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2018 Muscle Car Match-Ups (1968 Edition) Final Four — Vote Now!

We’re down to the Final Four in the 2018 Muscle Car Match-Ups (1968 Edition).
 
Both the Cobra Jet Mustang and Cobra Jet Shelby GT500KR are out. There are no wrong answers, we guess, and the cars that beat them are certainly worthy of the Final Four, but we think Ford’s absence here is a tiny-bit shady. Just saying.
Left standing:
  • The Hurst/Olds W-45 455.
  • The Plymouth GTX 426 Hemi.
  • The formidable Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi.
  • And the AMC AMX Go Package 390 which, frankly, has surprised us by eating the lunches of all-time classics like the L78-package Chevelle and the GTO Ram Air 400.
So, which cars move onto the championship? It’s up to you to decide—see how the voting is done here. Don’t miss your chance to crown your favorite 1968 classic the winner of this year’s tourney.

1968 AMC AMX Go Package 390 vs. 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds W-45 455 

68 AMC AMX vs. 68 Hurst/Olds

(Image/OnAllCylinders – Deana Johnston)

We asked the question: Can the AMX eliminate two muscle car legends in back-to-back rounds?

The answer: Yes. Yes it can.

The plucky AMC AMX Go Package 390 ran around the muscle-bound Chevy Chevelle L78 SS 396 in round 1, then dispatched the Pontiac GTO Ram Air 400 to get to its Final Four face-off with the Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds W-45 455.

The Hurst/Olds’ path here was no less impressive. After eliminating the Dodge Dart in first-round voting, this 455-powered speedwagon bid farewell to the Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet.

All bets are off.

No more writing off the AMX. And the Hurst/Olds has always been a threat to go the distance. But something’s gotta give, and you’re the only ones who get to decide which car moves on to the title match-up.

1968 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi vs. 1968 Plymouth GTX 426 Hemi 

68 Hemi Charger vs. 68 Plymouth GTX

(Image/OnAllCylinders – Deana Johnston)

We’ve got good news and bad news, Mopar fans.

The good news is: One super-awesome 426 Hemi-powered vehicle will be in the championship.

The bad news is: You have to choose between them, unless you’re going to abstain like the parents of two kids on different teams competing against one another.

The Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi might have been the odds-on favorite to win this tournament from Jump Street. It’s awesome, everyone loves it, and it tends to rise above the auto brand rivalries that ultimately doom certain Ford and Chevy vehicles in internet popularity contests such as this. The Hemi Charger made a mockery of Cobra Jet power based on your votes, first taking down the Ford Torino GT CJ, and followed that up by dispensing the glorious Shelby GT500KR 428 Cobra Jet.

If it’s purely Mopar loyalty driving its victories (which we don’t think is the case), that advantage will be neutralized in this Final Four clash of the Mopars when it squares off against the Plymouth GTX 426 Hemi.

The GTX just wrapped up consecutive wins over what might be the two biggest legends in the 1968 Chevy lineup—first the Camaro Z/28 302, and then the land-missile Corvette 427 L88—eliminating all doubt as to whether its a car to be trifled with.

Conclusion: It’s not.

This side of the bracket will be represented by an all-time classic Mopar. But which one?

You make the call.

Muscle Car Match-Ups Final Four bracket

(Image/OnAllCylinders – Deana Johnston)

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