Can You Answer These Muscle Car Questions While Being Distracted by Pictures of Sexy Women?
By: Ian Fortey
About This Quiz
There's no 100% definite way to describe a muscle car. It has never been as apparent as a convertible or a coupe because it's not the type of car that any company specifically made. It was more of a way of producing cars, one that really appealed to a segment of the motoring public. Though the rules aren't hard and fast, if you were looking for a muscle car, you likely wanted an American-built automobile that featured a powerful engine, was either mid-size or full-size and maybe had 4-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive and two doors. But again, these features aren't set in stone. The muscle part comes from the engine, so that was the critical feature. Does it have a lot of horses under the hood? Do the neighborhood animals go mysteriously quiet when you put the key in the ignition? Does it purr like a jungle cat? If so, you just might have yourself a muscle car.
People still make cars that qualify as muscle cars, but the heyday of the muscle car was from the mid-1960s into the '70s. Those were the cars everyone thinks of, and those are the ones we want you to think of. But we're not making it easy! You have to name what you can while being distracted by hot women. It's, uh, scientific. Try it!
Do you know which car was made famous by "The Dukes of Hazzard"?
The Dodge Charger is one of the most iconic of all muscle cars thanks to its extensive use on "The Dukes of Hazzard" which made use of the 1969 model Charger and also destroyed hundreds of them on camera.
Can you tell us which 1966 muscle car came with a supercharger option?
The 1966 Shelby GT350 came with a supercharger option that was said to improve engine output by nearly 50%, though there's reason to doubt that it was quite as good as all that. The option, however, cost one-fourth of the car's entire price!
Which car is generally considered to be the first muscle car ever?
1964 Pontiac GTO
The 1964 Pontiac GTO is generally considered to be the first official muscle car ever manufactured. Pontiac borrowed the "GTO" part of the name from Ferrari which had developed the 250 GTO. GTO stands for "Gran Turismo Omologato."
Do you know which manufacturer produced the 1969 Super Bee?
The Dodge Super Bee had a lot in common with the Dodge Coronet in terms of body, but under the hood, things got weird. Midway through 1969, Dodge changed up its strategy and swapped the V8 Hemi with a new Six-Pack. It performed as well as the Hemi but cost less.
The Dodge Daytona was created specifically for racing, but they didn't make many of them. How many were produced?
The Dodge Daytona was manufactured only in 1969 and is mostly remembered for that enormous wing that was on the back. Only 543 of them were ever produced, and if you want one today, it's going to cost you a fortune.
Which car was a performance model of the Mercury Comet?
The Mercury Comet had ben in production since 1962 and was really a compact car to start things off. In 1964, it got souped-up as the Cyclone, and the 1968 Cyclone was officially a muscle car with a full-on V8 engine.
In 1968, this was the only American-built, steel-bodied two-seater. What was it?
From 1968 to 1970, AMC produced the AMX, a two-seat GT sportscar that was essentially the closest competition you were going to get to the Corvette. As for the name, it means "American Motors Experimental."
This was the first pony car out there. What was it?
The Ford Mustang was the first of the pony cars on the market. What the heck is a pony car? It's basically a compact coupe or convertible performance car. They're not always muscle cars, but don't ever suggest that a 1965 Mustang with a 289 V8 engine isn't a muscle car!
The AMC Rebel Machine hit the roads in 1970. It was a bit of an over-the-top design with a full-on Captain America red, white and blue paint job as well as a massive hood scoop. It lasted one year, and then was long gone.
Two years after the Mustang arrived, Chevy rolled out what pony car?
The Camaro was Chevrolet's answer to the Mustang. Legend has it that the design team insisted the name was a play on the French word for "comrade," but linguists may have suggested it was actually a Spanish word that means shrimp. Comrade in French is "camarade," while shrimp in Spanish is "camaron."
Which car did Stephen King make especially evil in his book, "Christine"?
Pontiac Grand Prix
It makes sense that a furious car like Christine was a Plymouth Fury. They were manufactured from 1955 to 1989. While the early models may not have been fully muscle cars, by the mid-1960s, they were maxed out with powerful V8 engines.
The Buick Wildcat was manufactured from 1962 until 1977. The 1966 model had an optional upgrade which included a high-performance V8 with two, 4-barrel carburetors, dual exhaust, a chrome-plated air cleaner and a handful of other perks.
This was the last big entry to the pony car market. What was it?
The Dodge Challenger may have been slow to market compared to the other cars in its class, but at least the company took its time to get things right. It debuted with a variety of engine options, including the 426 Hemi.
Which car was sporting a monstrous 427 cubic-inch 7.0L engine in 1965?
The Ford Galaxie's 427 engine was an unheard of beast of an engine at the time it was introduced in 1965 and, to be quite honest, it's still a fearsome thing in the present. It may be the most powerful production engine in history.
Some people will tell you this front-wheel-drive car was not a muscle car. Others disagree. Do you know it?
Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
When Oldsmobile rolled out the Toronado in 1966, it was the first attempt at a front-wheel-drive vehicle since 1937. With a 425 V8, it's hard to argue that this thing wasn't built to chew up the roads like any other muscle car.
What car can you easily identify just by looking at its hood?
The Pontiac Firebird has long had that incredibly iconic firebird-printed hood that lets you know from blocks away what kind of car is coming. Not every Firebird had that bird printed on the hood, of course, but if you saw it, you knew it was a Firebird.
By 1968, the Dodge Dart was a pretty decent alternative to the Chevy Nova SS. It was available with either a 348 V8 engine or a 383 but, interestingly enough, the added weight of the 383 completely removed the benefit of using it rather than sticking with the 348.
While the Ford Fairlane has been around for a few years, by 1964, the Fairlane Thunderbolt was a drag racing version. The engine was rated at 425 horsepower, but the word is it was pulling closer to 600.
Do you know which car was used by the Alabama Highway Patrol starting in 1971?
Chevrolet Impala SS
The AMC Javelin was looked at by the Alabama Highway Patrol in '71 when they wanted a cheaper alternative to bulky police cruisers. The Javelin was the first pony car used by any law enforcement in the country, and they kept it in service until 1979.
Which 1968 model was introduced as an affordable but still powerful alternative to others on the market at the time?
Chevrolet El Camino
Plymouth Road Runner
The Road Runner was designed to be a fairly basic model when many of the other muscle cars on the market were becoming more and more extravagant. Plymouth paid $50,000 to Warner Brothers to use the likeness of the Road Runner cartoon for advertising and for making a horn that sounded like the cartoon.
By 1966, Chevrolet had done away with the SS on all full-size cars except one. Which one?
Monte Carlo SS
By 1966, only the Impala SS was still on the full-size market for Chevrolet as sales had been slipping somewhat. Midsize SS models like the Chevelle were still popular. The Impala was still rocking out with an available 427 Turbojet engine for when you needed ultimate power in your muscle car.
Do you know which car had a plaque on the front that said "Pontiac 421"?
1966 Catalina 2+2
The 1966 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 was rocking the "Pontiac 421" plaque on the fender to drive home that the model was standard with a 421 V8 engine and had been since 1965. Three different 421 engines were available.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was pretty much un-muscled by 1978 thanks to the oil embargo when the model was downsized. Prior to that, however, the Monte Carlo was positioned as a luxury car to compete with the Buick Rivera.
Which Chrysler model is sometimes considered a forerunner or even a cousin of the muscle car?
Chrysler's 300 has a long history, first as the letter series, then the non-letter series, then an even later series. The letter series from the '50s to the '60s were clear muscle car material, however, with high-performance engines. The '65 300L, the last of the letter series, came with a standard 413 V8 engine.
What car was introduced to compete with the Mustang but as a more refined, upscale version?
The Mercury Cougar debuted in 1967 with a 3-inch longer wheelbase than the Mustang, a more refined interior and an eye towards the luxury end of the muscle car spectrum. It was Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 1967.
What car was redesigned by Buick several times between 1955 and 1998?
The Buick Skylark has six generations over its production run starting in 1955. The 1965 model rolled out the "Gran Sport" option which eventually morphed into the Buick GS and came with a high performance 300 cubic-inch V8.
Which car was Chevy's entry into the mid-size muscle car world?
Though it was slow out of the gate with some of the lower-powered models in the '60s, the 1970 Chevelle was a monster with the LS6 454 V8 which made it the most powerful rated engine in the entire world of muscle cars.
From 1961 to 1999, this car was in production. Do you know what it is?
The Oldsmobile Cutlass was the forerunner of the 442 muscle car, but on its own, it had some decent specs over the years, not the least of which was the '62 Jetfire that featured the Turbo-Rocket V8 engine.