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Defunct Automakers Made Muscle Car History

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On: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 1:24PM | By: Gary P Garry


Defunct Automakers Made Muscle Car History

Classic cars come from various different distinct eras. The classic cars that strike a particular chord with me are vehicles from the 1970s, because I got my drivers license for the first time in 1977. There is a T-shirt that has been going around that says something to the effect of “I may be old, but I got to see all the best bands”. I would have to agree with the premise, and I did get to see some fantastic concerts when I was young. At the same time, I also think that there were some particularly cool cars on the road during the decade of the 1970s. Let's look at four of the models that caught my eye when I was a lad back in the day.

1.) Oldsmobile 4-4-2
The Oldsmobile 442 was one of the cars of that era that made your head turn, especially if you were a muscle car guy or girl. It was first introduced in 1964 as an option package, but it became a stand-alone model from 1968 to 1971. The 1971 specimens were to die for, and this is the year that has always stayed on my radar. The name was based the four-speed tranny, the four-barrel carburetor, and the matching pair of exhausts.

2.) Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The second generation of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am spanned the entirety of the decade of the 1970s. In 1976, the Pontiac division of General Motors was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, and a special black and gold Anniversary Edition was released. Those days are long gone, but there was no denying the sex appeal of the Trans Am during its heyday.

3.) Pontiac GTO

Our third 1970s era muscle car classic is the Pontiac GTO. In truth, in my humble opinion, the best production years for this iconic American muscle car were in the 1960s. However, you saw many late sixties models out and about during the next decade, and the 1970 GTO “Judge” is a rare and very sweet collectible.

4.) Plymouth Road Runner

The Plymouth Road Runner is the final car on this list. It was introduced for the 1968 model year as a throwback to the true muscle car ethos of no-frills with a powerful engine. It was produced throughout the 1970s, and the choice models are sought after by today's collectors.

Interestingly enough, Plymouth, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile are all defunct at this point. This is kind of sad when you consider the iconic models that they produced back in the day, but the good news is this: You can browse our listings right now if you would like to buy yourself a piece of automotive history.


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