1966-1976 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR
In Britain, the Jensen Interceptor could be considered a muscle car partly because of its massive 440ci mopar V8 engine. The Interceptor also came with a limited-slip differential (LSD) and, at one point, with 305 horsepower was the most powerful Jensen ever made. Not only did it have the proper equipment for performance, the Interceptor also had the all the stylings and size that helped it squeeze into contention as a muscle car. If you can find one and don’t mind putting a lot of elbow grease into completely restoring it, you could pay as little as $5,000. But if you want one that’s ready to go, expect a heftier price tag in the way of $70,000 or so.
1963 STUDEBAKER SUPER LARK
Enthusiasts might point to the competition between the Mustang and Camaro as sparking the era of muscle cars. However, older and possibly wiser schools of thought might consider the 1950s as the birth era of practical sized cars with big performance. Defunct since 1966, Studebaker is hailed as making the first ever muscle cars with inspired, lightweight stylings coupled with big engines producing a lot of horsepower for the time. The Studebaker Super Lark was equipped with a performance package that included handling and power upgrades, including a supercharger. Studebakers aren’t hard to find at affordable prices, but a Super Lark might be a different story.