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1964 Plymouth Valiant
As the 1960s moved along, cars slowly transformed from the “bubble” looking designs of the 1950s, and became more angular and elongated. Power under the hood increased, and so did speed. The Plymouth Valiant was no exception to this. Introduced in 1960, the Valiant was not considered to be a Plymouth model until 1961.
After a record year in sales in 1963, the changes for the 1964 model were more focused on performance and reliability than its outward appearance, though it did feature a restyled front end. Horizontal bars, a Valiant medallion, and a new grille gave the 1964 model a new look. Additionally, Taillights were rotated so that they were vertical rather than horizontal.
The Early Plymouth Barracuda
There are other cars that were added to the pony car niche after the success of the Mustang was so stunning, but after all, the Mustang was the only “horse” in the race. If the breed was going to be named after a horse the Mustang must have been the very first pony car, right?