The History of Muscle Cars

The term muscle car was first used in 1964 with the release of mid-sized Pontiac’s with one important new feature – a 389 cubic inch V8. This classic Muscle Car was capable of 0-60 mph in less than 7 seconds which was a truly incredible feat for a car straight out of the show room 50 years ago.

The Muscle Car industry was spawned out of the gradual increase in popularity of stock car racing (NASCAR) and drag racing.

The first car to be inspired by the need to create ever more powerful machines was actually in 1948 with the Oldsmobile Rocket 88. This car featured the first high compression overhead valve engine combined with a much lighter body and chassis design. By 1955 every car manufacturer was offering their own version of the V8 with some remaining legendary to this day. Continue reading