10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

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The 10th annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals that was held in suburban Chicago this past weekend is known as “the Pebble Beach of muscle cars,” showcasing the best performance cars of the 1960’s and 1970’s. 

This made it that much more difficult to spend my imaginary currency in the ever-popular fantasy of “which cars would I bring home If I could?” 

Sure, there are incredibly wild wing-cars like Dodge Daytonas and Superbirds, as well as ultra-rare COPO Camaros, highly optioned Mustangs and competition Corvettes. But there are also spectacularly restored, bread-and-butter examples of standard muscle cars. 

My 10 choices are not the top 10 from the show, but they are the cars I thought deserved equal respect among the incredible gems in attendance:

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1. 1968 427 Corvette

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

This unusually colored 1968 427 Corvette is a terrific example of the iconic Mako shark-inspired C3 body style, and it won the Carlisle Event’s Corvette Pick of the Show award.

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2. 1970 Dodge Super Bee

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

This 440-6 pack-equipped 1970 Dodge Super Bee was a promotional car for the Scat Pack advertising of the day.

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3. 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

This red-on-red 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible features a color-keyed Endura bumper and minimal brightwork, which made it one of the smoothest front ends of the muscle car era.

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4. AMC Gremlin-X

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

One of approximately twelve 401-powered AMC Gremlin-X’s built by Randall Motors in 1972, the power-to-weight ratio of this compact is impressive.

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5. 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

This 383-powered 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible arguably wears the best grille design of the series. Its body side stripes, shaker hood and magnum 500-style road wheels check all the right boxes.

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6. 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

This first-year, 383-powered 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner looks great in medium blue. It’s worth reiterating that this was the best year for the Roadrunner grille design.

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7. 1970 Buick GS/X

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

This pearl white prototype 1970 Buick GS/X is as wild as GM’s Flint division got, with a deep front spoiler and striped interior fabric.

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8. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

Who could resist a black-over-white 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS with reproduction Firestone wide oval tires?

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9. 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

Legendary drag racer Herb “Mr. 4-Speed” McCandless’ 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart is the perfect example of the wildly painted super stock racers from the late 1960’s.

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10. 1970 AMC Javelin

10 picks from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

This bittersweet-colored 1970 AMC Javelin is powered by a 390-cid engine and features much of the charm of the AMX with the addition of a backseat.

This article originally appeared on ClassicCars.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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