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The 1990s weren’t particularly good for the American muscle car. The decade prior saw anemic shells of iconic nameplates struggle to survive. Only a handful of cars made it into the 1990s and even fewer made it out of the last decade of the 21st century – or made it out in a recognizable form. The 1990s were when badge engineering was at its worst, with little to distinguish one model from its sibling – like the Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar.

Yes, horsepower increased throughout the 90s, but the entry-level offerings were still underpowered – reserved for high school graduation gifts and corporate-paid appearances in 90s rom-coms. But being better than before doesn’t make them good, so here are nine of the worst muscle cars of the 1990s.

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