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Third Tier Classics (Get ‘Em While You Still Can)

'75 Maverick

Some of you may have caught my recent article about the almost muscle cars of the mid-late 1970s (see here, if not). Cars like the Chevy Monza (and its Buick/Pontiac/Oldsmobile-badged twins), the Ford Maverick … and so on. A side thread was that these cars – which are looking better and better in retrospect – might be…

The Almost Muscle Car: Chevy Monza, 1975-1980

Monza 1

The ’70s (and early ’80s) were Weird Years for the car industry. The muscle car era of the ’60s was fading fast, but the fumes still lingered… what would come next? What would be in between? Chevy’s answer – well, one of them – was the Monza 2+2. Though small, it was still rear-wheel-drive. And…

Blame Nixon

'73 SD-455 GTO

The American automobile industry has loved Uncle long time now. But it was not always so – at least, not to the extent we’ve come to accept as normal. There was a time – some of you will remember it – when the car companies would actually resist government intrusions into their business, even going so…

Retro Review: 1983-1984 Hurst Olds and 1985–1988 442

Hurst Olds burnout

Oldsmobile had a long and distinguished history—and suffered a slow, painful death. The process of mortification began in the early 1980s, when General Motors gutted the formerly independent engineering departments of each of its seven car divisions. They eliminated the Buick, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile-built engines that had made each of these divisions’ cars unique, not…

Classic Car Pros… and Cons

girl working on engine pic

It’s fun to own a “classic” (read, pre-modern) car. It can also be a hassle. Before you dive in, it’s a good idea to know what you’re in for, both good – and bad. The good: Pre-modern cars have personality; they’re interesting – something homogenized, same-same modern cars aren’t. Cars built in the ’70s and before…

How Uncle Killed Pontiac

turbo 1

The French philosopher-economist Frederic Bastiat wrote about the unseen repercussions of government interfering with the market’s natural progressions. In other words, what might have been. Perhaps the saddest four words in the language. One such might-have-been is the 1982 Turbo Trans-Am. You have probably never heard of it. Because, of course, it was never produced.…

The Great Pumpkin

rim

Today I took the Great Pumpkin out for a long-neglected drive. My 1976 Trans-Am. Carousel Red (orange, really; same paint code used in 1969 on the GTO Judge). Polycast “Honeycomb” wheels (they look like aluminum, but they’re actually steel with a urethane composite material molded on to create the look). 8-Track tape player. That famous…

The Old Trans-Am vs. The New Camaro

right quarter

I’ve owned my ’76 Trans-Am for more than 20 years. It used to be an incandescent gas hog relative to the new cars. It’s not anymore. I have driven several during the past year that use about the same – or more – gas than the old Pontiac does. My car averages about 16 MPG…

To Harass And Impose

harass and collect

It was a beautiful August Saturday night; high 70s, low humidity and mostly sunny. A local restaurant on the main strip of our town (honestly it’s not that much of a strip) hosted a small car show. The owner of the restaurant is also the owner of the developed & undeveloped lots and mini-malls in the…