1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88
Arguably the world’s first muscle car, the Rocket 88 was unique because it capitalized on an automotive trend that’s as American as apple pie – hot-rodding. After WWII, it wasn’t uncommon for idle former military engineers to buy up luxurious old automobiles, strip away the weighty interior and stick in a ferocious new V8, leaving them with a ridiculously powerful machine for its relative weight. Somewhere along the line the team at Olds realized they could cash in on this practice by offering a store-bought version to customers who couldn’t build their own hot-rod. The result was the world’s first factory-made muscle car.