We all know about fire breathing, legendary and glorious muscle cars of the past like Hemi Chargers, Cobra Jet Mustangs, Big Block Camaros and other mythical beasts that roamed the streets in late `60s and leave tire marks on every stop light in the country. The muscle cars created a legend so big that endured all the challenges of last 50 years, all oil crisis and safety laws that tried to kill the first generation of those models.
We all know that `70s were the dark times of American performance with numerous maybe stylistically interesting but desperately slow cars. The `80s marked the return to the performance but path to power was long and painful. Today, we will pay our respect to the models that didn’t make it as performance icons of the last half century. Cars that were introduced in `60s, `70s, or `80s but never achieved their full potential since they were underpowered, slow, or too obscure for mainstream buyers to notice them. We call them Muscle Misfits and there are 25 of them waiting to be returned from margins of car history.
1. Oldsmobile Starfire GT
The mid `70s weren’t an especially good period for Olds performance and when the new compact Starfire model was introduced, Olds engineers decided to present the performance version of this car. Called Starfire GT, this model was basically an appearance package on a regular Starfire hatchback.
With special body stripes, color, details, wheels and stabilizer bar, the Starfire GT was a bit more dynamic than the regular model and the closest thing Oldsmobile had to a sports or muscle car in 1976.