Moonshine running brought more than home- and backwoods-stilled whiskey to the far corners of America. Moonshine running also brought some incredible moonshine running cars to America. After all, the moonshiners always had to be on the look out for revenue agents and other law enforcement officers as they transported their bootlegged booze to their customers, and then, the moonshiners had to be able to successfully get away from the long arm of the law. They did this in their moonshiner cars that were so powerful that these drivers and cars led, in part, to the birth of NASCAR, rat rods, and muscle cars.
1. Coming late to the moonshinning party, the 1974 Pontiac LeMans possesses all of the specs that a solid moonshiner car needs such as being relatively unassuming (moonshiners want to blend in with the surrounding traffic), having a massive carrying capacity thanks to its robust stationwagon springs, and its fat engine, a stock 350ci engine.
2. The 1955 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 is a second-generation entry of what is considered by many to be the first real American muscle car. Fitted with a Rocket V8 engine, the Olds Rocket 88 had the power, the size, and the long wheelbase moonshiners looked for in a jug carrying car.
3. The 1971 Ford Custom 500 is the perfect moonshiner car since it is a full-size sedan, which, thanks to its inconspicuous looks makes for the ultimate bootlegging ride. Fitted with a 429 Cobra Jet/Police Interceptor engine, this car was popular all around America by all sorts of people, to include the whiskey runners.
4. The 1966 Dodge Coronet benefits a great deal from having a real beast of an engine, the famed 425-horsepower 426ci Hemi V8! Fitted with some extra tough springs, this Dodge Coronet, one of the fastest sedans of the 1960s, was a wonderful and very effective whiskey mule.
5. Although the 1961 Chrysler New Yorker is a fine luxury sedan, it was also a very utilitarian moonshine running car. After all, this sedan has loads of carrying space, the ability to carry it, and Chrysler’s very first V8 engine. Yep, this beaut of a classic car was THE working car for moonshiners who wanted to do their business in style!
6. The 1951 Ford Pickup is an incredible classic pickup truck, and before we get down to its moonshine bonifides, lets just take in its beauty. Isn’t its grille magnificent, its hood a beak of strength, and its overall styling totally boss? Yeah, I thought so. Now, let us not forget its bed, which provides it with loads of moonshine jug carrying room, and its huge engine bay, which can hold huge engines. Many say the 1951 Ford pickup truck was to most successful whiskey-running truck in America’s history.
7. The 1940 Ford V8 Coupe is one good-looking car. In fact, doesn’t it just scream “gangster?” It sure does. Rarely run purely stock by moonshiners, the 1940 Ford V8 coupes made for great moonshine carrying cars when fitted with larger engines, such as those made for Cadillacs and other larger cars.
8. Sure, to you and me in 2016, the 1936 Ford Model T does not look much like a car of crime, but back in the day it was thanks to its 20-horsepower engine, top speed of 25 miles per hour, and ubiquitous of them. In the late 1930s, 75% of all the cars on America’s roads was a Model T, which made it easy for moonshiners to disappear in a crowd.
9. Like all good moonshine running cars must be, the 1955 Lincoln Capri is full-size car with an emphasis on FULL! Moreover, the Lincoln Capri came stock with a big ol’ engine of a 5.6-liter Lincoln Y-Block V8 and a four-barrel carburetor. In addition to being one h3ll of a whiskey runner, the Capri earned some top titles in the Pan American Road Race’s stock car category.
10. Is the General Lee the real deal or merely a fictional moonshine running car? Who knows? But, we do know that the 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee that was driven by Bo and Luke Duke had the power, handling, and size all good whiskey slinging cars must have!