Classic muscle cars are an enormous segment full of legendary machinery, chrome trim and burnt rubber. And what about those fantastic soundtracks, not only from those rumbling V8s but from those eight track stereos, as well. The period from 1964 to 1971 produced the biggest number of muscle cars. Most of those models, like those GTOs, Chargers and Torinos became worldwide muscle cars they sold in big numbers.
However, there are models that people didn’t notice. They were never popular or particularly desirable, either. Even today, most car experts and historians don’t even know those cars existed. These aren’t the super rare engines, equipment or body style combos they produced in a few examples that represent a kind of muscle car unicorn. These are those rare models, forgotten versions and cars that were soon forgotten by muscle car fandom.
In most cases, those muscle cars were as good as their more popular counterparts. But for some reason, today they are obscure, yet amazing pieces of U.S. car history. Here are the most interesting obscure and rarely seen classic muscle cars ever. While you may know a few from this list, some will be a total surprise.
Most of these cars are impossible to find today because car manufacturers didn’t make many of them. Also, some owners just discarded them, turning to the more popular models of the day. So, keep reading to learn about some cars you didn’t know existed.
Oldsmobile Rally 350
To fight the tightening regulations destroying the muscle car class, Oldsmobile introduced the bright yellow Rally 350. It was a clever way to avoid high insurance premiums with the smaller, yet still powerful 350 V8 engine with 310 HP. This model was basically a 442 muscle car, but with a smaller engine and lower price.
The most interesting feature was the bright yellow paint, along with yellow bumpers, spoiler and wheel inserts. It looked like somebody dropped the Oldsmobile Cutlass in a tank of bright yellow paint.
Other manufacturers introduced similar models, but this Oldsmobile stands out due to its unmistakable appearance. However, the Rally 350 wasn’t a big success on the market despite clever engineering. Oldsmobile only built 3547 of them in 1970. Although most Oldsmobile performance cars are well-known among car enthusiasts, they forgot the Rally 350, so it is rare today.