Contrary to what many believe, a good used muscle car is not all that difficult to come by. Of course, the year of the model you’re looking for makes a huge difference. If you’re looking for a 1967 Shelby GT500, best of luck in your search. On the other hand, if you don’t mind something a bit newer and just as exhilarating, you’re very apt to find several choices available right in your area. To give you an idea of where to start looking, let’s go over the Top 5 used modern muscle cars currently available.
In all reality, any of the new fifth-generation (2005-present) Mustangs are a modern muscle car prize; but the 2010 model received a refresh that redesigned the exterior to reduce drag coefficient. Ford opted to leave the 4.6L engine alone, but did add new spring rates and dampers as well as making stability and traction control standard. As if the Mustang wasn’t fun enough to drive, Ford took the opportunity to increase handling in every way they could. Since the engine was revised for the 2011 model year, the 2010 ‘Stang is one-of-a-kind.
Unlike its ‘60s and ‘70s predecessors, the ’08-’10 Challengers with the SRT8 package included plenty of girth under the hood. Older Challengers were known for being too heavy with poor handling and not enough power to haul all that steel. The new versions suffer from none of those faults. While you are more than welcome to grab a Challenger V6 (SE and R/T models), the SRT8 is the one you really want to get your hands on. Some of the available colors, however, are anything but muscular (Furious Fuchsia and Plum Crazy Purple to name a couple).
3. 2008-2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
If you think high-powered models like the Corvette are expensive, you might want to sit down before checking out the sticker price on the GT500KR. However, this particular Shelby will one day be a collector’s fantasy. Only 1,571 production units were made for the U.S. market in honor of the original production number of the 1968 GT500KRs. The vehicle featured a carbon fiber composite hood with hood pins, just like the original ‘68s, covering a 5.4L supercharged V8 engine with Cold Air Intake.
While the new base-model Chargers resemble more of a family sedan than they do a prominent muscle car, the SRT8 models pack the new 6.1L Hemi. This new version of Chrysler’s famed hemispherical-head engine packs more torque and horsepower than the original, making it the most powerful engine the Motor City manufacturer has ever coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. For drivers and collectors who want a special treat, locate one of the 2007-2009 Super Bee models. The only thing different is the Super Bee paint job, but only 1,000 units were made in both 2007 and 2008, with 2009 seeing only 425 models produced in Hemi Orange.
The sixth generation of the Corvette actually started in 2005, but the 2008 models contained a slight refresh which included the new LS3 engine with a higher displacement and horsepower. Another welcome addition was the modification of the shift linkage on the six-speed manual transmission. The automatic tranny was also modified for quicker shifts, making the 2008 ‘Vette the fastest automatic production Corvette with a 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds. The ZR1 model was also strapped with GM’s most powerful engine to date, the Eaton-supercharged 6.2L V8. The six-figure price tag on that one, however, puts it out of the reach of most consumers.