Cats are known for being independent, curious, and sometimes even aloof. Muscle cars are known for being powerful, loud, and sometimes even a little dangerous. So what happens when you put these two together? You get a hilarious collection of watercolor paintings of cats driving some of the best muscle cars of all time!
Just scroll down to check out my collection of art of cats and muscle car artwork.
Cats and Muscle Cars: A Match Made in Heaven?
I have an uncommon passion for both cats and muscle cars. Not exactly normal, I know, but hey, it’s my thing. I saw my cats playing with a toy car and wondered: what if cats could drive? And so these watercolor paintings were born.
1964 Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac GTO was a muscle car that was first introduced in 1964. It was based on the Pontiac Tempest, but it had a more powerful engine and a number of other performance-oriented features.
The GTO was a very fast car for its time. It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Magazines at the time compared the GTO to the Ferrari 250 GTO, one of the fastest and priciest cars, due to the impressive performance.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
In 1964, Chevrolet introduced the Chevelle Super Sport (SS) as its first muscle car. The SS was initially outgunned by the Pontiac GTO, but Chevrolet quickly caught up. By 1970, the Chevelle SS had reached its most outrageous specification. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 had a 454 cubic inch (7.5-liter) big block V8 that could produce 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The SS could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating road cars in the world at the time.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
The Plymouth Superbird was a NASCAR-inspired muscle car with a pointed nose and a sky-high rear wing. It was one of the most famous muscle cars, even before it appeared in the Pixar movie Cars. Powered by a 426 cubic inch (7.0-liter) Hemi engine, the Plymouth Superbird could reach speeds of over 200 mph.
1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in 1967 as a response to the Ford Mustang. It was a sporty coupe or convertible with a variety of engine options, including a 396 cubic inch V8 that produced up to 375 horsepower. Camaro car buyers could choose from a variety of appearance packages, including the RS and SS, or the more performance-oriented Z/28 package. The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 included upgraded suspension, brakes, and transmission, as well as a distinctive racing stripe. It was available with either a 302 cubic inch V8 or a 396 cubic inch V8.
The Camaro was a very popular muscle car, and it helped Chevrolet to compete with the Ford Mustang. It was also successful in racing, and it won the Trans Am championship in 1968 and 1969.
1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88
The Oldsmobile Rocket 88 was introduced in 1949, and it was fitted with a powerful V8 engine that made it a force to be reckoned with on the NASCAR race circuit. The 303 cubic inch Rocket V8 produced around 140 horsepower, which was enough to win six out of nine races in its first year of competition.
The Rocket 88 is considered by many to be the first muscle car.
1965 Shelby Mustang GT-350
The Ford Mustang was a big hit in the US in 1964, but it was the Shelby GT-350 that really got people purring. This purrfect car was made by legendary race car driver Carroll Shelby, and it had a powerful V8 engine, upgraded brakes and suspension, and a spare wheel in the back. Only 562 were made in 1965, and they’re worth a fortune today.
In 1966, care rental company Hertz started renting out GT-350H models, which had black with gold stripes to match the Hertz corporate colors. Legend has it that certain Hertz clients used to rent these cars, spot weld roll cages, and later remove the cages before returning their rentals.
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88
The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most iconic muscle cars of all time, even if it doesn’t fit the mold for some US enthusiasts. That’s because it’s a two-seater sports car with a big block V8 engine and an affordable price tag.
In 1968, Chevrolet introduced the C3 Stingray Corvette, which was inspired by the Mako shark. The C3 Stingray included an L88 big block engine option that was designed primarily for racing. The V8 engine had 427 cubic inches (7.0 liters) and advertised 430 horsepower, but some think the actual horsepower was over 550. Other Chevrolet Corvette L88 upgrades included a heavy-duty four speed manual gearbox, and upgraded brakes and suspension.
In racing trim, the L88 Corvette could hit 171 mph. Although General Motors had to offer it for sale to the public to meet racing rules, it was never actively promoted as a road car. That’s why fewer than 200 units were ever sold.
1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
The Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt is one of the most rare and powerful muscle cars ever made. It was built in 1964 to win drag races, and it was so successful that it won the National Hot Rod Association’s Super Stock championship.
The Thunderbolt was powered by a 427 cubic inch (7.0-liter) V8 engine that produced over 425 horsepower. It was also very lightweight, thanks to its plastic windows, fiberglass doors, and bonnet. This made it incredibly fast, and it could reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.
The 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt is a very rare muscle car. Only 100 were ever built, and they’re now incredibly valuable collector’s items. If you’re lucky enough to find one for sale, be prepared to pay a lot for it.
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of the most powerful muscle cars of all time. With a 707 horsepower V8 engine, it has more power than many supercars! The Hellcat can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds and is one of the most affordable muscle cars on the market.
If you think the Hellcat is too tame, Dodge also makes a limited-run Dodge Challenger Demon, which produces a colossal 829 horsepower. The Demon is so powerful that Dodge had to supply it with two keys: one for everyday use and one for maximum speed.
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
The Plymouth Barracuda was one of the most popular muscle cars of the 1960s, but it was the Hemi-powered ‘Cuda that was the real star.
The Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda was introduced in 1970, and it was powered by a massive 426 cubic inch V8 engine that produced 425 horsepower. It was fast and could hit 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. But it also had style. The ‘Cuda came in a range of cartoonish colors and had a shaker hood scoop that poked through the hood.
The Hemi ‘Cuda was only produced for one year, and only 115 were ever made. That makes it one of the most rare and collectible muscle cars ever made and worth millions of dollars… if you can find one.
Watercolor Paintings Of Cats Driving Muscle Cars
Thanks for scrolling through my collection of watercolor paintings of cats driving the best muscle cars of all time. I hope you enjoyed them. And in case you’re curious, I made these images using DALL-E and Adobe Photoshop.
I’m a dog owner that loves poetry, vampires, mountain biking, and cosplay. I’m open to ideas and still trying to figure my SFO life out one blog post at a time. LF ISO SWF GSOH SI DDF.