1972 Ford Maverick Grabber
Compact muscle cars like the Chevrolet Nova SS and Plymouth Duster 340 are icons, but what did Ford offer for the segment? The long forgotten Maverick Grabber – a mighty Ford that gave GM and Mopar a run for their money.
Besides a flashy paint job and the addition of hood scoops, the Maverick Grabber featured a 302-V8 mated to a three-speed manual transmission. Its 0-60 mph time is a respectable 8.7 seconds, so it's a shame gearheads have mostly forgotten about this little muscle car.
1979 AMC Spirit AMXAMC was mostly out of the muscle car game by the late 1970s, but they had one last trick up their sleeve before completely giving up on the segment. The economy focused AMC Spirit was given a loud Malaise Era paint-scheme and the iconic 304 small-block V8.
The 304 mated to a four-speed manual can hit 60 mph in 10.4 seconds, not too shabby for a car only making 125 horsepower. The AMC Spirit AMX is also the last AMC to feature a factory installed V8, marking the end of AMC muscle cars for good.
Pretty much everyone has heard of the Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Chevelle, and Shelby Mustang, but only real gearheads will know of these muscle cars.