I’ve always loved American muscle cars. Since I first saw one, they, I’m not quite sure how to say it, they almost spoke to me.
Beautiful creatures of iron and steel, roaring along the open roads.
I posted on Facebook a little while ago, asking people to post their favourite cars, and a friend asked me:
“What is it you love about these cars?”
It was a good question – one I hadn’t considered before. So, I sat, and I thought about it.
Why do I love American Muscle Cars?
What do they mean, or more accurately, represent, to me?
I don’t mean freedom in a political context, but more from a “getting your life in order” context. Being able to get in your car, drive, and enjoy a scene like this. The car represents a huge advancement for mankind, with the average person having the ability to personally cross a continent, when they choose.
I can’t think of anything better, than putting on some great heavy metal, and going for a drive on the open road.
A dream I have is to spend a few years as a digital nomad, travelling around in my muscle car, living in different cities, and writing and playing music on my guitar.
Listen to these:
With these cars having over 300hp, in some cases over 400hp closing on 500hp (for reference, a 2018 Ford Fiesta has just over 200bhp); they’re absolute beasts. After reading up on horsepower in muscle cars, it turns out that this figure was often under reported for two reasons – insurance and NHRA classifications.
When the muscle car turned up on the scene, insurers were a bit scared by the power they had and starting increasing premiums. Now, expensive insurance would put people off from buying, so manufacturers started to play with the numbers on how powerful these cars really were. The link above explains how.
Listen to that raw power. There is a satisfaction in being able to tame and operate a powerful machine; to direct it according to your will. This is one of the attractions of an American muscle car.
They speak for themselves:
They may not be the most economic or “environmentally friendly” cars ever made…
I’ve heard they are not the most reliable…
But there is nothing quite like the American Muscle Car, and the ideals that they represent.