20 Old Muscle Cars That Cost A Fortune (But Aren't Worth A Penny)

Muscle cars are among the most popular type of vehicles in the automobile world. This ultimately makes a lot of sense, as they mix speed and overall power quite nicely. This type of vehicle used to dominate the automobile world, so there's a wonderful selection of classic muscle cars. However, that doesn't mean that there have not been any bad muscle cars in the past. In fact, there have been a variety of abysmal ones.

In this article, we’ll be looking at 20 old muscle cars that cost a fortune. It's extremely important to note that these vehicles come from a number of different release years, as well as car manufacturers. In fact, some of the cars come from series that have been beloved for a number of years. This shows that people should do their research before purchasing their next classic muscle car. A difference of one year can result in you owning a complete lemon.

Now, let's look at these muscle cars!

20 1974 Pontiac GTO

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The 1974 Pontiac GTO may have a lot of fans, but it's clear that this car had an immense level of issues. This was primarily due to its faulty engine. They are pretty challenging to find today and have a cult following, so they are still expensive. However, there are definitely better vehicles out there to go with.

19 2006 Dodge Charger SE

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There were a lot of expectations surrounding the 2006 Dodge Charger SE when it arrived. It's apparent that it had an amazing style, but ended up being built extremely poorly. Carcomplaints.com states that there are an immense level of steering and transmission issues with this car as well.

18 1976 Chevrolet Camaro

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Although the Chevrolet Camaro series is one of the greatest of all-time, it's not excluded from criticism for their bad models. The 1976 version is a prime example of this fact.

This car was prone to breaking down fairly regularly because of how abysmally it was built. Yet, it's still worth thousands of dollars based on its name alone.

17 1971 Ford Maverick

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The 1971 Ford Maverick definitely has a following of fans. This is likely due to the fact that the car manufacturer simply is a powerful name. However, this version of the Maverick was one of their worst cars ever because of how many problems it would go on to possess. Yet today, it still remains expensive.

16 1980 Chevrolet Corvette 305

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Although the Corvette series is beloved and rightfully so, they will never be excused from their biggest blunder with this car.

Its engine is the worst of all-time and it ruined the chances of this car ever being remembered in a positive light. However, it's still worth at least $20,000.

15 1982 Pontiac Trans Am

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The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am definitely is another vehicle that gets praise solely because of its legendary name. However, even with this being the case, we cannot ignore how poorly this vehicle would end up running. It honestly is a danger to drive because of its tendency to have steering delays, as well as its lack of adequate protection.

14 1977 Chevrolet Monza

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The 1977 Chevrolet Monza definitely looks very cool when it comes to its style. However, that honestly may be the only positive element of it. This car would go on to last its owners roughly five years before it would develop significant structural issues. It's still very expensive today and needs to be avoided from collecting.

13 1969 AMC AMX

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The 1969 AMC AMX is one of the worst muscle cars of all-time. However, it’s rather expensive today due to it being a classic car; criticism is not only warranted, but encouraged.

It's a vehicle that must be avoided entirely, as it has a tendency to break down in a matter of seconds. You can blame its abysmal engine for that.

12 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Iron Duke

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The Iron Duke engine is the primary reason as to why the 1982 Chevrolet Camaro is one of the worst muscle cars ever. It would overheat and even result in this car catching on fire in numerous situations. However, even with this knowingly being the case, this vehicle still has an immense amount of value when on sale.

11 1968 Pontiac Tempest

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The Pontiac Tempest was a complete failure, so it’s entirely understandable as to why theclever.com rates it as one of the worst muscle cars to have ever been released. With its significant engine problems, it's clear that this was a car that was placed on the primary market prematurely.

10 1974 Chevrolet Nova SS

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The 1974 Chevrolet Nova SS is an absolutely beautiful vehicle. There's no denying this fact. However, that does not exclude us from criticizing the immense amount of issues that would present themselves through it. It truly had a chance to be something spectacular. Somehow it's worth far more than it should be as well.

9 1980 Plymouth Volare Road Runner

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The 1980 Plymouth Volare Road Runner is definitely an old muscle car that's overvalued. A significant reason as to why it's so expensive is that it was well-liked in the past. However, it’s clear that this vehicle is prone to having significant structural issues, so it should be avoided at this time.

8 1980 Mercury Capri

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The 1980 Mercury Capri was seen as a potential top of the line vehicle. It's clear that the car manufacturer had high hopes for it. Yet, it would go on to have significant issues. However, even with all of this being said, this is a muscle car that's still very expensive today. It should be avoided entirely.

7 1985 Chevrolet Citation

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The 1985 Chevrolet Citation is one of the worst muscle cars in the entire history of automobiles. However, even with this being the case, it can still be found for rather expensive prices. Seeing as this is among the worst cars ever, according to Edmunds.com, it truly should be worth only pennies.

6 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass

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The 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass ended up being a complete and utter disaster. This is largely due to the fact that it would have an extremely weak engine. It did not help that it also was built in such a poor manner. At the end of the day, the Cutlass name alone is the primary reason as to why it's still very expensive today.

5 1981 Delorean DMC-12

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Although the 1981 Delorean DMC-12 may appeal to people because of its impact on pop culture, it needs to be avoided.

This is easily one of the worst muscle cars in the entire history of automobiles. Edmunds.com states that this is due to the fact that it would break down in a matter of months.

4 1978 AMC Gremlin GT

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The 1978 AMC Gremlin GT is a muscle car that definitely came into the automobile world with a lot of hype.

However, what many people seem to forget today is that this car truly was a complete and utter lemon. Even with this being the case, it's still priced at a very high value though, due to its rarity.

3 1996 Ford Mustang

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The 1996 Ford Mustang is a model from the iconic series that absolutely needs to be avoided at this present time. It's clear that this car was prone to having an immense level of problems with its engine.

Although it looks nice and has the Mustang name, that does not exclude the fact that it's an awful model.

2 1983 Dodge Charger

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The Dodge Charger may be one of the most beloved series to have ever hit the automobile world. Yet, even with this being the case, we cannot ignore just how awful the 1983 release was.

It was clear that the manufacturer released it far too early, as it had a number of problems that were avoidable. However, it's still very expensive today.

1 1977 Mercury Cougar

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The 1977 Mercury Cougar holds a soft spot in the hearts of many older drivers today. However, it's clear that this is purely based on nostalgia.

When observing this vehicle more in depth, it's absolutely apparent that it's a complete and utter lemon. With its transmission and serious engine trouble, it's shocking that it's still expensive.

Sources: Edmunds, The Clever, Car Complaints

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