Most experts would agree that the classic muscle car era lasted from 1964 until 1971. Before 1964, true muscle cars were scarce, and the segment had not been articulated. After 1971, tightening environmental and safety standards ruined the market since manufacturers had to kill the engine power, making muscle cars pointless. Those are the historical facts, so no one can argue about that.
However, here are the last of the muscle car breed. These are the muscle cars they presented in 1971 and later that you can still consider worthy additions to the legend. Yes, the cars were a bit less powerful from 1971 onwards, but there were still more than a few important and fire-breathing models. Read on to learn about 32 of these cars.
32. AMC Hornet 360
AMC based this model on the regular economy car called the Hornet. However, they equipped it with a better suspension and sharper steering. Then they added a graphics package and a 360 V8, turning this hot Hornet from an ordinary compact into a proper muscle car. Its power was not that big at 245 HP, but in a lightweight body, those horses made the Hornet fly.
The rest of muscle car offerings in 1971 had problems with their big size and weight as well as engines that didn’t make power anymore. But the Hornet 360 was one of the fastest cars for sale. Unfortunately, buyers didn’t understand the forward-thinking of AMC, so they sold less than 800 Hornets in 1971.
That makes them rare and obscure muscle cars. In an era when bigger was always better, the Hornet 360 was unusual for its compact size and strong engine. Unfortunately, most people failed to realize how genial the idea was behind it.