21. Oldsmobile 442 Name
Despite the fact that Pontiac GTO takes all the credit for being the first modern muscle car, not a lot of people know that Oldsmobile 442 started the same year as the Pontiac. However, Oldsmobile was much more discrete about advertising a new model, basically, just an option on the Cutlass line. From the beginning, the 442 was marketed as a “gentleman’s hot rod” an elegant, well-equipped muscle car with luxury appointments, reserved styling and brutal performance.
The name 442 caused a lot of controversies back in the day but the meaning was pretty simple – 4 barrel carburetor, 4 on the floor and dual exhaust. Of course, you could order it with automatic but if you wanted the most out of your 442, you would take the manual.