The decade that killed so many iconic muscle cars.

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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