There are a few truly amazing technological advances that have been made to make modern muscle cars Lighter(*COUGHellcat*) faster, and more powerful. But what about in the old days when they were straight to the point without very many variations in power and options. You chose your paint, engine, transition, and color... and that was it! Now there is a bunch of malarkey with Carbon and "oh do you want a first aid kit with your car". But let's rewind for a moment and appreciate raw steel and V8 Power. (These are in no particular order)
1969 Dodge Daytona 426 CID HEMI V8
The name is taken from Daytona Beach, Florida, which was an early center for auto racing and still hosts the Daytona 500, one of NASCAR's premier events. The first use of the Daytona name on a car was on a version of the Studebaker Lark. The Daytona.
1970 Plymouth HEMI Cuda
From 1966-71, Dodge stuffed their massive Hemi into the small E-Body platform and the 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda is widely accepted as one of the most sought after of these. Only 652 were built when new, including 14 rare convertibles, making an original Hemi
1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR.
With Ford's introduction of the all new Cobra Jet 428 engine, they would add the Cobra moniker to the name, and then for select top of the line models, add 'KR' which represented King of the Road.
1969 Camaro Z-28 Rs
The Camaro was touted as having the same conventional rear-drive, front-engine configuration as the Mustang and Chevy II Nova. In addition, the Camaro was designed to fit a variety of power plants in the engine bay.
Holden torana A9X
Perhaps the Oddball in the list. The Torona A9X was a joke before Holden went all out and stuck a 216 HP V8 in the engine bay and removed the rear doors. It's goal was to win Australian Touring Car Racing. It failed, but it set a touring car lap rec.
1968 Dodge dart 426 hemi GTS Hardtop
This wouldn't be a top muscle cars list without the dodge dart. It was built as a quarter mile car. The press release stated that Dodge wanted to make a factory built and ready drag racer out of the 68 Dart for competition in class B SS.