In the muscle car world, it is all about the engines, equipment and versions. Sometimes, even the most ordinary cars can become expensive, rare and fast. That is especially true if buyers equip them in a certain way or order them as part of a special package. During the heyday of the muscle car culture, most manufacturers introduced dozens of sub-models.
They were limited-edition versions or one-year-only specials that later became the most sought-after cars in the car collector’s world. Think of this article as a kind of muscle car dream garage list. Just keep reading to learn about the most memorable special edition models and versions true car aficionados lust for that fetch the highest prices at auction. From the Boss Mustang to the Pontiac Judge, and from the Ford Shelby to the Hemi engine, this list has them all.
Mercury Cougar XR7
Some people think of the Mercury Cougar as a Mustang with a longer wheelbase and luxury interior, but this muscle car was much more than that. With its unique styling and special trim, it was an independent force in the muscle car wars of the late ’60s. The ultimate version that perfectly combined muscle car power and luxury was the mighty Cougar XR-7.
This model has a 390 V8 engine that produces 320 HP. But buyers could also opt for the GT package that included a beefed-up suspension and stronger brakes and steering. Over the years, the Mercury Cougar was in the shadow of the Mustang. However, in recent years, the prices have started to come up for this piece of the luxury muscle segment.