Puny, Not Powerful: Muscle Cars That Missed The Mark

The muscle car is one of the most exciting pieces of automotive history and is an all-American favorite among car aficionados of all ages. However, not every muscle car produced has been a big success. In fact, some of them have been downright terrible.

Some of these were initial successes but saw design changes in future generations that just didn’t work. Others were failures from the get-go. Behold, the worst muscle cars to date.

1976-80 Plymouth Volare Road Runner

Plymouth Volare Road Runner worst muscle cars
Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images
Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images

Initially, the Plymouth was a road hog and was really impressive on the track. It looked good and under the hood, it was sporting the 426 Hemi engine and had 160 horsepower.

Once it came to the Volare Road Runner, all of the things that made the Plymouth great were removed and its performance was greatly depleted. On top of poor performance, the car also was majorly recalled due to a number of them rusting underneath, indicating poor attention to detail.