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What Makes a Muscle Car?

Have you ever wondered what qualifications make a muscle car? At JD’s Auto Repair, we help all of our customers with restorations for cars of all makes and models. Our team takes pride in offering both expertise and efficiency when it comes to handling high-performance tuning, repairs and restorations. Since1996, we’ve been helping customers in the Huntingdon Valley area achieve the results they desire. If you want to know more about muscle cars, we’ve got a few helpful tidbits so information that will satisfy your curiosities.

If there’s one car that has gained a reputation as both powerful and versatile, it’s the American muscle car. What exactly is a muscle car? The term “muscle car” is often applied to classic cars, but this isn’t always the case. The tried and true legacy of the muscle car is one that has earned it a place in car history for years to come. Solet’s delve a little deeper and find out what actually defines a muscle car.

If you are a hot rod aficionado, then you might already know that car owners in the 1950’s and 1960’s often referred to as “grease monkeys,” often bought light sports cars and dropped enormous engines inside of them. Usually, people dd this after-market, since the only production model that was able to pull this off was the Oldsmobile Rocket 88. Later, the Chevy V8 and the Chrysler HEMI followed suit. Eventually, the GTO followed.

“Muscle car” loosely refers to powerful performance cars that have the following characteristics: a V8 engine, a front engine, rear-wheel drive, two doors and big tires. Muscle cars also have fast acceleration. Most muscle cars are of a medium weight and size, as well. Over the last 30 years, muscle car ownership has declined, in part due to rising gas prices and stricter industry regulations.