As the biggest car company in America for the better part of the 20th century, General Motors was always at the forefront of the muscle car revolution. The company claimed many of the industry’s firsts – such as the first muscle cars, first fuel-injected models, first turbochargers, and so on.
The history of General Motors is filled with interesting and relevant models. So today, we ranked the 24 coolest classic muscle cars from this legendary company. Enjoy a ride down muscle car memory lane below.
24. Oldsmobile 88 Rocket
For the 1949 model year, Oldsmobile presented the 88 model series. It had a brand-new 303 CID V8 engine called the Rocket V8. The 88 model was relatively light and compact. And the Rocket V8 was considered a hot engine with a two-barrel carburetor and 135 HP on tap. This combination of light body and powerful engine in the form of 1949 Oldsmobile 88 was arguably the first muscle car from Detroit (via Autoexpress).
The ’49 Olds 88 enjoyed success with the customers and on the race track. It won six of nine NASCAR races that year and proved competitive on the drag strip. The car was the theme of one of the first rock and roll songs ever made, “Rocket 88” by Kings of Rhythm. All of this makes this car extremely influential, not only in automotive history but also in the history of rock.