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1970 Olds 442 W-30

1970 Olds 442 W-30

1970 Olds 442Considered by many to be the best that Oldsmobile put out, the 1970 Olds 442 W-30 is truly a classic muscle car. Not many think of Oldsmobile in terms of muscle cars; the high-end brand from General Motors was always more known for its large, luxury-oriented vehicles. The 442, however, was one of the finest muscle cars of the era.

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

Buick Century Cruiser - Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

Buick Century Cruiser – Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

General Motors was on a roll in the 1960s, with muscle cars and cars inspired by the space race. The biggest automaker in the world ended the decade with concept cars that took imagination and innovation to an entirely new level. These cars looked more like space ships than speed demons and they were created with idea of where technology could take us when we were on the roads.

Motorama: GM Showstoppers before the North American Auto Shows

Motorama: GM Showstoppers before the North American Auto Shows

1962 Chevy BiscayneBefore the prestigious Detroit Auto Shows took over the Cobo Hall in 1965, General Motors took their favorite cars and prototypes on the road with the Motorama tour. The car show debuted in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, but as years passed, the cars headed from New York to faraway places like Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The idea behind the Motorama was to show off the best and shiniest choices coming out of Detroit.

Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style

Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style

1970 Chevrolet Monte CarloWhen the 1980s rolled around and the oil problems and energy crisis began to dissipate, the Big Three automakers, GM, Ford, and Chrysler, began turning away from fuel efficient gas sippers and slowly began to reintroduce cars with a little power under the hood.

1986 Chevrolet Monte CarloCars started to get exciting again, especially as the Big Three released a few cars that paid homage to the muscle cars from the pre-energy crisis years. Automakers started using V6 and V8 engines because fuel was available. As the decade moved on, Detroit car makers even started to add turbo into the mix, too.

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

OldsmobileThe Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is one of the classic nameplates from the legendary brand that lasted for over 100 years. The mid-sized Cutlass Supreme came out in 1966 and lasted for five generations, through 1997 when the Intrigue replaced all of the Cutlass models.

The first Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was a trim level in 1966, for the hardtop, four-door sedan. The high-level Supreme trim included a plush interior with a bench and armrest, new, deluxe door panels, and full wheel covers. This first Supreme was also known as the Holiday Sedan. Just one year later, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme came into its own and the name represented a full series. The new line-up included a Holiday and a Sport Coupe, a convertible, and a Town Sedan. All members of the line were more luxurious than those in the Cutlass series.

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.

1956 Olds Super 88

1956 Olds Super 88 1956 Olds Super 88

The 1956 Olds Super 88 and other members of the 88’s second generation are considered to be among the most stylish and collectible of the cars of the 1950s. The 88 came out in 1949 and continued to be produced by the GM division until 1999. For the first half of that admirable run, the 88 outsold everything else in the Oldsmobile line-up. The series included several different levels over the years. The Super, especially the 1956 Olds Super 88 was one of the most popular.

1968 Firebird

1968 Firebird

1968 firebirdThe 1968 Firebird was just the second entry in Pontiac’s pony car line. Begun in 1967, the Firebird models have been popular with buyers and collectors for decades for their good looks, classic styling, performance-oriented features, and option packages, like the Trans Am. Sharing its platform with the Chevy Camaro, the Firebird at its introduction competed with the Mercury Cougar, and of course the pony car that started it all, the Ford Mustang.

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.

The Yenko Camaro

Yenko Camaro: Yenko CamaroThe Camaro has long been associated with speed, power, and respect on the road, however, there was a time when it simply could not compete with the Ford Mustang and Plymouth Barracuda. At the time that the Camaro was first produced, General Motors had a limit which prevented using an engine larger than a 400 cubic inch V8, much unlike its competition, which had no such restriction.Things changed under Don Yenko, who understood that there was a market for more powerful cars, and so began the story of the Yenko Camero, a modified version of the famous car line, produced under Yenko Chevrolet.