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Old 08-30-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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and let's pretend it's August 15-20th in 1972, and I'm 25 and shopping for my first car(I know I know, what 25 year old would buy a Gran Sedan!!).

I take a drive over to my local Chrysler Plymouth dealer, walk in to the showroom and simply tell the sales man that I am looking for a loaded 72 or new 73 Gran Sedan

Tad Burness' American Car Spotters Guide indicates that the 73 Furies were "introduced"(whatever that means) on September 26th 1972.

Knowing this, here's my questions:

How would the showrooms and outside lots look as far as 72's or 73's go? Would there be any 73's in the showroom or in the outside lots even tho it would be a little over a month that the 73's were "introduced"? Or would there still be 72's inside and out?

Would there be ads for the 73 as early as 8/20? Ads trying to get rid of the 72's?

What would the salesman's position be? Would he offer me a 72 for less than the 73 which probably would not arrive yet until ordered?

Take me back please!
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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if I am 25 and in 1973 I would be wheres the used lot and got any low mile 1970 LS6 454 chevelle SS or GTO 455 HO on the lot.

maybe a 70-71 Hemi 'Cuda with pistol grip 4-spped
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The 72 year model cars were IMHO way superior to the 73 - lighter bumpers, less obnoxious smog. The guy who paid more for a new 73 screwed up on many different levels.

While the guy who bought a Hemi car in 73 despite gas rationing has made out BIGTIME if he still has it.

It's always so crystal clear in hindsight (although I was just a kid back then and didn't have the money for the bargains that were on offer, and one has to remember we have had some inflation since then so $3000 in 1973 money is way more than $3000 in today's money)

Of course the guy who broke the bank to the tune of say $15,000 to buy a 67 Ferrari like the one in "Rendez-vous" made out better yet, to the tune of say $6M...
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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1973 was the year the music died. I was dumb enough not to read the fine print and ended up with a 1973 Corvette 4 speed. It was quite under powered as all cars were in the demise of the muscle car era. Plymouth suffered the most. Compared to the 1970 Road Runner and the legacy of the 426 Hemi, 1973 and everything thereafter was a stale donut.

If people were waiting in line for those cars, they were morons. I guess I was one of those morons. It didn't take long, however, for me to ditch the sissy 73 Vette and get back to something with some guts.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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I am a child of the 60's and can't remember 1973
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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I'm with wilson1010 & Mac_Muz:
I bought a brand new Chevelle SS 454 4 speed in May of '73. It did run damn well, and I sold it for about what I bought it for, in '76. to a guy that wanted to tow his boat.
But, the smog motor/gov't constrictions were on, and the car makers took some time to "adjust"...those '72 Chevelles, Dodge Challengers, Plymouth RR's and Pontiac GTOs,
were pretty hot...

And, in '72, I was 25, and still shaking off the effects of the '60s, so my memory is probably anecdotal and not 100%. ;>)
GL, mD
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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and let's pretend it's August 15-20th in 1972, and I'm 25 and shopping for my first car(I know I know, what 25 year old would buy a Gran Sedan!!).

I take a drive over to my local Chrysler Plymouth dealer, walk in to the showroom and simply tell the sales man that I am looking for a loaded 72 or new 73 Gran Sedan

Tad Burness' American Car Spotters Guide indicates that the 73 Furies were "introduced"(whatever that means) on September 26th 1972.

Knowing this, here's my questions:

How would the showrooms and outside lots look as far as 72's or 73's go? Would there be any 73's in the showroom or in the outside lots even tho it would be a little over a month that the 73's were "introduced"? Or would there still be 72's inside and out?

Would there be ads for the 73 as early as 8/20? Ads trying to get rid of the 72's?

What would the salesman's position be? Would he offer me a 72 for less than the 73 which probably would not arrive yet until ordered?

Take me back please!
I remember at one time in Phoenix, around mid September of 1972, I wasn't old enough to drive back then, but I was riding my bicycle and rode by a Chevrolet dealership's back lot, where they parked all of the new deliveries and I saw the new 1973 Chevy Chevelle/Malibus and I thought "Man that front bumper sticks out too far!" I initially thought they were ugly, but I guess that was the first year when they started putting those bumpers with hydraulic shock absorbers in them that can supposedly protect the front end of the vehicle at a speed of up 15 miles an hour.

If I remember correctly, Chrysler Corp. did not start putting those kind of bumpers in their cars until the 1974 model year.

If it were September, and the year were 1972, I would probably stay away from new Chrysler luxury car models because at the time they built all of their automobiles, with the Uni-Body construction. Uni-Body is when you have the car's body and the frame welded together, with no rubber mounts between the frame and the body to isolate road noise. That worked okay with smaller cars, but with large luxury cars it was not a good idea. That's why Chrysler products back then were notorious for rattles and poor road noise insulation after about 50,000 miles. They were built like tanks though.

Also, my father bought a brand new 1966 Plymouth Fury III in the spring of 1966, it was red. This picture was taken somewhere around Sedona, Arizona back in 1966, and that's me on the right.. with my 2 sisters and mom.

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Old 08-31-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Default yes Magnum Mike

Chrysler Corp cars always rode noisier than their competitors even when NEW in Consumer Reports tests. The nadir was the 1969 Chrysler Newport which received a "fairly noisy" rating by CR's when all the other cars were rated "quiet". Chrysler fixed this temporarily in 1971 by introducing a new body isolation system with rubber insulation but in a year or 2 the cars were again still noisier than their competitors, tho not as bad as pre- 1971

In 1976 all of a sudden the cars were just about as quiet as their competitors. I guess they just added more insulation or something else

yes, fun to see the new bodies on the mid sized GM cars which you saw in those Chevelles. my uncle bought a 72 Buick Skylark in early September of 72 just before the Century came out. I wonder if he ever inquired about the new Century or was offered to consider it. Dark green, very dashing in appearance. In 1985 the car died when my aunt was moving en route from NJ to NY, and she had to call my dad to rescue her! What a time for a good car to go!!
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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1973 was the year the music died. I was dumb enough not to read the fine print and ended up with a 1973 Corvette 4 speed. It was quite under powered as all cars were in the demise of the muscle car era. Plymouth suffered the most. Compared to the 1970 Road Runner and the legacy of the 426 Hemi, 1973 and everything thereafter was a stale donut.
Interesting, but Pontiac did have one last "hoo-rah" with the 1973 Super Duty Trans AM. That was and is considered the last true muscle car, even though it's really a pony car with a big engine.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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Interesting, but Pontiac did have one last "hoo-rah" with the 1973 Super Duty Trans AM. That was and is considered the last true muscle car, even though it's really a pony car with a big engine.
Yea, it was a last gasp by a whipped industry. Pontiac sneaked one last hot rod through. And, the Rockford Files created a great memory for the TransAm.
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