The Top 50 Fastest Muscle Cars Of All Time

The 1970 Chevelle SS 454

The 1970 Chevelle SS 454

While our beloved Chevrolet didn’t make the top of the list, we still have a strong showing. A list from Muscle Garage was complied showing the 50 fastest muscle cars of all time. This list is based off quarter mile times and also gives the gear ratio and date of trial. 

original-and-unrestored-this-450-hp-427-powered-66-sting-ray-will-beThe first sign of Chevy touching the list is in the number three spot, with the 1990 ZRI Corvette. Directly behind that car in the number four spot is the 1966 Corvette 427. In the number ten spot we do see the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6, followed by the 1969 COPO Camaro. 

Overall Chevy shows up fourteen times on the list, claiming 28% of the list. There is also some of the Chevy cousins such as Pontiac, Buick and Olds on this list. 

Most of us judge how fast our cars are based on quarter mile times and that’s a good judgement on speed. However we’d like to see top speed of all these cars as well, since not all of these were built purely for quarter mile action. 

Without further delay, here’s the full list! 

50 FASTEST MUSCLECARS
# YEAR/MODEL ET/MPH ENGINE HP TRANS GEAR SOURCE
1 1997 Viper GTS [email protected] V10 450 six-speed 3.07 MM 8/97
2 1966 427 Cobra [email protected] 427 8V 425 four-speed 3.54 CC 11/65
3 1990 ZR1 Corvette [email protected] LT5 350 375 six-speed 3.45 MT 4/90
4 1966 Corvette 427 [email protected] L72 427 425 four-speed 3.36 CD 11/65
5 1969 Road Runner [email protected] 440 Six BBL 390 four-speed 4.10 SS 6/69
6 1997 Hurst/Firebird [email protected] 350 350 automatic 3.42 MCR 4/5 97
7 1970 Hemi Cuda [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 four-speed 3.54 CC 11/69
8 1992 Viper RT/10 [email protected] 488 V10 400 six-speed 3.07 CD 7/92
9 1970 Chevelle SS454 [email protected] 454 LS6 450 four-speed 3.55 CC 11/69
10 1969 Camaro [email protected] 427 ZL1 430 four-speed 4.10 HC 6/69
11 1997 Corvette [email protected] 350 LS-1 345 six-speed 3.42 MT 5/97
12 1997 SLP Camaro SS [email protected] 350 LT4 330 six-speed 3.42 MT 2/97
13 1990 Pontiac Firehawk [email protected] 350 350 six-speed 3.54 CD 6/91
14 1968 Corvette [email protected] 427 6V 435 four-speed 3.70 HC 5/68
15 1970 Road Runner [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 automatic 4.10 SS 12/69
16 1970 Buick GS Stage I [email protected] 455 Stage I 360 automatic 3.64 MT 1/70
17 1996 Camaro Z28 SS [email protected] 350 LT-1 310 six-speed 3.42 MCR F/M 96
18 1969 Charger 500 [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 four-speed 4.10 HR 2/69
19 1973 Trans Am [email protected] 455 SD 310 automatic 3.42 HR 6/73
20 1969 Corvette [email protected] 427 L88 430 automatic 3.36 HR 4/69
21 1969 Super Bee [email protected] 440 Six Pack 390 automatic 4.10 HR 8/69
22 1969 Boss 429 Mustang [email protected] Boss 429 375 four-speed 3.91 HC 9/69
23 1970 Challenger R/T [email protected] 440 Six Pack 390 automatic 3.23 CC 11/69
24 1970 Torino Cobra [email protected] 429 SCJ 370 automatic 3.91 SS 3/70
25 1968 Biscayne [email protected] 427 L72 425 four-speed 4.56 SS 4/68
26 1995 Mustang Cobra R [email protected] 351 300 five-speed 3.27 MCR A/S 95
27 1964 Polara 500 [email protected] 426 4V 365 four-speed 3.23 HC 2/64
28 1996 Corvette GS [email protected] 350 LT-4 330 six-speed 3.45 RT 2/96
29 1969 GTX [email protected] 440 4V 375 automatic 4.10 MT 1/69
30 1987 Buick GNX [email protected] 231 Turbo V6 300 automatic 3.42 HR 4/87
31 1969 Dart 440 [email protected] 440 4V 375 automatic 3.55 CC 5/69
32 1971 Road Runner [email protected] 440 Six BBL 390 automatic 4.10 CC 1/71
33 1971 Cuda [email protected] 440 Six BBL 390 automatic 4.10 SS 4/71
34 1971 Corvette [email protected] 454 LS6 450 four-speed 3.36 CL 8/71
35 1971 Super Bee [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 automatic 4.10 MT 12/70
36 1968 Hurst/Olds [email protected] 455 W-30 390 automatic 3.91 SS 8/68
37 1968 Firebird [email protected] 400 HO 335 four-speed N/A HR 3/68
38 1967 Corvette [email protected] 427 6V 435 four-speed 3.55 HR 5/67
39 1971 Boss 351 Mustang [email protected] Boss 351 330 four-speed 3.91 MT 1/71
40 1966 Satellite [email protected] 426 Hemi 425 four-speed 3.54 CD 4/66
41 1969 Coronet R/T [email protected] 440 4V 375 four-speed 4.10 SS 4/69
42 1968 Cyclone GT [email protected] 428 CJ 335 automatic 4.11 MT 8/68
43 1969 Nova SS 396 [email protected] 396 4V 375 automatic 3.55 HR 7/69
44 1969 Shelby GT-500 [email protected] 428 CJ 335 four-speed 3.91 SS 9/69
45 1970 Olds 4-4-2 W-30 [email protected] 455 W-30 370 automatic 3.42 CC 11/69
46 1962 Corvette [email protected] 327 FI 360 four-speed 4.10 HR 1/62
47 1969 Barracuda [email protected] 440 4V 375 automatic 4.10 SS 8/69
48 1969 Mustang Mach I [email protected] 428 CJ 335 automatic 3.50 CL 3/69
49 1967 GTO [email protected] 400 RA 360 automatic 4.33 CL 10/67
50 1970 Trans Am [email protected] 400 RA 345 four-speed 3.91 HR 2/70

Legend: CC=Car Craft, CD=Car and Driver, CL=Car Life, HC=Hi Performance Cars, HR=Hot Rod, MCR=You have to ask?, MM=Mopar Muscle, MT=Motor Trend, SS=Super Stock

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About the author

Tim King

Tim grew up in the garage with his Father. From those early years grew a passion for anything with a motor. Helping his Dad and brother restore a '67 Nova is what fueled Tim’s passion for cars. At the age of 15 he bought his first car, a 1966 Chevelle which he still owns to this day. That car started his journey into the automotive world where he’s done just about everything, from being an auto mechanic to an aftermarket Sales Manager. Not only is he a gear head, but he also holds two Bachelors degrees from Cal State San Bernardino.
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