Flex your American muscle in Santa Monica

There is arguably more muscle on show at Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale on 25 June than there is at the city’s world-famous ‘Muscle Beach’ outdoor gym. These are our favourites…

Proper American muscle cars will always be cool, be it a ‘humble’ Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (est. 32,000-36,000 US dollars) or an ultra-rare 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible (650,000-750,000 dollars). At Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale, a diverse selection of muscle cars is offered, each of which – preferably a drop-top – would be ideal to drive down to Muscle Beach. 

With close to 500bhp, perhaps the most brutish car offered is the ‘Candyapple Red’ 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (250,000-275,000 dollars), though the ‘sparingly driven’ 1973 De Tomaso Pantera (115,000-130,000 dollars) looks equally intimidating. You can find the full catalogue for Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale listed in the Classic Driver Market. 

Our 10 favourites