Three muscle cars icons battle it out
We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.
Once again, we present to you a choice of three vehicles. We’re asking you to decide which one you would make your daily driver, which one would be used for cruise nights, and which one should be sent to the crusher.
Remember, that commuter car you must live with every day, all year round. The toy would be only available to you for occasional use or car shows, and the final car would be the one that should be dismantled immediately and sold at swap meets.
This week we select three kings from the muscle car era. First there is the winged warrior from Dodge, the 1969 Charger Daytona. Next, there is the 1969 Ford Mustang BOSS 429, which had the largest engine ever stuffed in a Mustang from the factory. Finally, there is the legendary 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS that had a choice of awesome big block engines.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
The winged warrior, as it was affectionately known, was created solely to dominate the high speed ovals of NASCAR. Back in the 1960s, stock car racing actually meant racing what were, more or less, stock cars. So to make the Charger more aerodynamic on the race courses, Dodge shoved a massive wing on the back of this car and a bullet nose up front. Two awesome engines were available with this car, the base 440 cid V8 and the legendary 426 HEMI V8 that made far more than the advertised 425 hp.
1969 Ford Mustang BOSS 429
This over-powered Mustang also came to be courtesy of NSACAR. True the Mustang wasn’t competing in NASCAR in 1969, but Ford wanted an engine to compete against Chrysler’s 426 HEMI V8, and decided to build the BOSS 429 V8 engine. Officially rated at 375 hp, this engine was also highly underrated and turned the Mustang into a complete monster. Best of all, the BOSS 429 had relatively toned down exterior looks compared to other ‘Stangs which made it a bit of a sleeper.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Arguably one of the best looking cars from the muscle car era, Chevrolet upped the ante in 1970 by adding a second big block option to complement the 396 SS. This new engine was a gargantuan 454 cid V8 engine that, when chosen in LS6, made a claimed 450 hp. But like virtually top tier engine of that time, it too was underrated and made much more power.