The muscle car wars began in the 1960’s, but the fiercest battles didn’t begin until the 1970’s. By the time the new decade started every manufacturer in America was back into the racing scene and was trying to edge out the competition any way possible. This sparked some of the loudest, most stylish, and powerful cars ever conceived, to be created and then sold to the public.
5) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 – 450 horsepower – $5,100
Square up! That is exactly what Chevy did in 1970 with the Chevelle. Remanufactured body panels gave the Chevelle a boxy, stern stance that became the icon of the model line. Most importantly the Chevelle could be had with the Corvette’s LS6, which made more power than the more standard 454. Although they weighed as much as a small cathedral, the Chevelle could really move. Tagging a ¼-mile time of low 12.0 seconds and as fast as 112 mph (180 kph).
What made the LS6 so much better than the 454 (LS5) was that it touted solid-lifters and a higher compression ratio. This gave the Chevelle 450 horsepower, or so they said. Dyno tests regularly told the truth, which was that it made well over 450 ponies and over 500 lb-ft of torque. Altogether close to 4,500 of these were made, so they are pretty easy to find.