20: ’70s AMC Gremlin
While it’s not officially a muscle car, the AMC Gremlin was marketed as something quick and gas efficient. There was a lot of hype behind the hatchback at the time because of the direction the economy was going. The Gremlin has taken on a sort of second life in the muscle car world. They’re easy to build up, and quite durable for a hatchback with a curb weight of under 3,000 lbs.
AMC put a lot of hype into the Gremlin, partly due to it being a last-ditch effort to save the company. Living on as a relic of one of the last American car companies, the Gremlin was a letdown in many ways. The design of the car was a bit hideous, but with modifications, the Gremlin can be made to look good.