Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Muscle Car FaceOff


If your ear is to the ground concerning all things automotive, you’ll already know Detroit now offers up three V-8 muscle cars. Per my wishes and dreams, the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T, the 2010 Ford Mustang GT and the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS showed up at the office last week. As my colleagues at decided to put these three to the test on the road, I decided it was time for a proper photo showdown. After two years of gawking at them individually, I finally put them all in the same pasture just to see how they looked together. And, oh man, did they look pretty.

As an homage to the era that spawned the original muscle cars (the 1970s) — and a tip of the cap to the newly departed late, great film, Kodachrome — these photos were color-corrected to match the bright cyans and saturated oranges that made Kodachrome ISO 64 film and its prints so spectacular. Enjoy.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below. As always, feel free to use the full-screen mode on the photo browser.



I can see how the Dodge and Ford pay homage to their muscle cars of the 70's but what was Chevy thinking with that roof-line? It looks nothing like my '73. Raise the roof and we have a winner. I never thought I'd say this but the Ford looks sharp in silver.


I think they are all junk. What is wrong with coming up with something original, new and fresh? They have to copy from the old days to make something cool. That's just taking the easy way out. Not to mention that all foreign brands can get better handling and are just as fast, or faster with less cylinders. For some reason domestics think they have to put an engine in a car the size of a semi for it to be cool.


i think the camaro looks best on the exterior, mustang looks best inside!!


& i think the challenger would have looked kewl with "sequential" taillights!

Idaho Guy

I think it is fun to see 21st century recreations of 20th century icons. But I would also like to see seriously sporty small coupes along the lines of an Audi TT...that can still muster 35-40 mpg...from what remains of these iconic manufacturers.

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