1970 Cuda 440
The 1970 Cuda 440 was just one member of the well-loved line of Barrcuda muscle cars produced by Plymouth from 1964 to 1974. The first generation of Barracudas ran from 1964 to 1966. They were based on the body of the Plymouth Valiant. From 1967 to 1969, the second generation cars were still Valiant-based, but totally redesigned and available in convertible, fastback, and notchback body styles.
The Rebirth of the Convertible
It may not seem like it today, but there was a time when no automaker made a convertible. In the 1970s, the Federal Government decided that convertibles were not safe. In 1976, General Motors announced that Cadillac Eldorado would be the last convertible to roll of the of the assembly line. After decades of making convertibles, the drop top came to a stop.
Pontiac GTO: Some History
When you talk about the great American muscle cars of the 1960s and beyond one of the first vehicles that is going to enter the conversation is the Pontiac GTO.
A lot of people have heard of John DeLorean as the founder of the DeLorean Motor Company, the ill-fated luxury car manufacturer of the 1970s. However, DeLorean was long thought of as an automotive design genius before starting his own company.
He was the chief engineer of the Pontiac division of General Motors in the early 1960s and he was instrumental in the design of the GTO along with chassis expert Bill Collins and engine man Russell Gee.
Code Name “Panther”
The Ford Mustang had an extraordinary impact on the automotive industry after its release in April of 1964.
As you might expect, the other major automobile manufacturers immediately got to work on their versions of a pony car so that they could garner their share of this burgeoning new market.
In 1965 rumors began to circulate about the Chevrolet division of General Motors developing a competitor under the code name “Panther”.
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Technically, Next Step is not a dealership, which also makes it unique. They offer marketing, advertising, and networking reach for people looking to sell their vehicles. Every transaction is a private sale between two people rather than through a dealership. The company does keep some inventory to sell to customers, and you can find those options in the “additional inventory” category.
American Muscle: The Oldsmobile 442
Oldsmobile 442: Many fans of professional basketball, especially those who live in the Philadelphia area, look back fondly on the 1982-1983 season. This was the year that the team that was led by the legendary “Dr. J” Julius Irving added an integral piece in the form of dominating center Moses Malone.
Malone went down in basketball history with a simple statement: “Four-Four-Four.” He was predicting that the Sixers would win the NBA Championship with three consecutive four-game playoff series sweeps. He was close to prophetic; the Sixers did win the title, but it took them five games to win the middle series.
The Longest-Running Classic and Collectible Cars
New cars today just don’t seem to last. Production runs and product lifecycles aren’t what they used to be, with a few exceptions. Some collectible and classic cars have been around for decades and these are the brands and names that collectors love. A legacy is important to brand recognition, loyalty, and collectability.
The Fast American Production Cars
Many people think you have spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on European exotics to get a fast ride. If you love good ol’ American cars, there are plenty of options available that will take you from zero to sixty in a nail-biting speed. These are a few of the fastest cars ever to come out of an American assembly line:
Early Muscle: 1961 Pontiac Ventura
It is hard to pin down the first actual muscle car; some have asserted that it is the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, which was built with speed in mind, with an overhead valve V8 placed in a mid-size car with a relatively lightweight body. A lot of observers cite the next big step in the evolution of the early muscle car to be the introduction of the 1955 Chrysler C-300 with its 300 horsepower Hemi engine that could go from zero to sixty in 9.8 seconds and reach a top speed of around 130 miles per hour.