It’s pointless mentioning this really, but I’ll do it anyway – golden era of American muscle cars is long behind us. Today we have only a handful of choices, and they’re mostly pony cars. However, modern muscle doesn’t allow surprises even in 4-cylinder form. Being beaten by a minivan is what we consider a surprise, and a number of muscle cars back in the day would have allowed just that. While all of them featured some variation of pure American 8-cylinder action, or 6-cylinder at worst – they still can’t compare with modern cars 40 or even 50 years younger. Times have changed – simple as that, and with them characteristics and specs of all cars; not just muscle cars.
This is why we’re resorting to this awkward comparison of 0 to 60 times between classic muscle cars and modern minivans. Our aces for the day are Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna, all of which are well capable of hitting 60 mph from standstill in under or around 7.5 seconds. I know these are some of the fastest minivans out there, and that we could have picked much slower options. Of course, we could have picked 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG which hits 60 mph in 4.5 seconds but that wouldn’t be fair towards most supercars, let alone muscle cars. Before we begin, let’s clarify one more thing. Some of listed muscle cars were fitted with smallest possible options when it comes to powertrain, but they still existed and counted as muscle cars. However, every single one of them came with a capable V8 under its hood, so it’s not like we intentionally searched for 6-cylinders out there. You can check how your favorite muscle car stands here and here – if it’s not already among these 10 handpicked models, of course. Finally, if you want to see how classic American muscle compares to this trio of eastern minivans, click next to start the countdown.
1970 Ford Torino GT
0 to 60: 8.1 seconds
1970 is the first year of Torino’s dominance over Fairlane. Torino came in no less than 13 versions for model year ’70 – one of which was the GT. Torino GT 351 ci 5.8L V8 mill putting up 300 horses flat, but even that wouldn’t be enough to beat modern-day minivans. Incidentally, they would have had similar quarter mile time as well.