Fast & Furious is a notorious series that everyone loves. Whether it is action, car races, or the aesthetics, it brings something to the table for all audiences. Fast & Furious 8 opens in theaters this spring and the hype is very real. The growth of this franchise from the streets of LA to international hi-tech heists is just one of the many reasons why it is still on top. However, as a car fanatic we all love what makes this movie,
Not just any make and model, but old school American muscle. There’s quite a bit to cover, so here we go.
It’s no secret who the muscle car guru is in the movie. That would be Vin Diesel aka Dominic Toretto in the series. Since the first movie released in 2001, Vin has made it known that his love for muscle cars would translate onto the big screen. In the first movie, his prized possession was his father’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. He was afraid of it after his father was killed in a stock racing accident, and that memory haunted him for quite a while.
Throughout the entire series we have seen a mix of American Muscle Cars from old to new school. The best thing about Fast & Furious is how diverse they have been throughout the years with the different classes. Dodge reigns heavy in all the movies since that is Toretto’s staple. Ford is followed with Tyrese Gibson aka Roman Pierce, for his love of Mustangs. Now if you want to talk hardcore American, we can jump to Fast Five when an American Tank was used to infiltrate a high octane operation. Even though that was the opposition, it was a sight to see!
The main lesson to be learned throughout the entire series is the appreciation of family. When Paul Walker tragically died in December 2013, it brought the cast and car families around the world together. Cars are more than just a hobby; they are a lifestyle that F&F has done a fantastic job displaying both.
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Fast & Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious is in theaters April 14, 2017.
Notable muscle cars in FF8 trailer:
2017 Dodge Challenger – Opening scene with wrecking ball
1971 Plymouth GTX – Dom’s hold up in the middle of the city
1964 Corvette Hardtop – Roman’s vehicle used to hold up Dom
Now that we have identified the old school muscle cars in the FF8 trailer, let’s revisit all of them from the first seven movies.
1. 1970 Dodge Charger R/T (MUSCLE CAR)
In the first movie, Dominic Toretto chased down the killers of his friend, Jesse in an intense scene. He was able to get revenge on them both and we would see this special car make two more appearances in “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Fast & Furious 6.” RUS Charger collection found here.
2. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS (MUSCLE CAR)
The 1970 Chevelle SS is another classic car for an iconic scene in the first movie. Toretto and O’Connor (Paul Walker) raced a ¼ mile drag in the final scene. However, Toretto’s car was clipped by the oncoming freight train, thus causing him to lose control. O’Connor came to his aide and let him go before he would have got arrested for prior crimes done throughout the movie. The final scene shows him driving the Chevelle through Baja, Mexico. RUS Chevelle collection found here.
3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko (MUSCLE CAR)
This sky blue beauty was literally in the sky during the second movie, 2 Fast 2 Furious. O’Connor & Pierce (Paul Walker & Tyrese Gibson) pulled an upset on the biggest drug pin to go on in Miami since Pablo Escobar. As Walker drove off the dock ramp and flew straight onto the pool deck of a yacht to finish the bust. Considered one of the best scenes in the movie. Even though Walker was an import guy, he couldn’t help but to admire the 7.0L V8 engine and its powerful 423hp. Click here for scene. RUS Camaro collection found here.
4. 1972 Ford Gran Torino (MUSCLE CAR)
The third movie, Tokyo Drift, was an import based film so we’re revving up to the fourth installment, Fast & Furious. The cartel right hand man drove this beast thru the tunnels on his way to the border for shipment pickups and deliveries. A thing of beauty in this green color, and the polished lips on the wheels add a signature muscle look. Click here for scene.
5. 1970 Plymouth Barracuda (MUSCLE CAR)
The stealth black 1970 Plymouth Barracuda made its appearance several times throughout the fifth, sixth, and seventh movies. It’s notorious for being the “operation car” with Toretto under Special Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious 7. Other than that, there wasn’t much action with her afterwards. It will be very interesting to see if they bring her along in the 8th film. Click here for walk around.
6. 1965 Buick Riviera (MUSCLE CAR)
This red gem wasn’t put to the test in any of the movies, but it was track side in the seventh movie, being eye candy. True enthusiast will spot it in the scene; you can’t take your eyes off of it once you catch it.
7. 1970 Plymouth Road Runner (MUSCLE CAR)
If you love head-to-head races, then you’ll love the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner in the seventh movie. Toretto met super villain Shaw (Jason Statham) under an overpass and took on his Maserati Ghibli. However, they took “head-on” to a whole new level. The two front-end crashed and even though the Plymouth is heavier, the Ghibli held its own. Click here for the action. RUS Roadrunner collection found here.
8. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (MUSCLE CAR)
One of the rarest muscle cars around, this beauty was seen in the seventh movie, driven by Pierce during the “sky diving cars” scene. We weren’t fortunate to see it being raced in the movie, but its appearance is certainly pleasant to the eye, and the directors/producers did a great job featuring the Z28 into the series. Click here for the flying cars. RUS Camaro collection found here.
9. 1969 Ford Torino Talladega GPT Special (MUSCLE CAR)
The 1969 Torino appears in the seventh movie for a split second. However, it is voted as one of the most popular muscle cars throughout the series. Fast & Furious fans definitely appreciate muscle aesthetics at its finest. The scene was not available for stream, so here is an in depth walk around.
10. RB-Swapped 1967 Ford Mustang (MUSCLE CAR)
Okay so Tokyo Drift held out on a surprise until the end. In the final scene Lucas Black (Sean Boswell) swapped the engine of his dad’s legendary Mustang with a twin turbo 2.6L RB26 inline-six from the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Yes, there’s an import being mentioned in this article, but the overall build of this car is absolutely iconic. Click here for the build. RUS Mustang collection found here.
11. 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk1 (MUSCLE CAR)
The rally classic had quite the cameo in the sixth movie. During a high speed chase on a European highway, the European-market Ford displayed its powerful build and performance. Its original production contained a 16-valve twin-cam, 1.6L Cosworth BDA four-cylinder engine that pushed 113hp. The tank destroys it, but here is the scene.
12. F-Bomb Chevrolet Camaro (MUSCLE CAR)
The David Freiburger inspired replica was driven by Toretto in the final scene of the fourth movie. This 1973 build was a rad experiment to push a car’s true performance, while still remaining street legal. The final product contained a twin-turbo, 1500hp engine that took the need for speed to a whole new level. All of the chaos starts here. RUS Camaro collection found here.
13. Corvette Grand Sport (MUSCLE CAR)
In the fifth movie, Toretto and O’Connor are forced to drive off a cliff when a heist backfires on them. Even though they planned it all along, the bad guys were prepared. Even though this was a replica, the badge and honor this car carries is respected by the 1960 Vette Racing line. Appearance is everything with this beast. The jump begins here.