Muscle cars are the driving force behind the entire automotive aftermarket. Sure, there are other vehicle types, but the main focus for the entire industry begins with the muscle car. Whether it is for one of the originals or more at home installed on a late-model version, all of the performance parts begin in the realm of the muscle car.
While the purists will argue, the reality is that just about any sleek classic can be called a muscle car depending on what you do to it. The original concept was to take a budget factory model, drop in a bigger engine while keeping the rest of the car budget-oriented. Today, the last half of that statement is out the wing window, because in order to get the hottest factory options, you have pay for all the high-end upgrades as well. Otherwise you get saddled with the lowest performance engine, which is not what a true “muscle car” is about. Hence just about anything can be considered a muscle car, as long as you have the horsepower to back it up.
We scoured the car scene at the 2018 SEMA Show to bring together a group of eclectic muscle and pony cars for you. There are a few surprises in there, let us know what you think about our choices.
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A life-long gearhead, Jefferson Bryant spends more time in the shop than anywhere else. His career began in the car audio industry as a shop manager, eventually working his way into a position at Rockford Fosgate as a product designer. In 2003, he began writing tech articles for magazines, and has been working as an automotive journalist ever since. His work has been featured in Car Craft, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Truckin’, Mopar Muscle, and many more. Jefferson has also written 4 books and produced countless videos. Jefferson operates Red Dirt Rodz, his personal garage studio, where all of his magazine articles and tech videos are produced.