According to the June 1967 issue of Road Test magazine, a "muscle car"is "exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American auto industry by adhering to the philosophy of the hot rodder to have a small car and putting a BIG engine in him. The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of weak 98 (73 kW) horsepower. " Peter Henshaw, the author of Muscle Cars, from which this quotation is taken, it also states that the muscle car was designed for the straight-line speed, and do not have "sophisticated chassis", "engineering integrity"or "graceful appearance" of European cars, high-performance .
However, opinions vary as to whether high-performance cars in full size, compact, and pony cars qualify as muscle cars .
The following is a list of muscle cars and their makers (along with every make of car matching pony, if applicable):