We all know them. Those puffy guys with their chests out and sleeves rolled up who all bluff and shine yet have no spine. We also know cars that carry the look of power without having the engines to back it up. Generally speaking, there are two hey-days of muscle cars in America, the 1960s and the cars made from the mid-1980s onwards. That slow period of the 70s was the result of new emission regulations that made for muscle cars that are slower than the hum-drum compacts of today.
However, these facts did not keep the automakers from making cars that at least looked powerful. No, they tried without success. The cars on this list are the weakest of the bunch. They are the most pathetic muscle cars of all time.
- The 1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra came fitted with a V-8 that produced a paltry 139 horsepower.
- The 1974 Pontiac GTO was a pretty beast that produced 200 horsepower, 255 horsepower off GTO’s high from just a few years before.
- Making only a laughable 135 horsepower, the 1977 Chevy Monza Mirage is one of the saddest muscle cars of all time.
- The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am’s 90 horsepower standard engine was so weak that it made Burt Reynolds lose his hair.
- Though it is not the weakest of the weak, 1980–1981 DeLorean DMC-12 and its 130 horsepower deserves to be on the list for its $25,000 price tag.