These Are The Sickest Special Edition Muscle Cars Money Can Buy – HotCars

If a regular muscle car just isn’t special enough, there’s always the option of getting a special edition model.
The muscle car has been around longer than a lot of people realize, with the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 from 1949 widely accepted as the first of the breed. Since those humble beginnings, muscle cars have changed dramatically, every US carmaker jumping on the bandwagon, special editions the easiest way to stand out from the crowd.
Want the best muscle car with added bells and whistles? Grab one of the often higher-specced special editions crammed with extras, designed to be the baddest and sickest ride. On most occasions, motorsport links produce the best factory-made special editions, be it a homologation project car, commemorative anniversary model, or just an end-of-line custom paint job and power upgrade.
Chevrolet's sixth-generation Vette paid homage to the legendary GM 427 engine in 2008 with a special edition paint job and a limited production run of, yes, you guessed it, 427 cars.
Sadly, Chevrolet missed out on the opportunity to give the Z06 a power upgrade. The stock Corvette's 7-liter LS7 V8 remains at 505 hp, with a claimed top speed of 198 mph. Think of the 427 limited editions as dressed up Z06s. However, this Vette is all about celebrating GM's best muscle car engine, and with literally dozens of 427 logos inside and out, there is little chance gearheads or passers-by could forget.
Voodoo, Hellcat, Demon, can anyone spot a connection here? Dodge execs either have a fetish for the dark side or someone just thinks the baddest and most powerful cars sound better with names reflecting the kind of practices your local church frowns upon. Launched in 2017, Dodge gave the soon-to-be discontinued Viper a makeover in keeping with the Voodoo branding.
Beneath the murdered-out exterior, the same ACR-based set-up remained unchanged, the Voodoo merely a cosmetic job bestowing the Viper with a menacing look, and it worked. Under the hood, Dodge's 8.4-liter pushrod V10 delivers 645 hp and enough torque to reanimate the dead for a select few lucky gearheads.
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If the Voodoo is a bit tame, then you need another of Dodge's mystical creations, the frighteningly fast and powerful SRT Demon. On the face of it, this is just a Challenger sporting a few extra bulges to give it a meaner look. And for good reason too, Demon isn't a strong enough name for this 211 mph asphalt-scorching monster.
Decked out with what Dodge refers to as the "Demon Crate" add-on, essentially a reduction in parts while adding a modified engine controller designed to boost its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 to a hefty 808 hp, even more, if you brim the tank with 100-octane racing fuel. Dodge managed to sell all 3,300 examples even before production had commenced.
1966 was a cracking year for the Ford Fairlane, wearing a new front end encompassing two stacked headlights made it stand out from the hum-drum of other car brands, and a huge leap over its predecessor, too. More importantly for muscle car fans, Ford produced a hotter special edition under the mysterious "Code-R" name tag.
The "R" referenced Racing or "Red-Alert" as we prefer to call it. The 500-R was equipped with Ford's 427 V8 and top-loader powertrain, which, if you believe the official numbers, produce 425 hp. Originally built to meet racing regulations, this special or limited edition muscle car is a rare sight, with just 57 examples completed.
Possibly the shortest production run of any car ever produced, the Ford Torino Talladega existed for just a few short weeks in 1969. Its sole purpose was to meet homologation regulations for the NASCAR series, and as soon as the job was done, Ford pulled the plug. 754 Talladegas were completed.
Despite the Torino nametag, the Talladega is based on the Fairlane Cobra fastback model equipped with Boss 429 engines separately homologated in Ford's Mustang. In the Talladega, Ford used modified rocker covers to lower the engine's installation height, saving an inch overall.
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Special Editions are usually the works of carmakers themselves, which makes the Baldwin-Motion GT rather unique. A by-product of Baldwin Chevrolet and Motion Performances collaboration, the Corvette GT Phase III was the baddest muscle car you could buy in 1969.
Still recognizable as Chevrolet's third-generation Vette, although subtle exterior changes, including different headlights, gave it a distinct appearance. It's under the hood where the big changes occurred, Motion Performance fettled the 427 motors, complete with Edelbrock intake and quad Holley carburetor set-up, to deliver a conservative 530 hp. Built to order, with no two Corvette GTs the same, only 10 Corvette GT's were produced.
In Britain, the muscle car is an altogether more refined beast, Aston Martin's Virage V8 Le Man's proved going fast by using a big engine didn't mean sacrificing the swathes of leather and wood trim. In Le Mans specification, the big British bruiser packed a 600 hp twin-supercharged 5.3-liter V8, promising a top speed over 200 mph.
In reality, Aston Martin was under ever-increasing pressure to meet emissions regulations and produced just 40 of these special edition Le Mans monsters. In the wings, a new breed of smaller, more modern Astons awaited launch.
All American Racers or AAR is all you need to know about the '70s limited edition Cuda, a faster, more powerful version of an already great muscle car. Plymouth produced a little over 2,700 in a mere two months during 1970.
Just one engine option was offered, Plymouth's own 340 cu in 6-barrel V8 producing 290 hp, driving the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual. In the right hands, a sub-six-second sprint to 60 mph was easily achievable. Externally identifiable by a deeper front air-dam, hood-mounted air scoop, and, of course, the AAR Cuda stripes.
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In the Southern Hemisphere, where the Aussie Ute is the king of the road, Ford Australia gave gearheads their take on the muscle car with the special edition Falcon XY GT-HO
One of the rarest muscle cars on the road, the Falcon XY in Phase III guise is an understated performance sedan that rocked an all-American Cleveland 351 V8 delivering a pessimistic 300 hp. Why pessimistic? Like all muscle cars of the time, lower power figures mean lower insurance premiums. With no governing body checking on manufacturers' claims, carmakers got away with some surprising performance figures from horsepower numbers that didn't add up, the Phase III reaching sixty in 6.4-seconds.
Another homologation special guaranteed to get you noticed; the '69 Dodge Charger Daytona, one of the famous aero-cars sporting oversized rear wings and custom fabricated nose cones dubbed the "winged warriors".
Dodge produced 503 Daytonas, most equipped with Magnum 440 engines kicking out 375 hp, famously setting a new NASCAR record of 200 mph and claiming six victories over two seasons. Without question, the front nose cone played its part in racing success, but that rear wing, while increasing downforce, could have been much shorter, the extreme height keeping the rear trunk functional.
It seems a lot of people are willing to pay through the nose for a classic muscle car these days.
Raised in a car-obsessed environment from an early age ensured a keen interest in anything car-related. first and foremost an F1 fan, but also an avid follower of other motorsports. Professional background working closely with a well established UK based Supercar manufacturer in recent years.