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For our 21st episode, we decided to challenge ourselves, seeking muscle cars for an outlay of $10,000 or less. We quickly discovered that 10 grand won’t buy you a Hemi-powered Plymouth Superbird, but it could get a 1968 Pontiac Firebird with a 400-cubic-inch V-8, a lot of rust, and some bizarre modifications. Yes, we found a lot of potential restoration projects, but we also managed to come up with a few good, clean muscle cars and pony cars.

To make sure we got our facts straight, we invited C/D contributor and muscle-car aficionado Scott Oldham to shop with us. A lover of burnouts, Oldham owns five muscle cars and professes his love of solid rear axles, V-8s, and rear drum brakes. He was definitely the right guest star for this episode; after all, he knows that Cragar S/S wheels automatically add 100 horsepower to any car.

We address the age-old question of “Is it a pony car or a muscle car?” and discuss whether a personal luxury vehicle with a big engine actually counts as a muscle car. One of our choices is likened to a reverse mullet. A woodie wagon somehow makes its way in there and even a couple sedans that could arguably be considered muscle cars—if you’re being kind. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be blown away by an $8900 surprise from Down Under.

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