Speed is as American as baseball, apple pie, and fried foods. Innovative engineering and design has been a strong suit of several car companies around the world, but Americans specifically have a thirst for going fast that is seemingly unquenchable. Hearkening back to the days of fast and powerful muscle cars in the 1960s and ’70s, American auto manufacturers have put out some of the most impressive vehicles the world has ever seen, even in the face of stiff competition from Germany, Italy, and the U.K.
Not only have Americans been able to hold their own on the international stage when it comes to speed, the U.S. is also home to the fastest car in the world. After generations of design and engineering tweaks, incredible speed is now available to almost everyone with a driver’s license in the form of consumer-friendly sports cars. Longtime torchbearers of speed like Ford (NYSE:F) and Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) are still producing incredible vehicles, and smaller, more exclusive car makers are pushing the boundaries of what many thought was impossible a couple of decades ago.
The fastest American-made vehicles are a sight to behold, and are fairly rare in their own right. If you happen to catch a glance of one, be sure to have the camera ready, as they’ll most likely be gone in the blink of an eye. For reference, we’ve compiled them right here in an easy-to-read list.
Read on to see the ten fastest American-made cars.