12 of the Rarest and Fastest American Muscle Cars Ever Made

3. 1968 Hurst Hemi Dart L023

The car companies sought bragging rights for whose cars were fastest and often made batches of cars specifically for racing. How do you make a car go fast down a quarter mile? Take the smallest car you sell and shoehorn in the biggest motor you can. Dodge Dart, meet the 426 Hemi. It was a match made in a mad scientist’s dream and Chrysler actually sold these cars. Bare-bones Darts were shipped to a local Hurst shop missing anything that added weight. Seats, radios, carpeting? Who needs ’em? Some body parts were replaced with fiberglass and some panels were acid dipped. The finished cars were often raced in Super Stock drag racing where they turned in ETs in the 9s.

4. 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Drag Pack

The Mustang is available in so many combinations and setups it is difficult to name just one variant for this list. And Ford gave a lot of cool names to their stuff. In 1971, you could buy a Mach 1 Mustang powered by a 429 CI Super Cobra Jet equipped with a Drag Pack. What is that you say? How about a 4.11 with a Detroit Locker in the rear. Functional Ram Air fed the power plant, in the days before the Feds clamped down on cold air intakes. Maybe 500 or so of these prowled the streets back in the day.

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