There’s no way we could have a list of 1970’s muscle without this – arguably the most iconic American car of the era. Burt Reynolds of course tore up the southern U.S. in a 1977 Trans Am SE in Smokey and the Bandit, and though the choked 6.6-liter V8 was only rated at 200 horsepower in top trim, it was still enough to make this car a tire-smoking romp. Beyond that, its aggressive, flamboyant style kept the horsepower fires burning in the hearts of Americans until big power started to come back later in the 1980s.