Most people will agree that muscle cars are the best things that American automotive industry has bestowed upon us, and they will likely be right. Even modern muscle cars are some of the most prolific nameplates available, and they often grace the covers of world’s best known auto mags. However, not every muscle car has been given the praise it deserved. This is one of the reasons there’s so few of them now. Another reason is their incompatibility with the modern, more pragmatic era in terms of efficiency. But, let’s get back to the fact that many muscle cars throughout history haven’t exactly been appreciated during their time.
There were always many reasons why a single muscle has failed to become an icon. By looking at the picture as a whole, we can easily find out a different perspective. Back in sixties, early seventies and even eighties, there were simply way too many V8-powered cars ranging from ponies to full-size limos. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that some of them were simply below par in terms of overall quality. These cars don’t interest us here. We’re searching for those quality ones which have remained underrated and under the radar throughout their careers, and still are. Neither of the following cars have actually been engulfed by oblivion, but you’ll agree that they rarely cross your mind and even more rarely appear on any type of modern media platforms.
AMC Rebel – The Machine
It was only built for a single year, so you’ll be hard-pressed to find one these days. The Machine was the fastest of Rebels, and not only that. It featured the strongest engine in hp ratings that AMC has ever offered in production vehicle. This 390 ci 6.4L V8 used to have 340 horsepower which was by at least 15 hp more than what second strongest AMC Rebel produced. Furthermore, The Machine is instantly recognizable by its blue, white and red paintjob which clearly demonstrates car’s true-blooded American origins.