This week, we take a look back at the top 10 quickest Muscle Cars as reported by various car magazines from 1970! These aren't OUR recorded numbers, but those published by the media back in 1970. We're pairing those times up with an example of a similar car in The Brothers Collection.

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10 Quickest Cars of 1970: Muscle Car Of The Week Episode #201

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    • Bill Bird
      Bill Bird

      No baldwin cars

      about 3 days ago
    • Cliff Bell
      Cliff Bell

      Quickest magazine tests. Magazine tests ? Not valid. He said not necessarily the quickest but he quickest receded times.

      about 6 days ago
    • Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement
      Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement

      As a young man back in '78 - I had a '73 Mustang coupe with a 351 SCJ, 4 speed, 3:73 rear limited slip. A few mods done to it to push around 400 hp and I pulled a track time of 12.93 at 121mph. Those were fun times then. I still have a toy in the garage, An '86 Camaro with a ZZ4 with a 950cfm spread bore carb, reworked 700R4, 3:23 rear gear with a Power Pro limited slip and up graded 4 link, 3" dual cat Flowmaster exhaust, 145 mph speedo head and Z28 gauge cluster, and much more. Best track time was 13.22 at 102 mph. (with street tires) It surprises a lot of unsuspecting Vet and Mustang owners. I did have it to 135 mph once but since I don't have the ground effects on this sleeper the front end started coming off the ground. That was fast enough. I still take it out sometimes for a little fun but mostly drive a 2013 Highlander Limited now. Have to haul all the grandkids around for ice cream on the weekends now. Ya - fun times.

      about 7 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement

      +Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement - There was a 351 CJ listed but no listing for a 351 SJC.
      No big deal, I was just curious.

      about 3 days ago
    • Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement
      Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement In reply to Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement

      +Moon Pie Well first that was 40 years ago and that car is long gone. I just know what the parts counter at the dealer told me at the time. 351 SCJ = "Super Cobra Jet". Don't know the engine code. I do know it was a Cleveland motor.

      about 5 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to Old Frugal One Hyper-Drive Movement

      I never heard of a 351 scj. Are you sure about that? What was the engine code?

      about 6 days ago
    • J P
      J P

      BULLL SHITTT!!! No Mustang BOSS 429??? in-valid test.

      about 8 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to J P

      +J P - I have facts and you have shit for brains.
      PS - Sorry the facts hurt your feelings.

      about 6 days ago
    • J P
      J P In reply to J P

      +Moon Pie good job u friggin tool! Why think for yourself about a topic u actually have knowledge in when u can be a clueless noob and regurgitate google? Asshat!

      about 6 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to J P

      These are the 10 fastest tested cars in 1970. Nothing invalid it just a list.

      Provide a link to a car mag test of the 429 Boss in 1970 - that will settle it.

      I only saw a 69 tested and it did 14 sec at a little over 102mph and would not make the top 10 list.
      The Mach I was actually faster in 1969 then the BOSS.
      Fords while cool cars were never the fastest in the late 60s.

      Now the Ford 427 R code was damn fast but was dropped in 67.

      about 6 days ago
    • Mustang Man
      Mustang Man

      Because everybody can hop right in and run a magazines times....NOT! Magazine times were then, and are now, badly inflated. This top 10 list is a joke, no 429 BOSS Mustang? No 455 Super Duty Trans Am but 3 of the same Chevelle, whoever put this list together sure shows us they favor Mopar and Chevy.

      about 10 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to Mustang Man

      +Mustang Man - OK - what you need to do is not watch a video with the 10 quickest car tests of 1970. You don't like it.

      That's what it is and it's fully explained.
      I suggest you watch a BOSS 429 Mustang video. You should enjoy it far more.
      I hope this helps.

      about 3 days ago
    • Mustang Man
      Mustang Man In reply to Mustang Man

      +Moon Pie Man I watched every second of the video...still think its Chevrolet favored big time, sorry but the way they skewed it with 3 versions of the same Chevelle ruins its cred as far as I'm concerned. Especially with no Boss 429 which we know would chew up almost all these "top 10 cars" in reality back then and now.

      about 3 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to Mustang Man

      +Mustang Man -
      Listen, I'm a Pontiac guy myself I owned a built 67 Firebird 400 4 speed. A 11.90 car.
      If you listened to the video all of your questions are answered. Two things are required to be listed.
      1. the car must be tested by a magazine in 1970.
      2. the car test must be one of the 10 fastest in that year.

      It was the 10 fastest magazine tested cars of 1970. That's why the Chevelle was in 3 times the guy even addresses it in the video. If he made an error prove it.
      You find a RA 400 that was tested that year AND was in the top 10. Only then would you be right.
      Look it up yourself. Mag. tested 429 14 secs. It's a fact. If you want to deny facts because you don't like it, OK, just don't ask me to believe it. Post a link than shows otherwise. I just found one and told you. In fact I bet there is some test somewhere that the 429 busted to the 13s. but I didn't see it.

      I have no idea why you can't understand what 10 fastest, tested cars of 1970 means.

      about 3 days ago
    • Mustang Man
      Mustang Man In reply to Mustang Man

      +Moon Pie okay, but the Ram Air 400 existed, and it did run high 13's in 1970! So what about that? Why does the same Chevelle have to be in this list 3 times? LOL And bud, a Boss 429 was quicker than a low 14, everybody knows that...I know you hate my point, but its okay, not everyone thinks its okay to favor Chevrolet so much as to put 3 of the essentially same Chevelle's in a top 10 list. Ridiculous actually.

      about 4 days ago
    • Kelly Johnson
      Kelly Johnson

      Chev monza 400 de strok 383 to the gears 373 Trans 400 trubo rear end all tide and tubed and heads was call dart heasds port and polished blue printed cam was a508 or real close Can't remember a 850 Holly carb and headers it was really a cool ride

      about 11 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to Kelly Johnson

      What?

      about 6 days ago
    • pigurine
      pigurine

      1969 440
      Six pack
      Roadrunner
      4.88 gears.
      Yeah baby yeah.

      about 11 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to pigurine

      1967 Firebird 400.
      4 speed m22 rock crusher
      433 gears
      Big cam
      Hooker headers
      Race valve train
      Torker intake
      Holly 850 DP.
      11.90 best at 116 mph

      about 3 days ago
    • James Hallahan
      James Hallahan

      I remember when I was a kid in 70’s, we had car thieves that could drive unbelievable, spinning doughnuts, j slabs, speed past cops daring them to chase them

      about 11 days ago
    • James Hallahan
      James Hallahan In reply to James Hallahan

      West Roxbury, suburb of Boston, supposedly #1 in car car thefts in us - i didn’t mention the cars, corvettes, chargers, fury 3`s, Cudas, my favorite was the Dodge Dart gts , these kids would burn rubber over 100 ft posi traction - remember once,kid hit telephone pole with a gts and got hit on head with pole but got away running - I could tell you some amazing stories if you’re interested-,take care, jimmy

      about 6 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to James Hallahan

      Where the hell did you live? lol

      about 6 days ago
    • Charles Fleming
      Charles Fleming

      There all great cars take's me back to the good old of the 1960s and 1970s love them all. (: thank you for showing(:

      about 13 days ago
    • di pyrke
      di pyrke

      my fav is 1970 cutlass olds mobile 442 american big block

      about 13 days ago
    • Bruce Miller
      Bruce Miller In reply to di pyrke

      Yeah it was, i ran my 472 caddy filled with tcw3 and mixed at 40:1, boy did i love starting it up as i smelled like my sled

      about 12 days ago
    • gixeff 750
      gixeff 750

      Always thought that Chrysler products of that era were the best looking, Gm and Ford stuff was bland and often ugly in comparison

      about 15 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to gixeff 750

      Really? Aside from the Charger (one of my favorite looking cars) Chrysler sold boxes. By far the Mustang was the coolest looking car of the late 60s the Charger not withstanding. I have to mention the Stingray too.

      about 6 days ago
    • T U
      T U

      Pre 1973 American Muscle cars that DEFINITELY belong on this list are..

      73 Pontiac T/A Super Duty 455 mind 13’s

      69 Boss 429 Mustang low 13’s

      70 Nova SS 396 mid 13’s

      68 Charger R/T 426 Hemi low 13’s

      about 15 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to T U

      Since this was a 1970 car mag. test list how would a 73 TA get on it???
      69 Boss 429 Mustang low 13’s??? 14 sec. in the 1969 Car Life mag test. Post another if you have it.

      about 6 days ago
    • T U
      T U In reply to T U

      basshead right on

      about 9 days ago
    • basshead
      basshead In reply to T U

      and 67/68 Shelby GT500

      about 10 days ago
    • basshead
      basshead In reply to T U

      You forgot 69 COPO Camaro ZL1

      about 10 days ago
    • joseph tate
      joseph tate

      On the very first car the Challenger 1970 they said I had a 454 in it but yet they're showing a 426 Hemi what's the deal

      about 15 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to joseph tate

      joseph tate - Not a 454, a 440. And it was explained in the video.

      about 6 days ago
    • Bruce Miller
      Bruce Miller In reply to joseph tate

      The hemi made for a better 2 stroke conversion, i lover making power on every stroke, WTF happened to the 427 GM direct injected 2 stroke prototype in 68, with todays tech it would be something

      about 12 days ago
    • Jeremy  Thompson
      Jeremy Thompson

      Always knew the Chrysler 426 Hemi was King of the Muscle Car Era, not the Buick 455 Stage 1. Don't get me wrong... those Buicks we're really fast but they had problems with cracked engine blocks due to thinwall casting and the oiling system sucked in the Stage 1 Buicks. They were really fast but not the ideal car to buy if you planned on drag racing it. If I was a GM guy buying a race car in 1970, I'd go with the LS6 Chevelle or a Ram Air IV GTO. Both of those engines are better suited for drag racing

      about 15 days ago
    • Craig Adams
      Craig Adams

      This is not a poke into the belly of any of these cars, or all of us that love them, but honestly my friends we really are not ever going to know the truth. This list represents the top reported, as the man says, that different magazines recorded at that time. The variables are so great... Weather temperature, track conditions, gear variances, and we don't know if they were tuned at all or just drove off the showroom floor, bias ply tires... Too bad they didn't put slicks on them, then select models that had common gearing, and then race them. And there are many vehicles missing from this list as some of the Ford guys pointed it out. Some of the Chevrolet fellows also pointed out the missing big block Novas, and even though I'm a Mopar guy oh, yeah some of those models are missing from the list also. We are just now never going to know. I would have to question a few of these, but it doesn't matter. Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler Corporation. They all made really incredible Timeless vehicles.

      about 16 days ago
    • Craig Adams
      Craig Adams In reply to Craig Adams

      Moon Pie definately agree. Non biased opinions save everyone involved on this debate . GM, Ford, Chrysler&etc....all made great vehicles very competetive with their rivals . Great memories....sure miss the 70s !!!!

      about 6 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to Craig Adams

      +Craig Adams - I posted a similar comment awhile back. A couple 10ths with highly varied testing means zilch.
      And certainly, the dealers/manufacturers had a lot at stake in the testing. Who knows what they did.

      But this is all we have to go by and makes for great debates 50 years later...

      about 6 days ago
    • snowrocket
      snowrocket In reply to Craig Adams

      +Craig Adams I would argue using the exact same street tire WITH tread (from Coker?) in the factory specified size for each car would be best. You don't drive slicks on the street day in and day out. Also, ideally, get collectors cars that are to stock specs and run them all on the same track on the same day. Granted, a massive undertaking, but would MAYBE bring more objectivity to the whole thing. Even so, all the cars listed and NOT listed (but should have been) are great in their own right, and in the context of that era.

      about 15 days ago
    • Craig Adams
      Craig Adams In reply to Craig Adams

      snowrocket sooo true and obviously NOT to jab ANY of the cars . I am totally mopar from the 70s to now but if we could just toss some slicks on a L88 late 60s corvette, 396 nova, ford boss 429 mustang, GS 455 ram air, super duty '73 trans am fire bird....and im not even listing mopars i like personally...we just cant know, but im guessing the ET numbers would be incredible for 50 yrs ago . They are all so great . It really comes down to personal choice more than anything . Great video 😀😀😀

      about 15 days ago
    • snowrocket
      snowrocket In reply to Craig Adams

      Thanks, Craig, for being an objective truth teller amidst a sea of emotion and nostalgia. The other thing is that manufacturers would sometimes send the magazines a modified, stock looking car. Years ago, Car & Driver magazine looked back at some of what they tested and said there's no way some of those cars were the same as what people actually bought. Car makers know that good road tests and good road test numbers sell more cars.

      about 15 days ago
    • The Russ Man
      The Russ Man

      The Buick WAS the fastest and try the Stage 2!!! Also, no Big Block Mustangs???? SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!

      about 16 days ago
    • The Russ Man
      The Russ Man In reply to The Russ Man

      +T U agreed! They were using all 1970 though but Ford still offered the 375hp Boss429 in 70....

      about 15 days ago
    • T U
      T U In reply to The Russ Man

      The Russ Man the 69 Boss 429 would’ve definitely be at the top of this list if they tested it

      about 15 days ago
    • Looseel Scott
      Looseel Scott

      I'm a big fan of stock cars, there's something really cool about a fast factory car. Some of these monsters that people build end up hardly resembling the factory original.

      about 16 days ago
    • Robert McCarthy
      Robert McCarthy

      Kudos to today's car manufacturers, getting away with selling plastic pieces of crap. They got away with it, congratulations to them

      about 16 days ago
    • snowrocket
      snowrocket In reply to Robert McCarthy

      Robert, you better take a REAL look at today's BETTER, FASTER cars, and not keep your head and knowledge in the past. Today's Ford, GM, and Chrysler stuff is way better than any of what was shown here. Even many four door sedans run 13's or less AND handle, corner, and stop like sports cars.

      about 15 days ago
    • Dietrich Williams
      Dietrich Williams

      All if them are bad ass!, but when i use ta see the cuda, i knew they were the big dog!!!

      about 17 days ago
    • Big Jimmy
      Big Jimmy

      Good stuff.

      about 17 days ago
    • Gerry Boschert
      Gerry Boschert

      No 442? I thought the 70 Olds could run in the mid 13's.

      about 17 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to Gerry Boschert

      Gerry - I found a 69 Motor Trend test of Hurst Olds doing 13.98 as the fastest 442 tests. Most others were n the low 14s

      about 6 days ago
    • Randall Lannon
      Randall Lannon In reply to Gerry Boschert

      The Duster

      about 17 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie

      Unless there were many runs with good consistent drivers on the same
      track with the same weather conditions a couple 10ths statistically
      means little.

      We can't be sure if the factory or dealer did any tuning unknown to the
      testers either. They sure had a reason to do so. Many cars also had
      variations in drive trains.
      Further this is only 1970 - Other cars like the ZL1 Camaro or L88s may have not been tested that year etc.
      It leaves us to wonder and argue about it for these many decades... lol

      about 18 days ago
    • Cliff Bell
      Cliff Bell In reply to Moon Pie

      That’s right.

      about 6 days ago
    • T U
      T U In reply to Moon Pie

      Moon Pie fair points

      about 15 days ago
    • Sane Enterprises
      Sane Enterprises

      I had a lot of early 70's Torino's back in the day but I cant say I ever had one as fast as number 9

      about 20 days ago
    • tiger1945
      tiger1945

      Man they're all nice but I've got to go with my favorite muscle car of all time and thars the 1970 ls6 chevelle.

      about 20 days ago
    • Moon Pie
      Moon Pie In reply to tiger1945

      That's probably my favorite as well. Great looking and oh so fast.

      about 18 days ago
    • Notime ForFakeNews
      Notime ForFakeNews

      Love anything with a shaker hood. 👍
      Surprised We didn't see the time of a Boss 429 or 351 Cleveland.
      Factory spec times though.

      about 21 day ago
    • Marty Harless
      Marty Harless

      I wonder how the stage 2 Buick would have fared in those 1/4 mile times

      about 25 days ago
    • The Following
      The Following

      Caddie Eldo. 1970 505..A.real.beast. First american front wheel.drive. No one could beat this dual.exhaust luxury.machine.

      about 28 days ago
    • snowrocket
      snowrocket In reply to The Following

      Cord was probably the first American FWD. The Olds Toronado with FWD came out in 1966, the Eldorado on which it was based came out in 1967.

      about 15 days ago
    • brian clemens
      brian clemens

      The LS is still the engine of choice to this day for most engine builders; I.E Nelson racing engines and vengeance racing. Being a Chevy guy I would hands down take the chevelle with the 3:55’s.The rest are a distant second I’m my book especially the land yacht Mopar’s.

      about 29 days ago
    • Amanda Jordan
      Amanda Jordan

      Bullshit.....boss 429 should have been number one.....damn biased assholes....just to damn niave to admit it

      about 1 month ago
    • Eric Talkington
      Eric Talkington

      I'd imagine one of the fastest from 70 has to be the Chevelle right?

      about 1 month ago
    • Eric Talkington
      Eric Talkington In reply to Eric Talkington

      Wow, it wasn't even near number 1! Wow. Still bad ass!

      about 1 month ago