The truth about muscle cars: Why they aren’t actually all that

Timothy Alcock June 12, 2013 0
The truth about muscle cars: Why they aren’t actually all that

Muscle cars; just the name brings up images of gleaming car bonnets, roaring engines and vintage Americana.

But, let’s face it, they aren’t the most practical of cars.

I’m probably going to cause a stir here among classic car lovers, but I’d even go so far as to say that, these days, all muscle cars can really do is look pretty.

When it comes to car hire, we like to think we can offer you practical yet pretty cars at Central Contracts. Unfortunately, we don’t have any muscle cars available though. That’s probably a good thing, to be perfectly honest.

Let’s take a look at some of the many reasons why muscle cars are possibly the most inconvenient cars on the planet:


Chevrolet Impala SS

1) They’re expensive

So you want to restore a classic muscle car, do you? Well, just buying it is likely to set you back by around £30,000. While there’s no definitive answer to how much is costs to actually restore a muscle car, you’re probably looking at a price tag in excess of £50,000. Ouch.

Not only that, but these cars are far from fuel efficient. In fact, rising petrol prices helped to bring about the demise of the muscle car. They guzzle petrol, meaning you’ll be left considerably out of pocket after each trip to the petrol station.


1969 Dodge Charger

2) They’re huge

American muscle cars are simply too wide for UK roads. Of course, muscle cars were also created in the UK, but if you happen to have fallen for a wide body muscle car, you’re probably out of luck.

For example, the Chevrolet Camaro measures six foot eight inches wide, meaning it’s impossible to fit one into a standard UK garage (measuring seven feet wide). So, you can either build a new garage, park your vintage beauty on your driveway, or get a modern car. The choice is yours.


Ford Mustang

3) They’re a nightmare to drive

If you’re a muscle car pro, driving one will be a doddle. But, to anyone new to them,  you actually need to have some muscles yourself! There’s no power steering and muscle cars are also heavy beasts. They can get up to some pretty astonishing speeds too, so you’ll need to know how to handle a car properly in order to keep it under control.

Oldsmobile Super 88

Oldsmobile Super 88


4) But they’re beautiful

The saving grace for the muscle car – these vehicles are truly stunning. Wouldn’t you just love to be able to call one of them your own? Not that you’ll be able to fit it in your garage, afford to fill it up or be strong enough to pull off a three point turn in one.

What do you think? Would you ever take the plunge and buy a muscle car, or do you think they’re just for show as well?


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