclecarClub has backed up their “definitive list” with some references, and some pretty irrefutable ones to boot. Citing the testing numbers from nearly a dozen car enthusiast publications who conducted plenty of testing during the 1960’s when these machines were new as well as some contemporary ones who’ve done their own testing with “100-percent restored” examples, the list includes titles like Car Craft, Car and Driver, Car Life, Hi Performance Cars, Hot Rod, Muscle Car Review, Mopar Muscle, Motor Trend and Super Stock magazines.

All the entries include the model year, a standing quarter-mile E.T. and mile per hour, what engine the example was tested with, it’s advertised horsepower, transmission, rear gear and the source material.

While we think of some prime examples that are notably absent from this list (including the ’70 GSX Buick and the ’69 H/O 455 Oldsmobile), do think this is pretty thorough and doesn’t show any glaring errors. Is this list perfect? Not at all. Please don’t think that we think that.

# YEAR/MODEL ET/MPH ENGINE HP TRANS GEAR SOURCE
1 1966 427 Cobra [email protected] 427 8V 425 4-Speed 3.54 CC 11/65
2 1966 Corvette 427 [email protected] L72 427 425 4-Speed 3.36 CD 11/65
3 1969 Road Runner [email protected] 440 Six BBL 390 4-Speed 4.10 SS 6/69
4 1970 Hemi Cuda [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 4-Speed 3.54 CC 11/69
5 1970 Chevelle SS454 [email protected] 454 LS6 450 4-Speed 3.55 CC 11/69
6 1969 Camaro [email protected] 427 ZL1 430 4-Speed 4.10 HC 6/69
7 1968 Corvette [email protected] 427 6V 435 4-Speed 3.70 HC 5/68
8 1970 Road Runner [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 automatic 4.10 SS 12/69
9 1970 Buick GS Stage I [email protected] 455 Stage I 360 automatic 3.64 MT 1/70
10 1968 Corvette 427 [email protected] L72 427 425 4-Speed 3.55 CD 6/68
11 1969 Charger 500 [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 4-Speed 4.10 HR 2/69
12 1968 Charger [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 automatic 3.23 CD 11/67
12 1970 Plymouth Superbird [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 ? ? ?
14 1968 Road Runner [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 automatic 3.55 CD 1/69
15 1973 Trans Am [email protected] 455 SD 310 automatic 3.42 HR 6/73
16 1969 Corvette [email protected] 427 L88 430 automatic 3.36 HR 4/69
17 1969 Super Bee [email protected] 440 Six Pack 390 automatic 4.10 HR 8/69
18 1969 Boss 429 Mustang [email protected] Boss 429 375 4-Speed 3.91 HC 9/69
19 1970 Challenger R/T [email protected] 440 Six Pack 390 automatic 3.23 CC 11/69
20 1970 Torino Cobra [email protected] 429 SCJ 370 automatic 3.91 SS 3/70
21 1968 Biscayne [email protected] 427 L72 425 4-Speed 4.56 SS 4/68
22 1964 Polara 500 [email protected] 426 4V 365 4-Speed 3.23 HC 2/64
23 1969 GTX [email protected] 440 4V 375 automatic 4.10 MT 1/69
24 1969 Dart 440 [email protected] 440 4V 375 automatic 3.55 CC 5/69
25 1971 Road Runner [email protected] 440 Six BBL 390 automatic 4.10 CC 1/71
26 1971 Cuda [email protected] 440 Six BBL 390 automatic 4.10 SS 4/71
27 1971 Corvette [email protected] 454 LS6 450 4-Speed 3.36 CL 8/71
28 1971 Super Bee [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 automatic 4.10 MT 12/70
29 1968 Hurst/Olds [email protected] 455 W-30 390 automatic 3.91 SS 8/68
30 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 automatic 4.10 MT 9/69
31 1968 Firebird [email protected] 400 HO 335 4-Speed N/A HR 3/68
32 1967 Corvette [email protected] 427 6V 435 4-Speed 3.55 HR 5/67
33 1965 Catalina [email protected] 421 6V ? 4-Speed 3.42 CD 3/65
34 1969 Super Bee Six Pack [email protected] 440 Six BBL 390 automatic 4.10 CD 7/69
35 1971 Boss 351 Mustang [email protected] Boss 351 330 4-Speed 3.91 MT 1/71
36 1966 Satellite [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 4-Speed 3.54 CD 4/66
37 1969 Coronet R/T [email protected] 440 4V 375 4-Speed 4.10 SS 4/69
38 1968 Cyclone GT [email protected] 428 CJ 335 automatic 4.11 MT 8/68
39 1969 Nova SS 396 [email protected] 396 4V 375 automatic 3.55 HR 7/69
40 1969 Shelby GT-500 [email protected] 428 CJ 335 4-Speed 3.91 SS 9/69
41 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet [email protected] 428 CJ 335 automatic 4.11 MT 1/69
42 1970 Olds 4-4-2 W-30 [email protected] 455 W-30 370 automatic 3.42 CC 11/69
43 1962 Corvette [email protected] 327 FI 360 4-Speed 4.10 HR 1/62
44 1969 Barracuda [email protected] 440 4V 375 automatic 4.10 SS 8/69
45 1962 Catalina [email protected] 421 4V ? 4-Speed 4.30 MT 5/62
46 1969 Mustang Mach I [email protected] 428 CJ 335 automatic 3.50 CL 3/69
47 1967 GTO [email protected] 400 RA 360 automatic 4.33 CL 10/67
48 1970 Trans Am [email protected] 400 RA 345 4-Speed 3.91 HR 2/70
49 1970 Torino Cobra [email protected] 429 4V ? 4-Speed 3.91 MT 2/70
Legend: CC=Car Craft, CD=Car and Driver, CL=Car Life, HC=Hi Performance Cars, HR=Hot Rod, MCR=Muscle Car Review, MM=Mopar Muscle, MT=Motor Trend, SS=Super Stock

About the author

Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw is a self-proclaimed "muscle car purist," preferring solid-lifter camshafts and mechanical double-pumpers over computer-controlled fuel injection and force-feeding power-adders. If you like dirt-under-your-fingernails tech and real street driven content, this is your guy.
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