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The muscle car era of the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s was exciting and glorious for some drivers and their cars. This was a time when terms like “there’s no replacement for displacement,” were born and adhered to. Unfortunately, not all muscle cars were built equal. Some of us can name several of the greatest models from this era, but these five put many drivers in muscle car hell.

1977 Dodge Charger Daytona posed.
1977 Dodge Charger Daytona | Wikimedia Commons

1976-1977 Dodge Charger Daytona

Most people would think of the Dodge Charger Daytona as one of the top cars of its time, but something was off with later models. The early models of the late 1960s were incredible and made for NASCAR racing, but something changed in the 1970s. The late 1970s version of the Dodge Charger Daytona was nothing more than rebranded Chrysler Cordobas., which made them slow, ugly, and unpopular.

Red 1994 Ford Mustang Cobra, posed.
1994 Ford Mustang | Ford

1994 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang gave owners a roller coaster ride of popularity and quality. For the most part, this is one of the best muscle cars ever. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for the 1994 version, which didn’t live up to the billing. The exterior received very few updates compared to the previous model, and the V6 engine could only produce 150 horsepower. This doesn’t sound much like a car with muscle.

Dark Blue 1993 Chevy Camaro, posed.
1993 Chevy Camaro | Chevrolet

1993 Chevy Camaro

Ford wasn’t the only brand struggling with its sports cars in the early 1990s. The 1993 Chevy Camaro brought a new body that wasn’t nearly as aggressive as the previous versions. This new Camaro brought the plastic look that would be a GM problem for several years. In addition to the soft and unassuming body style, this Camaro lacked power, with its standard V6 engine only producing 160 horsepower.

1974 Pontiac GTO, posed
1974 Pontiac GTO | Wikimedia Commons

1974 Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO is considered one of the most incredible muscle cars ever made. That wasn’t the case for the 1974 model. This car was a major disappointment and came at a time when fuel prices were skyrocketing. This GTO was much slower than previous versions, and the body wasn’t nearly as sleek or attractive as the Pontiac GTO models from the 1960s.

1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra, posed
1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra | Wikimedia Commons

1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra

It sounds exciting when you say the name, but when you actually see what this car is, you’ll know why it’s among the worst muscle cars. This Mustang was really a Pinto with Mustang badging on it. Its saving grace was its limited production and short lifespan. Ford made major changes to this car in 1979, but the 1978 model was terrible.

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