Fastest muscle car you've been in?

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    Back in the day it was a new '68 Coronet..don't know what was in it, but the the car was barely streetable. It was the psychedelic paint job (like this type, I know it's not a Coronet) where all the panels were outlined. I got a short ride with this guy as a favor, but he didn't get on it to hard. I had seen the car run at a place everyone went to to street race in the 60's and early 70's and it was absolutely crazy fast.. Neighborhood story goes this car was always very fast, but he got beat by a Cuda and a short time later they stole the Cuda for the engine. I have no idea if that was true. Car was a monster, big cam, gear drive, crazy noises as it started moving, but a light tap on the gas and it all came together.

    Anyway around 73/'74 I'm working at the county Sheriffs garage. Had a Charger at the time, and the deputies knew I liked fast cars. One day a deputy asked me if I had seen the car in the buildings sub-basement. I told him no, I didn't know the building had one. He took me down there and there was one car in it. Yep, it was the Coronet. The guy had been busted for drugs some time ago and the car was impounded down there. I lifted the hood and was surprised to find it wasn't a hemi. One of the valve covers was off and someone took a few of the roller rockers, the air cleaner was missing and you could see this giant 4 bbl. He said that the car would be going up for auction someday, but I left the job before that happened.

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    • dryheat

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      Friends 1967 Firebird Convertible ... built 400 / 4 speed / Drum brakes all around. Acceleration was thrilling .... stopping was flippin terrifying!
       
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        They ALL scared me.......when someone else is driving and especially if the road was a narrow 2 lane with smooth/worn black top, open ditches on both sides and lined with trees. A buddy decided to show me what his 440 Cuda could do and went all over the road just like that with the dang thing. I thought he was going to get on a nice wide open 4 lane concrete road that was just up the street that didn't have much traffic during that time of day. At about 60 and still floored I told him to shut it down before I did. Geez, why are people so nuts!?
         
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          Growing up my friend had a pinto that his dad (worked for ford) crammed a 460 into it. It was insane. Got the motor tranny in no firewall, brakes and took it around the block.. Coathanger throttle.. he pulled that coathanger and all I saw was the sky. later he added the roll cage, firewall, wheelie bars.. bla bla. but I would never ride with him again in any of his cars... they all were set up and he was nuts.
           
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          I actually seen that happen. A guy I know had a mercury cyclone 429 4 speed. He over reved the engine the flywheel blew a part sent shrapnel every where.
           
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          My dad and I put a 430 Lincoln engine into a 53 ford pickup. I thought I was a bad dude. Till a GTX 440 4 speed kicked my behind.
           
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            I got to drive a friends 68 Hemi Roadrunner back in the 70's. What an animal! Lately, a friends new Demon. Scary fast!
             
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              when I was a kid, I thought
              neither were technically a muscle car
              it was my uncles 68 Formula S Barracuda 383 4 speed
              or my other uncles 68 400 Ram Air (III) Firebird 4 speed
              or my stepdads 64 GTO 389 3 deuces & a 4 speed 4.11 gears (true muscle car)
              or his light little 35 Ford Hot Rod PU Buick powered (not a muscle car)

              Muscle car;
              a midsize, big block 1961-1971 rwd 2dr coupe/HT

              my old silver 68 RR for a 'street car' was crazy fast
              more of a racecar with license plates,
              it ran best of 9.77 @ 135 thru the mufflers
              best of 8.58 @ 156 on a 300 shot of N2O
              annihilate the "street" tires at 60+, just nail it

              in stock form
              I think my 1st 68 Charger R/T 440 was fast, 'mph wise'
              wasn't the quickest from stoplight to stoplight,
              but on open road it'd really move
              had a couple of fast Gen 1 BB Camaros & Gen 2-3 396, 427 & 454 Vetts too
              not really Muscle Cars, sports/pony cars/street cars
               
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                Always thought my dad's '63 Vette, 327, 4-spd w/4.56 gears was fast. After high school I worked at a gas station that also did state inspections. One day he dropped it off to get it inspected and he took my 66 Chevelle (283 4-spd) home. I asked, "How am I going home"? Told be take the Vette. It did move, that's for sure.

                Have a buddy now that has a 70 Trans Am RAIII w/5-spd that seems pretty quick too. Still need to line up and see who is faster.
                 
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                  Would a Viper be considered a muscle car? The big surprised was how fast it got back down to the speed limit. Another surprise was how well it took off from a stand still in 3rd! Yup, thought I had it in 1st lol
                   
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                    Been in few cars that were crazy straight-line fast... I'd have to give the nod to my buddy's 9-second 68 Camaro, it was an 11 second car WITHOUT the nitrous. He hammered it, nitrous activated at full throttle...superfast! BUT no car has ever scared me like my uncle's friend's very souped-up Cobra...I don't remember what all he did to that ford engine but I really didn't even enjoy the ride. I just wanted out.
                     
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                    I remember the motor cause it was our auto shop teachers car in high school in 1976, and he brought it in often, it was a 427 SOHC and I think it was a Fairlane or Galaxie, I still remember him giving us a ride in that thing, and still remember the passenger seat feeling of “HOLY S_ _T!”
                     
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                    Yep two kinds of fast. Standing start stop light to stop light or plain out top end. Both awesome both deadly. I love fast muscle cars but at 63 I have no desire any more to do either. Just love having a shop full of the ones that will!
                     
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                      At one time I had a flier from ford about that engine. It was not a stock engine that came in any of their cars but could be ordered in fairlane or galaxie for a mere 500.00 That was an animal! I think the flier said twin 4bbls at 650 HP if memory serves.
                       
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                        My favorite is, my brother-law had a '68 GTX 440 4 spd 4,10 Dana big back tires. Took it out just before he sold it. I had my '65 Coronet drag car, 11.50. The '68 GTX seemed SO MUCH faster, lighting the tires going into 4th, the car leaping on each shift.
                        Of course the GTX was maybe a low 14 car, but sure felt fast on the street.
                         
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                        Back in the early '80s, one of my friends had a '67 Mustang fastback with a 427 and a 4-speed. I drove him home in it a couple of times after he'd had too much to drink. I swear if I would have tried hard enough I could have gotten that Mustang's front wheels off the ground. At the top end of every gear it felt like it was going to lift off. I had a '70 GTX with a 440 6bbl 4-speed at the time, so I was no stranger to fast cars. I'd put that car right at the top of my favorite non-Mopars. It was a great car.
                         
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                          Lets face it no matter your brand of choice in those years there were some awesome fast cars. I was a ford guy for a lot of years. I had a 71 429 SCJ Mach 1 and it would throw that thing around like a toy. A high school friend had and still has a 70 Chevelle LS6. I am not a big chevy fan but there again the torque of that 454 with a 4 speed was serious. But my cousin and that 68 R/T Charger I was influenced and now most of my rides are MOPAR. Even my 300 C is very fast for what it is. A big heavy luxury car.
                           
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                            When I was 22 my brother and I bought a 440 out of our friends 70 cuda drag car he was running 10.90 with. The engine came disassembled in a box. We rebuilt it and dropped into our stock 69 charger with 4.88s. Lap belts, no roll bar...and drove it on the street. It scared the crap out of me and passengers would only ride in it once. Our doors never shut the same after that. Never raced anybody with it and only had it in their a few months...we bought the Cuda from our friend shortly after.
                            Another scary ride but not so fast was a 66 GTO. We bought it as a basket case and put a 389 back in. The car someone had completely stripped, it had no throttle cable...so we used baling wire and I think it was hot wired straight to the battery so no way to shut it off....and of course no brakes. My friend was driving and he did what most do with a gto... floor it. Open exhaust and tires spinning, fish taling it was quite a thrill...but not as exciting as trying to get it stopped. Three of us were in the car all sitting on 5 gallon buckets. We ran out of road went through a grader ditch sliding sideways and came to a stop out in a open field. I wouldn't say it was fast... But bouncing through a road ditch on 5 gallon buckets in a gto with no brakes with a friend behind the wheel was a very, scary muscle car ride.
                             
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                            Hey CY71, where in Ne. are you. I am down that way all the time. Met a member from FBBO in Lincoln a few years back. Just curious.
                             
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                            69 nova with a badass 396 4 speed
                             
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