10 Classic GM Cars That Should Be On Every Gearhead’s Wish List

General machine experiencing difficult times in the 21st century. The bad economic climate, increasing demand from local and foreign automakers, and poor sales saw the company face bankruptcy and eventually forced it to kill popular brands such as Saturn and Pontiac.


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Yet despite its recent woes, GM will always be considered one of the greatest automakers ever, thanks in large part to the iconic models it built throughout the 20th century. This article explores the ten biggest GMs classic car ever made.


10 1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL1

The third-generation Corvette is considered by many to be the worst, as most of its production was done during the malaise era. However, before the third-generation Corvette lost its power, Chevy built one particular model that could outrun almost any other sports car on earth – the 1969 ZL1.

The 1969 ZL1 is an optional package that equips the Corvette with an all-aluminum version of the V8 powered on the 1967 L88 Corvette and other performance enhancements. However, as it cost $4,700 above the price of the Corvette, only two ZL1s were ever made, making it one of the rarest American cars ever.

9 Buick GNX

Buick doesn’t make many performance cars, as it’s better known for boring everyday cars. However, in the ’80s, Buick showed that it could build a car with the right performance when it introduced the fantastic GNX – the high-performance version of the Grand National.

Buick collaborated with McLaren on the GNX project, which upgraded the V6 engine and added a turbocharger to produce around 300 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Only 547 examples remain from the production floor, which is why the GNX can be expensive at auction.

8 Judge GTO Pontianak

Unfortunately, Pontiac is gone, but we will always remember the brand for building one of the best muscle cars ever – the GTO. Developed under the leadership of John DeLorean, GTO provides the perfect muscle car template that many other automakers have copied.

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Of all the GTOs you can buy, Hakim is the most desirable. Hakim GTO has a beautiful design with unique features not found in other GTOs and also the most powerful engine.

7 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

The first generation Corvette was a huge success when it was launched. Everyone had high hopes when Chevy announced they would be building a second-generation model, and when the Sting Ray debuted in 1963, every gearhead was blown away.

The best thing about the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray is its shark-inspired design featuring the iconic rear split-window design. To this day, it is still considered one of the best looking cars ever made. The Sting Ray is also faster than its predecessor, as it has up to 356 hp to play with.

6 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Camaro is one of the few muscle car models still in production today, which shows how much people love this car. Over the years, Chevrolet has built several generations, model years, and special versions of the Camaro, and the 1969 ZL1 is one of the most desirable.

The 1969 Camaro ZL1 is a special package only available through Chevrolet’s COPO program. It was equipped with a powerful all-aluminum V8 engine developed for racing, allowing it to dominate the drag strip.

5 Old Car F-88

The Corvette was a game changer for Chevy when it debuted in the early 50s. However, many found it quite slow compared to other top sports cars, which is why Oldsmobile developed the F-88.

The F-88 is based on the Corvette, but instead of a weak six-cylinder engine, it has a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 246 hp – almost 100 hp more than the Corvette. Unfortunately, the F-88 project was abandoned and Oldsmobile ended up building only two examples.

4 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Like all other muscle car models, the Pontiac Firebird had a rough time in the ’70s. New emission regulations have made muscle cars very less popular in the power department. However, not all ’70s Firebirds were that bad.

In fact, we adore the 1977 Firebird Trans AM. There’s a lot to love about it, starting with its incredible design featuring the iconic Screaming Chicken logo under the hood. The 1977 Firebird Trans AM also produced over 200 hp, which was decent at the time. The best thing about this car, however, is its legendary role in the film Smokey and Bandits.

3 Oldsmobile 442 W30

When the muscle car market began to heat up in the mid-60s, Oldsmobile responded by introducing an option for the Cutlass known as the 442. The 442 became so popular that Oldsmobile made it a separate model in 1968.

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It got even better for the 442 when GM lifted the ban that prevented Oldsmobile from using the best engine in the 442. Oldsmobile immediately installed a 455cid V8 engine that produces up to 370 jp with a W30 package and an insane 500 lb-ft of torque. .

2 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 1970

Chevy’s most popular muscle car has always been the Camaro, but the company has built other muscle cars in the past, some of which are even better than the Camaro. The Chevelle SS 454 is one of them.

The Chevelle debuted in the early ’60s but was largely ignored for not having much power. However, that changed in 1970 when Chevy dropped a fire-breathing 454cid V8 into the Chevelle engine bay, creating the legendary Chevelle SS 454.

1 1963 Chevrolet Impala RPO Z11

The first thing that comes to most gearheads’ minds when they hear the word ‘Impala’ is the dreaded Chevy muscle car. Prior to 1963, however, the Impala was just a slow, boring four-door sedan that made the daily commute. That all changed when the RPO Z11 debuted in 1963.

The RPO Z11 is a special package that equips the 1963 Impala with a powerful 7.0 liter V8 engine that churns out over 430 hp. The Z11 was one of the most feared drag racing muscle cars of its time.

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