Most intimidating muscle cars


The 1969 Dodge Daytona and its sibling, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, are arguably the most radical vehicles to emerge from the muscle car wars.

But the Daytona, as the name might suggest, wasn't designed for street racing.

The 1960s and 1970s might have produced the wildest and rarest muscle cars packing giant torque-rich V-8s, but the 1980s brought its share of powerful machines to the street, too—cars that were quick and met the more stringent emissions controls.

And behind the horsepower there are some surprising stories.

The aerodynamic modifications to the big Dodge included a nearly 2-foot-tall rear wing, a flush rear window, and a longer, sloped nose cone. The race version of the Daytona became the first car in Nascar history to break 200 mph.