The inevitable change towards clean energy and electric cars is something even the most hard-core muscle car enthusiasts have to accept. The days of cheap gasoline are definitely behind us and although internal combustion engines aren’t done just yet, we have to think about the future.
However, we will not talk about electric cars or hybrids. In fact, we will talk about proper, red-blooded muscle cars which will stand as the perfect examples of car culture even when there is no more gasoline available for sale. All of that begs the question. What muscle cars you should buy before the oil runs out? This is our selection of glorious American machines produced in the last 50 or so years.
1. Shelby GT500
Despite the fact that Shelby Mustangs started as stripped out versions of Ford`s pony car which were basically road racers with minimal comfort and maximum driving involvement, after the 1967 model year, the Shelby Mustang line evolved into a GT coupe. Bigger and more powerful than before, the 1967 GT 500 featured a new design, modified front, and rear end and a big 427 V8 engine with 335 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
In those days, Ford was notorious for underrating the power output of their engines and 335 hp sounded too little for the big 427. The enthusiasts claim that the real power was closer to 400 hp range and the performance figures backed that claim. The 0 to 60 mph time was 6.5 seconds which was pretty good for the day and thanks to suspension modifications, the GT 500 could handle the curves pretty well, too.