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Home Research The Rarest and Most Desirable Convertible Pony/Muscle Cars
 
  Convertibles have always been desirable. Production cars optioned with the biggest engines were always rare. Combine those two factors and it is sufficient to conclude that the big-block drop-tops are the pinnacle of collectability, as they are both desirable and rare.

Collectors set the minimum five (5) criteria for gauging rarity to include: year, make, model body style and engine. Transmission, paint color and trim are also important when building a world-class collection.

Here's a list of some of the rarest and most desirable convertible muscle cars ever built on an assembly line with the intention of offering them to the public.

The Mopar 'Hemi cars all had dual 4bbl (8v), however, only one other brand convertible received dual quads atop its 7-liter big block..... the 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 Convertible.

Year Manufacturer Model   Engine Carb 4-spd Auto CA Exp. Total
1968 Ford-Shelby GT 500 KR Convertible   428 CJ Ram Air 4v         518
1968 Ford-Shelby GT 500 Convertible   428 Interceptor 4v         402
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible   455 4v 96 168 - - 264
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible H 340 4v 88 155     262
1969 Shelby GT 500 Convertible   428 CJ 4v         245
1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 Convertible   455 4v         232
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible N 383 4v 63 137     209
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible N 383 4v         167
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Conv. U 440 4v         163
1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible H 340 4v 30 102     140
1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible N 383 4v 33 87     128
1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible R 428 CJ Ram Air 4v 31 96 - - 127
1969 Ford Mustang Convertible   428 CJ 4v         122
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible V 440 6v         99
1970 Shelby GT 500 Convertible   428 CJ 4v         90
1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible N 383 4v         69
1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible   Ram Air IV 4v         50
1970 Ford Mustang Convertible   428 CJ 4v         47
1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible Q 428 CJ 4v 7 39 - - 46
1970 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible Q 428 CJ Ram Air 4v 7 33 - - 37
1968 Plymouth GTX Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v         36
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible V 440 6v 20 14 ?   34
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible U 440 4v         34
1968 Ford Mustang Convertible   428 CJ 4v         34
1971 Ford Mustang Convertible   429 CJ 4v         32
1970 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible Q 428 CJ/SCJ 4v 13 16 - - 29
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible V 440 6v 17 12     29
1966 Plymouth Satellite Convertible H 426 'Hemi 8v - - - - 27
1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible R 428 CJ 4v 7 16 - - 23
1966 Plymouth Coronet 500 Convertible H 426 'Hemi 8v 12 9 - - 21
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible - 454 LS6 4v         *40
1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible - 400 Ram Air IV 4v         37
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible R 426 'Hemi 8v 5 9 3 1 18
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible - 400 Ram Air IV 4v 12 6 - - 18
1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible V 440 6v 5 12 0 1 18
1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible - 455 HO Ram Air 4v         17
1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible - 400 Ram Air IV 4v 10 7 - - 17
1967 Plymouth GTX Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v         17
1969 Plymouth GTX Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v 5 6 5 - 16
1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v 4 6 4 4 14
1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible Q 428 CJ 4v 2 11 - - 13
1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v 4 6 2 2 12
1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible R 426 'Hemi 8v 5 4 3 3 12
1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible R 426 'Hemi 8v 2 5 2 3 12
1972 Ford Mustang Convertible R 351 HO 4v         11
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible - 396/375 L78/L89 4v *2     -  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible - 396/375 L78/L89 4v *1     - 11
1966 Plymouth Belvedere II Convertible H 426 'Hemi 8v 4 6 - - 10
1971 Ford Mustang Convertible C 429 CJ 4v         10
1968 Dodge Coronet Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v         9
1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible - 400 Ram Air 4v 6 2 - - 8
1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible - 400 Ram Air II 4v 8   - - 8
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Conv. - 400 Ram Air 4v 4 4 - - 8
1971 Ford Mustang Convertible - 429 SCJ 4v         8
1970 Mercury Cougar Convertible Q 428 CJ 4v 3 4 - - 7
1966 Dodge Coronet 400 Convertible H 426 'Hemi 8v 3 3 - - 6
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible - 400 Ram Air IV 4v     - - 5
1966 Shelby Amer. G.T. 350 Convertible K 302 4v 2 2 - - 4
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v 2 1 1 - 4
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible R 426 'Hemi 8v 1 2 1 - 4
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible - 455 HO 4v 0 3 - - 3
1969 Oldsmobile Hurst-Olds Convertible - 455 4v 3 0 - - 3
1970 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible R 426 'Hemi 8v 1 0 1 - 2
1967 Plymouth Satellite Convertible J 426 'Hemi 8v 2 0 - - 2
1967 Shelby Amer. G.T. 500 Convertible Q 428 Interceptor 8v 0 1 - - 1

Notes:

* Many quantities are estimated based on what's known to still exist.

The one-off 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Convertible, (302 8V), though desirable, rare and with a well-documented story, is not included on the list because it was not a 'regular production' vehicle and was not a model that the manufacturer ever intended to offer to the public.

 

See Also: Shelby Production Totals
 

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