The Ultimate Muscle Car Showdown: Old School vs Modern
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The Ultimate Muscle Car Showdown: Old School vs Modern

Old School Muscle Cars take on their Modern Counterparts. Which group will dominate? Read on to Find Out

The Muscle Car really is the epitome of power and performance, and there’s no better way to prove that than running these highly tuned machines down the quarter-mile. The Wheels YouTube Channel put out a video in which old school muscle cars go head to head against their modern counterparts in a series of drag races.

Old School vs Modern

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It demolishes the quarter-mile at 11.87 seconds, with the Ford clocking in 12.14 seconds

These races give us a chance to see how far the Muscle Car story has come. You might think that these old classics don’t stand a chance, well, think again, because you’d be surprised by the results. Most if not all the cars pack some form of big-block V-8 under the hood. With that, let’s get to the races.

Dodge SRT Widebody vs Plymouth Road Runner

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Old School muscle cars meet their modern cousins in a series of drag races. We begin with a Hellcat Widebody taking on a classic Plymouth Roadrunner

We begin with a modern Hell Cat Widebody taking on the legendary Road Runner from the 70s. Both cars are sitting on drag racing rubber and skinnier tires up front.

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Both cars are on drag radials, the Black Dodge takes this one clocking in a time of 10.24 seconds with the Road Runner not far behind at 10.80 seconds to do the standing quarter

The Christmas lights turn green and the Black Dodge gets a great start, but the Plymouth runs pretty close to the SRT all the way to the line.

The Hellcat clocks in a quarter-mile time of 10.24 seconds while the Road Runner isn’t far behind at 10.80 seconds.

Shelby Mustang Cobra vs 1969 Chevy Chevelle

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Next, we have a modern Mustang Cobra take on a classic Chevy Chevelle

Next, we have a modern Shelby take on a classic Chevelle. Although the Mustang looks aggressive, it appears to be factory stock. The Chevy meanwhile, has done away with its hood and has a supercharger sticking out. It’s sitting on drag radials and has a wheelie bar and parachute sticking out of the back.

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And it shows cause the Chevelle ran away with this one, putting out a blistering time of 10.52 seconds, while the Mustang clocked in a time of 11.84 seconds

Both cars line up for the launch. The lights go green and the Chevelle gets some air while launching, and gets the lead on the Mustang. It’s a clean run for the Chevy which clinches the win, clocking in 10.52 seconds to do the standing quarter, while the Mustang Cobra managed 11.84 seconds.

Ford Mustang vs Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Next up, we have what looks like a highly modified modern Mustang, running on drag radials, take on a late 60’s Camaro SS

This time around, we have a modern Mustang 500 with its hood missing. It looks like a highly tuned beast and is rocking Drag radials. At the other end, we have a late ’60 Camaro SS also on Drag radials, and the Camaro’s driver pulls off a burnout to put some heat into the tires. Both cars line up for the launch.

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This was a close one, with the Chevy running pretty darn close to the Ford, clocking in a time of 11 seconds dead, while the Mustang was a shy ahead at 10.81 seconds

The hammer drops and the Camaro leaps forward, by a car’s length. Was it poor reaction time from the Mustang’s driver or did he give the Camaro a head start?

Regardless, the Ford ran close to the Camaro and took the win with a time of 10.81 seconds, while the SS managed 11 seconds dead.

Dodge Demon vs Plymouth Duster

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Dodge built this modern Demon with the sole intent of dominating at the Drag Strip. Does this neon Plymouth Duster stand a chance?

Now, we have one of the most potent Drag racers of today, the Dodge Demon Widebody, taking on an old Plymouth Duster. The Demon was built by Dodge, with the sole purpose of dominating the drag strip, which it does in style. Dodge famously gives you all the extra performance parts for $1.

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But despite this, the Demon dominated this run. Not only did it pass the Plymouth, it also beat it to the quarter-mile, with a time of 10.83 seconds and the Duster came in at a leisurely 17.57 seconds

Both cars line up for launch. After the lights go green, the Demon gives the Duster, a four-second head start, before setting off. From there it was all about reeling in the Plymouth, which the Demon managed to do successfully. It set a quarter-mile time of 10.83 seconds while the Plymouth managed 17.57 seconds.

Shelby Mustang Cobra vs Dodge Monaco

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Next, we have a tuned 66’ Dodge Monaco

In this face-off, yet another modern Mustang Cobra, takes on a ’66 Dodge Monaco. The Shelby looks like the same one we saw earlier, with the duel against the Chevelle. It looks bone stock factory. Monaco meanwhile looks like it’s been tuned with its mighty supercharger sticking out of the hood and is on drag radials. After pulling off some 11’s. Both cars line up at the start.

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As the two raced into the dusk, it is an easy win for the Mustang, with a quarter-mile time of 11.24 seconds while the Dodge set a time of 13.38 seconds

The lights go out and both get a near-perfect launch. It was great to see these two set off into the dusk with the Mustang taking the win at 11.24 seconds while the Dodge managed 13.38 seconds to do the standing quarter.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 vs Chevy Chevelle

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A Chevy vs Chevy battle is always fun. This time its a modern Camaro ZL1

This is a Chevy vs Chevy showdown. In the modern corner, we have a Camaro ZL1 sitting on drag racing tires. In the old school corner, we have yet another late 60’s Chevelle, this time dressed in police livery, complete with overhead lights, drag radials, and a wheelie stand.

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The ZL1 just can’t keep up with this classic as the Chevelle clinches the win with a quarter-mile time of 11.60 seconds, and the ZL1 comes in at 11.76 seconds

The Chevelle sounds rather good with a deep rumble. Right from the launch, the Chevelle roars past the ZL1 and hammers down the dragstrip and wins this one. The Chevelle did the standing quarter in 11.60 seconds while the Camaro managed 11.76 seconds.

Hellcat SRT vs Pontiac Le Mans

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Can this modest-looking 70’s Pontiac Le Mans keep up with the mightly Hellcat SRT?

Yet another Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT takes on a 70’s Pontiac LeMans. Painted in white, the Pontiac looks modest, in contrast to the Challenger’s stunning blue. Both cars pull some burnouts and get set for launch. The lights go out and the Le Mans is given a four-second head start before the Hellcat goes.

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The Hellcat is let loose and it reels in the Pontiac and takes the win with a quarter-mile time of 10.59 seconds, while the Le Mans came in at 13.24 seconds

You can hear the SRT’s supercharger whine, at full chat, as it sets off in hot pursuit of the Pontiac. The Challenger gets past the Le Mans and takes the win, clocking in a quarter-mile time of 10.95 seconds vs the Pontiac’s 13.24 seconds.

Ford Mustang vs Chevy Nova

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Yet another modern Mustang takes on a classic Chevy Nova

In this penultimate run, a modern Mustang takes on a Classic Chevy Nova, again from the late 60s. This Mustang looks quite potent with its reverse hood scoop, while the purple Nova saw here also looks like it’s heavily modified. Burnout done, both cars line up for launch.

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It demolishes the quarter-mile at 11.87 seconds, with the Ford clocking in 12.14 seconds

The moment the lights go green, the Nova is off to a great launch, the Mustang’s driver had a poor reaction time and trailed the Nova all the way to the finish line. It clocked in a time of 11.87 seconds while the Mustang managed 12.14 seconds to do the standing quarter.

Dodge Challenger Scat Pack vs Chevrolet Chevelle

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In the final showdown, we have a Challenger R/T Scat Pack, take on yet another Classic Chevelle

In this final showdown, we have an Orange Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack take on yet another Silver 60’s Chevelle. The lights go out and the Chevelle struggles for traction off the line. The Challenger on the other hand got a perfect launch.

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But don’t dismiss the Chevelle yet, because by the mid-way point the Chevy caught up with the Dodge, and goes on to win this duel. This really did come as a surprise. The Chevelle managed a quarter-mile time of 12.78 seconds while the Challenger managed 13.35 seconds.

Conclusion

Watching this series of drag races was a lot of fun. Out of the nine passes we witnessed, the modern cars took five wins while the old school cars won four races. It just goes to show that with the right performance parts and rubber, pretty much any old muscle car can keep up or even beat their modern counterparts.

Watch the entire video below


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Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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