The 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Is an Attainable Muscle Car Classic

In a world of outrageous collector car prices, this is a muscle car the average person might still be able to afford.

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It's pretty safe to say we're living in a fantastic time for American muscle. You can get a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat for less than $65,000, the Chevrolet Camaro SS is pretty much a four-seat Corvette, and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R beat out several more-expensive cars to win our 2016 Performance Car of the Year award.

But even with an abundance of new muscle cars to choose from, there's always going to be something special about the classics. Take the 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge that Jay Leno had on the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, for example. Other than wearing modern tires, it's pretty much stock. And it's incredible.

There's no 1000-horsepower engine under the hood, only a 400 cubic inch V8 making around 360 horsepower. If you want to shift, you have to do it yourself with a four-speed manual transmission. And as Leno says, it actually handles pretty well.

Even better, unlike some of the other cars that may have been on posters covering your wall, it's the kind of dream car you might actually be able to afford one day. In a world where once-attainable enthusiast cars command ridiculous prices at auction, that makes it even better.

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