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American Muscle Cars Even Dedicated Auto Fans Don’t Love

Cameron EittreimJuly 30, 2021

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4: 1962 Plymouth Savoy Super Stock 413

Also based on the same platform as the 412 Max Wedge the 1962 Plymouth Savoy Super Stock 413 was another attempt at capturing sales success. Unfortunately, the Savoy Super Stock 413 suffered from a lot of the same reliability issues. The car was lacking in a lot of the elements that you’d expect from a so-called muscle car and it showed.

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The V8 engine was one of the worst powerplants Chrysler released at the time. There were a lot of reliability issues that hampered the overall design of the car. Likewise, the car was also lacking a unique identity in its design, which made for a confusing scenario among consumers.

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3: 1962 Ford Galaxie 406

Ford for all of its faults had tried very hard to sell consumers on the Galaxie line of cars. The Galaxie 406 was another attempt at trying their hand at a performance vehicle. From a design standpoint, the 1962 Ford Galaxie 406 was a well-put-together car for the most part. Its reliability, however, was another issue altogether and it didn’t end well for the car.

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The Galaxie 406 had a powerplant that was lacking the reliability that you’d expect from Ford. The off-the-line performance was also slower than a lot of cars in this segment, which left a bad taste in enthusiasts’ mouths. Overall, the 1962 Ford Galaxie 406 is probably one of the most disappointing aspects in the history of the Galaxie brand.

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2: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

The Studebaker Avanti R2 is a car that you’ll often see at car shows, but it was designed to compete with muscle cars. The design of a mixture of overrated ambition and the idea to jump on the European design bandwagon. The car had a lot of features that consumers liked but there were more that they didn’t.

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A lack of reliability was the first and most present issue with the Avanti R2. From a performance standpoint, the Avanti R2 didn’t stack up to other muscle cars that were on the market. You were paying a premium for a car that just wasn’t there when it comes right now to it.

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1: 1963 Plymouth Max Wedge 426

After the failure of the last Wedge, Chrysler was at it again in 1963, this time with the Max Wedge 426. The idea behind this car was brute force performance, but when it came down to it, the car was lacking in a lot of areas. First and foremost, the Max Wedge 426 had an engine that had a lot of reliability issues, which aren’t appealing for a brand-new car.

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Likewise, the Max Wedge 426 was also lacking in interior design, and a lot of buyers were looking for a comfortable driving experience. The 1963 Plymouth Max Wedge 426 isn’t as well-known as a lot of other muscle cars for this period, and its build quality issues were the main reason behind this.

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