9. Pontiac Trans Am 455
The GTO was Pontiac’s prime muscle car for most of the 60’s, but the smaller Firebird started to emerge as an affordable, faster option. As traditional muscle cars were losing ground due to tightening regulations, pony cars such as the Pontiac Trans Am were gaining respect on the streets, mostly due to looks and performance. In 1972, engines still had some power left, so Pontiac tried the best it could in this situation.
The 1972 Trans Am with the 455 big block and 300 HP was the hottest offering. It had a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 6.4 seconds. Also, those F-Body cars had competent handling packages and good brakes, transforming them into proper sports cars. Who knows how capable muscle cars could be if it weren’t for the fuel shortages and emissions regulations.
However, despite being one of the last true classic muscle cars, the early 70’s Trans-Ams were not strong sellers, so they are rare, valuable cars today. Expect to pay around $70,000 for decent examples. The most sought-after version is the 1974 Trans Am 455 SD, which people widely consider the last classic muscle car. Latest prices for these muscle car gems are over $80,000.