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The First Generation Dodge Challenger

Dodge ChallengerThe original Dodge Challenger, produced from 1970-1974, was Dodge’s attempt at entering the popular pony car market, epitomized by the Ford Mustang. The Challenger shared its Chrysler E-body platform with the Plymouth Barracuda, although it was slightly larger. Chrysler-Dodge intended the Challenger to compete with the more luxurious pony cars of the time. Unfortunately for the company, by the time the Challenger’s design was complete, it was a bit late and the pony car wave was already beginning to fade. For this reason, it did not have nearly the success that the Chrysler brain trust had hoped for.

The Most Interesting Plymouths

The Most Interesting Plymouths

'70 Plymouth BarracudaIn 1928, Chrysler created the Plymouth lineup as their own low priced collection. Sadly for fans of the brand, Plymouth ceased producing cars in 2001. Over the years, there were several interesting Plymouth models that have become icons today.

1960 Plymouth Fury Sunstar: This cool convertible was one of the last winged beauties. It was a truly unique looking car with many unexpected features, like the rotating driver’s seat that allowed easy in and out of the car. With the hooded headlights, pointed tail lights, two-toned paint, and excessive chrome, this car defined the idea of “more is more.”

1970 Pontiac GTO

1970 Pontiac GTO

'70 Pontiac GTOImagine that today is a beautiful summer morning with the birds chirping, the sun shining, and the neighborhood kids already dragging out the sprinkler. You’ve taken a moment to enjoy your morning coffee on the porch, soaking in every last drop of sun you can, and you head to the garage. This story doesn’t end with a lawnmower or even gardening tools, no, this is something better. You open the garage door and step back, taking a second to enjoy the sight of your 1970 Pontiac GTO. Upon starting the engine, you can’t help but smile when you hear it roar to life before turning it off, popping the hood, and spending the next few hours, just…tinkering. Any little bit of fine-tuning you can justify, you’ll do. After all, what’s a bright summer’s day without a good muscle car?!

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass SupremeThe 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass belongs to the third generation of the nameplate, and is a collector item today. Oldsmobile introduced its first Cutlass in 1961, but at this time it was merely a trim level on the F-85, the brand’s compact car. The real origins of the name go back to 1954, when Oldsmobile made a sports coupe that was solely experimental. The platform for it would eventually evolve into the F-85, several years later.

1970 Torino Cobra

1970 Torino Cobra

1970 Torino CobraThe 1970 Torino Cobra was one of Ford’s most powerful muscle cars. Originating in 1968 as a part of the Fairlane line, the Torino came into its own in 1970. Most of the Torinos made from 1968 to 1976 were just conventional, intermediate-sized cars, available as wagons, sedans, two-doors, fastbacks, and convertibles. However, models carrying Ford’s Cobra Jet engine are considered to be true muscle cars. Torinos also have the distinction of being the base for Ford NASCAR entrants.

1970 Camaro

1970 Camaro

1970 Camaro: When Ford came out with the Mustang in late 1964, the pony car segment was born and was destined to become an American classic. The rest of the automakers followed suit and developed similar, small, sporty, cool-looking, and performance-oriented cars. Chevy’s entry into the market was the Camaro, which first appeared in 1967. The second generation began with the 1970 Camaro.

The early Camaros were designed to compete with the Mustang, but they had a style and panache all their own. They included the long hood and short rear end that defined most pony cars, but also included unique style points and a variety of engines including high performers that had the potential to put the Camaro into the muscle car category.

1970 Cuda

1970 Cuda

1970 Cuda:

Plymouth introduced its entry into the pony car market with the Barracuda. It began life as an A-body, fastback coupe that was based on the Valiant. For the second generation, the car was redesigned and available as a fastback, notchback, and convertible. By the third and final generation, lasting only until 1974, the Barracuda was no longer related to the Valiant and was made on an E-body platform.

1970 Dodge Charger

1970 Dodge Charger

1970 Dodge ChargerThe 1970 Dodge Charger was one of the finest models for this classic American muscle car from Chrysler. The car company was a little late to the game when it came to specialty cars, but by 1966, they knew they needed something to compete with those being made by Ford and GM. Dodge also wanted a car for the new street version of their 426-cid Hemi engine. The Charger filled a previously empty performance void for Dodge.

1970 Firebird Formula

1970 Firebird Formula

1970 FormulaThe 1970 Firebird Formula 400 was the third of four models in Pontiac’s 70s Firebird lineup. The first generation of Firebirds, from ’67 to ’69, were closely related to their cousins the Camaros, but also took styling cues from the GTO. Although Pontiac designers had hoped to make a two-seater sports car modeled after the Banshee, a mid-60s concept car, the higher ups at General Motors feared that it would compete too heavily with the Corvette. The Firebirds represented a compromise, but one that disappointed few.

1970 Cuda 440

1970 Cuda 440

Cuda 440The 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.