Ferrari News – 5 Classic Sports Cars We’d Love To Own (5 Classic Muscle Cars That Are A Waste Of Money)
From the moment the very first motorized vehicle touched the tarmac until today, millions of vehicles have been sold. As time went on, the vast majority of these cars were forgotten, while others became icons and now cost millions of dollars. Whether they are European and Japanese classics, or American muscle cars, these classic gems will have everybody drooling.
Names such as the Lamborghini Miura P400 will tickle a classic car fan’s ear. Others will simply feel like nails on a chalkboard. Some terrible classic cars are seriously overpriced, which makes them even more unattractive. Several muscle cars released in between the mid-70s and early 80s are exactly that.
10 Dream: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Ferrari has to be the most notorious carmaker in the world. The name is always associated with speed and exclusiveness. Though most gearheads mainly remember the amazing Prancing Horse-badged supercars released from the 1980s onward, Ferrari was already dominating the game back in the early 1960s.
The ’62 250 GTO is among the most expensive Ferraris in the world. In fact, it is one of the most legendary Ferrari cars ever made. Underneath the hood sits a 3.0L V12 that cranks out 296 hp at 7,500 rpm and 217 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. Only 36 units were made between 1962 and 1964, which explains why it sold at auction for $48.4 million.
9 Total Waste: 1971 AMC Hornet
AMC has to be one of the oddest brands to ever penetrate the market. Its cars were nowhere as impressive as what was done during that era. As a matter of fact, AMC cars were somewhat ugly. Since they were produced in limited numbers, they are now getting the attention of collectors and restomod fanatics alike.
Produced between 1970 and 1977, the AMC Hornet is not the sort of car most car fans would remember. Its top-line version, the SC360, is simply not on par with what was available on the market in 1971. Though it is fair to admit that the 360 ci V8 was more than enough for a car that size (at most 285 hp), it is nothing impressive compared to some Ford or Dodge muscle cars.
8 Dream: 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster
Germany is known for being home to some of the most iconic cars ever made. Volkswagen released the legendary GTI. BMW created M-badged cars. Mercedes-Benz came up with the 300 SL Gullwing, which by far one of the best classic Mercedes cars ever made. Porsche, the high-end German carmaker, manufactured one classic after another.
The 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster is an absolute marvel. The German convertible is nothing but classy and elegant. The 1.6L flat-four engine only makes 60 hp, but it does not matter much. This rare classic is worth up to $500,000 after all. It is quite difficult to find original 356 Speedsters in mint condition.
7 Total Waste: 1975 Chevrolet Camaro
Back in the 1960s, Chevrolet decided to release its own pony car to rival Ford’s Mustang. While the Camaro was shunned by critics, it still ended up coming one of the most emblematic American-made sports cars. As time went on, the Camaro underwent several facelifts.
The ’75 base Camaro is the type of Camaro gearheads would not take for free. Unlike the previous years, the ’75 Camaro produces as much power as a tricked-out blender. The 350 ci V8 could only produce 145 hp. That is far less powerful than a Datsun 280Z of the same year.
6 Dream: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
The Mustang does have a lot of haters. Several anti-Mustang car fans will flat out tell you that they would rather drive a motorized Walmart shopping cart than a classic Mustang. Though Ford must stand for “Fix Or Repair Daily,” some of its vehicles are simply mouth-watering.
Does the ’69 Mustang Boss 429 look aggressive? Yes. Is it a mean muscle car capable of annihilating the Camaro Z28 of the same year? Yes. A humongous 429 ci V8 was shoehorned in the engine bay. The unit churns out 375 hp at 5,200 rpm and 450 lb-ft of torque. Only 859 units were made that year.
5 Total Waste: 1977 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The second part of the 1970s was tainted with horrible muscle cars. The Malaise Era is a period of time most gearheads will remember. Cars were incredibly slow despite being equipped with huge V8s. On top of being as fast as a sloth, these muscle cars tend to look like absolute garbage.
Most Mustangs released in the late ’70s were complete trash. Unlike the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1, the 1977 edition is as exciting as a dentist’s appointment. The car was so lousy that it ended up being a complete failure. Most sports car fans would steer clear from an overpriced Mustang fitted at best with a 302 Windsor factory-rated at 140 hp. Yikes.
4 Dream: 1972 Datsun Skyline GTR
Back in 1972, some Japanese carmakers had already implemented themselves in the American market. The very first Toyota sold in the US appeared in 1957. In 1972, Honda was launching its Civic in the European and American markets. Back in Japan, some true monsters were getting ready to tear up the track.
The now-legendary Hakosuka. The car remained a mystery to most gearheads until fairly recently. While most people were losing their minds over the Skyline R33 and R34, most classic Japanese car fans just wanted to get a hold of an original 1972 Datsun Skyline GTR. The beast is equipped with a 2.0L inline-six that produces 160 hp at 7,000 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm.
3 Total Waste: 1979 Dodge Challenger
Dodge has released some of the best muscle cars ever made during the late 1960s and early 1970s. From the ’69 Charger R/T to the ’70 Challenger Hemi R/T, most classic Dodge cars are now worth more than their original price. There are reasons why these cars disappeared for an extended period of time though. The models released in the late ’70s would bring a tear to any car aficionado’s eye.
The 1979 Dodge Challenger should have remained a Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. The car is nothing like the icon of the early ’70s. It is, at best, a car that will remind most gearheads that the late ’70s and early ’80s were not that great. This awful badge-engineered lemon is powered by a crappy 2.6L inline-four engine that produces a saddening 105 hp.
2 Dream: 1980 BMW M1
BMW is another German carmaker every gearhead admires. The company truly bloomed during the 1970s. Creativity at BMW was at its highest. The 2002 Turbo, 3.0 CSL, and the M1 are prime examples that BMW’s engineers were at the top of their game.
BMW eventually created its own championship back in the ’70s with only M1s. At the time, the car was the equivalent of the insane i8, but better. The supercar-like monster is powered by a 3.5L inline-six powerplant that pumps out 274 hp at 6,500 rpm and 243 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.
1 Total Waste: 1980 Pontiac Trans-Am Pace Car Edition
The Malaise Era lasted throughout the ’80s. Muscle cars were nowhere as ugly as the atrocities released at the end of the ’70s, but they were still highly underpowered. Cars such as the Buick GNX or the Foxbody Mustang GT were outliers. Other muscle cars were simply trash.
The Pontiac Trans Am is a legend. Back in the early ’70s, the car became a great alternative to the mid-range Mustang and Camaro. However, the Trans Am was not spared by the regulations that triggered the Malaise Era. In 1980, Pontiac came out with a turbocharged 4.9L V8 that produces 210 hp. Though Trans Am turbo may be better than what other domestic carmakers were offering, it could not compare to the scary beasts coming out of Germany.
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