The original idea behind the muscle car class was to offer inexpensive, yet powerful, fast cars with youthful appeal and loads of attitude. And the early muscle cars were exactly that. They were simple, affordable factory hot rods that provided tons of fun at low prices. Back in the day, you could have a world-class performance machine for less than the price of a well-optioned family sedan or station wagon.
To put that into today’s perspective, imagine owning a 500 HP performance car for the price of mid-sized family SUV. However, once the classic muscle car era passed, those high-powered beasts became collector’s items, so their prices rose steadily over the years. But back in the ‘90s when prices jumped for the first time, you could buy a real Hemi car for $20 to 30,000, which was a lot of money for old Mopar.
Today, those original Hemi cars are several hundred thousand dollars, and some even cost over a million. However, they are not the only ones bringing big bucks at auctions all over the country. So read on to find out about the 20 most expensive classic muscle cars ever to cross the auction block.
Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible – $3.2 Million
Chevrolet produced the C2 Corvette from 1963 to 1967, so they are highly sought after by collectors. The big block models they introduced during the 1966 model year are the most expensive since they combine big power with unique styling. Among those cars, the L88 has a mythical status and enormous price tag. They only built 20 1967 Corvette L88s and one recently sold for an amazing $3.2 million.