A Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 badge is sinister enough without being attached to a supercharged muscle car.

Fastest Muscle Cars in History by Decade

Muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger are fast, loud, and raucous good-time machines. However, with industry shifts toward fuel economy and electrification, the days of the muscle car might be numbered. Still, we can revel in some of history’s craziest, fastest American V8 cars, like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Chevrolet Corvette. Here are some of the fastest muscle machines by decades, starting with the swinging sixties. 

The 1960s were the first years of the American muscle car

The fastest muscle car of the 1960s was none other than the beloved Shelby Cobra. Carroll Shelby sympathetically mated a Ford V8 with an AC-sourced British roadster body and created the first Shelby Cobra. More than just fast, Car and Driver says a V8-powered Cobra could hit 60 mph in just over four seconds on its way to 200 mph. 

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