At Superwash, when we think of muscle cars, we think of the cars that we see most often. At the top of the list is the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger. It’s no wonder why these vehicles continue to be manufactured today – they are the three kings of American excellence when it comes to speed and timelessness. But what about the muscle cars that time has forgotten about that still had an enormous impact on the automobile industry? Buckle up and take a walk down memory lane with Superwash as we revisit some of the best forgotten muscle cars of the past.
When we think of the now defunct brand Pontiac’s muscle car lineup, our mind automatically goes to the GTO and the Firebird. When Pontiac saw tremendous success with the GTO, they wanted to outdo themselves and make something even bigger. Enter the 1964 2+2. The 2+2 was significantly bigger and faster than the GTO, but due to poor sales, the 2+2 was only manufactured for four years.
One of the lesser-known muscle cars that didn’t get nearly enough credit as it deserved was the AMC Hornet SC/360 set up with Ram Air on the hood. Now, Superwash will admit that this sports car doesn’t look nearly as sporty as its counterparts of the same time, but that doesn’t mean that this little gem wasn’t packing some serious punch. Due to its small size and light weight, when buyers selected all available options, this was one of the quickest and best handling muscle cars of its time. The Hornet had a seven-year run, and was probably most famous for appearing in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Arm in 1974.
When Daimler married Chrysler, one of the greatest muscle cars America got out of the union was the Dodge Magnum SRT-8. Produced from 2005 through 2008 as a five-door power wagon muscle car, this station wagon packed some power! Featuring a V8 Hemi under the hood, and marketed as having enough room for you to haul anything, the Magnum SRT-8 was a family man’s car that was nothing to be scoffed at. At the end of its three-year rebirth, production was cancelled on the vehicle due to poor sales.
Superwash would love to see some of these restored beauties pull into the bay for a cleaning – do you know anyone who has one of these restored classics? Do you have one yourself? No matter what the year of your automobile, you can trust Superwash to provide you with the cleaning tools to help keep it looking like it just pulled off the showroom floor – whether that have been last week or many decades ago! Think Superwash missed the mark? Keep checking back to the Superwash blog as we revisit this subject and share with you some more forgotten classics!