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The Best Pony Cars

Updated May 21, 2019 925 votes 420 voters 49.3k views6 items

A list of the best pony cars ranked by you. These are true pony cars, not muscle cars, and none of those new plastic toys claiming to be pony cars. If you're looking for GTO's and Chargers then check out my ranked Muscle Car list. Pony cars are smaller, blue-collar, fuel guzzling machines. They're loud, exciting machines that corner only slightly better than their muscle car older brothers. Gear-heads wouldn't have it any other way. Two doors and rear wheel drive are standard. Tracks are fine, but these cars are at their best when drag racing between the lights.

The first pony car was the Ford Mustang. The success of the Mustang was immense and now it is a classic that has never come out of the spotlight. Following the success of the Mustang came many other pony cars from almost every other American automobile manufacturer. The most notable competitor is the Chevrolet Camaro.Some modern pony cars include the Ford Mustang GT as well as the Chevrolet Camaro SS. These cars are truly timeless as they have never faded away from popularity. There is not a real man in the world who wouldn't love to have one of these cars. Lately the whole world has been focused on what is new and shiny rather than focusing on what is true and great. Pony cars are a huge part of American history and we can't forget about that otherwise we are forgetting where we came from. If you are looking for a pony car or even if you just want to learn the history of these cars check out this list and you won't be disappointed.
  • Ford Mustang
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    The Ford Mustang is the original Pony car and there is no denying that all the cars that came after it were only trying to steal some of its fame. The Mustang surpassed all expectations when over 400,000 were sold in its first year which set a record in the industry. Collectors are still as passionate as ever about the 1964 and 1/2 model which most consider to be the best one because it was the original.
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  • The Dodge Challenger was a somewhat late arrival to the pony car scene as it came out in the 1970's but it was a great car nonetheless. It was Dodge's answer to the Camaro and the Mustang. The Dodge Challenger had a longer wheel-base and was more luxurious than the Camaro or Mustang but because it came out so late it really didn't have enough to impress most of the devoted Mustang and Camaro fans.
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  • Chevrolet Camaro
    Photo: Rich Niewiroski Jr. / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-2.5
    The Chevrolet Camaro was one of the coolest cars to have in the 1960's. It was created by General Motors in order to compete with the Ford Mustang and no one would disagree that it did just that. The 1st generation Chevrolet Camaro is considered to be the best of the line by most people and if you just look at it you can see why.
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  • Mercury Cougar
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    The Mercury Cougar was built on the same platform as the Ford Mustang but it never reached quite the same level of popularity. The Cougar moved away from performance and towards luxury but it did have an option for a larger engine making it a true muscle car.
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