Muscle cars were a big deal in the 60's, 70's and 80's and still commands a great deal of respect and market demand to the present.
As the demand for the earliest muscle cars still persists, their market value has soared up. The likes of the Plymouth Barracuda, Chevrolet Chevelle, and the Ford Mustang of this world make the illustrious list.
We will now take a look at some of the most expensive muscle cars around by market value.
1970 Plymouth Superbird
Built as a statement car to compete with the Dodge Charger Daytona which was released a year earlier and was making some strong statements on the NASCAR race tracks and other Aero Warriors that competed in the NASCAR competition.
The 1970 Plymouth Superbird was released as a contender to outpace the Dodge Charger Daytona
The very dominant wing located at the rear end of the race car
The Plymouth Superbird spotted a similar nose cone and rear wing like the Dodge Daytona and offered three different engine variants. The three engine variants included a 4 barrel Carburetor 375 hp engine also known as the 440 Super Commando, the 425 hp, and 490 lb-ft torque 426 Hemi V8 engine and the 6 barrel carburetor 390 hp 440 super commando engine.
The street version of the Superbird, the 426 Hemi came with a 7.0 Liter V8 that was accompanied by a 4-speed manual transmission and cleared the 0-60 mph in just about 4.8 seconds.
The 1970 Plymouth Superbird sold for an estimated N1.6 million in 1970 and that initial value will equate to about N10.34 million at a cumulative inflation rate of 563.3% in 2019. However, the current market value of the 1970 Plymouth Superbird is worth far more than the N10.34 million inflation calculated value.
In fact, sometime this year a 1970 Superbird driven by Richard Petty himself had a final auction price of a good N1.3 billion at the Mecum Auctions in Pennsylvania. However, its current market value stands at about N62 million.
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1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Convertible
The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS arrived in an era when GM just lifted the ban on its intermediate models spotting engines with a displacement exceeding 400 cubic inches. This made it easy for the Chevrolet SS to be fitted with a 7.4 Liter 454 LS6 engine that could deliver as much as 450 hp and a solid 500 lb-ft torque. The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Convertible came with a 4-speed manual transmission as standard and an optional M40 automatic transmission.
The first to beat the Chryslers team in 1970
The convertible driven by Ray Allen went on to win all races it participated in 1970 beating off stiff competition from the Chryslers team who was then undefeated.
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The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 had an original price of N1.74 million or $4800 as the manufacturer stated the retail price in 1970, a price that would mean a good N1.54 million in 2019.
The Chevelle SS 454 LSD has a current market value of between N54 million to N91 million and sold for as high as $1.2 million in 2006 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.
The two models above are just a few among the muscle cars of the old days that have their prices go up so high compared to what they offered at the times of their launches. There are other most expensive muscle cars around by market value that miss this post you might want to read more about are the 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Datytona ($900,000), 1965 Shelby GT350 R ($445,500), 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ($1 MILLION), etc.
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