Don’t look now, but we may be headed for a killer final-round match-up between the winner of the first-ever Muscle Car Match-Ups in 2013 (the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427), and last year’s winner, the 1969 Chevy Yenko 427 Nova.


But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, because there are a couple cars that still want a piece of the action.

In Round 3, we bid farewell to the 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda, the ’69 ZL1 Camaro, the ’69 Charger, and the 1970 Superbird.

It’s the Final Four.

If you’re new to Muscle Car Match-Ups, you can see our first post here.

But don’t overthink it. It’s a muscle car tournament where you decide the winner.


(3) 1969 Chevrolet Yenko 427 Nova vs. (2) 1970 Chevrolet 454 Chevelle SS

69-Nova-vs-70-ChevelleThere’s nothing left to say that hasn’t already been said about the 1969 Chevy Yenko 427 Nova. It’s the lightest of the famed Yenko 427 lineup. Its 0-60 time is four seconds. Only 37 of these cars were built. It’s the defending champ, and at this point, there’s no good reason to bet against it.

Of course, that won’t stop Melba Toast fans from voting for the 1970 Chevy 454 Chevelle SS. We’re talking 45 years ago, and 450 horsepower straight from the factory. It’s hard to imagine. Every time we try, we pass out for a little bit like pygmy goats.


(3) 1970 Buick GSX vs. (2) 1965 Shelby Cobra 427

70-GSX-vs-65-cobraThey called it “The HEMI Killer.” In this tournament, the 1970 Buick GSX killed everything in its path, running through The Judge and the ’69 Charger for a Final Four showdown against the little roadster that will not go away.

You refuse to call it a muscle car. Maybe it’s not. Whatever. All we know is it just keeps on going rounds against some of the most-beloved muscle cars in history. It’s the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427, and it just nosed past the 1970 Superbird to get here.


As always, who goes on and who goes home depends on you.


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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.