Current Market Value: $21,000
3) 2004 Mercury Marauder
A Mercury sedan as a muscle car? In the case of the 2004 Mercury Marauder it was more of a well-executed hooligan ride. The 4.6-liter V8 produced an adequate 302 horsepower and 318 pound-feet torque, but the car’s blacked-out body and tinted lights gave it an ominous appearance, and the suspension upgrades made it far more nimble than your grandfather’s Grand Marquis. A unique bucket seat interior, limited-slip differential, aluminum driveshaft and upgraded automatic transmission made it the last cool Mercury built.
Current Market Value: $15,000
4) 2006 Pontiac GTO
As a rebadged Holden Monaro, the last Pontiac GTO was more Australian than American. This wonder from down under didn’t live up to the original GTO’s bluster in terms of expressive styling, but it did have a 6.0-liter, 400 horsepower V8 that could get it to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. And by the time the GTO was cancelled in 2006 it had received enough upgrades to the body, interior and exhaust system to look and sound like a serious muscle car instead of a displaced Aussie.
Current Market Value: $16,000
5) 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee
The Super Bee nameplate was originally attached to a low-priced Dodge coupe from the late 1960s. It resurfaced in 2007 as a limited edition version of the new Dodge Charger (sedan). With only 1,000 units built, all of them in Detonator Yellow and all of them with a 6.1-liter V8 making 425 horsepower, the new Dodge Super Bee certainly outperforms the original. Later versions were available in blue (2008) and orange (2009) but, really, is there any other color for a Super Bee than yellow-and-black?
Current Market Value: $22,000
6) 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8
After a 35-year hiatus, Dodge re-introduced the Challenger in 2008. Every 2008 Challenger was an SRT8 version that included a 425 horsepower V8 and 5-speed automatic. There were 6,400 Challengers produced (and pre-sold) that year, many of them in Hemi orange, though silver and black versions were also offered. The Challenger continues to be sold as part of Dodge’s model line, but these first year cars offers excellent performance and a bit of exclusivity at a relatively low price.
Current Market Value: $27,000
7) 2008 Dodge Magnum SRT8
Don’t think of the Dodge Magnum as a station wagon. Instead, consider it a practical Dodge Charger that still handles well and looks good. And if you get the SRT8 version, with the 425 horsepower engine, consider using it to embarrass people in more traditional performance cars (it does zero-to-60 in about 5 seconds). Dodge only offered the Magnum SRT8 from 2005-2008, so if you buy one you’ll likely be the only person on your block with a grocery getter that can beat up on original muscle cars.
Current Market Value: $18,000
8) 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Movie-inspired cars often turn out like movie-inspired video games – badly. But the 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt would be cool even if the original Steve McQueen movie never existed. By removing almost every exterior badge and adding an upgraded steering wheel and bucket seats (from the GT500), plus dropping the car’s ride height and enhancing its exhaust note, Ford created a Mustang even cinematic Neanderthals can appreciate. An upgraded V8 engine (315 horsepower versus the standard Mustang’s 300) gives the Bullitt genuine street cred.
Current Market Value: $25,000
9) 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Chevrolet jumped on the burgeoning muscle car bandwagon when it re-introduced the Camaro in 2010. The car’s first year in production included a capable V6 version with 312 horsepower, though die-hard muscle car fans will demand a 6.2-liter V8-powered Camaro SS. The 6-speed manual cars have 426 horsepower, but the automatic is limited to 400 horsepower. Snag one with the RS package if you also want unique 20-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and “halo” rings around the xenon headlights.
Curreent Market Value: $30,000
10) 2010 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Some would argue Chrysler built the first muscle car when it created the V8-powered “300” nameplate (making 300 horsepower) in 1955. If that model doesn’t count the recent SRT8 version certainly does. In 2010 the Chrysler 300 SRT8 made 425 horsepower and got from zero-to-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. As a large, heavy sedan the 300 SRT8 isn’t exactly tossable, but it can still navigate a twisty road with confidence while offering a luxurious cabin and room for five.
Current Market Value: $25,000
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