The original muscle car era lasted for less than 10 years but undoubtedly left an everlasting mark on the industry. Muscle cars were built to be fast and look good doing it. Suddenly, there was a whole segment of affordable performance machines built to light up the rear tires and street race all night long. Besides their looks and the power numbers, quarter-mile times were the main talking point of enthusiasts. So today, we’ll take a closer look at the 20 fastest muscle cars of the class of 1969.
It was a very good year in muscle history. Some of the cars on the list are still very fast even by modern standards. These quarter-mile times listed below were compiled from various test publications and magazines. They sometimes vary from source to source since those cars were available with several rear-end rations and tire choices. Also, the location of the testing, temperature, and altitude play a significant part in the performance numbers. You’ll also find the prices of these cars when they were new in 1969 and their average price in today’s collector market. Take a trip back to 1969 right now.
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge – 14.45 seconds
Price New: $4,400
Price Now: $60,000 +
Muscle cars started as affordable performance machines with lots of power and affordable prices. However, due to high demand, some models started to get more and more expensive. Soon, there was a need for a budget-friendly muscle car aimed at the youth market and buyers who wanted a fast car but couldn’t pay much. The Plymouth Roadrunner was a perfect example of such a car. It was cheap, fun, and fast. Pontiac wanted a similar car, and in 1969, the company presented the GTO Judge (via Audrain Auto Museum).
The Judge became a legend in its own right, first because it took the name from the popular TV show and second because it was a bright-colored muscle car with a big spoiler and funky graphics all over it. The GTO Judge wasn’t slow either, with 366 HP and a four-speed transmission. Available from 1969 to 1971, the Judge always represented a top-of-the-line model, which makes it very desirable today.