The muscle car segment is one of the cornerstones of the automotive industry. There was a time when the muscle car segment was the most popular in the automotive industry. Many muscle car models have resonated with consumers on a personal level. The Camaro and Mustang both evoke a lot of emotion when enthusiasts bring them up. This is the type of passion that the automakers had hoped for when unique models like these were developed.
Then there are cars like the Pontiac GTO, which have also created a sort of following that has lasted for decades. But as the automotive industry becomes more advanced, many of these muscle car models have been forgotten. That doesn’t mean they were bad cars, but consumer tastes are changing. There has also been a bubble in the pricing of muscle cars over the past decade, which has been driving many potential collectors away. We looked at 40 amazing muscle cars that you might have forgotten here.
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40: Ford Mustang II
The Ford Pinto was perhaps one of the worst products ever built by Ford Motor Company, and yet the automaker based their next-generation Mustang on it. When it comes to the Mustang II, the car had a compact design considered puny next to the previous generations of the historic pony car (via CJ Pony Parts).
The reliability of the Mustang II was also questionable around this period. Many new emissions regulations were going into place for automakers. Unfortunately, the Mustang II was the victim of many of these emissions control regulations.