(AH) Ep. 6 The Origins of the Muscle Car

A classic car connaisseur is going to tell you the story of the high performance street machines of the 1960’s! Remember to like, subscribe and share if you want …


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  • But can I drive my Chevelle SS while wearing a black shirt?

    Mark Williams June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Road runner is the best !

    Lurch Troll June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Ever hear of The 67 Ford Galaxy 7 liter ! 428 cobra jet ? Ring any bells ? Lol I would pick one over a mustang any day which was just a pony car in most configurations.

    Lurch Troll June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • #1 cause of death was the insurance cost. Had to say bye-bye to my SS396 Chevelle. Waaahhh

    jeff13151 June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • My family is Spanish but always born in México or Spain. My mother has in México a nice Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 and his friends from Centro Asturiano (Country Club of the spanish from the province of Asturias, Spain in City of Mexico) had muscle cars… going to the beach to Veracruz (you need to cross a mountains, 60 mexican highways wasn"t like USA, 8 hours of trip, with Lorries fog…) she always son… arround 140cv, and 700kg… bets the muscle cars more heavy, and not east to drive in a curvy road

    Álvaro Ruiz Cendón June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • First Muscle car Is Easy just two words: Max Wedge

    laureano sanchez June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Sorry, pal, you're wrong about the term "Muscle Car". We used that term back in 1968, or at least that's the earliest use I can recall. We of the Baby Boom generation created that term We also considered the Chrysler 300 of 1955 to be the 1st true muscle car, due to it having more HP than CID. But THX anyway for trying.

    Elton Munyon June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • By Ford Galaxy I assume you don't mean the MPV. Damn ford recycling names… The Ford Fusion is either a Mondeo or a tiny Fiesta variant. The Galaxy is either a muscle car or a MPV.

    Calum Champion June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • 1963 Chevrolet Impala with a 409, how's that not a muscle car?

    PJ June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • When your first ad comes before the 2 minute mark, I quit watching on principle

    teo delfuego June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Could you make explaining what a muscle car is any more confusing?

    Joe Fisk June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • In 55 you could walk into a chrysler dealership and get a 300 hp dual carb 331 hemi in the first of the 300 series cars. Only bad with that car was the two speed transmission.

    Tyson Gonsorowski June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • More pertinent pictures than cartoons

    Bill Moryto June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • I would not consider the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 a muscle car. I owned one. I would say the muscle car era started in late 1962 and 1963 when the Corvette split window coupe came out with a fuel injected 327. And the Impala came out with the infamous 409. And Plymouth came out with the Sport Fury.

    James May June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Besides the '73 Conti Mk lll, I once had an Olds 442 W-30. 3 years each.
    Ha ha ha ha…There's no Time any more, you small displacement loving (unfortunate) Brit

    Holeshot Hunter June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • in the case of a engine greater than 390 cubic inches (yes ik it isn't actually the standard), the Camaro ZL1's with the 302 with 350+ HP isnt a muscle car, the 350 and 327 small blocks aren't exactly muscle cars.

    DFB58 June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Insurance costs was as big as the oil crisis. Enter high polar moment 5mph bumpers. Emission control choked power. Huge bumpers killed light weight and any semblance of handling. 1971? Okay. 1972? Junk. I graduated high school in 1972, of course.

    Robert Rensch June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • You could argue the first orgins of the muscle car was the 37 Buick Century. 320ci inline 8 and the first production OHV pushrod in which all other classic muscle cars would follow along with its older 260ci sister engine and Lasalle varient. It was the first affordable car to go over 100mph and could be stripped down in options as much as it could be loaded. Powered coupe, sedan, and limos. Or you could say Dusenburgs I guess. I wouldnt. Or you go by power to weight ratio.
    Though Im of the opinion the muscle car was an evolution with no real start date. Just one day a Hudson, Olds, and Chrysler started dragging then everyone else said me to.

    DogsBark June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Of course, everyone agrees the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 was the peak of the muscle cars, right?

    Louis Lopez June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Yo stop ignoring the little guys at American Motors. Rambler Rebel in 57. Boom! And don't forget the AMC Javelin either.

    Larry Laffer June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • The oil crisis didn't kill the party, emission controls came in 1971 and that really killed the big V8 for power until we got to the 80',s and 90's and computers and EFI came along

    Mark Little June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Olds 88, 300 letter cars, Pontiac Catalina 2+2 were before the GTO.

    Seth Thomas June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • What Ford did to the Mustang in the mid 1970's should have been a crime…….

    Iron Clad Ranch June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • The 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 is sometimes considered the first true muscle car, followed closely by the GTO.

    Eddie Tucker June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • The mid and late 70s Dodge Charger was like that weird old man that lived down the street who went senile. 😂

    Darian the Scorpion June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • If I have modified my 351W to produce over 300HP, is my 2door XL Conv (Galaxie) considered a "Muscle Car"?

    mickeyeldred June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • British and French cars had 160 horsepower before 1950 with a long bonnet and a short boot

    forbaldo1 June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Wait……..the Dodge Charger didn't stop with the Fourth generation. Even before the 2006 revival, Chrysler produced the FIFTH generation Charger from 1982-1987, based on the L-body Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon model. There was even a "Shelby" version. Were they an insult to the original horsepower monster – yes, but it was the early to mid 80's…and almost everything produced by US auto manufacturers was a four-wheeled, rolling POS. Edit: Before anyone blows a gasket (like Grand National fans), I did say ALMOST everything. 😉

    Strawberry Hellcat June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • OK, but you have to explain to us: What the hell is an 'MPV?"

    Kennedy McGovern June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • "SS" didn't always indicate a muscle Chevelle. In '64 and '65 they were available with six-cylinders and small-block V-8s.

    Dan Drane June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • I think it’s worth mentioning the last muscle car was the 87 Buick Grand National…. well maybe some of the newer “retro” “muscle” cars of the 2010s.

    Chase Rivers June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Also, a bit larger, and more luxurious, the mid to late 50's Chrysler Hemi – powered " letter 300's " also can hold a place as " muscle cars."

    Johnny Zeee June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • The prototype muscle car, a coupe with long hood – short deck, and high horsepower engine, would be a '56 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

    Johnny Zeee June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • I would have to say the 1966 Fairlane 427 had enough power to be a Muscle car!

    Mylan Miller June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • And What about the 1957 Rambler Rebel A Muscle car is mid size car with big power!

    Mylan Miller June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • I know this is an old video, but it is new to me. But, I thought I would correct one point, mostly because it annoys Chevy fan boys… Ahem…
    Early on, Chevy SS models were not necessarily performance models. The SS package was nothing more than a trim package and could even be had on the very pedestrian 6 cylinder models, but not on lower base level cars such as Biscayne. To decipher this you need to look into how car companies used to name their cars; totally different names for very similar cars of different trim content. For example a 1969 300 deluxe vs Malibu vs Chevelle…. Chevelle was the mid-level trim.
    It's interesting and very confusing, and all the big 3 did it to some extent.

    Todd Nelson June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • How could you say Chrysler was late to the game? The '62 413 Max Wedge cars started the muscle car wars.

    Gregory Burd June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • Actually, the first Buick Century of the 1930's was an original muscle car. So was the '49 Olds 88 (your picture is of an Olds 76), the Hudson Hornet and the '57 Rambler Rebel.

    Al Stirbens June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • The mid 70s charger wasn't a charger, it was a 'stroller' (it was also just a rebadged chrysler cordoba)

    tailz with a z June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • In 1961 plymouth offered the 413 cubic inch engine with 375 horses, and so did Dodge. Ford offered the Fairlane with 390 c.i. and 401 hp, chevy offered in 1961 an impala with a 409 c.i. engine with 360 hp, pontiac with a 405 hp 421 c.i. engine 1n 1962. I don't give Mr. DeLorean and the GTO credit as the first musclecar but it was a sales winner.

    Rod Clark June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • 10:10 everyone references Doug 😁😂

    Devin du Plessis June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • I think the muscle cars started before the 1964 GTO. In 1960 Pontiac had the 421 CI with three two barrel carbs. Chrysler had their awesome 413 and later the 426. In 1962 Chevrolet had the 409 with two four barrel carbs. Ford in 1963 had their 427 powerhouse. These were all muscle cars. Before these there were cars with V-8 engines like the Hemi's Chrysler had in the 50's, Ford's 312 Thunderbird engine and Chevrolet's 283. But they didn't come near the horsepower of the 421, 409, or 427.

    Gene Goodwin June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • bull shit the impala was the frist muscle car

    WN H June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • @ 10:46. "Schhwwweeeeeeet" Mine was dark metallic green. Thanks for the memory.

    Drake Fallentine June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • The 1958 Mercury was the first American car to have 400HP with it's 430 cu inch engine.

    George Ursitti June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply
  • if a muscle car has to look like a 60's car than the first one was the 413 powered Dodge Polara/Plymouth Savoy….Chrysler, late to the party? lol

    Nicholas Agnew June 16, 2021 5:31 am Reply

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