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Cameron Eittreim September 1, 2022

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Plymouth Superbird Hemi – $1 million

Perhaps more notable than the Charger Daytona was the Superbird Hemi which fetched a cool million on the auction block. The Superbird Hemi was the car that Plymouth won many NASCAR races with. Richard Petty made the Superbird famous in what was dubbed the “aero wars” of the 1960s and 1970s. Cars were becoming more aerodynamic to win the races (via Work & Money).

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The Plymouth Superbird was among one of the most famous cars in the muscle car era. Its styling and performance of it were unlike anything else that was on the market. There were competitors, but never anything that came close to the quality of the Superbird when it came to performance.

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Shelby GT 500 Eleanor From “Gone In 60 Seconds” – $1 million

Movie cars also fetch a pretty penny on the auction block and the Shelby GT 500 from Gone in 60 Seconds was a popular ride. The car which was driven by Nicholas Cage in the movie was a real car. It was sold to various owners over the past 20 years after the hit movie faded into the limelight (via Work & Money).

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The Shelby GT 500 itself was one of the most notable muscle cars that ever hit the market. The styling and the excellent performance made it stand out from the standard run-of-the-mill Mustang models. The fact that the car was featured in such a popular movie made it even more famous in the collectors market.

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – $1 million

The Camaro ZL1 was another highly anticipated sports car built by COPO. If that company sounds familiar it’s because they also built the special edition COPO Camaro. The COPO Camaro was fast off the line and had one of the most custom engines that GM had put into the car. The COPO Camaro ZL1 is different from many other Camaro models that hit the market (via Work & Money).

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The COPO Zl1 offered the type of performance that was not seen on a Camaro model before. The styling and the complete package were popular, with a select few customers. The first generation of the Camaro was an iconic model for many reasons, and the ZL1 COPO made it an even better car.

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Pontiac Catalina 421 “Swiss Cheese” – $1 Million

The GTO often overshadows the Pontiac Catalina and other muscle cars from that era, but it was pretty fast in its own right. The styling of the Catalina 421 made it stand out from the crowd, and the special Swiss Cheese edition was a rare car. Infused with the kind of performance that you only found on the top performance cars in the world (via Work & Money).

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The car has been fetching even higher prices on the auction block which is one of the reasons that it is so rare. To find a Pontiac Catalina 421 “Swiss Cheese” that has all of the original markings is a pretty difficult thing to do. You’ll seldom see one of these on the auction block anymore, but when you do they are rare.

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Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 – $1.2 million

The Chevrolet Chevelle was a popular muscle car, but in addition to the SS being popular, there was also a special LS6 model. The Chevelle SS LS6 is among one of the most sought-after examples on the market. What made it special was the 454 performance motor that was under the hood. Even by today’s standards, the Chevelle SS 454 was a powerful muscle car that offered a lot of bang for the buck (via Work & Money).

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Of course, the Chevelle LS6 was not a common car, and finding one is not an easy task. You won’t find this example of the Chevelle for sale very often. When they are for sale, they fetch a high price because of the rarity of the car. The unique styling of the car and the fact that it was a Chevelle SS have all contributed to the unique qualities it had.

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Shelby Cobra 289 – $1.6 million

The Shelby Cobra 289 was one of the rarest versions of the popular Shelby Cobra Roadster. The most recent sale of a Shelby Cobra 289 was for over $1.6 Million at the auction. Part of the reason that the car was so rare was that it had a limited production run. Carroll Shelby had a hand in every Cobra 289 built and put into production (via Work & Money).

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The Shelby Cobra 289 was by far one of the rarest and most highly sought-after Cobra examples. There are many on the market, but the 289 is unlike anything else. The attention to detail that went into the car, and the sheer performance that the roadster has, will leave a smile on your face every time.

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Shelby EXP500 Green Hornet – $1.8 million

The Shelby EXP500 was by far one of the rarest muscle cars ever produced in a Carroll Shelby factory. The unique look of the car is only magnified by the stellar performance under the hood. The Shelby EXP500 Green Hornet broke many records when it came to being a notoriously fast and rare muscle car. The Shelby Green Hornet was not well marketed, and thus there are very few still on the road (via Work & Money).

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The Shelby EXP500 Green Hornet was a powerful muscle car that made it a hit with the muscle car community. Carroll Shelby was instrumental in creating a version of the Mustang that could perform the best that the world had to offer. There aren’t many muscle cars like the Shelby EXP500 Green Hornet.

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Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible – $2 to 4 million

The Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible is also one of the rarest muscle cars that have come out of Chrysler. The Hemi Cuda itself was a massively popular muscle car at a time when Chrysler was growing. The look and feel of the car made it a monstrous success for the company, but it was also the fast performance that made it fly off of dealership lots. The Plymouth Barracuda proved to be one of the most successful muscle cars ever produced in a Chrysler factory (via Work & Money).

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The Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible maintained dominance in the muscle car market. Generally speaking, a convertible was not considered to be a real contender but that all changed with the Hemi Cuda. The timeless styling and iconic performance of the car made it stand out from the crowd.

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Shelby GT500 Super Snake – $2.2 million

The Shelby GT500 Super Snake was another great muscle car that came out of the partnership Carroll Shelby had with Ford. The styling of the car and the one-of-a-kind performance made it stand out from the crowd. The engine that came under the hood performed better than any other muscle car competing at the time. The GT500 Super Snake was an impressive addition to an already impressive lineup of Mustang models (via Work & Money).

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The Super Snake kept the reputation that Carroll Shelby had for quality and performance. The product that hit the market was well above the competition’s expectations. The car was not only fast but it was also one of the fastest production vehicles on the road. There weren’t a lot of examples of the Super Snake put into production.

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Ford Mustang GT390 Bullitt $3 Million

The Ford Mustang GT390 Bullitt was the car that made the Mustang name famous in the movies. You probably heard about the Bullitt, but seeing one in person is not as easy. The car was a limited production run, and the only thing that makes it noticeable is the forest green paint job and the unique pinstripe up the side. The Bullitt remained an integral part of the Mustang heritage and a car that Ford has revived over various generations of the car (via Work & Money).

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The Ford Mustang GT390 Bullitt will go down as one of the most notable Mustang models of all time. The amount of design and engineering that went into the car further cemented it as a classic. When it comes to Ford and the Mustang, there are few cars as noticeable as the Bullitt.

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Shelby GT 350 R – $3.85 Million

The Shelby GT 350 R is another muscle car that has come a long way in its development. The notable design of the car and the one-of-a-kind performance separated it from the pack. The Mustang was not considered a high-performance muscle car, but when the GT 350 R hit the market, that attitude towards the Mustang changed. The Shelby GT 350 R was considered a groundbreaking performance car for both Shelby and Ford (via Work & Money).

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The Mustang GT 350 R was unlike anything else on the market at the time. Take one look at the paint job, and it’s evident that this was not a run-of-the-mill muscle car. There was a lot to like about the Mustang, and the main thing was the excellent performance and the almost never-ending line of special edition models like the GT 350 R.

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