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Muscle cars are vintage, USA-made, 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines developed for high-performance driving, usually produced during the classic muscle car era in late sixties and early seventies also come with the price tag close to their high performance.

However, modern muscle cars expand this definition and can be equally exciting and less expensive. The following 10 more recent models represent the best value muscle cars that may still posses the long-term appreciation potential:

10) 2010 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Some people believe it was Chrysler who produced the first muscle car ever when it introduced the V8 “300” nameplate (making 300 horsepower) back in 1955. If the 1955 Chrysler 300 is not a true muscle car, then the 2010 300 SRT8 model certainly is. In 2010 the Chrysler 300 SRT8 made 425 horsepower with acceleration from zero-to-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Being a large, heavy sedan the 300 SRT8 isn’t really tossable, but it can still navigate a twisty road with confidence while offering a posh cabin and lots of room.

Current Price: $25,000

9) 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

With the reintroduction of the Camaro in 2010, Chevrolet made its comeback onto the muscle car market. The 6-speed manual cars have 426 horsepower, but the automatic is limited to 400 horsepower.

Curreent Price: $30,000

8) 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt

The 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt is close to being too cool. With an upgraded V8 engine (315 horsepower versus the classic Mustang’s 300), an upgraded steering wheel and bucket seats and  virtually all exterior badge removed, Ford did a simply marvelous job on this baby.

Current Price: $25,000

7) 2008 Dodge Magnum SRT8

Offered for a limited period, precisely from 2005 to 2008, the Dodge  Magnum SRT8 is a comfy Dodge Charger that still handles well and looks terrific. The 425 horsepower engine and zero-to-60 acceleration in about 5 seconds say it all about its performances.

Current Price: $18,000

6) 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Dodge re-introduced the Challenger in 2008 after 35 years of silence. Every 2008 Challenger was an SRT8 version with a 425 horsepower V8 and 5-speed automatic. 6,400 units of Dodge Challengers were made and pre-sold in 2008, many of them in classic Hemi orange, but silver and black versions were also made and sold. However, the Challenger is still sold with equally exciting performances as the first, slightly more exclusive units.

Current Price: $27,000

5) 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

The Super Bee line was reintroduced by Dodge in 2007 after more than thirty years since the first version was produced. Only 1,000 units of the new Super Bee were built, all of them in Detonator Yellow and all of them with a 6.1-liter V8 making 425 horsepower.

Current Price: $22,000

4) 2006 Pontiac GTO

Although more Australian than American, with a 6.0-liter, 400 horsepower V8 that could get it to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, this is more than decent muscle car at an affordable price.

Current Price: $16,000

3) 2004 Mercury Marauder

Well, a Mercury sedan may not seem a candidate for a muscle car, but the 4.6-liter V8 , 302 horsepower and 318 pound-feet torque, a unique bucket seat interior, limited-slip differential, aluminum driveshaft and upgraded automatic transmission it surely is.

Current Price: $15,000

2) 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS-6

After almost four decades one of the best-selling muscle cars of the late 1970s, Pontiac’s Firebird was reintroduced back in 2002. Naturally, this time the performances were greatly improved – a 325 horsepower aluminum V8, guys.

Current Price: $21,000

1) 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R

Back in 2000, only 300 units of Ford Mustang Cobra R were built, with a 5.4-liter V8 at 385 horsepower, 385 pound-feet of torque and one of the best exhaust notes ever. Cobra R was also special as a plain vanilla muscle car – no air conditioning, no Hi-Fi system, no rear seat, only the direct driving experience came with this car.
Current Price: $30,000

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