If you follow American football, you’re probably familiar with the term ‘cheesehead.’ Have you ever stopped to wonder why fans of the Green Bay Packers are called cheeseheads though? We’re digging into the myth behind the term.
Packers fans are universally called cheeseheads thanks to just one supporter. One fan, Ralph Bruno, brought what was originally meant to be a dip bowl for nachos into a Packers game. He had changed the shape of the bowl to make it look like a Swiss cheese triangle and then stuck it on his head.
For generations, people from Illinois called those from Wisconsin cheeseheads, so Bruno turned the insult on its head, literally. His Swiss cheese hat was so distinctive that he made it onto the television broadcast during that game and since then it has become a staple of Packers games. The bowls that were originally meant for nachos were now to be sold as hats for Packers fans, and it’s a phenomenon that never stopped.
The reason why people from Wisconsin, and the Green Bay area, are known as cheeseheads by people from Illinois is because it’s known as the Dairy State. Cheese production is big business in Green Bay and the state, but it was used as a derogatory term by sports fans.
Packers fans embraced that name and thanks to the rise of Brett Favre’s rise to prominence in a Green Bay jersey, ‘cheesehead’ is always in use. Now you can’t get anywhere near the Packers’ stadium without being overwhelmed by cheesehead merchandise, and of course, cheese.
People made fun of sports fans from Wisconsin for their dairy farming ways, but who’s having the last laugh now? The people who make the cheesehead hats we guess, who are laughing all the way to the bank.
Greatest Muscle Cars of All Time
1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport
The Buick Skylark may not have gotten as much fanfare as some of the other models made by Chevy or Ford, but it’s a fine-looking muscle car nonetheless. Hitting the market at $2,552, this muscle car is now worth about $20,000. After all, it was the very first Buick muscle car ever released. When it was all said and done, over 70,000 made their way off the assembly line.
Bottom Line — 1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport
The ’65 Skylark has found its way into the hearts and dreams of many muscle car enthusiasts. This is because it looks amazing, runs like a champ, and is also very affordable when compared to other muscle cars. Not only that, but it has one heck of an engine, which gives it a lot of get-up-and-go. The car used a 325HP engine, which gave it its speed capability, as well as a level of durability that really stands out.
1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
The Firebird would have a long, illustrious life, being produced from 1967 all the way until 2002. One of the most iconic muscle cars — partially because of the exposure it had as the car in Knight Rider — the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am came off the assembly line and hit the lots with a price tag of $9,658. Though it didn’t really keep its value (it’s now only worth $4,000), it still holds a place in the hearts of many. By far one of the younger models that are considered a classic muscle car, it still deserves a place on the list.
Bottom Line — 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Though the economy and gas prices weren’t good, Pontiac still produced this vehicle. However, with this model, Pontiac decided to try something different. They lightened the car up by about 400 pounds and made it a little shorter. This is what gives this model a more streamlined look. For the ’82 Firebird, there was a limited run of 200 models that were black and gold, and signed by Burt Reynolds — since the vehicle first found its fame as the car used by Bandit in Smokey and the Bandit.
1967 Ford Mercury Cougar
Though Mercury has come and gone — producing its last vehicle in 2011 — it had a long life and produced many iconic cars, like the Mercury Cougar. This make was a luxury car division of Ford when it began to roll out the Cougar. It went all in and produced over 150,000 units of this miracle vehicle. This is probably why it’s one of the most inexpensive cars to purchase and restore today. You can find one that you have to rebuild, or you can purchase a restored one for around $11,000. The original price was $2,851, so it has gained some value for sure.
Bottom Line — 1967 Ford Mercury Cougar
This car actually did very well out of the gate. The style was a mix between the luxury cars of the time and muscle cars, which made it accessible to everyone. At the time, the luxurious aspects of this car had to do with the automatic transmission, which wasn’t standard at the time, and some even had leather bucket seats. This was a classic-looking car and one that is definitely a collectible now.
1968 Dodge Super Bee
Dodge has always been known for putting a lot of power under the hood, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to the ’68 Super Bee. Originally hitting the lots at $3,027, this car is now well worth over $35,000. The Super Bee is actually a great, affordable option to purchase as a project car. Although some models reach the $100,000 range, there are plenty that can be found for a much more budget-friendly rebuild.
Bottom Line — 1968 Dodge Super Bee
When the car was released, it was Dodge’s direct answer to the very budget-minded Road Runner. Dodge simply took their Cornet, stripped it down, and voila — introducing the Super Bee. Like its competition, this car was also available with upgrades, including a Hemi engine for an additional $700. However, this option didn’t seem that tantalizing to the populace at the time, as only 125 were ever ordered. That’s okay because the engine that came along with it was quite powerful anyway. It had a good run, but in 1971, Dodge retired this awesome muscle car.
1970 Chevy El Camino 454 SS
The 454 engine was an amazing option but it was pricey, and just six years after the El Camino 454 SS came off the line, Chevy actually put it to pasture. It’s a good thing they waited because, otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to talk about this muscle car/truck. When it came off the line, you could buy one of these muscle vehicles for a little under $3,000. Nowadays, this iconic car is worth over five times more than its original cost.
Bottom Line — 1970 Chevy El Camino 454 SS
The model that we’re looking at was outfitted with a specialized engine and transmission. The ’70 El Camino 454 SS came fitted with an LS5 engine, which was a big block engine. Along with that, the car had an M22 Munchie transmission, which was also known as the ‘rock crusher.’ This makes this model unique amongst all the other models of El Camino produced, which is why many collectors clamor for it. After all, who doesn’t want a car that has all the power of a muscle car but can help you move, too?!
1958 Plymouth Fury
If you have seen the movie Christine, then you’re very familiar with the Plymouth Fury. Actually, those were not actual Furys but were designed to look like them. The Plymouth Fury is one of those vehicles that every collector looks to capture, as there were only 5,303 ever made. That makes the large price tag of over $35,000 understandable, and it makes you wish you could have picked it up for the original price of $3,000, right?
Bottom Line — 1958 Plymouth Fury
Originally, the Fury was an upgraded version of the Belvedere. The vehicle came with a 350 Golden Commando engine. This gave the car the ability to use 350HP to ride the roads. There were many models available including a two-door hardtop. Along with this, the car had hooded headlights and fins that were angled. This car is the epitome of the birth of the muscle car. From this model and several other vehicles, there would be a rush to create cars that looked sleek and had power.
1970 Ford Torino Cobra
Named after the city of Turin in Italy, which is often referred to as the Detroit of Italy, this car started out as a sub-series under the Fairlane model. However, it soon gained its own reputation. In fact, the year following this model, the Fairlane was dropped altogether, and Torino became its own series. In 1970, when the car was originally launched, you could pick the stock model up for just a little over $3,000. Over the years, of course, the value has risen and a nice model can now go anywhere from $50,000 upwards.
Bottom Line — 1970 Ford Torino Cobra
This model came with a 429 Super Cobra Jet engine and what was called a drag package. This package meant that the car came with aluminum pistons and 4.3 gears. All of that being said, this vehicle had a lot of power (375-400HP). If you got a fully kitted model, it was highly recommended not to take it on a long road trip, as the rear gear could end up balancing somewhere between 3,500 and 3,800 RPM, which isn’t good over extended periods of time.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
This car cost a lot of money to even get off the draft board and to the assembly line. Plymouth had to pay Warner Bros. a lot of cash to even use the name of the famous cartoon character. As a way to give a nod to that price of entry, the designers made sure that the horn actually mimicked the noise that the character made. The cost of this expenditure was reflected in the sales price, which was at around $4,000 when it was first released. Now, this car is worth about $30,000.
Bottom Line — 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
No matter how you feel about the name, this car is one of the favorites among car enthusiasts and for good reason. It had multiple models, including one that came with a Hemi engine. Though this would cost the buyer an additional $800, the speed and power you got were well worth the investment. The 426 Hemi gave the driver 425HP to play with and a torque of about 4,000 RPM. The car was so popular that Plymouth continued making it until 1980.
Plymouth Hemi Superbird
If you ever want a souped-up Road Runner, this is the car model for you. The Superbird may have been a misstep on Plymouth’s part, but because of the limited run, this car is a prized possession and one that many collectors look for. Originally built for NASCAR, the model features everything you could get with a Road Runner plus some extras. That’s why the price tag was so high, coming in at around $4,500.
Bottom Line — Plymouth Hemi Superbird
The fact that there were only 1,920 of them made means they are rare, and when looking for one, you should expect to pay $150,000+ for a fully remodeled Superbird. Unfortunately, this car didn’t do that well, and most of the models were either left on the lot or turned back into a Road Runner. At the time, most drivers didn’t like the sharp angles or the high tail fin. Plus, most of them were designed for racing, so the everyday individual didn’t really need all that.
1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air IV
When you think of the Firebird, most people have an image of the fiery, winged bird —also known as the flaming chicken— but not all Firebirds came with that on their hood. In fact, it started as a $55 upgrade. In 1970, a new model of the already popular car came out, and it was outfitted with even more power and style. This model, the Ram Air IV stock model came with a V-6 and cost a little under $3,000. Nowadays, that same car’s value is much higher, starting at around $30,000+.
Bottom Line — 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air IV
This may be one of the most iconic muscle cars out there, but amongst the different models, this one is by far the most wanted. In 1970, the Trans Am had several models available. The stock came with a V-6, as we mentioned, until the Ram Air V was produced, which had a V-8 in it. With only 88 sold, this model is probably the rarest of the breed.
1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2
The Pontiac Catalina 2+2 — the 2+2 referred to the two front and two back seats — may not have the typical flashy or cool name, but that didn’t stop it from making a name for itself. It’s so sought after now, in fact, that there is a website specifically devoted to it and its history. When this luxury coup came off the assembly line, it was priced at a whopping $2,910. And now you can find a nice one for just about $5,500.
Bottom Line — 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2
When it did come off the line, it was touted as being the big brother to the already popular GTO. Though it was a full-size coup, it had all the power as some of the smaller muscle cars on the market. It came with a V-8 engine and a whole lot of style. Unfortunately, for the 2+2, it didn’t make the impact that Plymouth was looking for, and in 1967, the car was removed from the lineup altogether.
1964 Pontiac GTO
Pontiac was known for taking a model and upgrading the features to make a new one, and that’s just what they did with the GTO. The GTO was originally a souped-up version of the LeMans. You could get the GTO package for a few hundred dollars extra if you wanted more performance and a sleeker look. Originally, this car sold for just a little under $3,000. Now, its value has its price tag starting around $10,000.
Bottom Line — 1964 Pontiac GTO
Many feel that the GTO is the benchmark and the model that gave birth to every other muscle car from the ’60s on. The GTO came with a V-8 engine, and the original concept was designed by very famous car designer John DeLorean. It was fairly affordable and powerful. The V-8 engine gave the car 348HP and amazing torque (428 pounds), which allowed it to get up to speed in a matter of seconds. This car is one that every muscle car lover looks for and would love to have.
1968 Oldsmobile 442
Designed with a four-barrel carburetor, four-speed transmission, and two exhausts, the 442 from Oldsmobile is another one of those iconic vehicles that everyone loves to hunt for. In fact, it may have very well been one of Oldsmobile’s most popular muscle cars, and it has the numbers to back it up. When it was released in 1968, it sold over half a million models. This made it the sixth most popular car, and that’s saying something for a muscle car.
Bottom Line — 1968 Oldsmobile 442
The 442 is by far one of the most stylish-looking muscle cars of its era. The car didn’t only look good, it also had speed and power. With its amazing features and engine, this car had the ability to get up to 60MPH in under 10 seconds. Plus, it had top speeds of 109MPH. It may not have been as fast or powerful as other models on the market at the time, but it certainly gained a following that stuck with it well into the future.
1968 AMC AMX
AMC came out with the AMX in 1968, and it received rave reviews. The popularity of the model gave the car company hope that it would be able to survive, which it did for a while, but it was eventually bought by Chrysler in 1988. The company marketed this car in many different ways, including gifting it to some famous people. The price tag didn’t hurt, either. When first released, you could get a stock model for about $3,400. The car now is worth over $15,000.
Bottom Line — 1968 AMC AMX
The interest in the car was very unexpected, as the company had been overshadowed by the Big Three for quite a while. The AMX just had so much going for it, so much that it could stand up to even one of the biggest cars on the market — the Chevy Corvette. It was by no means as fast as the Corvette, but it had the power and the ability to keep up with it. Plus, it was very affordable. The design was nice, as well, and because of this, it would eventually sell well over 8,000 units.
1968 Dodge Charger R/T
The movie Bullitt did a lot for muscle cars, but everybody always thinks of the Mustang GT, which is a shame because riding the road next to that car was the Dodge Charger R/T. For many years after, this car was one of the main muscle cars everyone had on their wish list. The ’68 R/T was a huge metal behemoth that sounded ferocious and had the power to back it up. When it arrived on the lots, you could pick it up for just about $3,500.
Bottom Line — 1968 Dodge Charger R/T
With years to build its worth, you can now find them starting at over $22,000. In truth, the Charger was bigger and more imposing than the Mustang. It came with an engine that gave it 50HP more than its rival in Bullitt. In the end, the Charger would have the last laugh, as it tends to be more expensive than the Mustang nowadays.
1968 Ford Mustang GT
The ’68 Mustang GT has a place in everyone’s heart for many reasons, and not just because of Steve McQueen. However, it was almost marketed under a different name — the Cougar. Instead, Ford opted to use that on a vehicle coming from its Mercury line. Thus, the Mustang was born. Like the Corvette and the Camaro, the Mustang is a muscle car that still survives today and has a lot of admirers.
Bottom Line — 1968 Ford Mustang GT
Nowadays, a new Mustang can cost $25,000 or more, but when it came off the line in ’68, you could pick one up for about $2,602. The ’68 is now worth about $20,000. The Mustang GT was one of those cars that everyone wanted. With an engine that roared and a speed that surpassed most other models, it became the star of its own film, which helped propel the Mustang even further. The durability and look didn’t hurt, either.
1970 454 LS6 Chevy Chevelle
Like with any muscle car model, there were a lot of different models developed. The Chevy Chevelle is one of those muscle cars, and this model was a limited edition compared to many of the others. In fact, only 3,733 LS6’s were made. Because of this, the price of one of them now ranges from $45,000 all the way to over $100,000. When they first made their appearance, you could get one for just $3,312.
Bottom Line — 1970 454 LS6 Chevy Chevelle
The LS6 Chevelle has been said to be one of the best, if not the very best, muscle car ever made. This was not an accident, though, as the design team at Chevy took their time and elevated the car from the ’66 version. They added a V-8 big-block engine and a four-barrel carburetor. This gave the Chevelle 450HP and a whole heck of a lot of torque (5,000 pounds). By doing this, Chevy created a beast that could stand up to just about any of its peers and leave them in the dust!
1968 Dodge Dart GTS
The Dart made a comeback in the early 2010s after being discontinued in 1976, but if you ask any muscle car enthusiast, they will say that its true legendary status started way back in the ’60s. The Dart was a new breed of muscle cars that were a little more compact than most other offerings. Just because it was smaller didn’t mean it didn’t have power behind it, though. It was quite popular when it was first released, and we’re sure that part of that had to do with the $3,000 price tag.
Bottom Line — 1968 Dodge Dart GTS
The Dart may have ridden the wave of the Charger to gain its foothold, but once anyone drove it, they knew they had made a good choice. This car came in many different models, including the GTS, which is the one we’re looking at. This car also came with multiple engines, including a V-8 Hemi. The engine’s power and the stylish hood scoop, side vents, and racing stripes may be why you’ll be looking at a price tag of anywhere from $10,000 to over $150,000.
1969 Boss 429 Mustang
The 429 Boss Mustang was a very special creation and one of the best-looking Mustangs ever released according to many car lovers. Because of the 429’s engine, the standard chassis had to be beefed up a bit. The bigger engine and all the reconfiguration made this one of the most expensive Mustangs in ’69. You could drive off a lot with this car for just under $5,000. It’s also why, in today’s market, you would be looking to spend almost $200,000.
Bottom Line — 1969 Boss 429 Mustang
It’s packed with extras that give it more speed and power than the others. The 429 is built with a 429 custom engine, which is great when it comes to performance, but the slick look is nice, too. While the engine allows for the car to deliver 375HP and over 5,000 RPM of torque, the aesthetic is often what people remember. The car is designed with a wider hood scoop. Plus, the interior is fitted with bucket seats and a wood-trimmed dash. Only a little over 1,200 units were ever made, so happy hunting if it’s on your list.
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Though the muscle car era didn’t get going good until the ’60s, there were a few vehicles that set the birth of these beasts up, like the Fury and the Bel Air. This car became the image of what we all think ’50s cars should look like. With its long body and cool fins, it’s what we see when we think of riding up to the drive-in and hanging with the crew. The car was actually affordable, and that may account for the popularity. Fresh from the factory, you could get a base model for about $2,300.
Bottom Line — 1957 Chevy Bel Air
This car came in four different trim models. The sleek style and amazing power of the model made this a classic that was quicker than most. The car was designed with angled fins, a roomy trunk, and some amazing decorative work. It came with a V-8 small block. You could also pay a little extra and get a fuel-injected V-8 Ramjet engine, which upped the horsepower to 250HP.
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
The first models of this line were only released in Wimbledon white with blue racing stripes. A good quarter of them used the LeMans stripes. But the color range eventually expanded, and this fine vehicle found its place among all the other Mustang models. Like many of the Mustangs, they ran a little pricey for the time, coming in with a price tag of around $4,300 for the base model. Of course, there were upgrades that could bring that cost up to $6,000.
Bottom Line — 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
The stock model of the GT350 came with a 271HP V-8 engine. But if you went for the GT350R, you would be treated to a much more powerful engine. The engine in this model was a Kobra Kustom and turned that 271HP into 306HP. What was under the hood wasn’t the only awesome thing, though. The car was designed with a fiberglass hood, glass pack mufflers, and those iconic racing stripes. This sleek look, high performance, and iconic name are why today’s market has it coming in at over $200,000.
1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
It seems like Mustangs dominated the muscle car industry in the late ’60s and early ’70s. And in reality, the Mustang has held onto its status through the last several decades. One of those models was the Shelby GT500KR (the KR stands for King of the Road). This version of the iconic muscle car only had 1,200 units hit the market. The limited-run makes this car highly collectible. And on today’s market, you would be looking at spending a little over $100,000. When it first hit the market, you could sign on that dotted line and drive away with one for $4,500.
Bottom Line — 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
This model is just the GT350 with a bigger block engine, which was the V-8 Police Interceptor engine. To top it off, Ford beefed it up even more for the KR edition with the Cobra Jet engine. In the end, the car ended up offering its driver 335HP. The model was also designed with a hardtop and roof scoops, as well as a double hood scoop. All of these tweaks made this Mustang model stand out.
1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray
Though the origin of the design has many legends, one thing that’s most definitely true is that the Stingray may be one of the most iconic renditions of the Corvette ever made. In particular, we mean the ’63 Stingray. When this sleekly designed and high-performance muscle car hit the market, it was one of the more pricey options available. The price tag started at $4,252, and that was just the stock model.
Bottom Line — 1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray
Nowadays, because of its legendary status, you’ll have to shell out over $100,000 in order to drive one. There was a lot to love about this car when it first made its debut. It was a Corvette and had a sleek body, but the thing that grabbed people’s attention was the split window in the rear. This window is what gave the car its name — because it did look like a Stingray. The ’63 model is very rare, so there’s no wonder that it’s a highly sought-after collectible.
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
Like many of the muscle cars on our list, the ‘Cuda is a beast when it comes to performance. Plus, along with all that power came one heck of a fine-looking package. Available in both hardtop and convertible — this type is very rare as only 11 were ever made — the grill, hood scoop, and streamlined frame gave this Chevy something special. Off the line, this car could be purchased for $4,300. But, you may have to shell out over $200,000 to drive one now.
Bottom Line — 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
In 1970, the Plymouth Barracuda left an impression with its high powered 440HP Hemi engine. When it returned the following year, it had added a little attitude, which left it needing an edgier name. Enter the ‘Cuda. The ’71 model took all the power of that Hemi engine and wrapped it in a new and improved front end. The grill was changed out for something a little stronger and was fitted with circular lights. It’s a very rare muscle car, which is why the price tag looks the way it does.
1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1
One of the most easily recognized muscle cars over the decades has been the Camaro. And just like its counterparts — the Charger, Corvette, and Mustang — it came in many models. This includes the ZL1. However, only 69 units were ever made, and only 13 of those sold. The limited sales were definitely in response to the price tag. In ’69, the average muscle car usually cost about $3,000 to $4,500, but this car came in at $7,200.
Bottom Line — 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1
The rarity of this car has helped it keep that amazing value. A ’69 ZL1 will cost you in the range of half a million dollars today. The ZL1 had several features that were very unique for muscle cars at the time. And that’s why the price was as high as it was. This included the big block 427, which was aluminum-cased. This gave the engine all the power of a 427 but with the weight of a smaller block engine. This made the car fast and easier to maneuver than other muscle cars.