Muscle Cars was published by Stephen Schneider at CSK Publishing. The magazine was sub-titled as "The World's Number One Muscle Car Magazine" and published in both Hackensack and Saddle Brook, New Jersey. It was launched with other competitor titles in the dedicated muscle car space between 1983 and 1988, all with muscle car profiles, restoration tips, technical information and in-depth reviews of reproduction parts.
The magazine started as part of the Schneider Performance Series. Seven issues were published in 1983 and 1984 that included Corvette Special, Pontiac Annual, Best of Vette and this title. The initial numbering used both volume and series numbering as well as quarter and year designations. After these first few issues, CSK dropped reference to the quarter and year starting in 1985 and only used a volume and issue numbering scheme which was interspersed and branded with Cars Illustrated.
In 1988, the publisher returned to more conventional patterns of numbering including use of the month and year designation. The "Schneider Performance Series" label on front covers was dropped in 1991.
CSK Publishing had numerous other titles in its portfolio including: Vette, High Performance Pontiac, High Performance Mopar, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, and, Bracket Racing USA. These titles were sold to the McMullen Argus Publishing division of Primedia in 1997.
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The publisher provided net paid circulation data to Gale Research and The Standard Periodical Directory from 1987 through 1998. Annual print production ranged from 88,000 to 104,000.
A total of 62 issues was printed from Fall 1983 through May, 1995. All cover images are complete.