This is it: the final round of our inaugural Muscle Car Match-Ups.

It’s sort of a red-letter day for OnAllCylinders. Or maybe we should call it a Blue Oval Day, since we’ve arrived at a final round battle between the 1969 Mustang Boss 429 and the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427. The semi-finals pitted these two vehicles against two Mopars, and there were plenty of people who declared: “Mopar or no car!” In the end, the Mopar crowd got no car in this year’s final round (to our surprise, quite frankly).

Vote now for your final round winner and overall champion. Here’s a quick look at the finalists:

1965 Shelby Cobra 427

65-Shelby-Cobra_cpThe 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 is arguably the most polarizing participant in our competition. Depending on who you ask, the Shelby Cobra either…

A) …wins this contest in a landslide because its 510 horsepower worth of Ford muscle and one of the quickest cars ever. Plus, it was created by muscle car legend and all-around high performance genius Carroll Shelby.

B) …never belonged in the brackets in the first place because it’s not a true muscle car. Heck, a couple of you were so bothered by the Cobra, you called the guy who conceived this contest “a complete idiot.” Thanks for reading, Dad!

So far, the majority has approved of the Cobra’s place among the all-time best muscle cars… but is it championship-worthy? You decide.

69-mustang-boss-429-barrett-jackson_cp1969 Boss Mustang 429

Rare, highly collectable, and undeniably awesome.

That’s how we described the Boss 429 in our original Muscle Car Match-Ups post, and many of you obviously agree. The Boss 429 has proven to be a Dodge killer in this tournament, taking out the 1970 Challenger and 1969 Charger R/T in consecutive rounds. It’s an interesting side note, since the Boss’ 429 engine was originally developed to compete with the then-dominant HEMI engine.

Its latest battle with the Charger was one of the closer contests we’ve seen… does it get enough love to out-charm the Snake? You decide.

Vote for your Muscle Car Match-Ups Champion now via the comments section below or by commenting on the related OnAllCylinders and Summit Racing Facebook posts. The Champion will be announced tomorrow!



Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.