Why a Classic Muscle Car is not a Common Sight in the UK

Muscle Car

Such a shame, don’t you think, that London doesn’t exactly get a fair shake in the number of American muscle cars on the street compared to the land that made such brute beasts part of its motoring culture. There are a few modern makes that you can buy locally, but compared to what our American neighbours enjoy, the UK is sorely missing out.

Not Too Easy to Get One from the States

Even if you set your mind on importing one of those beauties from that jolly time when nobody truly cared about petrol prices and emissions, when gigantic engine displacements mattered more than fuel efficiency, you’d be forced to drive with the steering wheel on the wrong side.

Besides, if you think importing a piece of American motoring history (make no mistake about it, the muscle car is as American as apple pie and McDonald’s) is cheap, think again. By the time the car arrives, you’ll be paying for all sorts of history on the rarest of these machines.

Highly Expensive on Auction

To prove this point, consider a few of these original muscle cars that fetched heaps of dosh at some important auctions:

1967 Shelby GT500e Super Snake

This isn’t the insanely beautiful and speced-out Super Snake in that forgettable Ethan Hawke + Selena Gomez movie ‘Getaway’. This one was so pricey in 1967 that nobody ordered a single car. This is the rarest muscle car, because only one was ever sold, at a recent auction, for $1.3M. The modern Shelby Super Snakes destroyed in ‘Getaway’ amounted to less, a total of $1.23M.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 427 LS6

One of the most recognisable cars that epitomised that era of muscle cars, and still one of the most sought-after among collectors. With its 427 LS6 under the bonnet, this is the best Chevelle ever built. In 2013, someone took this home from an auction, for $1.15M.

1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible

Only 11 of these were ever made, and only two were fitted with a 4-speed stick. This one that was sold at an auction in 2014 was the only one left with the manual, as the other one’s whereabouts are unknown. For that history and more, the winning bidder took this baby home for only $3.5M; probably the highest price ever paid for a classic muscle car.

Almost brings you to tears, doesn’t it? You can still have a muscle car driving experience in the UK, though, if you know where to find a company that offers such a distinctive encounter.

Until it becomes easy and cheap to get such lovelies on British soil, paying to drive one for a weekend is the closest you may get to a quarter mile behind a roaring, high-displacement V8.