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View Poll Results: Which early 70s muscle car do you like best?
Camaro 4 14.29%
Corvette 1 3.57%
Firebird/Trans AM 3 10.71%
Mustang 0 0%
Torino GT 1 3.57%
Montego GT 0 0%
Barracuda/Cuda 5 17.86%
Challenger 3 10.71%
Duster 340/Demon 340 0 0%
AMX/Javelin 1 3.57%
Malibu SS 6 21.43%
Nova Rally 0 0%
Vega GT 0 0%
other (not listed) - please explain 4 14.29%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-21-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Default Early 70s muscle cars.... which one?

Here is a different type of car from what we have been discussing and pretty much appreciated by many... which early 70s muscle car do you prefer? These cars range from the 1971-73 model years. Sorry if I left some out. I originally wanted this to be a Camaro, Mustang, Barracuda only poll, but then I started thinking about the cool Challengers, Trans AMs, etc.

Camaro:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=25011 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=25014 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=25240 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=25226 &g2_serialNumber=1 (broken link)

Malibu SS:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=24883 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Corvette:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=88977 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Firebird/Trans AM:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=70592 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=70286 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

GTO:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=70279 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Mustang:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=80398 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=80404 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Torino GT:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=45351 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Montego GT:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=57615 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)


Challenger:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=39024 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Barracuda/Cuda
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=66011 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=66014 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=66004 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=66214 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Duster 340 (and Dodge Demon)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=66037 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

AMC AMX/Javelin:
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1428& g2_serialNumber=3 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=5351& g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

Charger Rally: (forgot this one originally)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=38976 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

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Old 01-21-2009, 11:32 PM
 
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I'm surprised to see you have Vega GT and Nova Rally in there....neither were muscle.

I voted malibu SS, because in 1970 the Chevelle Malibu SS came with the biggest engine, the LS6 454. 500 ft lbs of solid lifter torque, so bad arse you couldn't get a/c on one. Said to be the most hp of 1970 in any muscle car. Even more than the 426 Hemi.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I'm surprised to see you have Vega GT and Nova Rally in there....neither were muscle.
Yeah, that was a last minute decision. I guess it was because they were the "sporty" versions.... but the Vega was from from that in any form wasnt it? Unless someone stuck a 350 in it!

I realize now that I also left out the Dodge Charger! Ugh!
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:58 AM
 
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I went with the Dodge Challenger. I would have bought one with the 440-6 Pack engine, auto trans and 3.55:1 axle ratio.

But since you mentioned the Charger, I may pick that over the Challenger. Chargers had more room inside and in the trunk.

A close runner-up would be the 340 Duster. They were relatively light cars; had good acceleration. A '71 Motor Trend test of a 340 Dodge Demon with 3.91 gears ran 6.5 sec 0-60 mph and 14.45 1/4 mile.

I sure hope no one votes for the Vega!
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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I had a 71 Malibu (350, 4 spd) when I was a kid. Have a 71 Cutlass convertible now. The Olds 442 was a really nice car but similar to the SS. Same for the Pontiac GTO and Buick GS Stage 1. Of the cars mentioned I rarely see the Vega, Torino, or Montego at car shows. And a lot of people consider 1972 the cut-off date for muscle cars (except for the Corvettes) as 1973 was the year the emissions controls substantially reduced the HP.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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Dang I forgot about the 1970 Buick GSX. The 455 Stage I made 510 ft lbs of torque at a low 2800 rpm.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:41 PM
 
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Dang I forgot about the 1970 Buick GSX. The 455 Stage I made 510 ft lbs of torque at a low 2800 rpm.

Yeah, I should have added the Buick GSX and the Olds Cutlass 442.

FWIW, someone else corrected me and said all of these are not really all muscle cars, but rather pony cars. My bad I guess.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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Wow I have owned three cars on your list. I had a 72 Malibu SS the exact same color and stripe package listed on that ad. I also owned a 1974 Duster with a 340 engine and a Challenger with a 318. The Malibu was by far my favorite and I still kick myself for selling it.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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Yeah, I should have added the Buick GSX and the Olds Cutlass 442.

FWIW, someone else corrected me and said all of these are not really all muscle cars, but rather pony cars. My bad I guess.
Well you know the true meaning of a muscle car, is a mid sized car with a full sized car engine.

Camaro, Firebird, Mustang are all considered pony cars. I believe Cuda and Challenger also fall in there.

GTO and Chevelle are considered muscle.

Novas are considered compacts though there's nothing compact about them. More like a low budget car, like a Duster or a Falcon. But The '66-'72 Novas SS models were considered to be muscle, especially when equipped with either the L79 327 engine or any of the 396 engines.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:29 AM
 
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Thanks. Well someone else told that person it didnt matter that they were all like muscle cars.

My uncle has a 1969 Malibu SS 396 that he bought brand new when he turned 16! He still has it in the garage. His grandpa gave him a 1962 Chevy with a 409 (yes, a 409!!!) when he was 15, then when he turned 16, he traded it in on the SS. He has been offered $27,000 for the SS Malibu, but I wonder how much more he would now be offered for a 62' 409?

I just wonder what his grandpa was thinking giving him such a powerful car when he was 16, but heck, back then all cars were powerful and no one ever really cared about safety. It was not really until about 1967-69 year range that cars started adding alot of safety features in full-force (3-point seatbelts, side marker lights, energy absorbing steering columns, head restraints, side door beams, etc).
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